Articles Tagged: mixology

Jeff Bell is the 2013 U.S. Bartender of the Year

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New York, NY – Thousands of applications were submitted. Hundreds of cocktail recipes were created. The nation’s top mixologists competed and five internationally recognized cocktail luminaries assembled to select one bartender worthy of the title of U.S. Bartender of the Year. After proving his skills during five challenges and two days of competition, the United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG) and Diageo World Class are proud to announce Jeff Bell as the 2013 U.S. Bartender of … Read more

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Recap

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A few weeks back, we found ourselves attending another booze soaked bachanalia – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Don’t be misled by the name – this party covers multiple boroughs, leaving the city awash in booze. And, I will have to warn you that the cocktails served at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic aren’t your average, run of the mill drinks. These cocktails are consistently among the best we have ever tasted!  No easy task given the … Read more

What’s the difference between a cream liqueur and a crème liqueur?

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Sometimes it seems to take a special dictionary to navigate the cocktail world. For instance, while it is true that crème is the French word for cream, a crème liqueur and a cream liqueur are not the same.

Cream liqueurs, such as Baileys or Carolans Irish cream, contain dairy cream. Crème liqueurs, such as crème de menthe and crème de cacao, have more sugar than other liqueurs and therefore a thicker consistency. They do not, … Read more

How to Make Cocktail Foam

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If you want to get fancy, cocktail foam is a fun way to add another layer of flavor and texture to your cocktail. Jamie Boudreau shows you how to do it in this video, with a recipe for the Mexican Cloud topped with elderflower and lemon foam.

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Embarcadero Dandy

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Last week, the Federated Media crew made a pilgrimage to the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts in San Francisco for a cocktail class lead by 2010 Bartender of the Year, H. Joseph Ehrmann.

H. started the class with a bit of cocktail history and overview of tools and technique, after which we got down to the business of mixing cocktails.

We were taught how to make 3 drinks: one stirred, one shaken and one … Read more

Hump Day Liquor Links

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This week’s hot, sweet links.

    Laura Beck goes on a booze cruise in San Francisco
    Art of the Drink explains how to name a cocktail
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Guinness is making a push in the US Market. They had dotw at hello.
    The intoxicologist takes on prohibition cocktails inspired Boardwalk Empire
    Cocktailian, Gary Regan, schools the kids in basic mixology
    Portland Cocktail Week is coming Oct 20 – 24. So if your

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How to Make Great Cocktails at Home

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There are a few basic rules to follow when tending bar. However, though basic these rules must not be compromised, Ever!

    Premium Liquor
    ALWAYS USE PREMIUM SPIRITS. It is impossible to stress the importance of using premium liquor when mixing drinks.
    Ice
    Your drink can only be as good as the ingredients that you use. Make fresh ice or buy fresh ice. Don’t use ice that has been sitting in your freezer for the past

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Science of Cocktails

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

Tales of the Cocktail 2009

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

Fancy Cointreau Cocktails

Recently Cointreau show cased some of the cocktails being created with the iconic triple sec. Here’s a few:

Renowned mixologist Xaviar Herit from DANIEL in New York created the “strawberry & pearls” cocktail, a traditional strawberry margarita with strawberry-infused Cointreau caviar served on the side.

STIX Restaurant and Lounge in Boston takes a traditional champagne cocktail to a new level with thePiper-Heidsieck Golden Cointreau Caviar which includes “pearls” of Cointreau featuring edible 24-karat gold flakes.… Read more