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Here is what has landed in the Alcademics mailbag lately. El Jimador Mexican Lime Tequila Cockburn Special Reserve Port Highland Park Dark Origins Scotch Laphroaig Select Scotch Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila Apostoles Gin Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alcademics.com
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Jessi "Mess" Lorraine of Reed & Greenough took home the prize for the first Papa's Pilar rum Pilar Cocktail Showdown, held at Woodbury in San Francisco. The competition was interesting in that not only did bartenders have 60 seconds to grab their ingredients in each round of competition, but after they had everything collected a secret ingredient was revealed to them that they also had to incorporate into the drink. Round 1: Blended Daiquiri All eight competitors went into the first round. They competed in pairs, with the secret ingredient changing every pair. The first two bartenders were Rick Dobbs... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alcademics.com
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A jimador in traditional garb near the Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Mexico. Notes from a later trip are here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alcademics.com
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That big feature I wrote on Sacramento's cocktail, coffee, and craft beer scene has gone up on the magazine's website. Even if you're not a subscriber (and you really should be), you can read the story online here. Related articles Drink Books Published in 2013 in Consideration for Gifting or Reading Ginger Beer Cocktails in Saveur's June Drink Insert Drinking in Sacramento: A Feature in July's Imbibe Magazine Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alcademics.com
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Anthony Parks from Bergerac in San Francisco made a drink inspired by deviled eggs at the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition 2015 San Francisco finals. It was crazy in a good way. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alcademics.com
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Blow off work on Monday, August 18th and come to the Papa's Pilar rum Cocktail Showdown in San Francisco. The event runs from 12-4 in the afternoon and will be held at The Woodbury, 685 Third Street in SF. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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It seems that every bartender is using salt in their cocktails now - whether they tell you about it or not. Here's a trend piece for Details.com. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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On my visit to Edinburgh last week I noticed that there are a lot of wonderfully weird ingredients on cocktail menus, so I thought I'd put them together here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Here are the top eight cocktail bars in Edinburgh. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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September 2009. Fields of grapes with Chateau Fontpinot (Cognac Frapin) in the background. Read about the visit here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Thank you Jd, this is great!
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In my latest story for Details.com, I asked bartenders which new gins they love to drink. I only included ones with multiple recommendations, and here is a list of 13 that rose to the top. I tried to limit them to gins launched in the last two years, though there may be an exception or two. Rev your G&T with these new gins. Related articles The Gin Renaissance in America: Who, When, Where, and Why Designing Bars that Make Money Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Wow, thank you! I wouldn't say I'm up to 70 liters a day just yet.
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If you're making or drinking a lot of homemade tonic water, beware of cinchonism, a condition caused by a buildup of quinine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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May 2011: On a trip with Bombay Sapphire to Tuscany, we visited an orris root farm. The roots of the iris flower grow beneath olive trees. Read more about orris harvesting and preparation for use in gin here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Alcademics.com
You can turn up the freezer or use less water.
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A look at the cocktails and unique whisky service at Pabu, the newish Japanese-inspired Michael Mina restaurant in San Francisco. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Vya vermouth's new El Vermut comes in a 20 liter plastic bottle. You attach it to a tap system and serve. Boom! Vermouth on tap. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Last night I helped judge the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition for San Francisco. The winner, who was Brian Means of Dirty Habit, will go on to the national finals in Las Vegas. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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The day I visited the La Cofradia distillery where Casa Noble Tequila is made, they were doing a photoshoot so I snapped this shot of a woman through the agave. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Here's what showed up in the mailbag at Alcademics Global Headquarters over the last couple of weeks. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Thank you - I'll update the post.
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In the new issue of Cheers Magazine, I was interviewed by writer Kelly Magyarics about ice. She covered topics relevant to bartenders, such as machines, molds, making ice in industrial quantities, the Aviary's ice program, and more. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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In a story for Details.com, I wrote up 8 things I learned at Tales of the Cocktail last week in New Orleans. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Known for its bitters and rum-making heritage, the House of Angostura (www.angosturarum.com) - with the only rum distillery in Trinidad today - marks its 190th anniversary with the U.S. arrival of Amaro di Angostura. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Alcademics.com