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Bitter Math

Bitter Math
or How Much Does it Cost to Use a Good Bitter vs. a Cheap One?

This is to settle a long-standing question and try to at least attempt to frame a methodology for deciding on cost-benefit analysis on cocktail ingredients. In plain English – just how much more does it cost to mix a cocktail from top-shelf ingredients than bottom shelf artificial crap. (more…)

Fathers Day Ideas from Spirits Review

A couple of quick suggestions for good spirits for Fathers Day.

If he likes tequila especially for margaritas,palms and such  I highly recommend Avion Blanco  a fairly new tequila on the market so he probably doesn’t have a bottle yet. Another great one is Siembra Azul but it is proving to be much harder to find these days.
For Pisco hands down I recommend Macchu Pisco  an all natural, organic and more importantly ( to me ) a lovely tasting pisco (yes, they do exist) (more…)

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The 2000 Euro Ramos Gin Fizz Part 2

We got to the Bar 47 @ Hotel Chateau Frontenac around 10 PM or so. Lovely Bar on the corner and attached to the hotel. Nice selection of spirits, very nice drinks menu and wonderful little bar set in this 4-star hotel. Ugo Frabbeti is the bartender there- an excellent, world class bartender and outstanding host. Ugo will do anything and will meet your most demanding and elastic desires in order to make sure you have exactly what you want.
It is because of this that the title is what it is.
Joan ordered a Ramos Gin Fizz- both because she loves them and it was on the menu…

What they neglect to mention on the menu is that the hotel does not supple Ugo with eggs.
So… (more…)

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Day 1 at Tales 2 -Later On

After hanging about a bit at the Carousel we went out to our second home at Tales- The Alibi Lounge.We were there until about 5 AM meeting up with old friends and crew along with making  some new ones.

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Tales Day 4

Tales of The Cocktail Day 4
You know you must be having a good time if you need to use discarded schedules and pocket litter to forensically reconstruct what you have been doing for the past 4 days.

It’s 4 AM at Tales

Went to the shaker and barware symposium at the Museum of the American Cocktail which was a lot of fun and very informative. For the full batch of pictures please go to our flickr page for some of the photos of the barware and the people doing the presentations. On the way back Johnathan Forester and I realized we must go to Meyers hat shop – about 15 minutes before they normally close. After much discussion we end up buying some hats.This for me is a stellar event. I ever can find a hat that fits me. Ever.We got to talk to Mr Meyer himself and get fitted out with some outstanding hats. (more…)