Ardent Spirits eLetter
August 12, 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

Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco

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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The Cocktail Cottage

Our good friend, Angie Jackson, of Ultimate Elixirs in Chicago, recently launched what we can describe only as the classiest, funkiest, most stylish, web store featuring "Eclectic Cocktailware for the Tippling Aficionado."

And so savvy was Angie when she put this store together, she gave gaz his very own room.  Come visit him here.

Go visit the Cocktail Cottage here.  You'll be happy you did.

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World's Best Bartenders

"Learn to be a good host, ask thousands of questions to your head bartender or mentor, and never stop being curious," says Max La Rocca, our latest inductee,

Read more here

Worldwide Best Bartenders home page here

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The CocktailianThe Cocktailian

July 29, 2010
Click link below to see an episode from
gaz's latest book
The Cocktailian Chronicles:
The Professor Years, Volume 1
Episode 21: The Double Shot

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Bartender's BookshelfBartender's Bookshelf


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
spirituous journey 2 dark sprits beachbum berry

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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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Behind the Bar: Summer Whiskey Cocktails

Ten years ago, I was working at the Blackbird Bar in midtown Manhattan and was trying to get a guest to like whiskey. The challenge inspired me to create the Whiskey Peach Smash—a chilly combination of... read more

One for the Road: Rooftop Bars

Come summertime, rooftop imbibing ranks right up there with our other favorite seasonal pastimes, barbecuing and swimming in the ocean. At one of these five high-altitude establishments, you’re assured a... read more

The Other Cobbler

The last 150 years have brought us many excellent things with which to while away the idle hours: recorded music, motion pictures, Twitter, Wii, the drama-rich doings of Lindsay Lohan. We’ve got air conditioning now, which–although it cuts down on one traditional recreation... read more

Raising the Bar: Ryan Fitzgerald

Ryan Fitzgerald is a bartender’s bartender. At San Francisco’s beloved Mission District restaurant Beretta, he can be found slinging drinks, dishing banter and... read more

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harry craddock

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)

Supersizing Your Cocktails for Parties: LeNell it All

Behave Yourself At The Bar

Friday @ 5: A cocktail to kick off the weekend

It's Tiki Drink Time

Sip this cocktail before summer slips away

Window on My World: Bellingham bartender focuses on classic cocktails

Become your own cocktail mixologist

Botanical cocktails take root at South Sound bars

"L'aperitif is both a beverage and a social activity," writes Georgeanne Brennan in her book "Aperitif: Stylish Drinks and Recipes for the Cocktail Hour"

High on chai

Albert Trummer's Theater Bar Lets Bartenders Jump The Shark

Movies to Watch While Drinking Cocktails

Cocktail Bars Cropping Up All Over Town

Killer Tomato Festival: The Cocktails

All Aboard: Travel-Themed Cocktail Bar Pulls into the Village

The Best Places for Cocktails in America

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Potent Quotables

August 12, 2010

As Far as Conduct, Education, Language, and General Savoir-Vivre are Concerned

“The situation of a bartender gives the holder the chance of studying human nature.  A man fit for the position, and consequently a keen observer—for one thing cannot be separated from the other—will be able to tell a man’s character very soon, as far as conduct, education, language, and general savoir-vivre are concerned.”  The Flowing Bowl by William Schmidt, 1892.

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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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