- The “exciting” history of the cocktail umbrella.
- And speaking of umbrella drinks, here’s a concise guide to TIKI for anyone new to the genre.
- Of course, if you’re going to make a Tiki drink, then unfortunately there’s that Lime Crisis going on right now…
- 15 Secret (not-so-secret) Bars to Visit.
- This week’s weird shaped bottle of booze comes from Russia and is shaped like a missile. No one is shocked.
- 10 countries you’re not drinking in.
- I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of Morgenthaler’s cocktail book.
- Craft Beverage Expo is coming to San Jose in May.
- And here’s 32 Craft Distillers that should be on your radar.
- Lastly, Monday’s big news for THIS website is Stir & Strain’s nomination for Saveur’s Best Cocktail Blog! If you’re a fan, please take a moment to vote for us. We love you.
- Los Angeles gets an arcade bar. Again.
- Beers encased in dead squirrels. Barley on a space station. 10 of the world’s most expensive beers.
- Does this look like you? Home bartender mistakes.
- Should you hire a cocktail consultant?
- Cocktail Competition: what does L.A. taste like in cocktail form? (Please don’t let it be smog).
- Here are some Ryes that people like.
- New gadget for infusing liquors: Oji Water Dripper.
- In 1957 a Barrel O’Rum costs $2.00.
- After 12 years, women allowed to join in Napa vine pruning contest.
- ‘Murerica: how to garnish a Bloody Mary frat boy style.
- Dead rats for free beer; college kids going the mile for booze.
- Salt as a seasoning in cocktails – just do it.
- Rocking ships age bourbon faster (the old fashioned way).
- Peach schnapps: yea or nay?
- Beer is the next Gatorade.
- Bartenders tell about cocktail experiments gone very wrong.
- Mezcal explained by puppies.
- Note to self: do not advertise site in Turkey.
- Anyone up for some Fire & Blood beer?
- American Vermouth produces getting skeptical glances from Europeans.
- Topless beer cans.
- If you’re up in SF, check out these beer cocktails.
- George Washington and friends were a bunch of drunks.
- Narragansett larger + Del’s lemonade = the Rhode Island Shandy (I need this in my life stat).
- Overrated and Underrated cocktails. I’m with Meehan on this one, I love a good G&T.
- America’s best bartenders. Some good ones on this list but do you think they missed anyone?
- Bulk wine makes me think of people with their heads under the tap…
- A reason to visit Dallas: mushroom cocktails.
- Wine: good for the heart but not for making babies?
- Drunk gambling: don’t do it.
- I’m kinda in love with all these wine products.
- Al Capone’s cocktail shaker goes up for auction along with some other AMAZING cocktail finds.
- Bottomless Brunch is illegal in New York. Rest of country sighs relief.
- All hotels and my bedroom need a “press for champagne” button that actually brings me a bottle.
- Where to drink in New Orleans from a singing bartender.
- Ever wonder what the Crystal Head vodka skull would look like as a real head?
- Nowadays you can order a Harvey Wallbanger and no one will bat an eyelash.
- Here’s this week’s really expensive bottle of booze.
- If you happen to be in Seattle, there’s a whole lot of Amari there.
- Did you make a drink Sunday and name it after a nominee?
- Nominations for the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards are open! Do you have someone you’d like to nominate?
- Tiki is not dead. Read this.
- Why is your cocktail so expensive? Jim Meehan tells you why.
- This bar?? NO.
- Tanqueray gets a new sexy, art deco bottle.
- Ibérico ham. In your mezcal. It’s a thing.
- Do I really have to wait until October for the new Death & Co cocktail book?
- Olive Oil in cocktails has been on my “to do” list for quite awhile now. Apparently I’m ahead of the trend.
- Nonalcoholic drinks get the mixology touch. But can we please stop using the word mocktail?
- Your wines really need a decanter.
- Happy 80th birthday to the Bloody Mary!
- Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir. Who knew?! A beginner’s guide to French wines.
- Come on Saveur, you couldn’t have made it 69?
- The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is happening in May.
- Want to fund a really cool bar spoon on kickstarter? Now you can.
