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A Sailor Jerry Salute

Norman Collins made his own very particular contribution to military history, lore and culture. Namely tattooing mainly scantily clad ladies on the biceps, forearms, backs and chests of countless navy servicemen. Collins, who became better known as “Sailor Jerry,” as the blinking, neon-lit sign above his tattoo parlor proclaimed, inked drunken sailors on shore leave [...]

How to Make a Classic Pisco Sour

Today is apparently national pisco day in Chile, which we thought was, like, everyday in Chile (it may be, since it seems there is also a National Pisco Sour Day in February). But no matter. We don’t care a whit if that is a legitimate thing. Does it matter? This is one BS day we [...]

Eating Pop Rocks with S.F. Mayor Ed Lee

When the Bay Bridge went ablaze with 25,000 LED lights On March 5, San Francisco’s other bridge became, at 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the world’s largest LED light sculpture. For whatever that’s worth. What really matters is what the mayor was drinking when the switch went on. And we happened to find out. [...]

The Oroblanco

With an Oroblanco Twist

The Oroblanco is a cross between a grapefruit and a pummelo and grows, to our knowledge, exclusively in California. As part of their farmer’s market cocktail series, the good bar folks at Chaya did well to blend it with Distillery No. 209, which is a very citrusy gin and Campari. The Oroblanco Negroni is fresh [...]

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Nothing Says I Love You Like Chocolate-Flavored Tequila

For Valentine’s Day, Patrón sent us a heart-shaped box of chocolate flavored tequila.  The tequila maker is selling their XO Cafe Dark Cocoa Coffee Liqueur (yes, it actually tastes of all those things — tequila, chocolate and coffee — but not in a bad way necessarily) in heart-shaped boxes for the holiday. It’s way better than a box of chocolates, especially if [...]

Stout in a can from Hog Island

Marooned on Hog Island with 21st Amendement and a Bloody Mary

For a few years now, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founders of 21st Amendment Brewery, and Hog Island Oyster Company co-founders John Finger and Terry Sawyer have been cooperating on a combination worthy of Reese’s. Yes, it appears, sir, you’ve got your oysters in my stout. The latest iteration, brewed with shells from Hog Island [...]

Classic Gin & Tonic from Fagiani’s

There is a classic style of gin known as “London Dry,” which is best categorized by famous household names such as Tanqueray, Gordon’s and Beefeater. The name, however, refers to the style of gin, since a London dry gin doesn’t actually have to be produced in London (ironically enough). In fact Beefeater is the last [...]

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The Blue Marie, a Bloody Mary with a French Accent

Three sweet little words: Now serving brunch. Few phrases bring more joy to our hearts here at TTG HQ in the brunch hinterlands of Napa. What was once a desert, devoid of benedicts and bloodies, has been shaping up of late. French Blue in St. Helena is the latest restaurant to begin full-on brunch service [...]

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An Explosive Drink Recipe from Tales of the Cocktail

Unless you are holed up somewhere with a Clockwork Orange-esque eye-lid-opening contraption affixed to your face attempting to take in every possible minute of live-streaming Olympics broadcast you are probably aware of an arguably more pertinent Olympic-size event going on this weekend in New Orleans: the annual beverage industry gathering known as Tales of the [...]

The Honey Bee's Knees

Fresh Lavender-Infused No. 209 Gin Cocktail

This week we are celebrating our good friend and devoted pollinator, the honey bee. If it weren’t for her hard work and dedication, this cocktail, made with fresh lavender, wouldn’t be possible. Vincent Lee, the equally dedicated barman at Lucy Restaurant and Bar at Bardessono, also played a hand. We are taking the liberty of [...]

Dita Von Teese Cointreau MargaDita

Dita Von Teese Delivers a Spicy Smack, Takes Her Margarita on the Rocks

“Life is too short to have badly-made cocktails.” You know her as a burlesque legend and retro hollywood glam gal, but who knew that Dita Von Teese was also a fountain of such cocktilian wisdom? As the spokesperson for Cointreau she stands at the intersection of striptease and finely balanced libations. When she’s not in [...]

Super Friends 1973

Bar Stars Beattie and Pazdon Bringing Classics, Hand-Cut Ice to Goose & Gander

The old Martini House, empty more than a year now, will roar back to life next week as Andy Florsheim’s Goose & Gander. Florsheim has assembled a bar team supergroup of sorts (we are thinking more Super Friends or maybe the powers of Voltron uniting than Velvet Revolver, but you be the judge). Today, we [...]

ToasttoGaia

Toasting Mother Earth With Infused Organic Vodka

Solage Calistoga really knows how to celebrate Earth Day, in addition to a fat donation to the Napa Valley Vine Trail and planting a tree for every Facebook fan, the resort’s SolBar has dedicated a special cocktail featuring all organic ingredients, called Toast to Gaia and created by somm Bradley Wasserman, which will be served [...]

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Saké Joins Mixology Madness

When we received an unsolicited case of saké at HQ this week, we were thrilled! Who wouldn’t be? Saké is so often overlooked, even though it so often just exactly the right thing. With sushi, obviously, but we also enjoy it with Chinese takeout, any kind of noodley soup, Vietmanese or otherwise, and for breakfast. [...]

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Inspired, Innovative Alternatives to Outdated Ice-and-Glass Service

When a guy walked into a bar which we were tending not that long ago and asked us if we would consider serving white wine with a chilled plastic insert known as the Corkcicle, we laughed at him. (No, we really did. It was kind of mean, actually.) But now, the Corkcicle is everywhere, so [...]

Riding Out Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy in a Can

I have a deep-seated connection with both Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and, of course, the legendary cocktail made with the same, but I also have an inherent mistrust of things I love that suddenly decide to come premixed… in a can… When the press release for the soon-to-the U.S.-market Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy cocktail in [...]

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Mad Men Viewing Party Cocktail List

At least as enjoyable as the more soap operatic aspects of Mad Men is just the pure simple joy of the cocktail culture as depicted in the world of the show. Count us in on any vision that includes cans of beer and bottles of bourbon as office supplies. To help you usher in the new [...]

Glenfiddich 125th Charity Gala On Liberty Island

A Wee Bit O’ Scratch: Glenfiddich 55-Year Fetches Princely Sum at Auction

Just how much money is it possible to drop on a wee bit of dram? Mix up the perfect blend of ego, rare aged Scotch whisky, an anniversary party, toss in a celebrity charity, add a dash of hubris and the answer is quite a lot. On Thursday night Mahesh Patel — who has alternately been [...]

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Reasons To Reconsider: Barrel-Aged Cocktails at Presidio Social Club

It seemed like another ridiculous cocktail fad. Oh, now we’re aging cocktails. In wine barrels. Great. Aging something that has already been aged. You could hear the eyes rolling. What ever will these “mixologists” think of next? The particular mixologist credited with starting this fad is from Portland, Oregon (of course, he is). Jeffrey Morgenthaler, [...]

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Kosher for Passover Liquor To Get You Through

Because man cannot live on Manischewitz alone, No. 209, which has been making gin on Pier 50 in San Francisco since 1999, released its first vodka this month — just in time for Passover. Because “leavened,” including fermented, grains are forbidden during the eight-day festival, which celebrates the Israelites emancipation from Egypt, spirits that are [...]

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Drinking: An Absurd Solution to the Absurdity of Life

“This is an absurdly complicated world,” writes Daniel Handler in the introduction to “The Hour,” Bernard DeVoto’s essential 1948 book on cocktails. “Drinking, like existence, is an endless muddle, one of the slipperiest boulders in life’s daunting stream — we cling to it for support but end up even wetter than when we started.” DeVoto [...]