The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual | Automobile Cocktail

The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual | Automobile Cocktail

An evening at The Dead Rabbit New York had the harshest cold snap in years when I visited the Dead Rabbit in February 2014. The whole Financial District felt like a ghost town that evening. We were banking the Dead Rabbit’s Parlour would be available. That’s their small cocktail lounge on the second floor of their 30 Water Street tavern. Not bloody likely. The place was packed, regardless of the punishing weather out there, or…

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The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, one of the most important collection of pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes, has finally been given a makeover. Frank Caiafa, manager at the Peacock Alley, the lobby bar at New York’s renowned Waldorf Astoria, has dusted off A.S. Crockett’s bar books, and augmented them with his own recipes, as well as many other classic drinks omitted in the 1930’s manuals. The results are nothing short of amazing: Caiafa managed to condense years of research…

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El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

The Diamond’s Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus is the Canadian finalist for the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition with his fantastic El Ritmo cocktail. This Tuesday, he’s embarked on a trip that will take him to Montreal, Miami, Puerto Rico and ultimately San Francisco, where he will compete against bartenders from all over the world for the grand finale of Bacardi Legacy. Gian managed to take a few minutes to chat with us just before he left Vancouver to share with us some stories…

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Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo | The Mai-Tai Spritz

Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo | The Mai-Tai Spritz

Looks like spring has finally arrived in rainy Vancouver, and bars are finishing working on their new seasonal menus. To make things easier, Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau‘s latest book, has just been released and will surely inspire bartenders with a few light and refreshing options. There’s no question the Aperol Spritz has become a modern classic. Baiocchi, author of the James Beard-nominated Sherry, and Punch founder and editor-in-chief. Pariseau,…

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9 Bar Books to look forward to in 2016

9 Bar Books to look forward to in 2016

Now that the January blues are over and the December splurge is mostly paid off, publishers are getting ready to roll out their 2016 releases. We picked 8 books we’re most excited about, plus a bonus one that may be published this year. So get your bookshelves ready: here’s what you need to know about what’s coming up this year in Cocktail Literature. 1.  Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail Who: Talia Baiocchi, Leslie Pariseau What: Books…

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Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

The Holidays are upon us, and just like every Holiday season, there are three things you just can’t run away from: aggravating Christmas music, fruitcake, and eggnog. (Include things, or people, we missed in the comments) Eggnog is the liquid equivalent of the Christmas sweater. No one is particularly excited about it, but you still do it once a year because you don’t want to be the one who disses the tradition. But let’s face…

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The Nomad Cocktail Book | North Sea Oil Cocktail

The Nomad Cocktail Book | North Sea Oil Cocktail

The NoMad Cookbook is probably one of the most anticipated foodie books to come out his fall. But to find James Beard laureate Leo Robitschek‘s The NoMad Cocktail Book tucked in the back was a bit of a surprise. The NoMad Hotel, in a handsome Beaux-Arts building at 28th and Broadway, in Manhattan, is the latest project by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, respectively executive chef and general manager of Eleven Madison Park. If the name…

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Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Richard Godwin is a journalist for the London Evening Standard, a home bartender and the author of The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, a cocktail book for making proper cocktailians out of anyone. At least anyone who can legally drink (we hear a cocktail book for children is in the works). He kindly took the time to answer a few of our questions: You’ve written about a great many topics for the Evening Standard,…

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The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

Richard Godwin is a busy man. When the British journalist doesn’t have his hands full with the joys and perils of parenthood, you’ll find him either writing for the London Evening Standard about politics, sports, the economy, music, movies, restaurants and sriracha or interviewing the Dalai Lama. And if his schedule wasn’t quite packed enough, he managed to write a cocktail book, The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, and now he’s running around promoting it ahead of its release, this week.   Writing…

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Baijiu, the essentials | Kweichow-ld Fashioned

Baijiu, the essentials | Kweichow-ld Fashioned

Baijiu is the most consumed alcohol on earth. What do you know about it? For foreigners, it is a much dreaded rite of passage they are reluctantly coaxed into when visiting the Middle Kingdom, and the cause of many vicious hangovers the following mornings. But in its homeland, no celebration, wedding, important business meeting or official event would be complete without it. Baijiu, literally ‘white alcohol’, is the national drink of China, which makes it…

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