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October 2007

Not Finnished Yet

Yesterday I went to Finnishing School, an event put on by Finlandia vodka lead by Dale De Groff and Tony Abou Ganim. They do this program around the country every now and then, but this was my first time attending. For those of us aware that fresh ingredients are important... Read more →

Halloween drinks in SF

By me, in Friday's SF Chronicle: A few bars and restaurants around San Francisco are putting extra effort into making your Halloween more spirited with cocktail specials. Luna Park is serving the Dr. Moreau's Island, a rum punch poured into a bowl with dry ice for the fog machine effect.... Read more →


...several blog posts, including: -A trip to Barbados with Mount Gay Rum, or, Quest for Falernum -Molecular mixology seminar in San Francisco, or, Chemistry for Drunks -Dinner with Joy Spence of Appleton rum, or, the Master Blender who has her own handler to keep her from giving away all the... Read more →

Smells like 'tini syrup

By me, in Friday's SF Chronicle: For the past few years, cocktail consultant Jacques Bezuidenhout has been sneaking maple syrup into the drinks he invents for the Starlight Room and special events, and perhaps it's finally caught on, because now we see it on several menus about town. At Bar... Read more →

WhiskyFest listing

Okay, last post about WhiskyFest until I go there: Here is the mention of the event in Friday's SF Chronicle: Lessons in whisky Malt Advocate magazine's WhiskyFest, which has been running annually for years in New York and Chicago, makes its debut in San Francisco on Tuesday. It's a one-stop... Read more →

Lost ingredients

Here's my big fat lost ingredients cover story in today's SF Chronicle Wine Section. Resurrecting spirits Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Friday, October 19, 2007 Last year, Erik Ellestad, a cocktail aficionado and systems administrator at UCSF, decided to drink his way through a classic recipe book. Though he... Read more →

Pisco at Elixir

I just heard through the grapevine (read: just got the weekly email blast) that Diego Loret de Mola will be leading a Pisco tasting at Elixir in San Francisco on Thursday during their weekly Cocktail Club. I went to Diego's pisco presentation at Tales of the Cocktail this summer, and... Read more →