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Visitors Guide for Tales 2011

For the past five years I have attended Tales as a personality, author, seminar panelist, and moderator and each year I roam around the streets not really knowing where to go or what to see and taste. Well, I moved to the French Quarter in October of 2010 and now have a bit more information, so I thought I’d share it with you. Below, is a New Orleans, NOLA, N’awlins, Cresent City, La Nouvelle-Orléan, The Big Easy, visitors guide to help Tales of the Cocktail visitors trek around this piece of earth established in 1713. If you’ve never been to Tales then this will serve you well. If you are a return attendee then you might see something new. I hope you enjoy the information I’ve gathered. Also, if you have information you feel I should include, correct, etc. just Facebook email me.

In this blog post you’ll find:
BASIC NOLA INFORMATION
TOP THRIFTY THINGS TO DO IN NOLA
•  BARS OF INTEREST
NOSHING IN NOLA

FYI – This year I’m tending bar at The Bombay Club (830 Conti [CON-tie] – one block from Bourbon-GPS Map) Tuesday through Saturday. We open at 4 pm, offer live entertainment 7 nights a week, and have a wonderful food menu (our chef, Rickey Cheramie trained under Emeril Lagasse at Commander’s Palace). The Asian Calamari and Eggplant Shrimp are to die for (they are the staff’s favorites). If you have not reserved a Spirited Dinner for Thursday night, then you should know that we have Maine lobster night on Thursdays for only $25. It includes a 1-½ lb full lobster, salad, and a side. You must have reservations because we fly in the live lobsters based on reservations. On Friday we have entertainer, Judy Spellman and she’s great at getting the crowd going. On Saturday night we have the incredible Luther Kent singing the blues. He use to be the lead singer for Blood, Sweat, & Tears in the 1970s. Starts at 9:30pm. I’ll probably be slammed those nights, so I won’t have much time to talk…but it should be fun to watch me in the weeds, lol.

BASIC NOLA INFORMATION
• The French Quarter (Vieux Carré  [VOH- care-eh]/Old Square) is only 6 blocks X 12 blocks. It was the very first part of land built upon in the 1700s.

• There are four streets that border the French Quarter. Canal, Rampart, Esplanade, and Decatur/Mississippi River.

- Cross over Esplanade and you enter the Marigny Triangle and the best place to visit is Frenchman Street (GPS Map). This area is where the locals go for drinks, food, and entertainment. The best way to get there is a cab or walk East straight down Decatur.

- Cross over Canal and you’ll enter a business type atmosphere, but there are bars of interest to visit.

- Cross over Rampart and…well, DO NOT cross over Rampart on foot at night. Only go as far as Bar Tonique.

- Cross over Decatur, keep walking, and you’ll end up in the Mississippi River :)

- When you cross over Canal from the French Quarter the street names change. Here is the list:
Decatur to Magazine
Chartres to Camp
Royal to St. Charles
Bourbon to Carondolet
Dauphine to Baronne
Burgundy to University Place
North Rampart to South Rampart

• All the streets in the French Quarter are one-way. There is no need to constantly look for the one-way signs when crossing a street…just look to see which way the cars are faced.

• The sidewalks in the French Quarter are very uneven and full of holes. The best shoes to wear should have a flat sole. Heels on women are dangerous. Wedges work well, though. Also, the streets are very dirty. so if you wear open toed shoes, then expect to wash your feet often.

• Cabs are very easy to get. They roam the French Quarter streets just looking for someone to pick up. People ask me to call them a cab all the time at The Bombay Club and I let them know that all they have to do is walk to the corner and one will go by every minute. If you are going to use a credit card then ask before getting in because some do not take credit cards.

• Banks/ATM. On both corners of The Hotel Monteleone there are two full service banks with ATM’s; Chase and Capital One.

• Pronunciation Guide
- New Orleans [nu OAR-lehns]
- Decatur [da-KAY-ter]
- Chartres [CHART-ers]
- Carondolet [ka-RON-de-let]
- Burgundy [burr-GUN-dee]
- Tchoupittoulas [CHOP-uh-TOO-lus]
- Conti [CON-tie]
- Antione’s [ann-TWAHNS]
- Arnaud’s [r-NOSE]
- Beignet [ben-YAY]
- Lagniappe [LAN-yap] It means free stuff!

TOP THRIFTY THINGS TO DO IN NOLA

• Buy a NOLA Drink Deck!
This is a deck of cards with a bar on each card. Each card gets you a varied amount of discounts at each bar (20% off at the Bombay Club). You can purchase the Nola Drink Deck for $29.99 here.

• Miss Trivia

Download my drink trivia App, Miss Trivia for only 99 cents and have fun playing while in Nola. More information here.

• Social Mixology (SMX) ~ Fancypants Party
Hosted by my long time cocktail friend, Tobin Ellis, who I am so proud of. So sad that I cannot attend, but you can! It’s Tuesday July 19th from 10pm to 1am with a place to be announced (Tobin is secretive that way). If you don’t know the name, Tobin Ellis then you need to get out of the business. Learn more on the event Facebook page here.

• La Gallerie d’Absinthe
From Tuesday July 19th – Sunday July 24th the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (GPS Map) will have the largest collection of Absinthe artifacts in the United States, complete with spoons, recipes, fountains and more from the personal collection of Raymond and B.J. Bordelon. $10. The event page is here.

 

• New Orleans Pharmacy Museum Aqua Vitale: The Spirited History of Alcohol as Medicine
From Tuesday July 19th to Saturday July 23rd from 10am-1pm you can visit the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum (GPS Map) for only $5. The event page is here.

• Tales Special Events
All the special events can be found here.

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse Midnight Burlesque Show
Normally, every Friday night at midnight inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel (300 Bourbon Street – GPS Map) there is a free burlesque show. But during Tales week they are doing it on Wednesday night. I highly recommend making reservations so you can get a table. Call 504-553-2331.

• Canal Street Ferry
Ride the Canal Street Ferry (GPS Map) for free to Algiers Point and see the New Orleans skyline. The ferry runs every day from 6 am – 12:15 am, and departs from the New Orleans side at :15 and :45 past the hour. You can board the ferry, which has been in operation since 1827, at the foot of Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium. It departs from the other side on the hour and :30 past the hour. On the Algiers Point side there is a residential neighborhood that survived Hurricane Katrina entirely, and has preserved much of its original 19th century village charm. Grab a bite at any of the nearby cafes and pubs, stroll the Jazz Walk of Fame along the levee, or take a self-guided walking tour – see the Algiers Historical Society for information on tours and the neighborhood here.

• Free oysters at Le Bon Temps Roule Bar
The Le Bon Temps Roule Bar at 4801 Magazine Street (GPS Map) offers free oysters every Friday.

New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art at 1 Collins Diboll Circle in City Park (GPS Map)  is free every Wednesday.

Commander’s Palace 25 cent Martinis
Yep, they have 25 cent Martinis. Never had one and don’t know the details, but you can call them at 504-899-8221. 1403 Washington Avenue (GPS Map)

• Take a photo of Lenny Kravitz’ digs or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s house
Brangelina’s French Quarter house is at 521 Governor Nicholls Street (GPS Map). Lenny Kravitz‘ house is at 612 Dauphine Street (GPS Map). My (Cheryl Charming) balcony is at 928 Conti (GPS Map). It’s cool! and have been told I have the only bed on a balcony in the French Quarter.

• Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum
Upstairs at Arnaud’s  at 813 Bienville Street (GPS Map) there is a free museum that brings together more than two dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes, including 13 of Mrs. Wells’ queen costumes, one of her mother’s and one of her daughter’s, as well as four king’s costumes worn by Count Arnaud, and six children’s costumes. Just go through the French 75 bar and ask master mixologist, Chris Hannah about it…oh, and finish by having a cocktail with Chris. He’s working Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during Tales.

• Antione’s Tour
If you go to Antione’s at 713 St. Louis Street (GPS Map) and ask for a tour of their 160 year old restaurant then they will grant you this wish for free.

• Café du Monde Beignets
You can see beignets being made through the kitchen window at Cafe’ du Monde at 800 Decatur Street (GPS Map) in Dutch Alley.

• Ride a Nola Streetcar
The streetcars cost only $1.25 (have some quarters on you). Here is more information and maps for you. I highly recommend seeing St. Charles Street.

• Visit the Musee Conti Wax Museum
The Musee Conti Wax Museum at 917 Conti Street (GPS Map) is only open Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am – 4pm. It costs $7. I live directly across the street from the museum (the balcony with the long black sheers). However, I have never visited the museum, but I watch parties and special events from my balcony often. One of the employees gives me a weekly bottle of wine left over from events. Their website says; Enter the fascinating world of the French Creoles as the story of New Orleans unfolds before your eyes. Beautiful costumes, accurate décor, and unbelievable stories are woven into a history unlike any other city! Begin 300 years ago as you meet our local legends: Iberville and Bienville discovering the swampy city, the duc d’Orleans planning New Orleans, the casket girls, Napoleon as he sells Louisiana, Jean Lafitte the pirate, Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, Marie Laveau and her voodoo dancers, Mardi Gras Zulu King Weatherspoon, Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain. Plus the eerie Haunted Dungeon!

• Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar
If you come to Tales early then Lucy’s  at 701 Tchoupittoulas (GPS Map) is having a huge Luau Block Party on Saturday July 16th from noon until the wee hours of the morning.

• Old New Orleans Rum: A Summer Rumble
Also on Saturday the 16th there’s another fun event. Old New Orleans Rum is the ONLY spirit actually made in New Orleans and they are having a Summer Rumble at their distillery. More information here.

