Articles Tagged: Tales of the Cocktail

Booze For Charity

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I was a spectator at the Macallan Ice Ball Plunge at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail when I was struck with an epiphany. The booze industry is even more philanthropic than I thought. Almost every person in the industry we know has donated time, booze, classes, swag and more. Even DOTW has gotten into the act, sponsoring the Martini Luge at the Silicon Valley Humane Society’s Fur Ball and donating multiple classes as fundraising … Read more

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2012

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This past week marked the 10th installment of New Orleans mixology orgy, Tales of the Cocktail. It is by far the largest celebration of cocktail culture in the country. Tales (as it called by ‘vets’) is a who’s who of bartenders, journalists and brands. It is a wonderland for up and coming barterers and enthusiasts.

We spent a whirl wind 72 hours in New Orleans, camping at the famed Roosevelt Hotel rather than Tales HQ, … Read more

Poptails Review – Literary Monday

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Poptails was made for this scorching summer heat! If you are wondering what poptails are, they are essentially popsicles made with booze. Yum! We received this book a few weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to reviewing it. It’s hard to be excited about poptails when San Francisco has barely broken 70 this summer. However, we were inspired by the Oxley poptails that we had at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail. As you can … Read more

DOTW Talks to Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout

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A few months back, DOTW was lucky enough to sit down with Jacques Bezuidenhout, the brand ambassador for Partida Tequila.  Jacques is an interesting fellow who is a master mixologist and tequila junkie.  Not something that I would expect from a guy hailing from South Africa.  Also, Jacques won the 2011 Brand Ambassador of the Year Award at Tales of the Cocktail.  I imagine it being a little like being the Miss America of the … Read more

Tales of the Cocktail – Vancouver

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Tales of the Cocktail is going on the road to Vancouver, BC. Drink of the Week will be heading up the coast to experience Tales North and sign a few copies of our book DIY Cocktails. If you plan to be in the Great White North, check in to the Fairmont Pacific Rim and explore the wonderful world of cocktails.

Because it’s February in Canada, we figure this is a good way to keep warm.… Read more

The Innate Coolness of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

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This week is Fleet Week in San Francisco. For those of you unfamiliar with Fleet Week, basically San Francisco is invaded by a part of the US Navy and Marines. There are sailors everywhere. The Blue Angels fly around town. The bay is stocked with submarines and other aquatic vessels. And it’s pretty cool!

Fleet Week brought to mind our recent infatuation with Sailor Jerry since the man behind the rum was an actual Naval … Read more

Advanced Mixology: Margarita Sorbet

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If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for a challenge, this margarita sorbet made using liquid nitrogen could be your next undertaking! I had this at Tales of the Cocktail in July, and it has a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth texture and the familiar flavors of a margarita. I enjoyed the science-lab show as well.

Liquid nitrogen is dangerous! If you feel comfortable using it, please take all necessary precautions. Research its use thoroughly in addition to reviewing … Read more

Pineapple Cilantro H2O

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Pineapple and cilantro is an intriguing flavor combination that really tickled my taste buds. This light and fruity cocktail made with infused water is just the thing for hot August weather. Also, it’s low-calorie and hydrating … with no added sugar!

I got this recipe from a Tales of the Cocktail presentation on H2O cocktails by Kathy Casey and Tony Abou-Ganim. (You can read more about this water cocktail concept and get another recipe from … Read more

Low-Calorie H2O Cocktails

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The idea behind H2O cocktails is simple: Infuse water with fruit, spices and herbs and mix that infusion with a complimentary spirit. What you get is a light, fresh and low-calorie cocktail. I learned about this intriguing cocktail concept at Tales of the Cocktail from mixology master Tony Abou-Ganim and culinary superstar Kathy Casey. Here’s my favorite concoction from their presentation.

Mandarin Hibiscus Cocktail

Created by Tony Abou-Ganim

Ingredients

    1 oz Purity Vodka

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Negroni

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This week’s drink is the Negroni! I’ll admit I didn’t love my first Negroni, but now I can’t imagine why. Made with London dry gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, this Italian aperitif has a strong character and unique flavor that I’ve grown to love.  One Negroni leaves you wanting more.

Ingredients:
1 part London dry gin
1 part Campari
1 part Italian sweet vermouth

Directions:
Pour each ingredient over ice in an old-fashioned glass and … Read more

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