I mentioned last week that I was in Italy with a scotch company, right? If
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Getting the Jump on Japanese Whiskey
In which gaz regan goes to Japan and Harlem to deliver a Mule with harmony and
balance—plus a little kick.
Dear Discerning Drinker,
Here's what you'll find in this week's digital CLASS
- Tony Conigliaro: the second part of our monster
interview: is he a bartender or a scientist?
- New Bars in London: Hunter S. - a spirit lover's pub
in trendy Dalston
- New Bars in New York: including Sasha Petraske's
- Breakfast cereal cocktails: Froot Loops make it into
the CLASS Signature Cocktail, from Joseph Biolatto of Le Forum in Paris;
while Hawksmoor's Cornflake Hardshake shows up in our Daily Cocktail
- Spirited Reviews: we kick off with Portobello Road No.
171 gin, from the team behind the Portobello Star
- Classic Cocktail: a new series focusing on the Piña
- A tribute to Great Drinker W. C. Fields - and his
unique way of drinking a Martini
- ... and more.
To read this week's issue
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Silver Screen Cocktails
acting and directing to lighting and sound effects, there’s an Oscar for just
about everything movie-related—except, that is, for best cinematic cocktail.
We’ve decided to give up waiting for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences to rectify this situation and created our own list of award-winning
drinks featured on-screen.
We’d be remiss not to recognize the importance of the Thin Man series starring
William Powell and Myrna Loy, whose thirsty characters gave their names to the
Nick & Nora Dry Martini.
And while we’re on the subject of
Martinis, Sean Connery’s portrayal of
suave super-spy James Bond inspired many a drinker—to the despair of their
bartenders—to repeat the famous line “shaken, not stirred.” (But die-hard fans
of 007 know that his original signature order was actually another concoction,
Vesper, which combines gin and vodka
Talking about classics, there are lots of iconic Marilyn Monroe movie scenes,
but one of our favorite moments is when she fixes impromptu
Manhattans in a hot water bottle for
Jack Lemmon and a crowd of bandmates in Billy Wilder’s madcap caper
Some Like it
But it’s not only old flicks where tipples show up. The
White Russian plays a large enough role
in the Coen brothers’ hit
Lebowski that it should have gotten a supporting actor nomination.
So get out the shaker, make a huge bowl of popcorn and let the red-carpet
Booker and Dax
Occupying the original home of Momofuku Milk Bar, this
new joint from David Chang serves up high-tech beverages
made with everything from liquid nitrogen to a centrifuge. Dave
Arnold, the French Culinary Institute’s director of culinary
technology, helped build the menu.
Booker and Dax
207 2nd Avenue (@ 13th Street)
New York, NY
Tel: 212 254 3500
One for the Road: Vancouver
has always been a drinkers’ town. Even before the craft-cocktail movement kicked
into high gear, you could easily find a decent tipple. Now, of course, the city
boasts many fine bars and has its own satellite Tales of the Cocktail
conference, which took place last week. I was at the event and got to check out
the local mixological scene again. Here are the establishments I recommend
The Diamond, 6 Powell Street:
The Diamond is
bartender’s bar. (It helps that it has a variety of classes for pros as well as
home mixologists.) Its sharp cocktail list groups drinks under the headings
“proper,” “delicate” and “notorious,” plus punches.
What to Drink: Diamond Cup (Cinzano Orancio Vermouth, Amaro Montenegro,
lemon, ginger ale, fruit)
Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge, 1038
Canada Place, 604 695 5300:
The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel was the host of Tales of the Cocktail on Tour,
and its Lobby Lounge (pictured above) definitely upped its game for the
occasion. The extra-special treats, including barrel-aged creations and
Perlini-carbonated concoctions, are
Drink: Sniper (Mount
Gay Rum, apricot, Yellow Chartreuse, house-made pimento dram)
West, 2881 Granville Street, 604 738
It is impossible to talk about the city’s watering holes and not highlight the
destination restaurant West and its pioneering, award-winning barman David
Wolowidnyk. He produces an incredible range of ingredients—everything from
pickled onions and stuffed olives to falernum and even a chocolate bourbon.
What to Drink: Vancouver (Plymouth
Gin, Punt e Mes,
Bénédictine, Angostura Orange Bitters,
out Simon Ford’s
complete guide for more great Vancouver
is an award-winning bartender and director of trade outreach and brand education
for Pernod Ricard USA. He is also a
A Spirited Leap Year
it may not inspire the same kind of awe as, say, a lunar eclipse or a comet,
we’re pretty excited that it’s Leap Year. But having a 29th day in February has
left us with somewhat of a conundrum: What does one drink to mark the occasion?
We suggest you put today to good use and start some mixological projects that
you might not otherwise have time for, like making your own spiced rum. Try
Curtis’ easy recipe to give a bottle of your favorite brand a little
more flavor and complexity. The infused spirit will be ready in about 48 hours,
so you can enjoy it all weekend long.
Another great thing to work on is homemade grenadine. Why bother? While you can
now find some artisanal products, most stores still stock only cheap,
bright-red, sticky-sweet concoctions. The real stuff is quite different and
calls for deliciously tart pomegranate juice. It’s also very simple to create.
formula comes from star Portland, Ore., mixologist Jeffrey
Morgenthaler. Taste the result in his tropical and refreshing
While you’re building your bartending pantry, you might as well whip up some
tasty orgeat syrup. In recent years, the nut-based ingredient has staged a big
comeback and is necessary for fixing many tiki cocktails, including the
Tai. No matter if you use almonds, pecans or peanuts, the
preparation is the same and a batch should last you awhile. Happy
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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)
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The Oldest, Most Historic Drinking Establishment in the State
"Around the turn of the century a proud saloon owner conducted an English
visitor through his barroom. 'This is
the oldest, most historic drinking establishment in the state,' he explained.