• MOTAC Bucks
The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC – GPS Map) has teamed up with five Nola bars offering MOTAC bucks. Simply buy the special cocktail the bar has created and the bartender will give you  MOTAC Bucks that gets you $3 off admission to the museum. Regular admission is $10. The participating bars are; The Bombay Club, Swizzle Stick Bar, Cure, Dominique’s on Magazine and Polo Club at Windsor Court.

• The Bombay Club Gold Card
The only bar in Nola with a punch card. Your free gold card gets punched when you purchase a cocktail, glass of wine (4 punches for a bottle), or appetizer. After 9 punches the 10th of your choice is free.

The Bombay Club Lobster Night
Through the summer, The Bombay Club at 830 Conti (GPS Map) has lobster night every Thursday. For $25, you get a 1-½ lb full lobster, salad, and a side. You must have a reservation because we fly in the live lobsters based on reservations. Call 504-586-0972. Oh, the live entertainment starts at 8pm.

BARS OF INTEREST

Craft Cocktail Bars
Cure
4905 Freret Street (you’ll have to cab it – GPS Map).
Voted the best bar in New Orleans from many media sources. Opens at 5pm nightly. Rhiannon Enil will be behind the bar on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during Tales. On Sunday, Cure invites all the Tales apprentices to rotate through their guest well spending a few minutes making drinks. Maks will be returning from Brooklyn to help curate the guest well. Also, Cure is participating in the Museum of the American Cocktail MOTAC Bucks promotion.

Bar Tonique
820 North Rampart Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Bartender Michelle Reeves (wife of Murph Reeves at Sylvain) is behind the bar on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during Tales. She’s offering 25% off your tab after 11pm. They are open 2pm-2am.

Sylvain
625 Chartres Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Lucinda Weed will be tending bar at Sylvain Wednesday and Sunday.

Iris
321 North Peters Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Bar sister friend, Sharon Floyd will be working Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during Tales 5pm until. She’s featuring the winning VeeV cocktail with a pretty cool installment of WoolyPockets in the courtyard with growing herbs.

Coquette
2800 Magazine Street (you’ll have to cab it – GPS Map)

Swizzle Stick Bar
300 Poydras Street (easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side – GPS Map). In Café Adelaide, which is in the Loews New Orleans Hotel. The only bar I know that has a block of ice. Bar Chef, Lu Brow is working Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during Tales. Swizzle Stick Bar is participating in the Museum of the American Cocktail MOTAC Bucks promotion.

12 Mile Limit
500 Telemachus Street (will have to cab it – GPS Map). Opens at 5 pm and owner, T. Cole Newton will be working Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday during Tales. He also says that they have the best BBQ in the city.

Loa
221 Camp Street (easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side. Inside the International House Hotel – GPS Map). Christine Jeanine Nielsen will be tending bar at Loa all during Tales. Lucinda Weed will be tending bar with her on Friday.

Victory
339 Baronne Street (GPS Map) Easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side. On the French Quarter side the street is called Dauphine, but once you cross Canal the street name is Baronne. Victory, Bar Uncommon, and Domenica/Roosevelt make a one block triangle from each other.
This is Daniel Victory’s bar.

Other Bars of Interest

Carousel Bar
214 Royal Street (French Quarter, inside the Hotel Monteleone – GPS Map).
Known as “the” Tales hub bar. Headed up by Marvin Allen. Note: The hotel is under a bit of construction as they are putting in street windows down to the end of the block. Even the step down area of the bar (piano and booths) is blocked off by a big black wall. But, it will be super nice for Tales 2012 (the 10th anniversary of Tales).

The Bombay Club
830 Conti Street (tucked behind the drive of the Prince Conti Hotel – GPS Map). Well, this is where I work. I’m the bar manager and will be behind the bar Tuesday July 19th – Saturday the 23rd during Tales. We open at 4pm and have live entertainment 7 nights a week. I’ve been revamping the bar since January 2011. I’ve rolled out a phase 1 menu (phase 2 in September) that showcases cocktails from the 1700s to present day, replaced most of the glassware with vintage ware, started a garden in the courtyard, eliminated about 20 vodkas, brought in new products, ice balls, added theme nights (Monday-MadMen, Tuesday-James Bond, and Wednesday-Silver Screen), changed the playlist to a Rat Pack(y)-Ella Fitzgerald-Billie Holiday mix, play classic films on the TV screen and some other detail touches. In the Fall I will be teaching several hands-on cocktail classes, and pairing cocktails with every appetizer and entreé on the food menus.

Everyone that visits me during Tales gets lagniappe (a free gift)! I have a display case full of fun cocktail related items to give away. Just reach your hand into my Champagne bucket to see what you win. The Bombay Club is participating in the Museum of the American Cocktail MOTAC Bucks promotion.

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
300 Bourbon Street inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Tiffany Soles, New Orleans Magazine “Bartender of the Year” 2010 works here, but she will be attending Tales that week. This is a beautiful room and only one of two “nice” lounges in the French Quarter with live entertainment 7 nights a week. The other one is The Bombay Club.

Bar Uncommon
817 Common Street (GPS Map).Inside the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel. Easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side. On the French Quarter side the street is called Dauphine, but once you cross Canal the street name is Baronne. Victory, Bar Uncommon, and Domenica/Roosevelt make a one block triangle from each other.
This is where Master Chris Mcmillian works, but he will not be there during Tales. You’ll find him and Laura Mcmillian at The Museum of the American Cocktail.

French 75 Bar
813 Bienville Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
The French 75 Bar is part of Arnaud’s. It has a street entrance and headed up by Chris Hannah. It’s a beautiful little bar. You’ll fall in love with the monkey lamps. Chris will be working Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during Tales. He opens at 5pm. Make sure you ask him about the free museum upstairs. They sell cigars and you can smoke inside the bar. The French 75 Bar and The Bombay Club is one block from Bourbon Street, one street apart and practically back to back.

• Dominique’s on magazine
4729 Magazine Street (you’ll have to cab it – GPS Map). Kimberly Patton-Bragg heads up the bar, but she will be working at Tales of the Cocktail, so look for her there! If you visit Dominque’s, then check out her garden! Dominque’s is participating in the Museum of the American Cocktail MOTAC Bucks promotion.

• Domenica
123 Baronne Street (GPS Map). Inside the Roosevelt Hotel. Easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side. On the French Quarter side the street is called Dauphine, but once you cross Canal the street name is Baronne. Victory, Bar Uncommon, and Domenica make a one block triangle from each other. Bartenders Michael Glassberg and Jason Lee work there. Michael Glassberg will be working Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during Tales.

• D.B.A
618 Frenchmen Street (Just over Esplanade – GPS Map). Live bands, large beer and spirit collection.


Famous NOLA Bars

• Pat O’Brien’s
718 Saint Peter Street (French Quarter – GPS Map). Without a doubt, Pat O’Brien’s is the most famous historic bar in New Orleans. My longtime friend, Scott Touchton is the General Manager.

• Old Absinthe House
240 Bourbon Street (French Quarter – GPS Map). Full of history and they still have the absinthe drip fountains (non-working) on the bar. This is where EVERYONE from Tales gathers from 3am to 6am Sunday morning following Simon Ford and Audrey Saunders official/unofficial Tales wrap party The Plymouth Gin Bartender’s Breakfast (which is at The Board of Trade this year – GPS Map). The streets in this area will be packed with Tales attendees.

• Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Built between 1722 and 1732 and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States.

NOSHING IN NOLA
Do you want to try the best bites and sips around Nola? No restaurant/bar has it all, but they all have that one or two dish/cocktail that is outstanding and should be part of a Nola “must” experience. Below is what I’ve gathered from my own treks around Nola as well as what friends have told me. By the way, everyone’s gumbo and jambalaya is different. The best jambalaya that I like so far is at Pat O’Brien’s. The best gumbo?…well I haven’t found it yet.

• The Bombay Club
830 Conti Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Calamari
Entrée: Eggplant Shrimp
Cocktail: Cool as a Cucumber, Violet Fields, Ginger Pimm’s Cup, Moscow Mule, Skinny Strawberry Basil Collins, and Vesper.

• GW Fins
808 Bienville  Street (French Quarter across from French 75 Bar – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Lobster Dumplings

• Yo Mama’s
727 St. Peters Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Hamburger: Best burgers  in New Orleans. You’ll find unusual burgers such as bacon and peanut butter. Open 24 hours.

• Port of Call
838 Esplanade (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Hamburger: Famous for their burgers

• Drago’s
2 Poydras Street (Easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Char Grilled Oysters

• Domenica
123 Baronne Street (GPS Map). Inside the Roosevelt Hotel. Easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side. On the French Quarter side the street is called Dauphine, but once you cross Canal the street name is Baronne.
Appetizer: Cheese Plate
Pizza: Margherita (it has an egg on top)

• Three Legged Dog
400 Burgundy (French Quarter, corner of Conti and Burgundy – GPS Map)
The ultimate dive bar that has the best fall off the bone ribs for only $8 and it will feed 2 people (ask to have them cut). Al, the bartender has tended bar in the French Quarter for 50 years and is worth talking to. You can find him there on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday noon until midnight during Tales.

• Ryan’s Irish Pub
241 Decatur Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Drinks: $5 Irish Car Bombs
Food: None, but you can bring pizza/food in from the place across the street
Sports: Love sports? They have every sport playing on many TV’s via satellite
Say hi to bartender, Dana!

