Tales & Trivia

blogmiss-copyYay! The full version of Miss Trivia came out today! Filled to the brim with 5000 drink related questions, difficulty levels, categories, single or multi-player options, and fun faux prizes. There are a few kinks to work out that bother me, but it will be updated by next week. Simply tap the App Store icon on your iPhone/iTouch and  “search” Miss Trivia or Cheryl Charming to find it. Then download. You can also download from iTunes on your computer. If you like it then leave a review! More questions will be added as time goes by.

blogtalesI also wanted everyone to know that Tales of the Cocktail just put their tickets up for sale. I will post more on Tales, but first, if you plan to attend, I wanted you to start thinking about reserving a spot for a Spirited Dinner because they fill up very fast (only a limited amount of spaces are available to keep the dinners intimate). It’s Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

What is it?
Each Spirited Dinner will have a distinctive menu with a range of cuisine from appetizers to desserts, served along with extraordinary cocktails of all variations and flavors. At each spirited dinner, a team of authors, mixologists, and bar-chefs have worked alongside New Orleans’ most prestigious restaurants to bring you a unique and exciting menu.

The Spirited Dinner restaurants include; Antoine’, Bacco, Bayona, Bombay Club, Bourbon House, Broussard’s, Café Adelaide, Calcasieu, CURE, Emeril’s Delmonico, GW Fins, Iris, La Cote Brasserie, Maximo’s, MILA, Morton’s, Muriel’s, Palace Café, Pelican Club, Redfish Grill, Restaurant August, Rio Mar, Wolfe’s in the Warehouse, Wolfe’s of New Orleans, and Zoë.

I chose The Pelican Club, so if you want to eat with me then call the restaurant at 504-523-1504 during the day to make a reservation. It’s $100 and includes tax and gratuity.

blogpelicanThe Chef is Richard Hughes and the Bar Chefs are the incredible BarMagic team headed up up Tobin Ellis. Tobin is most recently recognized for being chosen the bartender (in all of America) to challenge celebrity Chef, Bobby Flay on his Food Network TV show,  Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Just check out this Cocktail & Food menu that will be served below! I love it!

Pelican Club
2009 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Dinner
Bar Chefs: John Hogan, Kristen Schaefer, Tobin Ellis
– First Course –
Samba Swizzle
Zaya Rum, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Coconut, Fresh Lime,
Cane Syrup, Homemade Falernum, Orange Bitters

Hendrickʼs & Outlaw

Hendrickʼs Gin & Outlaw Brown Brazilian Tonic, Old-Fashioned NY-Style Seltzer, Fresh Lime

curried crab profiteroles/jamaican jerk chicken wings/conch fritters w sauce chien
– Second Course –
Smoked Riviera
Plymouth Gin, Campari, Maraschino Liqueur infused w/ Smoked Pineapple,
Fresh Lemon, Egg White, Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters

shrimp and scallop ceviche
– Third Course –
Bianco Fresca
Macchu Pisco La Diablada Pisco, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur,
Fresh Lime Sour, Old-Fashioned NY-Style Seltzer

crayfish and white bean chili
Intermezzo: Lemon Ice w/ Habanero Peppers and frozen Partida Reposado Tequila
– Fourth Course –
Ham & Cheese Caipirinha (don’t be scared, it’s yummy the BarMagic Team says)

Tasso cured Cuca Fresca Cachaca, Fresh Lime, Cane Sugar, Grana Padano Cheese garnish

Argentinean style hangar steak  w/ chimichurra sauce and shrimp and tasso stuffed mirliton
– Fifth Course –
(Guest’s Choice on Cocktail)
Martell Cognac, Sugar Cube, Peychaud Bitters, Kubler Absinthe Rinse, Lemon Twist
Monkey Fingers
Pampero Rum, Castries Peanut Creme, Coconut, Cream, Angostura Bitters

tres leches cake wilt bruleed banana’s and 20 yr rum whipped cream


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Miss Trivia Zero


Yeah, I know it’s really called Miss Trivia “Lite” in the Apple world, but I’m a Coke Zero fan and figured it was clever to use “Zero”since the app  is Free & Lite. This is the official announcement that Miss Trivia Lite is available for download. However, from clicking around on it, it appears I have a couple hiccups to work out. No worries, just know that I will be making the questions more readable, adding a sound “off” option, inserting a cash register chime for the correct answer (since the goal is to ring up the highest bar tab), shorten the wrong  answer buzz to one second, and allow a 6 second head start to read the question before the timer begins. The full version should be available in a matter of days, but if you see anything in the free lite version that I overlooked don’t hesitate to let me know.

