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Tao – Las Vegas

Tao Night Club in the Venetian Hotel is amazingly decorated with an Asian theme. Think lots of candles and lots of Buddhas, kinda like a Temple. This three-story behemoth of a club was ranked one of the top 100 bars and clubs in the US for 2007. (The photo above is from the balcony. Nice view!)

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Night Club & Bar Convention – Las Vegas

This week DOTW was in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade show. And what a show it is! We were immediately greeted by pumping club music, hip modern booths and flowing samples of every kind of liquor, beer and mixer imaginable.

Our first stop was at PINK Vodka (pictured left), which is infused with caffeine & guarana, perfect for an early Vegas morning. OK, it was 11 O’Clock. They … Read more

Leap Year Cocktail

Don’t wait another 4 years to try this combo of gin, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice! It is a great way to enjoy this extra day.

Ingredients

2 oz gin
½ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon lime juice

Instructions

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass.

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The Franciscan – San Francisco


The Franciscan is a San Francisco classic located right in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. I feel it has the best food, views and martinis on the Wharf.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant

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Cooking Chicken with Beer

We found this on Boing Boing, a diagram for the cooking chicken or duck in beer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go into cooking times or temperatures (it suggests a “small flame”). As long as you cook your poultry to 170 F, it should be just fine.

Chinese Diagram: Cooking chicken with beer [BoingBoing]

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National Margarita Day

Reader Jen alerted us that it’s National Margarita Day! This was the first I had heard of it and can find little written, but why not? The Margarita is a classic, so let’s celebrate it.

Thanks, Jen!

Ingredients

1 ½ oz tequila
½ oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice or sweet & sour
Bar Salt
Lime squeeze (garnish)

Instructions

In a shaker with ice combine tequila, triple sec, & lime juice. Shake well a … Read more

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Buckeye Roadhouse – Mill Valley, CA

Great spot on the 101 in Marin where Sausalito and Mill Valley meet. It is a classic American roadhouse with a NorCal twist. Lots of wood, leather and stuffed animals on the walls. Plus it has great food and greater martinis!

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Trojan Horse

Robert from gigfy.com, which stands for “Guinness is Good for You,” sends us the Trojan Horse. A simple mixed drink of Guinness Stout and cola, this a popular summertime drink in the UK and Northern Ireland and is a great way to add some “refreshment” to your Guinness.

Ingredients

½ pint Guinness Stout
½ pint cola (Pepsi or Coke)

Instructions

Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug. Top with the cola.

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George Clooney Martini Commercial

This week’s video is a cheeky European commercial starring George Clooney. Martini vermouth is the subject of this swanky episode.

Enjoy!

Martini

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2008 Best Picture Cocktails

For the 2nd year in a row, Pernod-Ricard has created a tasty cocktail for each of the best picture nominees. Perfect for your Oscar party

The June-Go Citrus Splash

(Created in honor of the Academy Award-nominated film Juno.)

Instructions

1 part Malibu Mango Rum
1 part Malibu Pineapple Rum
Fill with orange juice

Ingredients

Combine ingredients in a highball glass over ice.

Recipe & photo credit: Malibu Rum

Killer Coco Chai

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