The Virtues of a Twitter Tasting

Posted in Community, Events on June 11th, 2009 by Josh

I had the good fortune to attend a tasting last night of Macallan scotch. This wasn’t any ordinary tasting though – this was a Twitter Tasting! My cocktail-blogging colleagues and I took a break from our AA meetings to all get together in one place, taste amazing scotch, and broadcast our feedback via Twitter in real time. Our tweets were projected onto the wall so we could keep up with each others feedback, and the best part is, the entire conversation is preserved under the Twitter hash tag #Macallan. So even if you missed us last night, you can relive the entire event (including my feedback on the Macallan, and some great conversation with @halw, @livethelushlife, @nybarfly, @ekeyNYC, and many others) on Twitter. It’s a beautiful thing.

Once you’ve caught up, send me a tweet and let me know what you think.


Tags: macallan, scotch, tasting, twitter

Ice is Important, Dammit!

Posted in Community, Editor's Notes on June 9th, 2009 by Josh

02_orchardice_lgl[1]Any time I’m in a conversation about cocktails and I start extolling the virtues and importance of good ice, I get made fun of. Not to worry, I can take it. But finally, I’m getting some support in the press! Good ice is important, and New York Magazine has backed me up on that, complete with a slideshow of the best ice in New York City.

And before you ask, yes, I already have the spherical ice molds available from the Design Store at the Museum of Modern Art.

OK. So I am an ice geek. I’m OK with it.

Tags: ice

Want to Breathe your Cocktail? Try a walk-in Gin & Tonic.

Posted in Community, Events on June 5th, 2009 by Josh

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…

Bompas & Parr – designer of fine jellies and curator of culinary events in the UK – has created a project called AlcoholicArchitecture_11[1]Alcoholic Architecture. In essence, they whipped up a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail (gin & tonic to be precise, with Hendricks Gin no less!) Visitors “imbibed through inhaling.”

I’m honestly at a bit of a loss for words. I just don’t know what to make of this! Certainly, my preference is to experience my cocktails in liquid form, but then again, I’ve never had them any other way, so who am I to say? Any chance any of my readers in the UK have tried this? I would *love* to hear about your experience. Drop us a line and let us know what you thought. For those of you who haven’t tried this – would you??

Thanks to my friend Jenny for bringing this to my attention!

Tags: Events, gin, tonic, uk

Swine Flu Cocktail

Posted in Community, Recipes on April 30th, 2009 by Josh

The folks over at have a recipe for the very timely Swine Flu Cocktail. It has all the necessary ingredients:

  • Absinthe (medicinal, of course)
  • Tequila (from our friends in Mexico)
  • Bacon-infused Bourbon (obviously)
  • And Lemoncello (why not?)

You can find the full recipe here. Enjoy!

Tags: absinthe, bourbon, lemon, recipe, tequila

Simply put…

Posted in Community on April 29th, 2009 by Josh

A truer sentiment was never expressed.


(Photo Courtesy: Gothamist)

Tags: fun, Gothamist

Cocktail for Earth Day

Posted in Community on April 22nd, 2009 by Josh

NY Barfly (a great site, by the way) has a cocktail called the Spring Blossom in celebration of Earth Day. I’m not a big Vodka drinker, but it looks pretty good!

Spring Blossom - Cocktail for Earth Day

Tags: cocktail, Earth Day, lemon, St. Germain, Vodka