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Celebrate National Cognac Day

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.

5 Classic British Cocktails to Drink In The Queen’s Jubilee

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.

Dubonnet Cocktail

Dubonnet was created in the 1840s as a way to make Quinine more palatable for French Foreign Legion Troops. The Quinine helps fight Malaria. The Dubonnet Cocktail surfaced in the early 1900s. It came about as Dubonnet is not great straight,but pairs nicely with gin. Know as the Zaza when served over ice, the Doubonnet Cocktail has become a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II. It was also a favorite of her Mum’s.
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Awesome Flavored Vodkas

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?

Top 5 Wines for Summer

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:

Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

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.

Golden Gate 75

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  To honor the occasion, our friend and fellow San Franciscan, Camper English, created The Golden Gate 75.  A riff on the classic French 75, Camper replaces the Gin and Lemon for Campari and Orange Juice, giving the cocktail the same hue as the famous span.

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The Savoy Cocktail Book Review – Literary Monday

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.

DOTW Talks to Pür Spirits

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.

The New North Beach

This week’s drink was is an original creation of mixologist Ben Smith of 15 Romolo in San Francisco. In his words:

“It’s kind of a play off a Trinidad Sour. Which is 2 oz Angostura bitters and 1 oz lemon. The New North Beach is a contemporary version with hints of vanilla from the carpano and light notes of cinnamon and spice from the amaro balanced with the acid of lemon, all rounded out by

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