How to Download an App
(First, make sure you’ve created an account with iTunes on your computer.)
Downloading applications to iPhone is easy. Just tap the App Store icon, browse whatever categories you’re interested in or search for a specific App then download your purchases wirelessly.
Once you own an application, the App Store automatically notifies you when there’s an update. Updates are free. You can even shop for applications on iTunes, then sync them to your iPhone/iTouch.


Another drink related app that became available this week is Gary Regan’s Flip ‘n Drink. Gary is one of the world’s renowned cocktail authors with “The Joy of Mixology” being his most prized publication so far. The photo of us above was taken minutes after finally meeting for the first time in 2007. I remember hoping that there wasn’t any black pepper in my teeth because the watermelon cocktail they passed around had black pepper flakes floating in it. Below is a YouTube demo of Flip ‘n Drink. One thing to know about the app is that it’s over 10mb, so you’ll have to download on your computer first (10mb is too big to download from the iPhone).


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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.

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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Brando and Bacardi


I received an interesting email from a Los Angeles man asking me if Bacardi was the first spirit brand mentioned in film. Based on my Silver Screen Cocktail page, I’d have to say Bacardi was first mentioned by Marlon Brando in the 1955 film, Guys & Dolls. (In 1955 Bacardi was still made in Santiago de Cuba before Castro took over. In 1960, Bacardi moved to Puerto Rico.) This is one of my all-time favorite Cocktail Cinema scenes.

If anyone knows of another brand mentioned before 1955 then please let me know! Many alcohol brands have been seen, but not actually verbalized in film.

1945 Scarlett Street: A Pinch Scotch bottle is given as a gift.
1962 Dr. No: Smirnoff vodka is shown in this first James Bond film.
1964 Goldfinger: Dom Perignon is seen.
1965 Thunderball: Dom Perignon is ordered and Smirnoff Blue is seen.
1967 You Only Live Twice: Stolichnaya vodka and Dom Perignon is seen.
1968 Funny Girl: Courvoisier is mentioned. Fast forward to 2:10 of the clip below.

Waiter: Courvoisier, Mr. Arnstein?
Omar Shariff: Yes, perfect. And a créme de menthe frappé.
Waiter: Yes, sir.
Barbra Streisand: I like that beard on that captain.
Makes him look trustworthy.
Omar Shariff: He wants me to bring you to his cabin for cocktails.

1972 Avanti: Bacardi is mentioned.
1973 Live and Let Die: Bollinger is mentioned and seen.
1978 Saturday Night Fever: Seagram’s 7 is mentioned.
1987 The Living Daylights: Stolichnaya vodka and Jim Beam Bourbon is seen.
1988 Cocktail: Bacardi, Jim Beam, King Louis XIII, and Remy Martin are seen.
1989 She’s Out of Control: Kahlua is mentioned.
1994 Ed Wood: Beefeater is mentioned.
1995: Goldeneye: Jack Daniels is seen.
2000: Nutty Professor II: Seagram’s 7 is mentioned.
2003 Mona Lisa Smile: Jack Daniels is mentioned.
2003 Bad Boys II: Bacardi is mentioned.
2004 Alfie: Stoli is mentioned.
2004 Meet the Fockers: Tanqueray is seen.
2004 Flight of the Phonix: Bacardi is mentioned.
2004 After the Sunset: Jack Daniels is mentioned.
2004 Catwoman: Kahlua is mentioned.
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Jack Daniels is mentioned.
2008 27 Dresses: Greygoose vodka is mentioned.
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Malibu rum is seen.
2008 The Love Guru: Frangelico is mentioned.

Here’s the Milk Punch recipe we served at last years Cocktail Film Fest (in coconut cups) when we showed the 1955 film, Guys & Dolls. It was created by H. Joseph Ehrmann, the owner of the award-winning San Francisco bar, Elixir.



