G.L.A.S.S. Is A Game Changer For LGBT Booze Professionals

A collective formed to create an industry community
Apr 20, 2015 3:00 pm

Twenty-seven-year-old Cooper Cheatham’s organization, G.L.A.S.S. — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Spirited Sipping — is all about creating community by bringing together the mixologists, brand reps and beverage directors who often feel marginalized in a heteronormative, male-dominated industry. It has grown quickly, expanding to cities across America and securing a sponsorship from Absolut. Read on for an in-depth look at the organization.

Jim Meehan Is One Busy Man In Portland

Cocktail pro has PDX plans in the works
Feb 13, 2015 12:45 pm

Jim Meehan is recognized as one of the country’s top bartenders. The cocktail pro made a name for himself at his legendary New York City bar PDT, and took home the James Beard Foundation’s first ever Outstanding Bar Program Award in 2012. He is also — as of this past autumn — a resident of Portland, Oregon. And he's wasting no time in planning his next moves.


How To Build A Sweet Bloody Mary Bar

Kill a hangover, or just get brunch started right
Dec 29, 2014 2:00 pm

The start of the New Year is only days away and for many of us, that signals the start of a new hangover. I’ll bet it’s going to be a doozy. Mine always is. But there is hope and it comes in the form of the Bloody Mary. New Year’s Day, or honestly most weekend days, is always a great day to have people over in the afternoon. Maybe you can cook up a big pot of chili. And, of course, set up this amazing D.I.Y. Bloody Mary bar. Here's how to do it.

Seriously Dude, Buy A Punch Bowl Already

Why punch should be the focus this holiday season
Dec 18, 2014 11:00 am

Long before the cocktail was, well, a cocktail, there was punch. While the word “cocktail” was first mentioned in print in 1798 in London, punch had its first recipe mentioned in 1670. So just how has the big bowl that has become synonymous with insipid fruit juices and bad hooch evolved over the years? And why are we officially declaring it time for a punch comeback? Read on.

3 Longstanding Myths That Are Confusing Many In The Cocktail Industry

Ice, syrups and lemons are often misunderstood
Oct 29, 2014 1:00 pm

One of the major points I made during my time onstage at Bar Convent Berlin was that bartending is — possibly more so than any other industry I can think of — full of mythology. There is a long, rich history, I told them, of bartenders passing down misinformation from one bartender to the next. Here are a few of the cocktail myths I spoke to them about.

How To Flame An Orange Peel For Cocktails

Popular bar trick was revived by Dale DeGroff
Jul 8, 2014 3:00 pm

One popular trick behind the bar today dates back to 1970 in Los Angeles, was revived by Dale DeGroff in New York in the 1980s, and continues to be popular among bartenders everywhere, and that’s the flamed orange peel. Reportedly invented by bartender Pepe Ruiz for the Flame of Love Cocktail created for Dean Martin, the trick involves holding an orange peel close to an open flame and briefly igniting the volatile oils over the surface of the drink. Read about the process and mystery behind the trick, after the jump.

How To Blanch Herbs For Syrups In Cocktails

A simple four-step guide to blanching fresh herbs
Jul 3, 2014 3:00 pm

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender and current bar manager at Portland's Clyde Common. His writing and recipes have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. An excerpt about blanching herbs from his recently released first book, after the jump.

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Simple Syrup

Taking a close look at a common cocktail ingredient
Jul 1, 2014 2:01 pm

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender and current bar manager at Portland's Clyde Common. His writing and recipes have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. Here, he tells us all about the importance of simple syrup.


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