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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: (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.

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.


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.


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.
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– 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.

– 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.

– 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).

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

– Campari was introduced in Italy.

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

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

– The first Oktoberfest in Germany took place.

– Cruzan Rum from the Virgin Islands is introduced.

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

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

– Brandy was added to Portuguese wine to help preserve it for Atlantic voyages.

– Benedictine was introduced. Happy Birthday!


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)

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.

– 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.

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


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


– 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)

– 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)

– 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)

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)

– 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

– 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

– 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

– 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)

– 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

– 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?)

– Whipped Lightning Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream
– Adult Chocolate Milk


– 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.


– Miss Charming’s Lifesize Cocktail Glass Ring


– 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”


– Speakeasy concept
– Bad customer service in craft bars.


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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 Tales Tuesday Tasting, Two
618 Frenchmen Street


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

Shots of Inspiration Book Signing Hotel Monteleone lobby

Toast to Tales of the Cocktail
Hotel Monteleone front steps

Cocktail Fresh Market Happy Hour
Hotel Monteleone (complimentary)

Tales of the Cocktail Welcome Reception
Presented by Beefeater
Contemporary Arts Center – 900 Camp Street

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


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


Tales Apprentice Luncheon
Hotel Monteleone – Board Room

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

VIP Cocktail Hour
Presented by Diageo
The Cabildo
701 Chartres Street

Ricard Midnight Petanque
Front of Hotel Monteleone
Presented by Ricard


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

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

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

USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition
316 Magazine Street

Bar Room Brawl
310 Andrew Higgins Drive

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


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

Worldwide Cocktail Excursion
Presented by Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Sugar Mill – 1101 Convention Center Blvd

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

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

Bartender’s Breakfast
Presented by Plymouth Gin
The Chicory – 600 South Peters St


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

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

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

See you there!

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Sex and the City 2 and Charming Cocktails 2

Well, Sex and the City 2 is about to premiere and Prairie Organic Vodka sent me some recipes to share.

sexDo you know when the first Cosmopolitan was first ordered and seen in the TV show Sex and the City? Well, I do because I checked all of the episodes out from the library to find out.

The first time the Cosmopolitan was mentioned and seen in the TV show was on July 18th, 1999. It was the 2nd season, 19th episode called, The Chicken Dance. Samantha orders one at a wedding bar and Carrie orders scotch straight up. I recorded the clip and it can be seen here.

The next Cosmo seen was in the 20th episode called The Man, The Myth, The Viagra.The third time was #23 Evolution and the fourth was #24 La Douleur Exquise! Shall I go on?

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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!


Need a free cocktail menu on the fly? Just click on the menus below to create a cocktail menu at 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!


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.

Friday, July 23, 2010
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 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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True Southern Comfort Blood


Southern Comfort is celebrating its sponsorship of the Golden Globe winning series True Blood, Season Two with a selection of blood thirsty cocktails that promises to make the mouth of any mere mortal water.

The recipes are in European measures. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a jigger with both standard and metric measures? Just a thought.


The Sookie Swizzle

50ml Southern Comfort
3 wedges Blood Orange
3 wedges lemon
15ml Sugar syrup
Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Served in a large rocks over crushed ice, muddle fruit and build in glass.


Southern Merlotte’s Punch

35ml Southern Comfort
15ml Lemon Juice
25ml Apple Juice
50ml Merlot red wine
15ml Sugar syrup
1/2 blood orange (squeezed)
Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Shake and strain into a High Ball glass over cubed ice. Serve with a blood orange and lemon slice and garnish with mint sprig.

Southern Blood

50ml Southern Comfort
½ blood orange

Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour the Southern Comfort over. Squeeze the juice of half a blood orange and stir for a true taste of New Orleans, where Southern Comfort originates.

Southern Comfort was created in 1874 by a New Orleans bartender, Martin Wilkes (M.W.) Heron. After experimenting with a variety of fruits, spices and other spirits, Heron struck on the perfect combination creating a one-of-a-kind blend of nuetral grain spirit, fruit, and spice flavors. His spirit of originality, freedom and possibility continues to live through the Southern Comfort brand to this day.

• Southern Comfort was originally known as Cuff and Buttons.
• Southern Comfort was Janis Joplin’s favorite. She mixed it with lime juice.
• Southern Comfort won the gold medal at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
• The Scarlett O’Hara (SoCo, cranberry juice & lime) was marketed in 1939 after the film, Gone with the Wind.
• The most popular drinks made with SoCo is the Alabama Slammer and Sloe Comfortable Screw.

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How I Met Your Mother – The Hot Bartender


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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The First Cocktail Millennium Decade in Review


Well, the beginning of a new decade is right around the corner and it’s always interesting for me to look back at the previous one. It never ceases to amaze me how every decade I’m involved in and/or study seems to have the same cocktail culture thread running through it; I believe it’s shaped by a combination of new products, media, trends, marketing ideas and passionate – about their craft – beings.

