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October 2009

Apple Cocktail Recipes

People seem to like my pumpkin cocktail recipe listing, so here are some cocktails made with apples. Zaya’s Hot Rum Apple Cider 2 qts. Unsweetened Apple Cider 1 (6 oz.) Can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed) 1/4 c. Lemon Juice 1/4 c. Honey 2 Sticks Cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. Whole... Read more →


New Booze: Mezcalero Mezcal

This one is only available in California- sorry, rest of world! Craft Distillers, the Ukiah-based marketing group that makes Germain-Robin brandy and helps market other brands they believe in, has been importing Los Danzantes mezcal for a few years now, after Ron Cooper of Del Maguey introduced G-R's Ansley Coale... Read more →


New Bottles: 1800 Tequila

I really like the 1800 Tequila Essential Artists series, for which artists submit their work to be included on tequila bottle labels. Well, they just announced their new batch: 12 new bottles culled from 15,000 online entries. You can see them all here. Some of my favorites from the new... Read more →


New Booze: Ciroc Flavors

Ciroc is a grape-based vodka made in France. I sat down with the brand's creator, Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, at E&O Trading Company in San Francisco and learned little more about it and the two flavors launching this winter. I hadn't realized it before, but Ciroc is made a little bit like... Read more →


Cutting Corners to Make Clear Ice

In an ongoing set of experiments I've been trying to make clear ice at home. I've tried: Distilled vs. Tap Water Melting and refreezing water Hot Water vs. Cold Water Carbonated Water vs. Still Water Horizontal vs. Vertical Container Shapes Releasing Air Trapped in Ice With some success on the... Read more →