It might be hard to believe today, but cognac was as popular through the end of the 19th century as vodka is today! In fact, cognac was the original "must have" spirit and it was hard for cognac producers to meet demand.
This weekend marks the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. For those of you not in the know, that means 60 years on the throne! But, the Queen still has over four years to go in order to surpass Queen Victoria's 64 years on the throne.
Just when you thought all the different brands had searched high and low for every fruit possible to flavor or infuse with vodka, the mad scientists behind these vodka companies have moved onto a newest trend: "shock vodka". I like to call it shock vodka because it's really about making you wonder: what can't they capture in a bottle?
Summer is finally here! While its stays nice and chilly in San Francisco, we have heard that the heat wave has already started in other parts of the country. When the weather turns warm, I turn to lighter wines served chilled. For those white haters out there, don't despair, there are red wines that can be served chilled and roses to try. Here are our picks for wine to try this summer:
It's hard to believe that the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 on May 27th. It's been a cultural icon, an engineering marvel and the symbol of San Francisco since it's opening in 1937. I can still remember the awe I experienced when I first time I saw it many years ago. I still experience a twinge of that awe every time I see its majestic orange-red spans suspended above the San Francisco Bay.
The first print of The Savoy Cocktail Book was written during the darkest hours of Prohibition by a barman that sought refuge at the famed American Bar in the Savoy Hotel in London. Like many great American barman, Harry Craddock was forced to flee his native land in order to ply his craft. Luckily for us, he headed off to the American Bar where he was the head barman from 1925 to 1939 and wrote this time honored cocktail book. For those in love with the current craft cocktail movement, this book can be your blueprint. For many years, it was the bartender's bible and served as an oasis in the American bartending movement, which has only now began to truly recover from Prohibition.
A few weeks ago, DOTW sat down with Kiki Braverman, an amazing woman from the deepest of rural Bavaria. She's reviving old European distilling traditions and importing her products to the U.S. under the name Pür Spirits.