Kellogg’s To Enter Flavored-Vodka Market

America’s fascination with flavored spirits has entered an entirely new dimension. On the heels of Pernod Ricard’s just-released trio of Mama Walker’s breakfast-inspired liqueurs — Maple Bacon, Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut — Kellogg’s has announced that it is jumping into the beverage alcohol market. The nation’s cereal giant, based in Battle Creek, MI, has [...]

Vincent Lee at the bar

Cherries (And Gin and Absinthe) Jubilee: Toasting the Launch of TTG

Tasked with creating a special Distillery No. 209 cocktail for the Table To Grave launch party at Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono, barman Vincent Lee went all out. Taking into account both cherry season and perhaps our color scheme, Lee created a pink frothy libation using fresh cherry juice and an egg white. Without [...]

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 [...]

Drambuie Nail or Fail Bartender Showdown in San Francisco, photo by Gwen Rogers

Bartenders: 10 Tips For Winning a Cocktail Competition

We recently had the opportunity to serve on a panel of judges for a cocktail competition in the city of San Francisco. Now, having participated in such competitions in the past ourselves, we were fully aware of the time and energy bartenders spend preparing for these. And for what? In some cases, little more than [...]

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 [...]


When Life Gives you Grape Juice, Make Gin

Husband and wife winemakers Alex and Monica Villicana of Villicana Winery in Paso Robles had been throwing away a lot of grape juice. Like many red-wine producers, they cold-soak their Rhone varietal grapes for a few days before allowing fermentation to begin. During this time, some of the juice is allowed to run off, increasing [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]