Swedish Swizzle: How A Bartender Was Blown Away By The Craft Cocktails In Sweden

Hinoki and the Bird's barman reports on his trip
Mar 11, 2014 4:00 pm

My recent trip to Sweden marked the first time I crossed the Atlantic Ocean. I split my time between the town of Bonäs – which is four hours northwest of Stockholm along Orsa Lake – and Stockholm. I learned a lot about the country's strong culinary scene, and even more about its cocktails.

17 Signs You’re A Cocktail Snob

You know your ice, drink Fernet like mother’s milk
Jul 1, 2013 2:02 pm

Oh, foodies. You’re so cute. But compared to us drinkies (new term alert!), you haven’t got a clue. You think slapping bacon on chocolate is progressive. We use science to chemically alter the cellular composition of alcohol to infuse it with the very essence of bacon. It’s called fatwashing and it’s just one of the many things you’re well versed in if you’re a cocktail snob. Here are 17 or so more.

First, There Was A Cocktail Movement. Now, There Is A Documentary About It.

Simon Ford attends the premiere of Hey Bartender
Jun 14, 2013 1:01 pm

The story of the resurgence of the craft cocktail and how a generation of bartenders rediscovered the art of bartending is a movement Simon Ford was lucky to witness from the front line. Therefore, he was excited to attend the premiere of the documentary Hey Bartender, which tells the story of how the cocktail scene transitioned from the disastrous sweet concoctions you were likely to drink in the 1970s to the classic and creative drinks being served at countless bars across the world by proud professional bartenders today. Read on.

Erick Castro Is Living His Dream, One Perfectly Made Cocktail At A Time

Meet the man behind San Diego's Polite Provisions
May 10, 2013 1:01 pm

Erick Castro is a bartender’s bartender. After a career working at many of San Francisco's great cocktail bars, he has opened a new bar in sunny San Diego called Polite Provisions, part cocktail bar and part old-fashioned pharmacy counter, complete with egg creams. Instead of telling you what Erick is doing, I thought I would let him do that himself. I bellied up to his new spot and asked him some questions.

How Do You Muddle Mint?

Fun with impromptu muddlers for that Mint Julep
May 2, 2013 1:31 pm

It's time to brush up on muddling: crushing up cocktail ingredients in the bottom of the glass or shaker before adding ice and booze. You may know that the Mint Julep is the official cocktail of Derby season, and if it sounds too complicated to make, it's not. Grab some bourbon and get your muddle on. Here are some tips.

From Bar Bartender To Kitchen Bartender: The Journey Of Charles Joly

A new standard of cocktail at Chicago's The Aviary
Mar 27, 2013 4:01 pm

If Charles Joly were a chef, he would be a household name. He has won just about every cocktail competition in America. He has been nominated for a James Beard Award, and I have no doubt that he will bring one home in the not so distant future. After a long stint behind the stick at famous Chicago cocktail den The Drawing Room, Charles moved last year to take a position at heralded experimental cocktail bar The Aviary. The results have been revolutionary.

In San Francisco, Jeff Hollinger Is The Guy To Know About Cocktails

Comstock Saloon co-owner talks trends, Fernet
Aug 15, 2012 3:01 pm

Jeff Hollinger plops down next to me at one of the tight booth at legendary East Village cocktail bar Death + Company where he is about work a guest shift. It’s not an invitation anybody takes likely and Hollinger, a well-regarded bartender himself, has flown all the way from San Francisco to shake some drinks. And talk to us about the SF scene.

Big Weekend: Tales Of The Cocktail 2012

New Orleans hosted THE drinking event of the year
Jul 30, 2012 9:01 am

Tales of the Cocktail, celebrating its 10th year this past week, is like math camp for bartenders. During the day there are serious panels and seminars with titles like "Salt & Bubbles" and "Pisco Wars: Peru vs. Chile Since 1613." There’s cliques and crews — mostly divided by geography. The San Francisco craft distillers here, the Chicago bourbon geeks there. And at night there is plenty of partying, and professional drinking.


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