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Come join me in Portland, Oregon October 20-24. I'm speaking at and attending Drink.Write 2010, the cocktail bloggers' convention. The convention is put on by the Cocktails and Spirits Online Writers Group, a collective of some of the top cocktail bloggers internationally. More information is available here, and tickets are for sale here. The topic I'm speaking on is this one: Cocktail Blogging: Where do we go from here? Explore the evolution and future of cocktail blogs with panelists who have successfully adapted their blogs and writing to leverage social media, support their own special projects, connect with new readership... Read more →

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My lack of posts lately is due to the seven stories I had due in the last two weeks. One of them was my first blog entry for Fine Cooking Magazine's website, FineCooking.com. It is my recipe for the Double Rainbow Cocktail, as seen here on Alcademics with rainbow ice. It's yum. I'll be blogging once a week for FineCooking.com. You can find my posts on the site by scrolling over the Cooks Talk icon, and selecting In Good Spirits from the blogs. Or just check back here, as I'll be cross-posting as blog entries go up. Note: Hooray! Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Top Ways Liquor Websites Fail

Nearly all liquor websites are terrible for those of us looking for product information, brand history, or recipes. These things, you would think, would be their prime focus. As I spend a lot of time looking for product information, I have to deal with these sites all the time. Without realizing it, I have switched to an operating mode where I won't go to the website but will hunt down the PR contacts for the brand to send me information. Sometimes the PR contacts literally copy and paste the information from the website into my email, but you'd be surprised... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

How to Be Interviewed- Slides from my Talk

On July 21, 2010 I gave a talk at Tales of the Cocktail on How to be Interviewed for Print, Radio, and Television. I covered the print part and Jennifer English (no relation) covered radio and TV. The description of the seminar is here. Several people asked that I share the slides from the talk, so I've added them to Scribd website. The slides are viewable here. And if you happen to be in the conference planning business, please note that I am available to speak on being interviewed, getting press for your bar/restaurant, and any number of boozy topics! Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Twittering at Tales of the Cocktail

I am attending the Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this week so posts will be sporadic and probably weird. I am attempting to tweet every drink I have at the event, which is turning out to be an ambitious goal and I've only been here one evening so far. Follow me on Twitter: @alcademics. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Let's say that you are bringing a new brand of tequila to market and want to tell people what's in the bottle. Here are the basic questions that a brand should be able to answer. Distillery What is the NOM number of the distillery? Where is it located, and is this in the highlands, lowlands, elsewhere? Does the brand own the distillery or is it a custom product? Agave The product is 100% agave, right? Is the agave estate-grown, purchased on the market, or a combination? Is the agave all from the highlands, lowlands, another region, or a mix? Agave... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Guest Post: How to Give Great Presentations

I was preparing for my Tales of the Cocktail presentation and was thinking how unfortunate it is that I won't be able to use any of the information in the Tales session called How to Give Great Presentations for my presentation, as it is the presentation that takes place immediately before mine on Wednesday, July 21, in New Orleans. But then I remembered that I am writing previews of seminars for the Tales of the Cocktail Blog so I tricked asked session co-leader Philip Duff if he would give us a preview of his session that will help us prepare... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

No, I'm not 50 years old, but I visited my 50th distillery/blending house here in Scotland at the Isle of Jura distillery. I'm lucky to have seen so many places around the world and look forward to seeing many more. I'll post more information about the trip later, but here's the glamour (note European spelling) shot. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.