This article is timely, a celebration of the national drink of Brazil as the grand finale of Rio’s famed Carnival occurs. Cachaça isn’t well known in the United States but it is famed in its native Brazil, where the average citizen consumes almost two gallons a year for a nationwide total that exceeds 350 Million gallons per year. These impressive numbers make cachaça the third most consumed liquor in the world, behind vodka and soju.… Read more
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San Francisco’s famed science museum, the Exploratorium, recently transformed into a giant cocktail lab for an evening fundraiser.
Drink of the Week was on the scene for the event, The Science of Cocktails, which featured interactive exhibits and presentations demonstrating the physics, chemistry and biology of cocktails and drinking.
Being a cocktail event, San Francisco’s top mixologists were strategically placed around the museum serving up an amazing array of original cocktails. Heaven’s Dog, Alembic, 83 … Read more
Earlier this week the folks at Campari held their Holiday Bitter Bash at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco. It was night of Negronis and other tasty Campari cocktails. Upon entering the bar we were greeted by some of Santa’s Helpers with a bowlful this wonderful punch created by mixologist Jon Gasparini of Rye on the Road
Campari Nicaraguan Punch
15 oz Campari
10 oz Flor de Caña 7 year
7 ½ oz Cinzano … Read more
Whiskyfest San Francisco was Friday. There were a lot of men in kilts but they were outnumbered by bottles of whiskey. 200 different kinds available for tasting. We got a shot at tasting some that weren’t available to the general public. Throughout the next week, we’ll be sharing detailed reviews of our favorites. To whet your appetite, here are some of our picks from this year’s festivities:
Ardmore 30 — A truly layered and unique
Taking place this weekend, Oct. 3-4, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is two days of history, culture and art of the cocktail. The Astor Center has put together an impressive line up of speakers, including Dale DeGroff, Gary Regan and David Wondrich, on topics such as “Sherry: The Cobbler and Beyond” and “How Do You Choose the Right Glass for a Drink?”
If you are a cocktail geek like me, this is an event not to … Read more
This is the first in a series of reports from Tales of the Cocktail 2009.
I arrived in New Orleans on Tuesday, the day before Tales of the Cocktail would be in full swing. Still, there were a few events scheduled for the evening. First off, the bloggers reception held at M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal Street. There, I was fortunate enough to meet many of my fellow cocktail bloggers and see some really amazing … Read more
Tales of the Cocktail kicked off today on Royal Street in New Orleans. Ann and Paul Tuennerman, Founder and Executive Director of the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society and Tales of the Cocktail, opened the festivities with Herbsaint Frappés and Creole Juleps, the official cocktail of TOTC 2009.
Joining the Tuennerman’s was Robert Hess of Herbsaint which is celebrating their 75th Anniversary. To honor this unique flavor of New Orleans, the New Orleans … Read more
At the recent Nightclub & Bar Conference in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure to attend a seminar lead by Georg Riedel. What a treat, not only did I learn firsthand from a master about fine glassware and how it enhances all types of spirits but I learned how the Reidel family figured it all out. Said Greog to my question, “We’ve been doing this a long time.” And they have the family-run Austrian company … Read more
Cocktail week is back again with an opening gala at Le Colonial tonight and after party at 15 Romolo. Tomorrow, Harry Denton’s Starlight Room hosts a US Bartender’s Guild National Competition with a host of celebrity judges, after party at Cantina. Events continue throughout the week, the highlight being Thursday’s Bar School, a series of classes taught t by SF’s best bartenders in their native environment. Saturday, I am looking forward to the North Beach … Read more