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November 2007

News of the Eww

Hospital patients 'drinking' alcohol-based hand gels THE introduction of alcohol-based hand gels to tackle hospital superbugs has had an unwanted side-effect - patients consuming them. Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal have revealed that inquiries about the consumption of alcohol gels to a London poisons unit increased sharply after... Read more →


Get bubbly

Today's Chronicle Wine Section is the all-bubbly issue. They have a section on cocktails with bubbly and Gary Regan complains that David Wondrich won't pay his bar tab, which somehow is the lead-up to the Prince of Wales' Cocktail. I just wrote about an inside-out champagne flute. Labels: camper_clips, champagne Read more →


Repeal Day Party in SF

CELEBRATE THE REPEAL OF PROHIBITION WITH BLUECOAT GIN AND ELIXIR DECEMBER 5th San Francisco , 1933 - On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S Constitution is ratified, repealing Prohibition. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1881-1945) ran for the presidency in 1932, partly on a platform of the repeal of... Read more →


Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon

Great NYTimes article on bourbon, with ratings of their top pics. I tend to agree with the reviews (though I haven't tried all the brands), though I might switch the Knob Creek and Woodford Reserve (two of the most available at bars) ratings. Woodford Reserve has become my airline liquor... Read more →


And speaking of good news

Jackie Patterson, who has been working as a server at Le Colonial but tearing up the cocktail competition circuit, will be the bar manager at the upcoming Orson, a restaurant from the owners of Citizen Cake that will have a 40-seat circular bar. This means I'm officially excited about a... Read more →


On the importance of drink menus

This study of beverage trends from the On the House blog of people who consume alcohol at chain restaurants states loudly and clearly what I try to tell owners of new restaurants. Drink menus are essential, influential, and should not be ignored. The large majority of consumers (75%) said that... Read more →


Another organic vodka hits the market

Anheuser-Busch has announced the launch of an organic vodka (Purus) made from organic Italian wheat and water from the Italian Alps. We already have organic corn vodka (Rain) from Buffalo Trace distillery and organic rye vodka (Square One) produced at Distilled Resources in Idaho. To my knowledge there isn't a... Read more →


Pisco book event

On Monday, December 3 at 7PM at Cantina there is a book release party the English language version of Wings of Cherubs, a novelization of the author's search for the recipe for the original Pisco Punch. Book signing and release of Wings of Cherubs—A book that unravels the secrets of... Read more →