bartending

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 12:01 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 12:31 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 3:01 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 2:01 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 8:01 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.

Miss Speed Rack NYC: Fast And Hardcore

All-ladies speed bartending championships rock
May 14, 2012 2:01 pm
Miss Speed Rack

Twelve lady barkeeps, 10 regional champs and two wildcards hit the bar in NYC last Thursday to compete in a heated cocktail battle. The goal: to make the best-tasting drinks with the fastest time, all to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Boobies!  

5 Hot Spring Cocktail Trends

Here's what you should be drinking this season
May 11, 2012 12:01 pm

Fresh veggies, local berries, high-alcohol gin: These are a few of our favorite spring cocktail trends, just in time for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which kicks off tonight.

NYC: Speed Rack Finals Are Coming To Town

The bartending competition culminates tomorrow
May 9, 2012 12:01 pm

This Thursday, watch the best female bartenders in the business compete for the title of Miss Speed Rack USA in New York City — and eat great food while you're at it.

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