'It goes all the way back to the times of the first prospectors, almost
fifty years.' 'My dear fellow, said the
Englishman, 'where I come from it takes that long to break in a new bartender.'"
Saloons of the Old West by Richard Erdoes, 1997.
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Here's the reason that the good folk at
Glenmorangie took us to Italy last
Glenmorangie unveils Artein
a monumental whisky born of stone
Glenmorangie is proud to announce the release of Glenmorangie Artein,
the third release in its award winning Private Edition range.
Scots Gaelic for stone ‘Artein’ is an intriguing 15 Years Old
Glenmorangie, extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks.
Stone has always been at the heart of the making of Glenmorangie single
malt Scotch whisky. Glenmorangie has
its own unique hard water source - the Tarlogie Spring - which slowly filters
layers of limestone, adding
rich minerals that eventually give Glenmorangie its complex fruity aromas.
The Company has had a close affinity with stone
since an ancient stone of symbolic significance was uncovered near the
Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands - the Hilton of Cadboll Stone.
Glenmorangie proudly adopted the intricate Pictish motif from this iconic
monument as its brand emblem.
Widely regarded as a pioneer in extra maturation and with a true passion
for innovation, it is no surprise that Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling &
Whisky Creation for Glenmorangie felt strong affinity with a highly talented
group of ‘Super Tuscan’ producers, celebrated for breaking with Italian
tradition. The rugged Tuscan coastal
hills, built on stony foundations, are a seemingly improbable area for
vineyards. However, the stony
terroir plays an important role in the development of these fine wines.
The vines are forced to delve deep into the soil seeking nourishment; as
a result the grapes claim intense flavour from this unique environment.
Dr Lumsden comments “Wine
is one of my huge passions and I was fascinated by the role stony ground played
in cultivating the vines - therefore influencing the flavour profile of the
famed ‘Super-Tuscan’ wines. I was inspired to experiment with extra maturing
Glenmorangie in these wine casks and was thrilled with the result – a rich,
outstandingly fragrant whisky – born of stone.”
On nosing, Glenmorangie Artein recalls a sweet and heady bouquet of ripe
red berries, honeysuckle and fresh mint.
On the palate, sun soaked baked fruits such as ripe apricots, peaches and
plums harmonise gracefully with hints of spearmint and cherries in milk
chocolate. A whisky of great length,
Glenmorangie Artein finishes with top notes of zesty, lemon sherbet and a
flourish of creamy cappuccino.
Bottled at a strength of 46%, Glenmorangie Artein is available globally
from January 2011.
Glenmorangie Artein is an exciting new addition which joins the ongoing
Private Edition range, comprising so far of the highly esteemed Sonnalta PX and
The Private Edition range consists of rare and interesting limited
edition whiskies carefully selected from the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ of Dr Bill
Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation and are fast becoming
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Camper English is a San Francisco-based
freelance writer and
specializes in cocktails and spirits, with a touch of travel thrown in.
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.
Art of Drink
Art of Drink was spontaneously created in
October 2005 as a way to document information on all things drink related.
Currently Art of Drink is ranked among the top, if not the top, cocktail
blogs on the Internet.
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.
Bay Area Spirits is
the David-vs-Goliath blog that focuses on craft distillers and artisanal,
handcrafted and hard-to-find spirits and cocktails.
for Thought is a blog by Charles Hardwick that's based on the belief
that the best garnish for a great cocktail is a good story. And
Charles tells a good story.
The Cocktail Chronicles
The Cocktail Chronicles is updated somewhat
regularly by Paul Clarke, a Seattle-based cocktail enthusiast . . . I’ve
taken the “roll your own” ethic of
David Embury to
heart, spending countless hours reading about, mixing and studying an array
of cocktails, with a special emphasis on early- and mid-20th century
The Cocktail Guru
Wanna See What Jonathan Pogash is Up To This Week? Go worship The
Drinks Ink Blog
Wherein a sharp-tongued boozehound (Jack Robertiello) shares what he thinks
about what he drinks, among other things.
"Fork & Shaker
is a metaphor for two of my great passions in life –food & drink. Maybe this
site will make you thirsty. Maybe it will make you hungry. Maybe it will
show you that the world of cocktails and other fine libations can be found
all over the world. But if it does nothing more than help you appreciate all
that is beautiful and unique when the crossroads of food and drink meet,
then that will make me very happy," Naren Young.
Spirits News reports on the latest trends in mixology from around the
world. reviewing spirits, liqueurs, and bitters, the best new spirited
publications, bartender competitions, and cocktail events. The site
also includes interviews with the likes of gaz regan, Paul Pacult, and Dave
Wondrich. to name but a few.
writes about bartending and mixology from Portland, Oregon.
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.
The Liquid Muse
was launched in 2006 by Natalie Bovis, a cocktail book author, freelance
writer, and mixologist. With 20 years experience in front-of-the-house
hospitality, Natalie now shares her favorite cocktail bars, spirits, and
wines from around the world via her website, radio, video, and television.
Professor Cocktail is the not-so-secret identity of David J. Montgomery,
professional book critic by day and amateur cocktailian by night.
Cocktails by Jamie Boudreau. Jamie’s
thirst for cocktail minutia is infamous, and if conversation turns to a
subject that he is unsure of, you can be assured that he will research
it as soon as possible. He has a love for the classics, but at the same
time is always looking for new, exciting ingredients with which to try
out new recipes.
Reviews of booze, books, and barware. Also 4,500+ links, 400+ RSS feeds and
extensive "Adventure" section chronicling adventures in alcohol in various
forms. "We aim to be the google of booze"
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