Ardent Spirits eLetter
July 15, 2010



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Bartenders in our Database work at smart joints such as these

15 Romolo, San Francisco.

50 Plates, Portland, OR

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, San Francisco.

Aldea Restaurant, New York.

Aspen Restaurant, Old Saybrook, CT

Aureole restaurant, New York.

Bar Agricole, San Francisco.

Barrio North, London

Beaker and Flask, Portland, OR

Bijou Restaurant and Bar, Hayward, CA.

Bobo, New York

Bols Bartending Academy, Amsterdam

Bookmarks Lounge, New York

Campbell Apt, New York

Cantina, San Francisco.

Carnegie Club, New York

Chasen's Bar, West Hollywood.

Clover Club, Brooklyn

Connaught Hotel, London

Daddy-O, New York

Daniel, NY

Death & Company, NYC

Doheny, Los Angeles

Drawing Room at Le Passage, Chicago

Drink, Boston.

The Electric Pickle Co. Cocktail Lounge & Music Emporium, Miami

Elixir, San Francisco.

Enrico’s Sidewalk Cafe, San Francisco.

Fabulous Shaker Boys, Amsterdam

Flatiron Lounge, New York.

Graham Elliot, Chicago

GV Hurley’s, Sacramento

Havana Club of Miami, Miami, Florida.

Havover, Denmark

The Hotel Shangri-La, Los Angeles

Insieme, New York

Jardiniere, San Francisco

JP Wine Bar & Coffee House, Kansas City, MO

L Wine Lounge, Sacramento

Lab Bar, London

Lounge ON20, Sacramento

Madison & Vine, New York.

Malo Restaurant, Los Angeles

Masso, Dre, London

Mayahuel, NYC

Mea Culpa Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand

Milk & Honey, New York.

Milk & Honey, New York.

Monarch Restaurant, Maplewood, MO

Nopa, San Francisco

Oloroso, Edinburgh

Palapa’s Surfside, Colorado Springs, CO

Paragon Restaurant and Bar, Portland, Oregon

Pazzalune Cafe, St. Paul, MN

PDT, New York

Peacock Alley at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York

Pegu Club, New York.

Philadelphia Fish and Company, Philadelphia.

Portland, Oregon

Quarter Bar & Restaurant, Leicester, UK

Rayuela, New York, Millburn, NJ

Ronnie Scott's, London

Room, Liverpool, England

Rye, San Francisco.

S.A.F. Organic Restaurant, Istanbul.

Salvatore@Fifty, London.

Sochu Bar, Berlin, Germany

Soul Shakers, London.

Stanislav Vadrna´s Analog Bar Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco

Stingaree, San Diego, CA

Terene, St. Louis, MO

White Mountain Cider Company, Glen, NH

The Wilshire, Los Angeles

World Bar, New York

Zig Zag Café, Seattle.

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I'm on the road again, so we apologize for a shorter-than-usual issue, but that's the way the spoon stirs, I'm afraid!

Cheers, gaz regan

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The CocktailianThe Cocktailian

Click link below to see an episode from gaz's upcoming book
The Cocktailian Chronicles:
The Professor Years, Volume 1
Episode 19: The Velvet Fog

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Clickety on the pretty covers, please.


The Book of Bourbon by Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan bartenders gin compendium by gaz regan The Cocktailian Chronicles by gaz regan
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Drink du Jour

Our Drink du Jour column is currently being sponsored by the good folk at, and we think that you're going to enjoy what they're bringing to the party.

Each week, for the foreseeable future, we at ardent spirits will select the best of the best pages on (and they have some pretty remarkable stuff), and we'll post links to those article right here.

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Spice It Up

If you infuse high-proof vodka with spices and call it gin, trendy mixologists will beat a path to your door. Do the same with rum, and they usually beat a path to the exit. Truth be told, the Caribbean compatriots of rum and spice have been... read more

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Craddock's Corner

Here's where we bring you links to boozey stories from all over the place (and where we've placed a picture of Harry Craddock, author of one of the world's most important tomes, The Savoy Cocktail Book)

The Gin Joint: bringing back pre-Prohibition pleasures (Charleston)

Stoughton woman celebrates 105th birthday with a cocktail

Mocktail ideas for the expectant mom

Few brands can boast a 500-year heritage like Bénédictine D.O.M.

Barhopping: A classy cocktail crawl through downtown Minneapolis

five of the big cocktail and bar trends of 2010

Top Ten Summer Cocktails to Try (Chicago)

How much is too much for a cocktail? (Chicago)

Happy Hour: LOT No. 3 has a masculine flavor and the aroma of bacon (Seattle)

Your passport to cooling off: Rickey Month (D.C.)

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Potent Quotables

July 15, 2010

Drinkin' and Raisin' Hell

"I remember a piece of poetry this here guy wrote down. It was about him an' a couple other guys goin' all over the world drinkin' and raisin' hell and screwin' around. I wisht I could remember how that piece went. This guy had words in it that Jesus H. Christ wouldn't know what they meant.”  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939.

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Hot LinksHot Links

Small Screen Network

The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess

Inspired Sips with The Liquid Muse

Raising the Bar with Jamie Boudreau

Inside the Kitchen Door with Chef Andrew Lanier        

Drinks Ink Blog
Wherein a sharp-tongued boozehound (Jack Robertiello) shares what he thinks about what he drinks, among other things. Click here
Don't forget to pay Uncle Brian a visit at the barkeeper. This guy has stuff on his blog that you'll never find anywhere else in the world. Don't say we didn't tell you...

Arthur Shapiro's Booze Business Blog
Our old friend Arthur Shapiro spills some fabulous booze-related tales on his blog, Booze Business.  Go pay him a visit here.

The Cocktail Guru
Wanna See What Jonathan Pogash is Up To This Week? Clickety HERE to go worship The Cocktail Guru.

The Jerry Thomas Project

The Jerry Thomas Project is the re-creation of all of Jerry Thomas' cocktails from Jerry Thomas' Bar-Tenders Guide: Receipts for Mixing in their purest form.  Click here

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