• Moon Wok
800 Dauphine Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Shrimp & Pork Springs Rolls (ask to have cilantro put inside). These are really “summer” rolls wrapped in rice paper, not deep fried.
Soup: Chicken Noodle (I ask for no onions)
Chili paste upon request.

• Central Grocery
923 Decatur (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Po’ Boy: Best Muffaletta Po’ Boy. Grab one then walk over to the Mississippi River and have a little picnic.

Bayona
430 Dauphine Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Mushroom toast or any of the sweet breads.
This is Susan Spicer‘s restaurant.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
716 Iberville Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Appetizer: Onion Rings (they use buttermilk)

Commander’s Palace
1403 Washington Avenue (have to cab it – GPS Map)
Brunch: Eggs Jeanette
Entreé: Soft Shell Crab
Dessert: Cheesecake (they make it from scratch)
Martinis: 25 cents

• Cochon
930 Tchoupittoulas Street (GPS Map)
Cocktail: Moonshine Flights

• Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Soup: French Onion
Cocktails: Claim to have the cheapest drinks in the French Quarter. Cash only. $1.00 Frozen 10 oz Daiquiris and $1.00 Carlo Rossi Chablis, Rose, and Burgundy (funny, those were the only wines offered when I started tending bar back in 1980, lol).

Stein’s Market & Deli
2207 Magazine Street (have to cab it – GPS Map)
Sandwiches: Sam, Fernando, and Rueben
They also have a selection of hard-to-find gourmet items to purchase.

Mother’s
401 Poydras (easy walk from the French Quarter on Canal side – GPS Map)
Breakfast: Any of the omelets
Po’ Boy: Famous Ferdi Special

eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Breakfast: Omelet
Sandwich: Grilled Portabella
Dessert: Apple Pie

NOLA
534 St. Louis Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Entreé: Grilled Pork Chop (nicknamed “the doorstop”)
Nola offers much larger portions than your average high-end restaurant. Try to sit on the second floor, as it was designed more comfortable for the locals. The first floor was designed for tourists/high turnover.

Mr. B’s Bistro
201 Royal Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Entreé: Shrimp and Grits

Camellia Grill
540 Chartres Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Breakfast: Everything

• Oceana Grill
739 Conti (French Quarter – On the corner of Bourbon and Conti – GPS Map)
The best service I’ve had in the French Quarter. Everyone from the host, waiter, to the busser was very welcoming and knowledgeable. You can tell that management focuses on customer service. I tasted everyone’s food at the table and all was good. I don’t like their seafood gumbo though. Hard pieces to dig out (shells & claws) are weird to me and too much work. One day I was walking to the bank and saw the Hell’s Kitchen film crew with Chef Gordon Ramsey doing a scene outside of Oceana.


LATE NIGHT DINING
Restaurants close down pretty early in the French Quarter (10pm – 11pm), so it’s good to know late night options.

Attiki Bar & Grill
230 Decatur Street (French Quarter – across from House of Blues – GPS Map)
Kitchen is open until 1am

DeJa Vu Grill (French Quarter – GPS Map)
400 Dauphine Street
Open 24 hours

• Three Legged Dog (French Quarter – GPS Map)
400 Burgundy Street
Open 24 hours

• Yo Mama’s
727 St. Peters Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Open 24 hours

Coop’s Place
1109 Decatur Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
They close at different times, but are always open late night until like 3am

• IHOP (International House of Pancakes)
833 Canal Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Open 24 hours

• Krystal Burger
116 Bourbon Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Open 24 hours

Café du Monde
813 Decatur Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Open 24 hours

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Open 24 hours

Johnny’s Po’ Boy
511 St. Louis Street (French Quarter – GPS Map)
Monday – Thursday they are open until 3am.
Friday – Sunday they close at 4:30pm (yes, in the afternoon)
Known for their Po’ Boys and breakfast choices since 1950.
Cash only

I hope you found this information useful and look forward to you visiting me at The Bombay Club.
Cheers!
Cheryl Charming

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A Look Back At Bar & Cocktail Culture 2010

Well, 2010 is about to come to a close and while I’m sure many in the Cocktail Culture are putting together their own “look back” lists, here is mine. Warning: It’s not short.

If you see something I missed then feel free to send it my way and I’ll add it. Email: cheryl@misscharming.com (start the subject line with Re:), facebook email me, or text to 407-924-6234.

The following contains Milestone & Firsts, 5, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, & 500 Anniversaries, Media; Books, TV, Film, iPhone Apps, New Bars Worth Mentioning, New Alcohol, New Mixers, Misc., Tools, Novelties, What’s In Trends, and What’s Out Trends.

MILESTONES AND FIRSTS
2010
- Tales of the Cocktail®, the internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails in New Orleans, Louisiana broke more records than any cocktail related festival/event in the world. Their shopping list consisted of 2,902 Mint Sprigs, 2,800 Driscoll’s Blackberries, 1,760 Lemon Twists, 1,420 Orange Twists, 1,320 Egg Whites, 1,305 Cucumber Slices, 1,280 Grapefruit Wedges, 1,029 Lemon Wheels, 995 Orange Wheels, 960 Luxardo Cherries, 475 Ginger Slices, 450 Zespri Kiwifruit Slices, 207 Gallons Bitters, 162 Gallons Lime Juice, 123 Gallons Lemon Juice, 60 Gallons Grapefruit Juice, 45 Gallons Fever-Tree Club Soda, 44 Gallons Orange Juice, 9 Gallons Fresh Sour Mix, 100,000 Tales of the Cocktail Recyclable Cups, and 5,804 bottles of liquor.

Tales also organized 25 Spirited Dinner® locations, 5 Spirited Luncheons, 64 Seminars, 50 Tasting Rooms, 282 Sponsors, 6 Radio Shows, 164 Events, and 8 partner hotel properties.

The local economic impact Tales of the Cocktail made consisted of $11.3 million with 14,014 hotel nights booked. 52.7% of visitors had attended Tales of the Cocktail more than once, 47.3% went for the first time, 70.3% of attendees traveled to the New Orleans area, 62.9% of respondents attended Tales of the Cocktail for 4 to 5 days.

Tales Attendee Breakdown was 18,750 and 65.3% were Industry Professionals, Bartenders, Sponsors, Presenters and Media, 34.7% were Cocktail Enthusiasts/General attendees. The National and International Statistics were 17.8% New York, 14.4% California, 10.1% from Texas and 6.6% from Florida. The largest fraction of international visitors came from Canada (32.7%), followed by Australia (12.2%), France (10.2%) and Sweden (6.1%). Other countries that attendees visited from: Mexico, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, The UK, Germany, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, Switzerland, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Brazil, and Austria.

Tales of the Cocktail Social Media Statistics include: Facebook, Twitter  (43.2%) and Blogsite (15.3%), 48.1% of visitors attend Tales of the Cocktail events, based on information received from social media 96.9% of attendees surveyed used the Tales of the Cocktail website.

As for media coverage, Tales of the Cocktail had 238 Credentialed visiting media, writers, journalists, editors, radio show hosts, etc., 1,459,621,250 Media Impressions, 1,446 Stories Written, and $14,447,452 Ad Value generated. Notable Media Outlets included Saveur Magazine, Nightclub and Bar Magazine, Food Network, LA Times Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Mutineer Magazine, NBC Universal, New York Times, Popular Science, Sharp Entertainment, Seattle Times, The Houston Chronicle, and Washington Post.

- The Manhattan Cocktail Classic hosted its 1st year.

- Portland hosted its first Portland Cocktail Week.

- London hosted its first London Cocktail Week.

- The Bartender’s Travelling Book (started late 2009, but began to travel in 2010) has made it to Mr. Javier de las Muelas of Barcelona, Spain. The mission and purpose of the book is to gradually create a unique collaborative work featuring 333 prominent bartenders coming from different continents and various cultures. It will be a testament to the camaraderie and mutual respect among the bigwigs in the bartending world. The book came into existence with a clear objective – to be filled with personal entries by the world’s best bartenders. Other things to know about the book is that it is the only book of it’s kind in the whole world, made of leather and has silver embossing, made from exclusive hand made paper, and took 2 months for the book binder to put together. You can follow its travels on the Facebook Bartender’s Travelling Book Group.

- After witnessing Tony Conigliaro’s Glass Aged Manhattan at 69 Colebrooke Lane in London, Mixologist/blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Portland pondered the question, “What if you could prepare a large batch of a single, spirit-driven cocktail and age it in a used oak barrel? Well, he did it. He first made a batch of rye Manhattans and put it into a small, used oak cask whose previous contents were Madeira wine. After five-to-six weeks, a soft blend of oak, wine, caramel and char was born.  He continued his project by using whiskey casks and proceeded to fill them with a large batch of Negronis and after After six weeks in the bourbon barrel emerged a rare beauty. The sweet vermouth so slightly oxidized, the color paler and rosier than the original, the mid-palate softly mingled with whiskey, the finish long and lingering with oak tannins. Jeffrey has continued with several other recipes.

- There was a march for mezcal in Portland, OR.

- Great Rum Debate took place on a boat between Oakland and San Francisco.

- The World’s largest bar supply store, Bar Products, Inc added a Master Mixology section to their sites.

- Gläce Luxury Ice introduced their Mariko sphere (means “ball in Japanese) and the G3 (G-Cubed) 2″ ice cubes. The consumer site is here.


- The Great Vodka Debate by the San Francisco USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) was the first of its kind.

- Medea Vodka from Holland is the first to release a bottle with a programmable LED display that can hold up to six different messages each with 255 characters.

- Trader Vic’s offers a Mai Tai surfboard flight.

- 1000 bottles of Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix whisky were made available exclusively to members of the online club, Glenfiddich Explorers.

- Bols launched in America, Galliano L’Autentico and Galliano Ristretto (55% Arabica beans from Columbia and Brazil and 45% Robusta beans from India and Kenya).

- Tiffany & Co. created 73 silver cups for the Kentucky Derby for Mint Juleps to be served in. They sold $1,000 each.

- In honor of Elvis’s would-be 75th birthday (January 8th), Three-O Vodka put together cocktail recipes, Jailhouse on the Rocks, Blue Suede Shooters, All Shook Up, and The Hound Dog.

- To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth, Chopin Vodka unveiled a hand-blown, seven-foot tall, 200-liter glass bottle on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2010). It’s the largest bottle of liquor ever to be produced.

- In honor of Frank Sinatra’s would be 95th birthday, Social Mixology served old-school Ketel One Martinis prepared by Anthony Alba and Tobin Ellis as well as a tasting of the limited Angelo Lucchesi bottling of Jack Daniel’s.

- Cocktail Kingdom made it easy for non-residents of the Caribbean to buy actual swizzle sticks.

- Delta Airlines added new cocktails on their flights: Bourbon Breeze • Woodford Reserve Small Batch Bourbon, cranberry & apple juice, and a splash of orange juice with a lime wedge; Marseilles Manhattan • Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, splash of Ricard, and brandied cherries; Tahitan Dream • Rhum J.M. Gold, Cointreau, orgeat syrup, fresh lime, and hibiscus sugar.

- United Airlines offered their passengers a Sunrise Sunset • Vodka, cranberry apple juice, a splash of orange juice, and a squeeze of lime (same mixers as the Bourbon Breeze from Delta above?). They also offer a Mai Tai.

- Continental Airlines began offering Vodka Red Bull to their passengers.

- Virgin America Airlines offers these cocktails to their passengers: Pomegranate Martini, Mai Tai, and Margarita. All made with Stirrings mixers.

- Angostura Bitters Shortage rose due to changes in Angostura’s ownership, cash flow problems, and production stoppages.

- Sagatiba Cachaça launched in Lebanon, China and Russia.

- Kanon Vodka launched, “Jello Shots in Tow”.

- President Barack Obama and his wife went out for a “date night” to Havana, a Latino-inspired restaurant that serves some of the best Cuban drinks and food on the island and drank Grey Goose Martinis. I guess not “when in Rome”?

- Moet-Hennessy put sleeves on all their products.

- Don Julio’s Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo bottles as well as their unique boxes debuted a new modernized, eye-catching design and a new logo that pays tribute to the brand’s namesake.

- The AWOL machine was invented in the Uk and allowed to function in Australia for precisely one day (AWOL means Alcohol With Out Liquid: you inhale vaporized alcohol and get… vaporized).

- Stolichnaya Vodka launched a new ad campaign called, “Would You Have a Drink With You? “ which will feature celebrities with Playboy magnate Hugh M. Hefner.

- The Los Angeles Times reported that Matthew Biancaniello, a bartender at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar, developed a cocktail called the Indian Summer, which is served in an emu egg.

- InBev recalled some batches of Stella Artois beer (250ml bottles) because they may contain small pieces of glass.

- Ban on alcoholic energy drinks.

- Macallan adopted the ice ball as core to push 18 “on the rock”.

- The Hungarian liqueur, Zwack was released to the U.S. market.

- Indiana – ID must be presented for all off-premises sales as of July 1, 2010.

- Nebraska – Legislation passed in 2010 allows for municipalities to extend on-premise sales to 2 a.m.

- Pennsylvania – a trial was initiated to test selling wine in grocery stores using vending machines. The buyer must present identification, look into a camera to allow an off site PLCB employee to verify the identification, then blow into a breathalyzer to authorize the sale.

ANNIVERSARIES

5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- The Museum of the American Cocktail opened in New Orleans and was founded by Dale and Jill DeGroff, Anastasia Miller, Jared Brown, Robert Hess, Ted Haigh, Chris & Laura McMillian, and Phil Greene.

- Gary Regan’s introduction of Regan’s Orange Bitters.

- The first scholarly journal of the cocktail, Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail. Published by Anastasia Miller and Jared Brown.

- Introduction of NAVAN, Captain Morgan Tattoo, Absolut Apeach, and Heavy Water Vodka.

-  All American states adopt a BAC level of 0.08.

-  Molson merges with Coors.

10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

- Tanqueray 10 celebrated their 10th anniversary on 10-10-10.

- The film Coyote Ugly was debuted.

-  Alizé Red Passion, Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve, Tequiza Extra, Baffert’s gin, Doc Otis Hard Lemon, and Smirnoff twist flavored vodkas are introduced.
-  is introduced.

50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- The first Playboy Club (116 East Walton, Chicago, IL) opened and It became the busiest bar in the world, often serving 1400 guests a day. Cocktails cost $1.50, lol!

- The plastic lined bottle cap replaced the cork lined crown bottle cap on beer.

-“Happy Hour” became a common term.

75-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Jägermeister is introduced from Germany.

- All bottled liquor sold in America is required to have the statement, FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE embossed in the glass.

- Krueger cream ale becomes the first canned beer.

100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- The first in-flight cocktails were served to paying passengers on the scheduled airliner, Zeppelin while flying over Germany.
- J&B Scotch whisky was introduced.

- Prohibition for Canberra, Australia began.

- Mount Gay Eclipse Rum (from Barbados) was named after an eclipse of the same year (1910).

- Bacardi opened their first facility in Barcelona, Spain.

- Britain’s first cocktail bar, the Criterion in Piccadilly Circus opened (2 Jermyn Street, London).

125-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Jerry Thomas. the most famous founding fathers of the Cocktail Culture. He died on December 14th. at 55 years old.

150-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Campari was introduced in Italy.

- Gosling’s Black Seal Rum distillery was established in Bermuda.

175-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Combier Liqueur D’ Orange is available in the US for the first time in 175 years.

200-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- The first Oktoberfest in Germany took place.

250-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Cruzan Rum from the Virgin Islands is introduced.

- George Washington wrote asking the Laird family for its applejack recipe.

300-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Elector of Hanover in Germany commissioned a silver buffet fountain intended to cool wine called the “Hanover Cistern and Fountain”.

350-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Brandy was added to Portuguese wine to help preserve it for Atlantic voyages.

500-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
- Benedictine was introduced. Happy Birthday!

MEDIA

BOOKS
- Fix the Pumps by Darcy O’Neil

- Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl
by David Wondrich

- The Modern Mixologist by Tony Abou-Ganim

- Paparazzi Bar Book by Stanislav Vadrna. The beautiful website for the book is here with endorsements from Gaz Regan and Beachbum Berry.

- Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

- The Everything Bartender’s Book Third Edition by Cheryl Charming

- Just Martinis: A Little Book of Liquid Elegance by Cheryl Charming

- Just Margaritas and Sangrias: A Little Book of Liquid Sunshine by Cheryl Charming

- Just Shots: A Little Book of Liquid Fun by Cheryl Charming

- The Bartender’s Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks 2nd Edition by Mardee Haidin Regan

- 101 Blender Drinks By Kim Haasarud

- Just Tropical Drinks: A Little Book of Liquid Paradise by Cheryl Charming

- Bar Book: Poems and Otherwise by Julie Sheehan

- Champagne Cocktails by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller

- Food & Wine Cocktails 2010: The Ultimate Source for 160-Plus Terrific Cocktail & Party-Food Recipes from the World’s Biggest Talents by the editors of Food & Wine

- Hungry Girl Happy Hour by Lisa Lillien

- Yuri Kato’s Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato

- The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by Paul Owens and Paul Nathan

- The Bar and Beverage Book by Costas Katsiqris and Chris Thomas

- Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked With Spirits, Wine, and Beer by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone

- How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice by Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier

- Left Coast Libations: The Art of West Coast Bartending: 100 Original Cocktails by Ted Munat and Michael Lazar

- Peterson’s Happy Hour: Spirited Cocktails and Helpful Hints to Brighten Daily Life by Valerie Peterson

- Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits by Jason Wilson

- Whiskey For Women by Meghan Leary & forward by Francesco Lafranconi (limited edition)

TELEVISION
- How I Met Your Mother is set in the fictional NYC bar, MacLaren’s, which allows for many bar scenes, but the 100th episode titled, “Girls vs. Suits” showed Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris (I love him!) playing the charming womanizer who lists off all the women he has conquered except for one…a hot female bartender.

- Castle from ABC aired an episode that centered around cocktail culture, the history of prohibition in NY and coveting vintage booze.

- Mad Men on AMC continues to romanticize the free-flowing Martinis and Manhattans of the early 1960s.

- Charlie played by Charlie Sheen continues to booze it up on Two and a Half Men from CBS.

- The gang in FX’s, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues the zany predicaments they get themselves into while in the bar they own called Paddy’s Pub.

- Boardwalk Empire from HBO is set in Atlantic City during the American Prohibition. In the opening, Dimmi bottles wash up on the shore at Steve Buscemi’s feet.

- Cougar Town on ABC tipples around the clock with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In one episode, Jules (Courtney Cox) held a memorial service for her favorite (but now broken) over sized wine glass.

FILM
- Salt – Angelina Jolie and several Russian agents all drink a vodka toast. Later, Angelina Jolie uses a bottle of vodka as a weapon.

- Princess and The Frog – The frog says, I’ll take a pre-dinner cocktail and something to nibble on.”

- Avatar – Sam Worthington mentions Tequila in voice-over narration and states on his video diary that the Na’vi won’t be making any deals with the humans, not for light beer or blue jeans.
Stephen Yang tells his team that the first round of drinks is on him.

- Get Him To The Greek – Russell Brand says, “It’s time to invest in Jack Daniel’s.”

- The A-Team – Gerald McRaney states he has a bottle of Blue Label (Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch) waiting for the team, and Liam Neeson tells him to make it a case.

- The Hangover – Jägermeister is drank for a rooftop toast.

- Burlesque – Alan Cumming tells Christina Aguilera, “Maybe I should wash your mouth out with Jägermeister”.

- Cyrus – Matt Walsh hands John C. Riley holds a Vodka Red Bull.

- Dinner For Schmucks – The ring tone on Steve Carell’s phone is the chorus of Rupert Holmes’ “The Pina Colada Song.

- Grown Ups – On several occasions, lyrics from Escape: The Pina Colada Song” is heard.

- Charlie St. Cloud – Zac Efron invites Amanda Crew for dinner, then asks if she’d like beer or wine. Zac Efron holds a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

- Taker’s – Lots of alcohol scenes with Matt Dillon and others. Ghost drinks Paul Walker’s Scotch without his permission.

- The Switch – Lots of drink scenes. Jennifer Anniston and Juliette Lewis and others drink many drinks including Bloody Marys.

- Knight And Day – Cameron Diaz kisses Tom Cruise on a plane and says, “That was from the Tequila and altitude.” Viola Davis tells Peter Sarsgaard that something needed a Margarita and not capping. A guy at a bar orders a Harvey Wallbanger.

- Marmaduke – One of Owen Wilson’s (Marmaduke, the dog) friends says to him, “Not to rub Margarita salt in the wound, but you deserved it.”

- Killers – Catherine O’Hara asks a flight attendant for three Chardonnays and drinks from a large pitcher of Bloody Marys in the morning.

- Piranha 3D – Richard Dreyfuss sings “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” which features the lyric, “I had a little drink about an hour ago and it’s gone right to my head.” Jerry O’Connell drinks Tequila body shots off on a bikini-clad Riley Steele.

- The Other Guys – Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are served Arnold Palmers at the house of one of Will’s former girlfriends. Her husband announces that her drink is the only one with vodka in it.

- The American – Lots of spirits and wine seen.

- Pilgrim VS. The World – Michael orders two Gin and Tonics. Mary Elizabeth Winstead says she normally doesn’t drink, prompting Scott to ask, “Oh, you want one?” (meaning, he ordered the two for just himself).

- Eat Pray Love – Julia Roberts orders Tequila on the rocks and also tells Billy Crudup that she’ll have unlimited mini-bar access in their Bali hotel. Giuseppe Gandini sees a commercial about Miller Time and then buy a 6-pack.

- 127 Hours – James Franco says, I need to be chilled like Sauvignon Blanc”.

- Skyline – Lots of bottles and drinks are seen as well as Margaritas.

- Life As We Know It – Lots of drinking scenes. Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Hayes MacArthur, and Christina Hendricks drink Mimosas.

- Iron Man 2 – When Robert Downey Jr. tells Gwyneth Paltrow he’s promoting her, she asks if he’s been drinking and he says, “Yes, chlorophyll” then opens Champagne for both of them and tells her, “Don’t think…drink.” Scarlett Johansson hands Robert Downey Jr. a Martini and suggestively asks, “Is that dirty enough for you?”
Samuel L. Jackson talks about Mickey Rourke being on a multi-year vodka binge in the past.

- Red – Brian Cox opens a bottle of Sobieski Vodka with a knife.

- Leap Year – During the opening credits, Amy Adams drinks wine and later a Martini at a wedding.

- Edge Of Darkness – Jay O. Sanders asks a grieving Mel Gibson if he wants coffee or something stronger and Mel says, “There’s a bottle of Crown Royal somewhere in the house collecting dust.”

- Broken Embraces – Blanca Portillo orders a Gin and Tonic.

- Valentine’s Day – At the end of a sex operator call, Anne Hathaway says she’s going to need a Mint Julep.

- Shutter Island – Ben Kingsley offers Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo a drink. Mark asks for a rye. There is also a hot tub scene with lots of bottles.

- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – The song by Three Dog Night, Mama Told Me Not To Come, with the lyric, “Want some whiskey in your water” is played.

- The Ghost Writer – Pirce Brosnan is given a Bloody Mary.
Olivia Williams tells the Ghost (Ewan McGregor) he needs is a drink. She gives him wine and he says, “I don’t understand the point of white wine” and then has another drink instead.

- Dear John – Scott Porter says that Channing Tatum looks like he could use a drink, and then brings him Bourbon.

- Cop Out – Bruce Willis offers to buy Jason Lee a drink. Jason asks for a Scotch and Bruce orders him rum.

- Our Family Wedding – Bartender, Paul Costa (self-labeled as a mixologist) tosses liquor bottles about while preparing drinks then Carlos Mencia and Forest Whitaker both order a Pink Nipple.

- You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger – Gemma Jones asks for some Sherry from Pauline Collins and Pauline says, “Is Scotch is okay?”

- Greenburg – Ben Stiller’s grocery list for Greta Gerwig is whiskey.

- Date Night – Steve Carell orders two glasses of wine but is ignored by the bartender.

- The Bounty Hunter – Christine Baranski drinks a Martini.

- Sex In The City 2 – Drinking throughout the film. Jessica Parker describes Abu Dhabi to Kristen Davis’s young daughter as “Like Jasmine, only with cocktails,” (referring to the lead female character from the animated Disney film, Aladdin).

- MacGruber – Powers Booth tells Will Forte to relax and have a Molson’s beer.

- Robin Hood – The Friar, Mark Addy collects money from the three men and then asks them if they know about mead. Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) and his men, drink and sing about mead.
King Richard (Danny Huston) has a drink and tells his assistant that he should drink and laugh. Later after mortally wounded, he asks for wine, has some, and then dies.

- Shrek Forever After – Shrek drinks Eyeball Martinis.

- Get Low – Robert Duvall and Bill Murray drink moonshine.

- Going the Distance – Lots of drinking scenes. In the opening credits, Drew Barrymore gets a text message asking about getting a drink. After tasting some cake icing, Justin Long mentions that vodka is a great chaser.

IPHONE APPS
- New Orleans’ Best Bars by Todd Price
- Pocket Cocktails (cool looking site!)

- Mad Men Cocktail Culture
- Cocktails+ by Ted Haigh and Martin Doudoroff
- Cocktails #8 by Simon Difford
- The Holiday Cocktail Bar by Kim Haasarud

NEW BARS WORTH MENTIONING

- Eiffel Society – New Orleans (contemporary art, cocktails and cuisine in the building originally part of the real Eiffel Tower)
- Victory – New Orleans (named after the owner, Daniel Victory)
- Sylvain – New Orleans (in the building where the first Opera ever played in  New Orleans in 1796…the name of the comical Opera? Sylvain)
- Tar Pit – Los Angeles
- Painkiller – NYC
- Lani Kai – NYC
- Bar 44 at The Royalton – NYC
- 1534 – NYC
- Cienfuegos – NYC
- Dram – Brooklyn, NY
- Smuggler’s Cove - San Francisco
- Michael Mena – San Francisco
- Bar Agricole – San Francisco
- Zero Zero – San Francisco
- Hog & Rocks – San Francisco
- Burritt Room – San Francisco
- Comstock Saloon – San Francisco
- The Residence – San Francisco
- Trader Vic’s (reopened in Emeryville from Oakville, CA)
- Locanda da Eva – Berkeley, CA
- Spoonbar – Healdsburg, CA
- Secreto Lounge - Santa Fe, New Mexico
- The bars in Hotel Plaza Real – Santa Fe, New Mexico
- The bars at Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas
- Vanguard – Las Vegas
- Experimental Cocktail Club – Chinatown, London

NEW ALCOHOL

VODKA
- Chambord (Black Raspberry vodka)
- Smirnoff Peach
- Smirnoff Mango
- Ivanabitch (bitch?)
- Bootlegger (USA)
- Van Gogh Dutch Caramel
- ZU (bison grass flavored from Polland)
- Medea (wheat-based vodka from Holland with a programmable LED display that can hold up to six different messages each with 255 characters)
- Vesica (potato vodka from Polland)
- Devotion (has Casein, which is a clear protein)

GIN
- Nolet’s (from the maker’s of Ketel One and made with Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice)
- Sipsmith (from London and made from English barley and with ten different botanicals; Macedonian juniper, Bulgarian coriander seeds and Seville orange peel are a few)
- Beefeater 24 (additional ingredients include Chinese green teas, Japanese Sencha teas, and grapefruit peel)
- Beefeater Winter (additional ingredients include cinnamon, nutmeg and pine shoots)
- Brooklyn (distilled with cocoa nibs and kumquats)
- Cold River (base is from Maine potatoes)
- Oxley Classic English Dry (December 2009, uses a unique cold distillation process)

RUM
- Smith & Cross (Jamaica)
- Banks Five Island (by John Pellaton, former president of Hine Cognac USA and named after explorer Sir Joseph Banks)
- Black Tot Rare Reserve (England)
- Agua Libre (California)
- Cockspur 12 Bajan (Nicaragua)
- Flor De Caña Grand Reserve
- The Lash Spiced (West Indies rum infused with spices and Bourbon vanilla extract from Asia, India and Madagascar)
- Zaya Gran Reserve (Trinidad)
- Denizen (product of Trinidad and Tobago but it is actually blended in Europe before being imported and bottled in the US)