- 8 Guy Bartenders to watch this year.
- It’s the year of the horse. Here’s a cocktail for that.
- British cocktail digital magazine: The Cocktail Lovers, #10 is out.
- Stunning cocktail pics from one of my favorite L.A. bartenders.
- Only Canadians seem to be lucky enough to score a drink in Russia right now.
- The secret language of bartenders. “Bartender ketchup” might be one of my favs.
Do you have some news to share? Leave it below in the comments section and enlighten us all!
It pains me to say this, but I find that more and more lately I hear breaking news reports through…twitter. For the longest time I resisted this social media program, until my day job forced me into it. And by forced, I mean realized that if we were not utilizing it for our business then we were dumb and behind the times. So I signed us up.
Initially when food trucks were all the rage (are they still they rage or have we moved on?), twitter was my source for looking up where I might find my favorite hotdog/french fry/whathaveyou vehicle. Then I got swallowed up in it and never escaped. On the other hand, I find out about current events usually AS THEY HAPPEN, and I can go to my grave now knowing what twerking is (apparently not something to do with drugs like I thought) and that I don’t care about ever trying a cronut (can’t we just eat some pie?).
So here’s some boozy news to peruse while you drink your morning coffee and try to look like you’re working. Courtesy of the internet.
- So Los Angeles is getting an Uni Cocktail and Durian Bitters.
- Tea Cockail Mixers. I can’t tell if I’m buying this for the design or the product.
- Americans aren’t such a big bunch of lushes after all. South Koreans apparently are.
- Talk is cheap. And your Rye can be too.
- 10 Bartenders from around the world talk about trends for 2014. Some very biased, some really thoughtful.
- All aboard the Bourbon Cruise!
- In Russia, if you throw a couple diamonds into vodka you can call it the world’s most expensive cocktail.
- Like the taste of grass? You can drink it now too.
- The world’s first pour spout remover got funded!
- And lastly, photos of cocktails on fire. Another reason to visit Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco.
Science Magic! The idea of ingredients going into something and coming out weeks later transformed into something else is a culinary world of mystery that intrigues me. When the concept of barrel aging your own cocktails became a trend I was all on board. It was yet one more way I could control and experiment with drinks.
Here in Los Angeles barrel aged cocktails are now familiar faces on menus but that’s where they seem to stay. I guess there isn’t really a consumer market for large barrels of one cocktail.
Wait. There is at MY house.
For some time now I’ve been dying to try barrel aging at home since it seemed like a DIY project that was very hands off. Step 1, booze goes into barrel. Step 2, wait around a bit. Step 3, uncork and enjoy. Pretty easy, right?
I thought so and accepted the challenge from Uncommon Goods* to try out barrel aging on a small scale (meaning without a barrel). Instead a barrel stave is stuck in the jar with the cocktail ingredients. It’s still all an easy to handle project scale. It’s also a cheaper alternative to buying a barrel and needing to explain to Christopher that the hallway closet is now the home of said barrel and nothing else.
The big question now is…. WHAT TO MAKE IN IT??? I could go for a Manhattan or a Negroni but really, I’ve had those barrel aged versions so many times out at bars that there has got to be a better cocktail to age. I’m wavering between a Hanky Panky and a Martinez. Can someone out there help me pick? Would a Martinez get too soft in there, or a Hanky Panky get too.. herbal?
If you all would like to try your hand at some DIY cocktail and boozy projects, Uncommon goods has a bunch of fun sets on their site over here. In the meantime, I’m going to weigh the pros and cons of what to make and if someone has a better idea, I’ll think about that too.
Stay tuned to find out who made it into the barrel the week of February 24th! And if you’re in L.A. I might invite you over for a taste.
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Los Angeles has their first full-blown cocktail happening starting tomorrow, January 28th. The Golden State of Cocktails will take place in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday through Thursday (my liver is crying in anticipation of the fully packed program) this week and I will be there covering as much ground as possible.
If you’re lucky enough to make it, please stop me and say hi! If you just want to kick back with your own cocktail and watch through the internet, you can follow along through various social media accounts. Here are mine for reference: