Bar Review – The Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany, California
March 15, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

Hotsy Totsy

 
I have been fortunate enough to engage in discussions of the bar arts with many a worthy bartender.  Among their love of good drinks and admiration for other good bartenders lay another deep fondness; …

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Tasting Notes – Jefferson’s 17 Year Old Presidential Select Kentucky Bourbon
April 14, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
Tasting Notes – Jefferson’s 17 Year Old Presidential Select Kentucky Bourbon

There is that one most special bottle you have (or would like to have) hidden at the back of your cabinet that only comes out for that handful of friends who would cherish it and …

Cigar Review – Olivia Master Blends 1 (Torpedo)
April 12, 2011 – 10:00 am | No Comment
Cigar Review – Olivia Master Blends 1 (Torpedo)

This guest cigar review comes from Brooks Whittington over at smokingstogie.com.
Oliva Master Blends 1 (Torpedo)- Sadly, this cigar has more tattoos then me.
The Oliva Master Blends 1 was one of those cigars that I searched …

Must Read – Why Brian M. Clark Drinks/Modern Drunkard
April 8, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment
Must Read – Why Brian M. Clark Drinks/Modern Drunkard

 
I am a big fan of Modern Drunkard Magazine.  Forget the subject for a moment, they just have great and often ballsy writing.  This essay entitled, “Why I drink and why mother fuckers need to …

2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Announces Top Honors
April 6, 2011 – 12:51 pm | No Comment
2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Announces Top Honors

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition just released the results of their 2011 judging.  Held over the weekend of March 19, 19 and 20, 2011 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, over 1,100 spirits …

Folk rock bands Blvd Park and Musical Charis interview with MPS
April 3, 2011 – 2:16 am | One Comment
Folk rock bands Blvd Park and Musical Charis interview with MPS

Musical Charis and Blvd Park took their New American Dream Tour to UC Santa Barbara, a couple of weeks ago for a talk on radio host Ted Coe’s KCSB morning show, “The Freak Power Ticket,” and a performance …

Cocktail Recipe – Mojito
April 2, 2011 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Cocktail Recipe – Mojito

The Mojito was once the drink of the Cuban peasant class. Although it did find favor with some classic American entertainment luminaries like Errol Flynn and Nat King Cole, the Mojito was largely unknown outside …

This Week In Cocktails – April 3, 2011
April 1, 2011 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
This Week In Cocktails – April 3, 2011

Here is a look into what is going on in the world of cocktails this week.
 
 
 

Derek Brown of the Atlantic, and another gin drinker such as myself, has a nice article on how the English …

Cocktail Recipe – The Americano and The Americano Grapefruit Cooler
April 1, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Cocktail Recipe – The Americano and The Americano Grapefruit Cooler

Credit for creating the Americano is given to Gaspare Campari. The Milan, Italy bar owner first served this bitter sweet cocktail some time around 1861. During the American prohibition on alcohol, Americans would flock to …

Gordon & MacPhail Release 70 Year Old Single Malt
March 28, 2011 – 9:33 pm | No Comment
Gordon & MacPhail Release 70 Year Old Single Malt

Bottlers Gordon and Macphail have released the second in their Generations series with a 70 year old single malt from Glenlivet distillers.  Presented in a stunning glass commemorative teardrop decanter, this expression was distilled on …

Week In Cocktails – March 27, 2011
March 27, 2011 – 10:59 pm | No Comment
Week In Cocktails – March 27, 2011

Here is a look around the world of cocktails.  It has been raining quite a bit here and I am desperately looking forward to warmer weather.  A few of these pieces leave me longing.
 
 

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