TEQUILA & MEZCAL
- Ilegal Mezcal (only one “L”)
- Excellia Reposado (agave is cooked  in brick ovens, natural fermentation and is the aged in former Cognac and Sauternes casks)
- Abandonado
- Don Diego Santa (certified Kosher)
- Muchote Reposado (aged 7 months in former Bourbon barrels)
- Nobelza Azul (peppery finish)

WHISK(E)Y/BOURBON
- Maker’s 46 Bourbon
- Angel’s Envy Bourbon (aged in sherry or port casks)
- Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (not cut with water; taken from 120 proof to 95 proof and re-barreled in new charred oak barrels)
- Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
- Evan Williams Singe Barrel 2000 Vintage
- High West Bourye Whiskey (Bou for Bourbon and rye for uh…rye)
- Parker Heritage Collection
- Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey
- McKenzie Rye (upstate New York)
- Whistle Pig Rye (imported from Canada and hand bottled in Vermont)
- Hudson Manhattan Rye (New York)
- Templeton Single Barrel Rye
- Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey
- Revel Stoke (re-launch)
- Canadian Mist Black Diamond
- Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix Whisky

BRANDY, WINE, AND GRAPE BASED
- Courvoisier 12 Cognac
- L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac (feel free to send me this as a gift!)
- Paul-Marie & Fils Cognac (new to the US market)
- Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac (double distilled in unusual onion headed copper pot Cognac alembic stills)
- Remy V (clear Raw eaux-de-vie taken before aging in oak barrels…so it’s not really a Cognac?)
- Enchanto Pisco (collaboration between Peruvian distiller Carlos Romero, Cantina owner Duggan McDonnell, and sommelier/importer Walter Moore)
- Gran Sierpe Pisco (Peru)
- Whitesnake Zinfandel

BITTERS
- Cocchi Americano (Quinquina, flavored with quinine; a Kina Lillet substitute)
- Gran Classico (Bitters of Turin with wormwood and gentian; a  Campari substitute)
- Bittermans (Xocolatl Mole, Grapefruit Bitters, ‘Elemakule Tiki, and Boston Bittahs)
- Master of Malt Cask-Aged Whisky

LIQUEURS
- Evan Williams Cherry Reserve Kentucky
- Esprit de June (made from French grapevine flowers; Ugni Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet that has flavors and aromas of wild strawberry, cherry, , raspberry, violet, pear, and peach)
- Zucca Amaro (Italian rhubarb, new to the US market)
- Firelit Coffee (made with San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee)
- Agwa De Bolivia (new to the US market, means Water of Bolivia” and made with hand picked wild Bolivian coca leaves in the Andes and then shipped under armed guard in 2000 Kilo Bales to Amsterdam to be macerated and de-cocainized)
- Love Potion #9 (from New Jersey, sugarcane alcohol-based mango, peach, chocolate, vanilla, pear, apple, cherry, and almond)
- Combier Liqueur D’ Orange (available in the US for the first time in 175 years)
- Harlem Kruiden (Jägermeister-ish from Holland)
- Hum Botanical (Chicago rum based ginger, kaffir lime, dried organic hibiscus flowers and cardamom created by mixologists Adam Seger and Joe McCanta)
- Xante (pear)
- Creme Yvette (parma violet petals and more)
- Solerno (Sanguinello oranges)
- Goji (harvested by independent Himalayan farmers)

BEER
- Budweiser 66
- Brass Knuckle Imperial I.P.A.
- Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale (aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon – barrels for 10 months)
- Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout
- Innis & Gunn Oak Aged
- Boom Shakalager
- Gamma Ray
- Double Feature
- Reunion

MIXERS & MORE
- Herradura organic agave nectar
- Employees Only mixers (line of artisan bar mixers, lime, grenadine and agave nectar)
- Bacardi Rum’s Mojito mix.
- Trader Tiki’s Syrups (late 2009)
- Skinny Mixes (Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Appletini…really?)

MISC.
- Whipped Lightning Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream
- Adult Chocolate Milk

TOOLS

- Japanese barware (many places to find, but the most popular is Cocktail Kingdom)
- From uber bar tools; ProCrush pic and Bostonroll pic
- From BarProducts, Inc; V-Rod, Cap-On, BarConic® glassware, and a Master Mixology section on their sites.

NOVELTIES

- Miss Charming’s Lifesize Cocktail Glass Ring

“WHAT’S IN” TRENDS

- Slow Cocktails (growing your own herbs, etc. at home and at the bar)
- Barrel aged cocktails
- Pre-Prohibition style classic cocktails
- Cold maceration
- Molecular Mixology
- Mezcal and Tequilla forward drinks
- Sotol (made from the Northern Mexico, New Mexico, and Texas plant called dasylirion wheeleri)
- Punches
- Moonshine
- Genever
- Ginger beer
- Ginger
- Coconut water
- Almond milk
- Balsamic vinegar
- Honeycomb
- Gourmet bitters
- Organic products
- Quality vermouth.
- Tiki bars
- Ice; spheres (balls), blocks, crushed.
- Soda fountain equipment and siphons
- Red Rover Bartenders (celebrity bartenders swapping/traveling to bartend at other bars)
- Flair bartenders crossing over to mixology
- Spirit and cocktail classes
- Regular bars with skilled bartenders and good drinks
- Restaurants incorporating quality into their bar programs from their opening
- Top level bars and lounges concentrating on cocktail presentation with a focus on who’s-got-the-biggest/over the rarest/most obscure / most extreme flavors for cocktails
- Food and Cocktail pairings
- Networking through social media
- Bartenders saying, “Indeed”

“WHAT’S OUT” TRENDS

- Speakeasy concept
- Bad customer service in craft bars.

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Would Love To Say I Left My Heart in San Francisco Cocktail Week

The 4th annual San Francisco Cocktail Week starts today. Yeah, I wish I was there, but just how many cocktail events can one afford to attend in a year? This event use to be in May and now it’s in September. Would love to attend sometime especially since I lived in SF down on Congress Street once for 6 months in the 1990s.

Look how far my subculture of a world has traveled in a short ten years. We now have World Cocktail Week in May, Tales of the Cocktail in July, San Francisco Cocktail Week in September, and the London Cocktail week in October…plus all the other events in between like the Rum Renaissance in May, Manhattan Cocktail Classic in May,  Cheers in January, Food & Wine Events all over, The Museum of the American Events, and on and on and on. Sure would be nice if someone made a calendar of events so people could keep up. hint. hint.

I looked through some of the San Francisco Cocktail Week events and some sound really fun!
The Ragtag Rabble Soirée
Games of chance like craps, blackjack, roulette and poker, played out by dealers dressed in ye olde Barbary Coast-era attire! Join us in the Burritt Room as it’s littered with bars and ragtag tables, along with Cocktail Lab’s signature innovations of classic, turn-of-the-century cocktails. Highlights of the night include a burlesque show, live music, guest bartender appearances, cocktail-themed raffle prizes and delicious bites by chefs Matt Spinner of Thirsty Bear and Larry Piaskowy of Cowgirl Creamery. Festive attire encouraged.

Hangar One Cocktail Cookout on the Island
The East Bay’s best bartenders are teaming up with Fatted Calf for a meaty, boozy outdoor festival, pairing barbecue with ice-cold cocktails and a cocktail competition under the sun at the renowned Hangar One distillery in Alameda. Ticket includes a round-trip ferryboat ride featuring Hangar One cocktails (designed and served by Master Mixologist Scott Beattie of HMS Cocktails) from San Francisco’s Ferry Building and shuttle transportation to BART to and from the Hangar One Distillery, bbq, and cocktails.

Chartreuse Karaoke Gong Show
At an evening inspired by 15 Romolo’s legendary karaoke nights, bartenders and civilians alike will show off their pipes and brave the gong’s shame before a panel of celebrity judges, emboldened by $6 Chartreuse cocktails.

Strange Bed-Fellows: An Exploration in Ham, Oysters and Malt
Chef Ray England teams up with whisky-men Robin Coupar and Neyah White to present a series of unlikely combos.  Oysters and Islay single malt?  Japanese whisky and cheese?  Sherry-finished malt and ham?  What could go wrong?

I don’t have a photograph of the official cocktail for the San Francisco Cocktail Week, but here’s the recipe.

Papa Ghirardelli
1.5 oz Encanto Pisco
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz Martini & Rossi Rosato Vermouth
.25 oz Benedictine
.5 oz Lemon Juice
Seltzer Water, to fill
Orange Slice, for garnish

Combine Encanto Pisco, Campari, Rosato, Benedictine and lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker and shake for 10 to 15 seconds, or until chilled. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass, and top with seltzer. Garnish with a slice of orange.

The cocktail is named after the founder of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Domingo Ghirardelli, an Italian-born man who moved to Peru and ran a successful confections business and, following tales of gold mines and potential riches, ultimately ended up in San Francisco. He went on to found Ghirardely & Girard (later changed to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company), which has been in continuous operation since 1852. In his own way, Ghirardelli helped build and shape San Francisco, and his company has become synonymous with the city. Ghirardelli Square, which his company built, has been an official City landmark since 1965.


