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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1910 – 1960 – 2010


Happy New Year all! I have to be honest, as a kid I truly believed that this magical year was THE year I’d be living the Jetsons life. Remember the Jetsons? Meet George Jetson.  Jane his wife…loved that cartoon.

I don’t know what will happen in 2010, but I do know what happened 100 years ago. We’ve come a long way, baby. Or have we?


1910 First in-flight cocktails are served to paying passengers on the Zeppelin flying over Germany.
1910 J&B blended Scotch whisky is introduced.
1910 Prohibition for Canberra, Australia begins.

1910 Mount Gay Eclipse Rum from Barbados is named after an eclipse of the same year.
1910 Britain’s first cocktail bar, the Criterion in Piccadilly Circus opens.
1910 Bacardi opens a facility in Barcelona, Spain.


And, if you go back only 50 years then here are three things that happened.

1960 Happy Hour becomes a common term.
The first Playboy Club opens at 116 East Walton in Chicago and becomes the busiest bar in the world, often serving 1400 guests a day. Cocktails cost $1.50.
A plastic lined bottle cap replaces the cork lined crown bottle cap.

Wishing you a bright 2010!

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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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Tickled Pink about The Tar Pit in Tinseltown

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

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

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


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

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

I guess if I wasn’t so busy the past two weeks I would’ve known about The Tar Pit before talking to Robert because Simon Ford sent out an email and a facebook post about LA’s cocktail culture from Just click on the image below to read it. I hope to visit The Tar Pit one day as well as all of these bars, especially since LA has a special place in my heart of being my birth city. Happy Holidays everyone!

Oh, one more thing. I will be putting the Meehan bag in my new Master Mixology section soon!
Look at this awesome bartender bag. Inspired by Jim Meehan.


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


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Cocktail Cornucopia

cornCornucopia (also called horn of plenty) is a symbol of abundance and in the cocktail world there is a definite abundance of variety. The cocktail culture pendulum swings from extreme flair bars to purist craft bars and oscillates past all others in between. I’m for all of them and believe that all pieces of the cocktail pie bring something to the table.


I will get to experience the extreme side on November 18th at the original flair bartending championship, QUEST. It’s at the groove at Universal CityWalk® in Orlando, Florida. There is a virtual tour of the groove here (scroll to the bottom). I will be there with Mark Hastings, owner of the world’s largest bar supply company. The kicker is that it will be MY BIRTHDAY at midnight! So this high-energy event should be fun fun fun! Come see me! Admission is free if you get there before 9pm. To learn more, Quest has a Facebook event page here.

If you think you can get away, then most of the attendees and competitors stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites across from Universal and next to TGI Fridays (Fridays actually provides room service to the hotel). There are free shuttles over to CityWalk, but you can actually walk it as well. Rooms are around $80 and suites are $130. Their # is 407-351-3333. I’ll be staying there.

capIn the past month I moved from Orlando to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida to work for Mark Hastings, owner of the world’s largest bar supply company:,,,,,, etc. (Soon there will be a Master Mixologist Pro section added to the sites and the flagship site,, will get a facelift.)

In my first week of work as Promotions Director, I ran across a patent pending product of Mark’s that I thought was pretty clever. It’s an inverted plastic pour spout called the Cap-On®. Well, I put them into my home bar bottles because I liked that I could screw the cap back on. Then I did a 3-count pour and was surprised to find that it measured correctly. I thought they would be perfect for the average person or master mixologist that hated pour spouts. So, I sent out samples worldwide to cocktail friends and the response has been great! It’s been blogged about at The Liquid Muse, Santa Fe Barman, and with more to come.


But something happened that I didn’t expect from my new BFF Dave Nepove aka Mr. Mojito…Dave fell in love with them and talked Duggan McDonnell who owns Cantina in San Francisco to use them. (Should have photos soon)  I love you Dave & Duggan!

Then John Lermayer told me that he loved them and was going to put them in The Florida Room at the Delano Hotel in Miami! Wow! I never expected them to be used that way! John, you’ve known I’ve loved you a long time 🙂

And to top it off so far this week, Brian Loukmas, mixologist for Bacardi, fell in love with them too and sent a photo! I love you Brian! Can’t wait to see you at Quest! So many new BFF’s!

If you’d like to try them then they are quite affordable. So affordable they can be disposable. You can get a dozen for 69 cents or 48 dozen for $26.50 at


The 2nd Season of ON THE ROCKS (bartending challenge ala Top Chef) has it’s first of 3 episodes tomorrow night (Nov 7) on NBC after Saturday Night Live!

On the Rocks, Season 2 follows eight of the nation’s best bartenders as they compete for the title of America’s Top Bartender and a $100,000 prize. I’m crossing my fingers for Todd or Hillary.

Shot on location in Las Vegas, the contestants are judged through a series of challenges that test their skills, knowledge and talent behind the bar.

This season will be hosted by Maria Sansone, who will be joined by an award winning panel of judges… On the Rocks’ season one winner, Amanda Gager, actor and nightlife legend Fabrizio Brienza and award-winning mixologist friend of 12 years, Tobin Ellis, who co-founded the Flair Bartenders Association.

skinnyA few weeks ago, Rachel Poor, Senior Account Executive for SHIFT Communications sent me 2 bottles of Cruzan rum (Light aged & dark single barrel) and a bottle of Canadian Club Classic 12.

They arrived on a Friday, so I made a pitcher of Skinny Cruzan Quad-Citrus Mojitos to share with my neighbors. It was a big hit! The guys didn’t even know it was sugar-free!

I used the Cruzan Single Barrel, mint infused Splenda syrup, limes, lemons, tangelos, and Fresca grapefruit soda.


Rachel also sent me some recipes to post to generate some awareness for Movember, (moustache + November) a charity that raises money for testicular cancer and prostate cancer awareness. Canadian Club is a sponsor of Movember and they’ve made some funny Mo-inspired cocktails to generate some excitement. The site is pretty graphically appealing. You should check it out. Here’s a YouTube vid of it



The Magnum

1 ½ parts Canadian Club Whisky

4 parts Ginger Ale



The Bandit

1 ½ parts Canadian Club Whisky

4 parts Club Soda



The Flanders

1 ½ parts Canadian Club Whiskey

½ part sweet Vermouth

Dash of bitters


The Burgundy

1 ½ parts Canadian Club Whisky

4 parts Ginger Ale

Splash of Cranberry Juice

Lastly, I want to give props to my new facebook friend, John Collingwood from and Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He shot a cocktail photo session in a vintage barbershop for Movemeber and made some cocktails for Movember.


Come see me at Quest!

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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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