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Charming Rachael

rrWell, I was going to talk about the 2009 Domaine De Canton Bartender of the Year Competition, but I can’t find any information on it except that my friend,  John Lermayer won. Didn’t he just win the Iron Chef Bar Challenge at Tales of the Cocktail? I’m sure once the journalists and photographers recover from the Saint Martin trip we’ll be hearing and seeing more about it.

In the meantime, I can talk about me. You can find my contribution to the Parties 101 section of the Everyday with Rachael Ray April issue on stands now. Grab one next time you’re at the grocery store and flip to page 103.

Can’t tell you enough how nice it is to see your name in a magazine, especially when they do a great job of laying it out. Rachael has some fun  cocktail recipes (with images) on her online mag called Cool Cocktails, so check them out to spark some ideas! I’ve included my fav below that was contributed from my friend, . And oh, here’s the link to tell the editors that you want to see more of Cheryl Charming in Rachael Ray’s mag and that Rachael and Cheryl should team up and and Charming should have her own column in Ray’s mag and…well, you get the Charming Rachael idea 🙂 Just click here.

lavanda Lavanda

• 2 cups sugar
• 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon fresh lavender leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried lavender leaves), plus 1 sprig for garnish.
• 3 tablespoons of gin (I recommend Hendrick’s)
• Chilled Prosecco

1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup fresh lavender leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried lavender) and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Let cool.

2. In a shaker, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon fresh or dried lavender leaves, the gin and 1 1/2 tablespoons lavender syrup (reserve the remaining syrup for another use); muddle, using a wooden spoon. Add ice cubes and shake. Strain the mixture into a Champagne flute and top with Prosecco. Garnish with the lavender sprig.

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The kgb Daiquiri


So, I’m up working late on my new drink trivia iPhone app that will be coming out in a few weeks (learn more by clicking the “Charming Products” tab or here) and decided to take a break. Hmmmm, it hit me that I hadn’t put out a blog post in over 10 days so I click through my “ideas” folder. After a minute, I find myself tempted to see if you knew that Britney Spears applied for a bartender job back in 2007, since today was the kick-off of her new tour in New Orleans…It’s true! she actually applied at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, California to tend bar at the Cameo bar. Just google it. Just then a commercial (see below) comes on in between Craig Ferguson interviewing Desmond Tutu on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The commercial is about two poolside sunbathing girls that text for the recipe of a Daiquiri. The two knowledge experts jump in their Smart Car to show up in person. The most exciting part is that the answer in the commercial actually includes fresh lime juice and sugar syrup!

The company advertised in the commercial is called kgb (Knowledge Generation Bureau). They say to text 542542 for any question you may have and they will answer you.  I checked out their website and it appears that they’ve only made about 6 commercials and 2 of them are bar-related. The other bar-related one takes place in a bar, but it’s not posted on YouTube yet.

2 oz light rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Here’s David Wondrich’s take on the Daiquiri.

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It’s a Small Mini-Bar World After All!

minibarI’m in little bitty love! Look at these dollhouse bar & cocktail related items. It really is a small world after all! Here’s the story. A few years ago I gave Ann R. Tuennerman (founder of The Tales of the Cocktail) a stainless steel charm bracelet with cocktail-related charms attached for each year of the event. (I thought since my name was “Charming” that a charm bracelet would be a charming gift…see image below.) Well, each year, I give her another charm to be added to the bracelet, so I was surfing around shopping for one when I came across these mini-bar items.

anncharmDid you know that there is an entire miniature world out there? It’s like Horton Hears a Who! There are blogs, sites, communities, conventions, and even magazines! Silly me, I’m probably telling you something you already know. I don’t even know what I would do with these mini-bar items, but they are so darn adorable that I want them! There are lots of sites where you can find them. Just google dollhouse miniatures or drink miniatures to get started. I found the ones above at  SP Miniatures. You can even find entire built bars online. Check out the cool mini bar below that I found on YouTube! I would really need a drink after building that!

