Amy Stewart talks The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart talks The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart is a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker and winner of the National Endowment of the Arts for her work on the field of Botany. She owns the expansive Eureka Book Store in Eureka, California. One of Amy Stewart’s greatest successes is the fascinating book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The Worlds Great Drinks (2013), It’s a collection of ‘biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology–with more than fifty drink recipes and…

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10 Questions with Ashley Wardle of baRV Brooklyn

10 Questions with Ashley Wardle of baRV Brooklyn

Ashley Wardle works for VOS Selections, a distributor in New York focusing on organic, sustainable wine and spirits. Hailing from Long Beach, CA. She resides in Brooklyn, NYC. She made that move in a 40-year-old RV. More on that RV in a bit. Bartending superpower: “No superpower, just years of practice” 1) When did you first get into bartending, Ashley? “My first bartending job was at a golf course, I was the beer cart operator…

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See Barcelona in 7 Gin & Tonic

See Barcelona in 7 Gin & Tonic

On a recent trip to Spain I wanted to take my drinking sensibilities somewhere different. Typically while traveling I like to seek out the best bars for cocktails or the regional drink. Once I hit Barcelona I dedicated my palate to the refresher that reigns supreme throughout Spain, the Gin & Tonic. This article will not talk about the long history of gin and the fabulous story of how tonic became its go-to mixer. Or…

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Paul Clarke gets The Last Word in The Cocktail Chronicles

Paul Clarke gets The Last Word in The Cocktail Chronicles

Paul Clarke is the editor of Imbibe Magazine. Having received an education in journalism, he’s written for a wide array of publications since graduating from school. In 2005, he started a blog called The Cocktail Chronicles. By 2007, it had exploded in popularity. In 2014, Clarke won the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award for Best Spirits And Cocktail Writer. Imbibe Magazine won for Best Publication. In July 2015, he released the excellent and forward-looking…

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Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

One of the most anticipated openings in San Francisco this year, is the re-opening of the historic Cafe du Nord. Located between Church and Sánchez, in the Castro neighborhood. The 108 year old building proudly stands boasting a below street-level music venue and prohibition-era speakeasy. With a healthy remodel, brand new bar program from the Bon Vivant‘s and late night food menu, this is a great addition to the strong cocktail bars by the bay….

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Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

For the North American Bartender, heading to Europe is an eye-opening experience. A few Travel Hacks when heading to EU can be essential to a good experience. Being resourceful conversationalist, bartenders are personable and some of the best travel companions. So, after crossing the pond for more than one bartender pilgrimage, we have found some “travel hacks” that will improve how your time’s spent. We won’t be telling you where to go or who to see,…

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The Painkiller and Dale Degroff’s best advice for bartenders

The Painkiller and Dale Degroff’s best advice for bartenders

The last time we talked to the legendary Dale Degroff, we covered his early days at The Rainbow Room, eastern spirits and his Pimento bitters. The second half of this in-depth conversation focuses on his advice for bartenders to go from good, to great. (Link: Part I) In looking at some of the influences around you, I was reading your wife’s bio. She credited you as a great influence on her art. What influence do…

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Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

PABU is Chef Ken Tominaga‘s Japanese izakaya and sushi bar sourcing fish both locally and from afar, including Japan’s Tsujiki market. At the helm of Pabu’s cocktail program is Lead Bartender Nick Jones, and Head Bar Man of Mina Group Carlo Splendorini. With their combined experience and creativity the cocktail program is reflective of Japanese traditions and flavors highlighting unique spirits with an emphasis on creativity and presentation. “The philosophy of PABU’S cocktail program is true to Japanese culture,…

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