I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people I was able to see and meet last week in Washington DC while attending Beachbum Berry’s seminar. First, Bruce Tomlinson, thank you so much for everything! I mean everything.  Secondly, thanks to Jesse Dean for airport transportation and and tour of his lovely city. Thirdly, to all the PS 7 rockstars that created an enchanted evening of sips and nibbles. Chef Peter Smith, Gina Chersevani, and Caroline O’Grady. All of my dinner partners, Jeff Beachbum Berry, Bruce Tomlinson, Vern Stoltz, Mark & Amy Eggers, and Brian Spatola all agree that it was the best ever cocktail pairing we have ever been to…EVER! Beachbum Berry even said , “going to the next one would be like the person that has to follow the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show” and I whole-heartedly agree. It was simply mind-blowing how the cocktails paired perfectly with each nibble from Chef and owner Peter Smith.


From PS 7, me, Bruce, and Beachbum visited Chantal Tseng (wife of Derek Brown) at the Hotel Tabard Inn. She made a wonderful B.O.H. TIKI SMASH with Myers’s Dark Rum, coconut rum, Aaron’s Housemade ginger beer, fresh lime, pineapple, mint, and Angostura bitters. It was also served with a snack. Thank you Chantal! You are beautiful.

Thursday night was Beachbum Berry’s event with The Museum of the American of the Cocktail held at the Occidental Grill & Seafood. Thank you to Philip Greene, treasurer of the Museum, for dinner afterwards. Very nice sitting next to and meeting your father as well! After that, me, Bruce and Bum went over to see Derek Brown at The Columbia Room. We also spent a couple hours at The Columbia Room the following night as well. Thank you Derek for all the fantastic cocktails and personal service! Love your smile. Also loved that you made the tiki god of the world, Beachbum Berry a “real” Mai Tai. Oh nice to meet you Brian Miller (Pegu Club, Death & Company). You’re funny.

Late Friday night, me, Bruce, and Bum, trekked an hour over to see John Hogan’s place in Annapolis called Level. If you are ever in the area then you MUST visit. We tasted the addicting Honey & Cherry Manhattan (had to have 2!) and the cocktail that is on the back label of John Hogan’s and Tobin Ellis’ bitters. Yum! The Honey & Cherry Manhattan was garnished with a cube of dripping honeycomb that melted in your mouth. I gave the Bum my second honeycomb.


Cocktails from Adam at Proof were wonderful and the cherry was topped at the speakeasy, The Gibson. Personally, I could end each night at The Gibson. Such great energy and atmosphere. Dark wood, decorative leather, velvet, cool music, ahhhhh, my kinda sexy place. Don’t even know the bartenders names, but I’ll never forget them, their wonderful drinks, and engaging personalities. They even fixed my broken shoe with superglue!

On a personal note, I’m packing up whatever fits in my car and moving to New Orleans the first week of October. It’s the first city in my whole life where so so many people have opened up their arms and welcomed me. What a great feeling that is! So I’m off to new experiences to the Big Easy. More on that next time.

Live Juicy and Cheers!
Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming™

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His & Her Charming Cocktail Jewels


This year at Tales of the Cocktail, I debuted my Charming Cocktail Ring. I actually cut the stems off real glass cocktail glasses that I found at various thrift and antique stores then attached them to a ring. They were a smashing success! You can buy them online here.


While selling my Charming Cocktail Jewelry at Tales, many of the guys asked me to think about designing something for them. Jim Meehan pulled me aside and gave me a great idea, so you may see that idea next year, but for now I made some cuff links. I started with some silver tone Hawthorne strainer cuff links. You can purchase them here. Thank you Philip Duff for buying the first pair!

I’ve also made some citrus twist cuff links that are available in silver and gold tone. I will be adding more types soon.


Thank you to everyone for such a great feedback on my fun Charming Cocktail Jewelry! And a special thanks goes out to Ann Tuennerman for allowing me to be one of the first people at Tales to sell a product. Even though I lost my camera, don’t remember the William Grant Party (sorry, Charlotte…and anyone else I encountered that night), and caught my hotel room on fire (having to pay $225 in damages…don’t ask), the cherry on top was selling out of all my jewelry.

The people in New Orleans have been so warm and welcoming that I’ve decided to move the the French Quarter in October, so be ready for lots of fun adventures then!

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Tales of the Cocktail 2010

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tales of the Cocktail® is next week. Tales is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.

Each year, the name of the festival is different and this year it’s called Where Spirits Live.

My Tales of the Cocktail Schedule is below. It may help a newbie create their own. Also, if you need me at Tales then you can always text me at 407-924-6234.


Tuesday

Tuesday Tales Tuesday Tasting, Two
618 Frenchmen Street
4-6

Wednesday

Miss Charming’s Cocktail Jewelry
Tales Giftshop at the Hotel Monteleone
11-2

Shots of Inspiration Book Signing Hotel Monteleone lobby
2-2:30

Toast to Tales of the Cocktail
Hotel Monteleone front steps
2:30-3:30

Cocktail Fresh Market Happy Hour
Hotel Monteleone (complimentary)
5-7

Tales of the Cocktail Welcome Reception
Presented by Beefeater
Contemporary Arts Center – 900 Camp Street
7-9:30

A Promenade of Jubilation aka The Tales House Party
Presented by William Grant & Sons
Elms Mansion  - 3029-Saint Charles Ave
9:30-11


Thursday

Tasting Rooms
Casa Noble, Citedel, Oxley, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and Pernod (complimentary)
Hotel Monteleone

11-6

Tales Apprentice Luncheon
Hotel Monteleone – Board Room
11:30-1:30

The Fine Art of Crafting Your Own Charm, Magic, and Flair Behind the Bar
Sponsored by Rum Jumbie
Presented by Cheryl Charming, Doc Eason, and Dean Serneels
Hotel Monteleone-La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
3-4:30

VIP Cocktail Hour
Presented by Diageo
The Cabildo
701 Chartres Street
5-7:30

Ricard Midnight Petanque
Front of Hotel Monteleone
Presented by Ricard
Midnight-2

Friday

Tasting Rooms
Barenjager, Barsol, Bacardi Cordials, Lunazul, Bechervka, Palm Bay, and Russian Standard (complimentary)
Hotel Monteleone
11-6

Hollywood Cocktails: Louisiana Style
Royal Sonesta Hotel – 300 Bourbon Street – Grand Ballroom North
Sponsored by Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Herbsaint, Nouvelle Orleans, and Pat O’Brien’s
Presented by Cheryl Charming, Ted Haigh, William T. Garver, and Alan Leonard
3:30-5

On The Rocks (complimentary Happy Hour)
Hotel Monteleone – Nouvelle East and West Ballroom
Will be selling Miss Charming’s Cocktail Jewelry
5:30-7:30

USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition
316 Magazine Street
7:30-10

Bar Room Brawl
310 Andrew Higgins Drive
10-2am

But instead of the Bar Room Brawl, I really want to go to the Tales After Dark below. So, if anyone wants to go with me, let me know.

Tales After Dark-Sounds of Storyville
Featuring Burlesque Ballroom starring Trixie Minx, Jayna Morgan and Sazerac Sunrise Band (complimentary)
Royal Sonesta Hotel – Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse – 300 Bourbon Street
Sponsored by Meukow Cognac and Gran Gala
Midnight-2am


Saturday

Tasting Rooms
Hendrick’s, Laird’s, Yellowtail, Sazerac, Sailor Jerry, Heaven Hill, and Cole Swan (complimentary)
Hotel Monteleone
11-6

Worldwide Cocktail Excursion
Presented by Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Sugar Mill – 1101 Convention Center Blvd
6-8:30

Spirited Award Ceremony
Sponsored by Acqua Panna, Creole Cuisine, Damn Good Sweets, Domenica, Fleur D’ Lis Catering, Pernod Ricard USA, and Riedel
The Roosevelt Hotel – 123 Barrone Street
8:30-11

Funeral Procession for Sex on the Beach
The Roosevelt Hotel to the Chicory
123 Barrone Street to 600 South Peters St
11-11:30

Bartender’s Breakfast
Presented by Plymouth Gin
The Chicory – 600 South Peters St
11:30-3am

Sunday

Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Spirited Brunch (complimentary)
Hotel Monteleone – Vieux Carre Room
10-1pm

Tasting Rooms
Mezcal, New Amsterdam, and Akvinta (complimentary)
Hotel Monteleone
11-4

The Sprezzatura Bartender -Art of the Bartenders Seduction – The Way of Charizmatic Bartenders
Hotel Monteleone – Nouvelle Ballroom
12:30 – 2

The Viridian Spirits Jade Absinthe Release Party (complimentary)
Windsor Court Hotel – The Polo Club Lounge – 300 Gravier Street
4:40-6:30

See you there!

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Complimentary Designs of the Cocktail

freeWho doesn’t love a complimentary cocktail? The closest to a free cocktail that I can offer you is an e-cocktail, so if you love art & design then you’ll love these complimentary e-cocktails.

The social media cocktail set in the banner above can be downloaded here. Aren’t they cute?

To find more free vector cocktail & drink designs just click on the images below. Click around and you will find even more!

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Need a free cocktail menu on the fly? Just click on the menus below to create a cocktail menu at BarMenus.com. You simply choose a stylish menu background, select from over 100 of the most popular cocktails (or add your own), enter your own prices and or logos and simply print it out!

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Oh, I almost forgot.  I know of one complimentary Happy Hour you can attend if you happen to be at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in July. It’s an event called On the Rocks.
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Date:
Friday, July 23, 2010
Time:
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Nouvelle East and West Ballroom | Hotel Monteleone | New Orleans
Liquor. Ice. A Glass. Three ingredients. One of the simplest cocktails
that can be made yet the complexity of flavors can be astounding. Join
us for the “On the Rocks” happy hour as we experience 23 spirits in one
of their purest forms. The best bourbons, whiskeys, tequilas and rums
to name a few from around the world poured over ice for your enjoyment.
If you sip the spirits slowly, they just may share a secret or two with
you. 