In honor of the “mini” theme, here is a S’mores shot that calls for miniature marshmallows. It can be seen in my next book that comes out in June titled, “Knack Bartending Basics: More than 400 Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Any Occasion.”

smoresChocolate Shot Glasses

You can purchase pricey chocolate shot glasses, but why do that when you can make your own? You will need 3-ounce
paper Dixie cups, 1-ounce plastic portion cups, a double boiler (or microwave), a cookie sheet, unflavored cooking spray, baking chocolate, and baker’s wax. Amounts will vary, depending on how many you want to make, so just start
with small batches at first to get the hang of it.
(1) Melt the chocolate and baker’s wax in a double boiler or microwave.
(2) Spray the insides of the 3-ounce cups and the outsides of the 1-ounce cups with the cooking spray to prevent sticking.
(3) Pour the melted chocolate ¾ of the way up the 3-ounce cup, then push the 1-ounce cup into the chocolate until the chocolate oozes to the top. This molds the inside of the shot glass.
(4) Place onto the cookie sheet, then
place into the freezer to set up.
(5) When ready, remove from the freezer and pop off the portion cups.

The 1-ounce portion cups can be found at candy, wedding, and restaurant supply stores. Don’t stop with chocolate! For other shot creations try juices and other liquids. Just tape across the top of the cups to keep in place.


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Coming Soon! Miss Trivia for the iPhone!


Just a little heads up! Very soon all iPhone/iTouch owners will be able to download my first App! Initially, there will be around 5000 bar & cocktail related questions in 5 categories with more questions added monthly. The categories include Beer & Wine, Spirits & Recipes, Celebrity Cocktails, Tools & Terms, and History. Each category takes you inside a new animated themed bar.

qThere will also be 4 levels of difficulty. Choose from Enthusiast, Bartender, Mixologist, or Geek. This edutainment trivia game can be played by 1 player or by 2-4 players which enables you to pass the iPhone/iTouch around at parties, the bar, the car, or anywhere! The object of the game is to ring up the highest bar tab and iPhone/iTouch users worldwide will be able to compete for the top 10 highest scores. The higher the level of difficulty, the more points you score! Also, the quicker you answer the question the higher the points. The timer is the Hurricane on the tray and as times ticks away, the level of the drink lowers.

How to download an iPhone / iTouch App
(First, make sure you’ve created an account with iTunes on your computer.)
Downloading applications to iPhone is easy. Just tap the App Store icon, browse whatever categories you’re interested in or search for a specific App then download your purchases wirelessly.

Once you own an application, the App Store automatically notifies you when there’s an update. Updates are free. You can even shop for applications on iTunes, then sync them to your iPhone.

Here are more questions in the App. Do you know the answers?
The Guinness Irish Stout slogan is…
Black Power
Guinness is Good for You
It’s the thicker-chicker-picker-upper

What did Paris Hilton name her chain of nightclubs?
Club Paris
Club Hot

In what film does Marilyn Monroe mix up some Manhattans in a hot water bottle?
Some Like it Hot
The Seven Year Itch
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

What was Southern Comfort originally called?
White Tie and Tails
Cuff and Buttons
Top Hat

Where were the first in-flight cocktails served to paying guests in 1910?
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines over the English Channel
St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line over Florida
Zeppelin airship flying over Germany

What Doctor is often credited to inventing absinthe?
Dr. Sylvius
Dr. Ordinaire
Dr. Pepper

What classic cocktail contains gin, Pernod, orange juice, grenadine, and an orange twist?
Monkey Gland
Corspe Reviver
Ramos Gin Fizz

What country is the cloudberry liqueur, Lakka produced?

What is it called when a short speech given in honor of someone or something then glasses are clinked together?

What does it mean when a kegs blows?
The keg ran out of beer
The keg beer is too foamy
The keg beer tastes bad

A 750ml bottle of booze is often called a fifth. What is it a fifth of?

What political broadcast host has a side interest in cocktails and even has cocktail-making videos on Youtube.com?
Rachel Maddow
Jon Stewart
Bill Maher

James Stewart orders Martinis for him and Harvey in the 1950 film of the same name. Who is Harvey?
The bartender
An imaginary rabbit
His pet turtle

To keep up with the progress of the App you can click on the Charming Products tab on this blog or go here.