Last century, common names for pubs, bars, saloons and clubs were Filthy McNasty’s, Slug And Lettuce, Snooty Fox, Fox and Hound, Fuzz & Firkin, The Ritz, Whiskey A Go-Go, Stork Club, Club Gallant, Le Freak, Studio 54, The Tiki Lounge, Electric Cowboy, The Rainbow Room, Cabaret, VooDoo Lounge, and The Limelight.

So far in this century, common names have been Tangerine, The Opium Den, The Blue Martini, Ghost Bar, The Town Pump, Coyote Ugly, Buddha Lounge, Whiskey Park, Sky Bar, The Well, Beauty Bar, Fifty-Seven Fifty-Seven, Narcissus, Balance, Tantra, Honey, Envy, Liquid, Tonic, Cream, Light, Rain, Room, Thin, Here, Meet, The Violet Hour, Milk & Honey, The Velvet Room, Teardrop Lounge, and The Tar Pit.

Very interesting. You can read the common names for pubs, bars, saloons and clubs starting from the 1400s on my site  here.

Each passing year has brought new events, products, spirits, and trends. Here’s a skeleton look at a few of them from the first cocktail millennium decade. And if you see any misinformation or anything you’d like me to add,  just let me know at


• The film Coyote Ugly shows scantily clad cowgirl bartenders slinging whiskey and dancing on the bar top.
• The Beekman Arms of Rhinebeck in NY is the oldest continuously operating tavern in America.
• Alizé Red Passion is introduced.
• Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve is introduced to America only.
• Smirnoff twist flavored vodkas are introduced.
• Tequiza Extra hits the shelves.
•  Baffert’s gin is introduced.
• Doc Otis Hard Lemon hits the market.


• Fidel Castro and the Cuban government shocks the world when they announce that they will begin to produce their own rum and name it Bacardi, saying, the famous rum is his and better than theirs. As of 2009, no rum has been produced from Castro.
• Michelob Ultra is introduced.
• Gary Regan introduces his Cocktails in the Country Bartender Workshops.
• Hpnotiq plans to launch on September 11th, but America is attacked on that day so the launch takes place months later.
• James Zemaitis, the Vice President of Sotheby’s, organizes the first show and sale of cocktail shakers & barware for Phillips Auction in NYC and coins the words, Cocktail Modernism for the thirty-featured items.


• James Bond orders a Mojito in the film, Die Another Day, and revives this classic cocktail exploding it worldwide.
• Wet by Beefeater is marketed.
• Smirnoff Black Ice is launched.
• Hiram Walker introduces the first liqueur with 100% natural ingredients called Fruja.
•  Matusalem Rum is re-launched.
• Tales of the Cocktail begins as an annual event in New Orleans.

The Thirsty Traveler, a weekly TV show journey into the heart of the world’s greatest wine, beer and spirit producing regions is hosted by Kevin Brauch and aired on Fine Living TV.


• Absolut Vanila hits the market with a frosted bottle.

• The Bordeaux Ecole de Management offers a masters wine program.
• New York, Florida, Maine, Connecticut, Alabama, and Oklahoma pass smoking bans for bars.
• Blavod black vodka from America is marketed.
• Heaven Hill buys Hpnotiq.
• Archaeologists find five earthenware jars of 2,000 BC year old rice wine in an ancient Han dynasty tomb in Eastern China. The bouquet is still intact.


• The top ten best selling beers in America are; Bud light, Bud, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Natural Light, Corona, Busch, Busch Light, Miller High Life, and Heineken.
• The top ten best selling spirits in America are; Smirnoff, Bacardi, Absolut, Jack Daniel’s, Jose Cuervo, Captain Morgan, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, and Jim Beam.
• The American Beverage Institute introduces the public service message; Drink Responsibly. Drive Responsibly.
• Absolut Raspberri is introduced.
• Iceberg vodka made from the water of melted icebergs is introduced.
• DNA alcohol evidence is found in Peruvian mummy hair.
•  Perrier launches the portable plastic bottle.
• Archeologists find 7000 BC winemaking pottery in Northern China.
• The hit film, Sideways, skyrockets the sales of Pinot Noir.


• The Museum of the American Cocktail opens in New Orleans, founded by Dale and Jill DeGroff, Anistatia Miller, Jared Brown, Robert Hess, Ted Haigh, Chris & Laura McMillian, and Phil Greene.
• The FBA Pro Tour of International Flair Bartending competitions is created.

•  Gary Regan introduces Regan’s Orange Bitters.
• There are 565,000 licensed alcohol beverage outlets in America. 316,000 are licensed for on-premise sales.
• NAVAN, a vanilla flavored cognac from Grand Marnier is launched.
The Stanislav Vadrnas School of Bartending and Mixology tours the world.
• Captain Morgan Tattoo is introduced.
• The first scholarly journal of the cocktail, Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail, is published by Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown.
•  All American states adopt a BAC level of 0.08.
•  Absolut Apeach is introduced.
• Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown launch their own formulation, Heavy Water Vodka.
• Goya, The largest cocktail bar in the world opens in Berlin.
• Molson merges with Coors.
• Bailey’s Caramel is launched.
• Bailey’s Chocolate Mint is launched.