You can also meet and visit me at my hand crafted cocktail jewelry table.
My ice cube rings are hot!

Sponsored by:
Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, Caribou
Crossing, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Maker’s Mark, Karlsson’s Gold Vodka,
Cardenal Mendoza, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Michter’s Whiskey,
Benchmark, Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka, Four Roses, Casa Noble Tequila,
Don Q Rum, Coole Swan, Royal Canadian, Imbibe Magazine, Gläce Luxury
Ice, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, Yamazaki, Dewar’s, Brugal,
Sobieski Vodka, Eagle Rare, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Join the Facebook On the Rocks event here.

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How I Met Your Mother – The Hot Bartender

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Tonight was the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother. The episode was titled, “Girls vs. Suits.” Barney, (the always splendid Neil Patrick Harris) plays the charming womanizer that lists off all the women he has conquered except for one…a hot female bartender (played by Stacy Keibler). I love Neil Patrick Harris! From what I’ve seen he’s very smart and witty and I didn’t even know he could sing! Anyway,  yeah, yeah, he’s a gay man in real life, but he plays the best hetro man I know that creates a likable a character who could be a real jerk played by another actor. Basically, in the plot, the hot bartender hates men in suits and Barney wears nothing but suits. There’s a whole musical number as well. Loved it!

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Tickled Pink about The Tar Pit in Tinseltown

So, yesterday I’m working on putting together my up-and-coming Master Mixology product section for my 9-5 job (barproducts.com, barsupply.com, barsupplies.com, etc.) when I reach a point that I should ask for some expert advice. Luckily, I have a few people in the industry always willing to make time for me in their busy schedules. My main four cocktail colleagues that I can count on are Robert Hess, Dale DeGroff, Gary Regan, and Tobin Ellis. Knowing Tobin and Dale are busy and not needing a historical story from Gary, I text my long time Internet cocktail friend, Robert Hess. He immediately texts back and says he’s in a meeting, but can help me within an hour and half before he flys down to Los Angeles. I heart Robert.

2009_09_tarpit-thumbSo, I ask Robert why he’s going to Los Angeles and he tells me there’s a soft pre-press party for Audrey Saunders’ new bar adventure. A Pegu Club in LA I ask? Robert says, no, a new bar called The Tar Pit. I ask about the chosen name of Audrey’s new bar and Robert explained that it was a fun name taken from the tar pit area of Los Angeles where it’s located. The word “fun” perked up my ears. I thought I heard Robert incorrectly. Fun? Fun and master mixologist NYC craft-bar-mixtress and owner Audrey Saunders? That’s awesome!  Honestly, I can’t remember the exact words Robert said after this point, but it was something about how Audrey was currently tired of all the seriousness that has been going on in the craft & speakeasy types bars in the past several years and wanted to get back to the fun side of the cocktail. Wow! I love it! I’m tickled pink.

5848_133808594552_682519552_2960578_6461870_n1I had this very same conversation with Chad Solomon and Christy Pope (Milk & Honey and Cuff & Buttons) at Tales of the Cocktail 2009 in New Orleans. The first time was after they tended bar in the Laird’s Applejack tasting room (photo to the left) and then again at The Old Absinthe House. I can’t remember if it was Chad or Christy, but one of them looked at me and said they were tired of being so serious and stuffy and wanted to do some fun things like me. I remember slapping my hand to my chest feeling honored. For the first time, one of the world’s top cocktilians told me they liked the fun cocktail side of me. Chad and Christy are the mixologists helping Audrey open The Tar Pit. That’s awesome!

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The Tar Pit doesn’t open until mid December. Below is all the information I could find on it. I’ll add more in the coming weeks to round out 2009.

• Partners are Audrey Saunders (Pegu Club), Mark Peel (Top Chef Masters), and Jay Perrin (Campanile).
• Bar trainers are Chad Solomon & Christy Pope (Milk & Honey and Cuff & Buttons). Head bartender is Marcos Tello (from The Edison. Marcos and I did the Tales 2009 seminar, Hollywood Cocktails together with Ted Haigh, Simon Ford and Charlotte Voisey).
• Decor is 40s Hollywood supper club style with some neo-tropical drinks mixed with some Old Hollywood swellagance. Definetely not a pit!
• The bar will use 3 types of ice and even have an ice room. A Kold-Draft double-stacked ice machine that makes 1 1/4-inch ice cubes, and a Scotsman ice machine that makes pebble ice. The kitchen will also have a reverse osmosis system, just for the ice. Block ice will be used as well.
• Cocktail flights, food and drink pairings, in-house carbonation program for housemade sodas, 1/3 of the cocktail menu will be rum based.   The cocktail glasses picked out by Saunders include a tiki god with a gun-metal glaze, a frosted glass with a sexy, Barbara Eden-esque genie on one side and a keyhole design on the other that affords a view of the genie’s unclothed bottom, and some ’70s smiley-face mugs for lemonade called “Have a Nice Day Lemonade.” Can’t wait to see the glassware!
• Food will be gueridon service (think fancy room service cart). This is the way I wanted to serve absinthe table-side at a restaurant I opened but was shot down.
• Sunday brunch will last all day with live music. This idea stems from hospitality people having a chance to have brunch. Love it.

I guess if I wasn’t so busy the past two weeks I would’ve known about The Tar Pit before talking to Robert because Simon Ford sent out an email and a facebook post about LA’s cocktail culture from Liquor.com. Just click on the image below to read it. I hope to visit The Tar Pit one day as well as all of these bars, especially since LA has a special place in my heart of being my birth city. Happy Holidays everyone!
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Oh, one more thing. I will be putting the Meehan bag in my new Master Mixology section soon!
Look at this awesome bartender bag. Inspired by Jim Meehan.

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It would make a great holiday present! And the price I’ll put on it will beat everyone else.

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Timberlake Tequila

Well, if you haven’t heard, Justin Timberlake has a new Tequila coming out called 901. He says that the name came from the time (9:01) when the night begins (plus it’s the Memphis area code of which Justin is from). Celebrity alcohol is not a new thing, but I believe this is the first time a celeb has reached out to the masses for their creative marketing ideas. I LOVE this angle! The #1 thing to know is that the deadline is November 30, 2009. If you win for the best brainstorming advertising idea then you win $25,000, a first-class/VIP trip to Las Vegas for 2, baby, and you get to be the Executive Vice President of Big Ideas for 901 Silver Tequila for 1 year. Watch the video below to spark your ideas.

I would love to win this contest! If anyone wants to brainstorm with me then lemme know! I’ll share the love.

My friend Brian Van Flandern snapped this photo (below) of Justin after having a discussion about the contest one night in NYC. Brian and I will be hosting a Cocktail Game Show at Tales of the Cocktail next July along with Trevor Schneider and Diageo.

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On a side note…sorry for such a long time between posts. I took my mother on a trip to the Northwest to Oregon & Washington. The day I returned I packed up and moved from Orlando, FL to Indian Rocks Beach, FL to work for Mark Hastings (who owns the world’s largest bar supply company) as Promotions Director.  Mark has been a long time friend. In the late 1990s when the Internet was in it’s infancy stage, there were only a handful of bar people that had websites. They were me, Mark (barproducts.com), Tobin Ellis ( barmagic.com), Webtender.com, Barnonedrinks.com, drinkboy.com and a coupla more.

One of our new sites is called logobarproducts where you can have custom printed bar tools created. If you have an interest in this then just contact me for the best price. My new work email address is cheryl.charming@barproducts.com.

Personal Update: Facebook won’t let me add any more friends because the weird limit is 5000. So, I’ve had to create a Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming ™ Fan Page. (Wow! I’m like a celeb!) So come join my Facebook Fan Page! I promise not to send you annoying facebook emails all the time.

Also, there is a full page article in Orlando Magazine on me this month…just don’t tell the editor that I don’t live in Orlando anymore.
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Elvis Licks, Shoots, and Sucks

I was organizing my files when I found some photos I had forgotten about. They are from the 1963 Elvis Presley film, Fun in Acapulco. Elvis plays Mike Windgren and has two love interests, Ursula Andress (think Dr. No) as Marguerita and Elsa Cardenas as Dolores. In the film he drinks beer, shoots Tequila, drinks Margaritas, sings about drinking, and sings a song titled Marguerita.

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Does anyone know what Tequila bottle this is? A large hi-res image of that scene can be bought at mptv.

Below is Elvis singing the song Marguerita from YouTube.

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Maragritas?

Here are the Margaritas that are shown in the film. Boy, who did the research for these? They look like salt rimmed water with a white straw.

I like that they were served “up”, but the glass looks more like a champagne coupe.

Below is the song from the film that I could watch 1000 times! It’s called Bossa Nova. “Hey little mama, let’s sit down and have a drink and dig the band…she said drink drink drink oh fiddly-dink, I can dance with a drink in my hand…”

Here’s a photo of a scene where Elvis takes some cold cocktail (looks like a frozen drink) into the straw then drops it on Dolores’s belly.

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And below is a YouTube link called Drunk in Acapulco. He drinks beer. Cute how the songwriter rhymed English words with Spanish words.

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By the way, of all the pages on my website misscharming.com, my Margarita page gets 10 times more hits than any page!

People love Margaritas!

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