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The Magnificent Seven Times Seven

magsevenIt’s been 49 years (7X7) since the 1960 film, The Magnificent Seven was released and today we have a new gang of septets. Their names are Gary Regan, Angus Winchester, Simon Difford, Hidetsugu Ueno, Jamie Walker, Michael Menegos, and Peter Dorelli. These seven respected industry figures gathered in a film studio in North London to make the first Internet video of its kind to advertise The World Class Bartender Competition. This competition is searching for the world’s best bartender. You simply must check out the incredible themagnificentsevenblog.com . While there you can view some behind the scenes footage and learn about these seven men. In 1998 there was A Magnificent Seven TV series and below is a bar scene that I found on Youtube.com. Enjoy!

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2nd Annual Cocktail Film Fest

cffWhat is it?
Tales of the Cocktail and W New Orleans invite movie buffs and libation lovers to indulge in celebrating the cocktail in three films. Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming™, cocktail author and founder of MissCharming.com, plays hostess for the silver screenings.

Movie tickets are $25 in advance per movie or $30 at the door.  The price of admittance includes cocktails and movie snacks.  W New Orleans is offering a special rate of $109 per night to film festival patrons to take the lift home after the movie.  This rate reflects a savings of 20 percent of regular rates during April 10 – 12. Please use promotion code LIF.  For event guests, a rate of $12 per car will be available.  For questions, please call 1-877-WHOTELS for assistance. For more info visit here.

The Film Fest schedule is as follows
• Saturday, April 11th, 4 p.m., King Creole
• Saturday, April 11th, 6-8 p.m., Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
• Saturday, April 11th, 8 p.m., Cocktail
• Saturday, April 11th, Midnight, Moulin Rouge

Seating for all films are dinner party style.

Saturday, April 11th
kingKing Creole (1958)
4 pm.
This Elvis Presley summer hit of 1958 was filmed in New Orleans when he was 22 years old. The cast and crew blocked off the entire top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel (now Fairmont Hotel and soon to be Waldorf Astoria). King Creole was Elvis’ last B&W film and is considered by critics to be his best. Elvis plays a nightclub busboy turned nightclub singer and even though there are many bar scenes not one single cocktail is mentioned, so we will be serving famous New Orleans cocktails including the Sazerac, Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane, Scarlet O’Hara, Ramos Gin Fizz, and more. Retro candy and popcorn will be served and popular soundtracks to look forward include Trouble, Hard Headed Woman, King Creole, New Orleans, and Dixieland Rock.

295_big_pour_edited-1Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
6-8 pm.
Come meet Dean Serneels as the Mad Mixologist! This Dean of Drinks is an Inventor, Hospitality Consultant, Entertainer, Motivator, Flipping Mixologist and owner of Flairco.com. Dean will be sharing his skills in a hands-on bottle flipping workshop and will also entertain you with his magic and moves on the bar. Dean has won over 22 bartending awards, has appeared on the FOOD Network and as the bartender trainer on CMT’s Search for the Ultimate Coyote. Dean is also the creative mind behind all of the Flairco brand bartending products. Join Dean as he flips, spins and tosses the fictitious Blue Turquoise from the film, Cocktail, Pink Squirrels, and Sex on the Beaches. Landshark beer will also be available.

silvercocktail1Cocktail (1988)
8 pm.

Cocktail finally turns 21! And what better way to celebrate this summer hit of 1988 than with a Jamaican style dinner and birthday cake for dessert! Special guest star, Dean Serneels will be showing you the flair bartending moves in the film. Alcohol is not permitted at this event because Touchstone/Disney owns the film, so we have to abide by their rules. We will be serving only  non-alcoholic drinks.

This film kick-started modern flair bartending worldwide and introduced three hit songs, Kokomo, Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Addicted To Love.

moulinMoulin Rouge (2001)
Can-Can you join us for a midnight enchanting screening of this lush and visually-rich modern musical that was nominated for 8 Oscars?

The Green Fairy will be upon us as we serve the first absinthe allowed into America after being banned for 95 years,  Lucid. Glass blown fountains will be at each table and all the supplies to drip your own absinthe. Nibbles, bottled water, and French wine will also be available.


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