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Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

As the rain poured down on an otherwise lovely afternoon in the Big Easy, a small group of us dipped into the fascinating New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to learn more about bitters and single malt scotch. It was a fitting locale, what with the medicinal history of bitters and all.…read more →

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it, another productive week spent in New Orleans attending seminars, tasting spirits, meeting distillers and enjoying enough revelry to make us feel fortunate this only happens once per year. It was a good run, and now that our collective…read more →

Knappogue Castle Unveils a New Look, Cocktails Ensue

Knappogue Castle Unveils a New Look, Cocktails Ensue

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey got a new look. And to celebrate, they flew in a couple heavyweight bartenders from across these great states to Pouring Ribbons in New York’s East Village just for the occasion. The visiting dignitaries: Jackson Cannon from Eastern Standard and The Hawthorne in Boston…read more →

I Dare You to Ruin My Negroni

I Dare You to Ruin My Negroni

Today kicks off Negroni Week, an annual celebration presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari that champions this great cocktail while raising money for charitable causes around the world. We’ll be participating with a week of Negroni coverage. When does a Negroni cease to be a Negroni? That’s a question I…read more →

Thirst Boston Returns May 20-23

Thirst Boston Returns May 20-23

The spring showers may have dissipated, but Boston’s wettest weekend is still looming. Thirst Boston, a four-day festival dedicated to all things distilled, shaken and stirred returns to its namesake city on May 20-23, and for the first time Cocktail Enthusiast will be attending. Its dozens of seminars and classes…read more →

Jim Meehan on Bartenders, Bacardi Legacy and Tipping

Jim Meehan on Bartenders, Bacardi Legacy and Tipping

At the recently concluded Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in San Francisco (see our recap), we caught up with a few industry luminaries who were in town to judge the semi finals and finals. One such judge was Jim Meehan. The man behind New York cocktail bar PDT now calls…read more →

Scenes from the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Scenes from the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Another San Antonio Cocktail Conference is in the books, and with it, another fine event filled with educational seminars, tastings, spirited dinners and parties. Lots of parties. This year’s conference featured a rigorous educational track, with three days of classes covering everything from running a bar and whiskey blending to…read more →

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

One of our favorite activities at Tales of the Cocktail is attending a spirited dinner. Neither as festive as the brand-sponsored parties nor as hectic as the tasting rooms, a spirited dinner is typically a relaxed affair that allows you to really delve into the featured spirit. Of course, sometimes…read more →

Brands Go Big at Tales of the Cocktail

Brands Go Big at Tales of the Cocktail

Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it: another bout of day drinking, spirited dinners, all-out fetes and just the right amount of regret. This year witnessed a slew of larger-than-life bashes put on by notable brands who 1) know how to throw a good party,…read more →

Tasting Through the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Tasting Through the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

This past weekend we expended much time and energy in the Manhattan Cocktail Classic tasting rooms. It was filled with some familiar faces and plenty of new ones, as we moved from table to table to sample the goods. There were dozens of memorable bottles on display – too many…read more →

Scenes from the 2014 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Scenes from the 2014 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Taking place January 16-19, the 2014 San Antonio Cocktail Conference was four days of seminars, parties, tastings, events, tacos and general good times in the hotels, bars and theaters of San Antonio. We sampled new spirits, got reacquainted with old ones, learned a few things and stayed out way too…read more →

Vermouth School with Brian McCullough

Vermouth School with Brian McCullough

The 2014 San Antonio Cocktail Conference concluded on Sunday, which means we’ve had just a couple days to recuperate from the haze of seminars, tastings and parties. So many parties… And while the late night festivities at venues like the Majestic and Empire theaters are certainly a big draw, don’t…read more →

An Evening with PAMA and the DeGroffs

An Evening with PAMA and the DeGroffs

Recently, PAMA brought together the DeGroff family for an evening of holiday entertaining and punch drinking at Apartment 13 in New York. This included “King Cocktail” himself, Dale DeGroff, plus his bartending son, Leo. It was quite the affair, and it kicked off the PAMA Bar Stars Series…read more →

2013 Portland Cocktail Week Recap

2013 Portland Cocktail Week Recap

Sometimes it takes a couple of days to recover from a cocktail event. Other times, it takes about 10 days. That’s the case for the recently-ended Portland Cocktail Week. But after some reflection and a pretty intense juice cleanse, I’m ready to share my story. Portland Cocktail Week (PDXCW) is…read more →

Tasting a Bunch of The Balvenie Scotch

Tasting a Bunch of The Balvenie Scotch

Yesterday, The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection rolled through town. This traveling road show features original works from some of America’s most talented craftsmen. The collection was curated by Todd Snyder, and it includes everything from bowlers hats and bicycles to handmade ping pong tables. It’s all part of The Balvenie’s…read more →

Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Going through our notes of good cocktails we sampled at Tales of the Cocktail led us to a couple we consumed at the Angostura Bitters U.S. Cocktail Challenge. After prior competitions whittled the contestants down to five bartenders, the finalists competed for a $5,000 prize and a trip to Trinidad for…read more →

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail was the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, which pitted seven bars against in each other in a drinks slinging, no-holds-barred fight to the death. Sort of. It was really just a spirited affair, in which the competing bars…read more →