Tiki and Dalmore Tweetups

Posted in Editor's Notes, Events, Reviews on July 28th, 2009 by Josh

I love a good tweetup. As you probably know, I’m a Twitter addict, and I’ve met so many great people on the Twitter machine. Every once in a while though, it’s nice to crawl out of one’s cave and actually hang out with people in person!

Last night, we were lucky to have two amazing tweetups back-to-back. The first was the evolution of what has become our awesome monthly event (which began with our brown liquor tweetup in Brooklyn, followed by our clear liquor tweetup at Double Crown last month). The Black PearlThis month’s tweetup focused on Rum – Tiki-style cocktails in particular. @Sweetblogomine was kind enough to get things organized at Elettaria in the West Village, which has a Mahalo Monday tiki special. My favorite of the evening was the Black Pearl – a twist on the Old Fashioned which includes Old Forester bourbon, Curzan black strap rum, demerara sugar and bitters. Outstanding. Read More

Tags: dalmore, rum, scotch, tiki, tweetup, twitter

My Favorite Cocktail from TOTC09 – The Rosemary Gin Sour

Posted in Events, Recipes on July 27th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for the Rosemary Gin SourIt’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite cocktail from my week at Tales of the Cocktail. The choices were so varied and plentiful that narrowing down  the list was a difficult task in and of itself. However, if I’m really honest with myself, one cocktail in particular rises to the top. It was prepared for my by Erin Williams, the Cointreau Brand Ambassador (formally of Pegu Club). In actuality, I’m not certain of the name of the cocktail, as it was custom made based on a survey I completed about my cocktail preferences (Tales was just so awesome!) I think the Rosemary Gin Sour adequately explains it though. Read More

Tags: cocktail, cointreau, cucumber, gin, lemon, rosemary, simple syrup, summer

LeNell Leaving NYC – Heading South of the Border

Posted in Community, Editor's Notes on July 22nd, 2009 by Josh

We’re sorry to report that it looks like LeNell – of LeNell’s Wine & Spirits Boutique in Brooklyn – is packing her bags and leaving NYC for good. In an unguarded moment at a tasting of American Whiskey last night at Louis 649, LeNell Smothers admitted to the gathered aficionados that she had given up on finding a new space for her famous store and was taking the show to Mexico. Read More

Tags: bitters, brooklyn, lenell, whiskey

TOTC09: The Beauty of Tasting Rooms

Posted in Events, Reviews on July 14th, 2009 by Josh

tales While the sessions at Tales of the Cocktail are wonderfully interesting and informative, another big draw at TOTC are the tasting rooms. At any given time over the course of the day, there are usually 3-4 rooms running simultaneously, and there are usually at least 3 sessions per day per room. So when you do the math, there ended up being about 40 different tasting rooms over the course of the event. Of course, not every tasting room is dedicated to one individual brand, either. There was a cognac tasting room, a scotch tasting room, and so on.

So here are some of the new (or particularly noteworthy) things I tried at Tales: Read More

Tags: averna, cognac, cointreau, Events, gin, martin miller, pierre ferrand, sambuca, Tales of the Cocktail, ty ku, xante

TOTC09: Spirit Award Winners

Posted in Events on July 14th, 2009 by Josh

Our friends at LOUNGERATI have pulled together a list of the winners of the Spirited Awards at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. We join LOUNGERATI in expressing our pride – and our thanks – to the winners representing the New York scene: Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club, Julie Reiner at Clover Club, and Jim Meehan at PDT (finally recognized as the World’s Best Bar!) Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. Read More

Tags: dale degroff, PDT, Pegu Club, Tales of the Cocktail

TOTC09: The Science of Shaking

Posted in Events on July 13th, 2009 by Josh

tales I’m still sifting through all of my material from Tales of the Cocktail – so many sessions, so many tastings, so many parties… So maybe it’s not so much that I’m sifting, as recovering.

I didn’t want to wait any longer though before I started to share some of the best information to come out of the show.

One of my favorite sessions of the week was “The Science of Shaking,” presented by Eben Klemm (beverage director of the B.R. Guest restaurant group), Alex Day (bartender at the famed Death & Co.), and Dave Arnold (director of the culinary technology department at the French Culinary Institute and author of the Cooking Issues blog). This session was the perfect blend of the two biggest areas of my life: mixology & tech geekery. Read More

Tags: Events, geek, gin, shaking, Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail – First Impressions

Posted in Editor's Notes, Events on July 9th, 2009 by Josh

Tales of the Cocktail The fact is, there’s so much going on here at Tales of the Cocktail that I barely have time to blog (at least not in a way that will do the event justice.) So here’s the deal: I’ve decided to provide regular updates via Twitter (which will constrain my thoughts to 140 characters each), and I’m going to share initial impressions here with you now. Then when I get back to New York, I’m going to write up a detailed post that covers all of the nitty-gritty, and highlights the best of what I’ve seen. Read More

Tags: dave wondrich, Events, martin miller, Tales of the Cocktail