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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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Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails

liquidnitrTonight I didn’t get to see my favorite person on TV (Adam Lambert) because President O’Bama was on, but I did get to catch Ted Allen afterwards on Food Detectives as Top Chef winner, Richard Blaise demonstrated how to make cool cocktails using a tank of liquid nitrogen. Man, did you ever think you’d see those 4 names together in one sentence? Anyway, Richard made a Gin & Tonic by making frozen gin ice cubes then filled the glass with tonic water, a frozen Tequila shot, a Mojito sorbet, and a frozen Martini. The ones I’d like to try are the Gin & Tonic and Mojito sorbet. I like my Classic Martinis cold, but I’m hesitant about a very cold & chunky Martini.
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To see other molecular mixology creations click here. You’ll find an Inside Out Bloody Mary, nitro caipirinha, Champagne Lava Lamp, Martini Popsicles, Sazerac Gummy Bear, Gin & Tonic Jelly, Martini Sorbet with Olive Caviar, and more!

tocjamiecherylJamie Boudreau from spirits & cocktails.com is one of the world’s leading molecular mixologists. Below is a YouTube video of him making his MEXICAN CLOUD, a Tequila cocktail that includes rhubarb bitters and is topped with egg-white foam that’s flamed (toasted) with an atomized Chartreuse spritz.

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