• The Tequila Trade Agreement is signed by the United States and Mexico allowing the continued bulk import of Tequila into the United States.
• South Carolina’s bartenders no longer have to use miniature liquor bottles.
• Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), the very first culinary mixology course for the appreciation, understanding, and service of adult beverages opens in New York City.

• Oprah Winfrey makes a Pomegranate Martini on her show and bartenders across America get bombarded with requests for the Martini even though most bars don’t carry pomegranate juice.
• The largest Champagne Pyramid is constructed in Amsterdam. 37, 820 glasses are used and it stands 60 stories high.
• A new category of Tequila is established. It’s an ultra-aged/vintage aged in oak barrels for 3 years. It’s called “maduro”.
• The Museum of the American Cocktail opens in Las Vegas, after Hurricane Katrina destroys most of New Orleans.
• CMT airs a reality show called Inside the Real Coyote Ugly. Ten girls are chosen out of one thousand to learn how to bartend Coyote Ugly style.
• On May 13th cocktail connoisseurs worldwide gather in many locations to celebrate the 200th year of the cocktail.
• Imbibe drink culture magazine is introduced.
• These spirits are released:
Boca Loca Cachaça, Lichido Liqueur, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Tezón Tequila, Aviation Gin, and Van Gogh Espresso Vodka.
Jay-Z endorsed then boycotted Cristal.


• Tobin Ellis is selected as the bartender to compete aganist Bobby Flay in his TV show, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.
• Absolut Pears is introduced.
• St Germain Elderflower Liqueur is introduced.
• Lucid becomes the first absinthe allowed back into the U.S. after being banned for 95 years.
• Trump vodka is released.
• Pat O’Brien’s celebrates it 75th anniversary.
• These spirits are released: Absolut New Orleans, Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum, 360 Vodka, Tanqueray Rangpur Distilled Gin, and Grey Goose La Poire Vodka.



BarSmarts™, a one-of-a-kind online bartender education and certification program
sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA, is developed in collaboration with the world’s
most celebrated cocktail experts from BAR, LLC.
• The first Cocktail Film Fest takes place in New Orleans at the W.
• Canton French Ginger Liqueur is introduced.
The Stanislav Vadrna’s Analog Bar-tending Institute travels the world.
•  The Sazerac becomes the official cocktail of New Orleans through Bill No. 6.
• Mr. & Mrs. Cocktail (Paul and Ann Tuennerman) host a New Orleans radio show called The Straight Pour.
• P Diddy releases Ciroc vodka.



•  The Mai Tai becomes the official cocktail of Oakland.
• Justin Timberlake has a new Tequila called 9:01.

• The Ritz-Carlton launched a new “Bar Experience” globally that featured a Bar Edible menu with a fresh twist on solid and traditional cocktails.
• Tobin Ellis starts the monthly event,  Social Mixology – Late Night Cocktail Culture in Vegas.
• Absolut airs a bartender mixology TV show special called, On the Rocks.

adam• Adam Lambert’s first video shows absinthe.

gaga• Lady Gaga drinks vodka in her video, Bad Romance.

What will happen in the next decade?

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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.


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 (, Tobin Ellis (,,, 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

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.



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.



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.


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


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

People love Margaritas!

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Historic Alcohol Art


Above is the famous (and controversial) French 1882 Édouard Manet painting, Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère (well, sort of…hey! I could have been that other girl in another life!). It depicts a scene in the Folies Bergère nightclub in Paris (one of the great Parisian cafés-concerts, a kind of beer hall with music, circus acts and other entertainment).  It shows a crème de menthe bottle, champagne bottles, and a Bass beer bottle. I took the two photos into photoshop to make one cool one. That’s one way to time travel!


There have been many revisions (is that the right word?) of this famous and controversial painting. Below are some I found through a quick google search. I love the Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley one.


I decided to put my head on the barmaid.


There may be older paintings that my cocktail historian/archeologists friends like Gary Regan, David Wondrich, Ted Haigh, Robert Hess and Anistasia Miller & Jared Brown can find (I’d love to see them!), but the oldest I’ve found is from the Dutch artist that was born in 1626 named Jan Steen. This “Baroque Era” painter painted daily life and many drink related images were captured. Tavern Garden, Tavern Scene, The Drunken Woman, Merry Company on a Terrace, In the Tavern, Jug, Celebrating the Birth, Feast of the Chamber and many many more. My favorite is the one below. I’m amazed that a conical shaped glass was painted in the 1600s. Plus! There is a flair high pour being performed in the painting.


Here are some of the other Jan Steen paintings below.


Another artist from the 17th century that painted many drink related was David Teniers the Younger. Here are some of his below.


I know that there are other related artworks from artists like William Hogarth, Van Gogh, Picasso, and more so please feel free to send them my way.

Hope you enjoyed the historic art!


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