2013 Portland Cocktail Week

October 2013 Features Ancho Reyes Appleton Rum – after party Aviation Gin Bacardi Bar Challenge Bacardi Masquerade Ball Beefeater Gin spa day Broken Shaker bar takeover of Oven & Shaker Campari Bartenders Ball Cole’s bar takeover of Huber’s Hendrick’s Gin – Curling Jameson Black Barrel Monkey Pod bar takeover of Hale Pele Pouring Ribbons bar […]

Speed Rack 2013 Coming to California: San Francisco & San Diego

Speed Rack is coming back to Cali this weekend. First they make a stop in San Francisco on February 24 and then the all-female competition heads to San Diego March 3. Sadly they won’t be making a stop in LA this year so head on down to SD (or up to SF!). SF Contenders: Alica […]

New Winter Cocktails at Drago Centro for 2013

I’m not sure when summer left because it barely seemed like it was autumn around here. And now it’s officially winter. With that in mind, Drago Centro launched their new Winter cocktails with just a few days left in year. I’ll be sipping on these into 2013. Pictured above is Jaymee Mandeville with her Drago […]

The Bartender’s Handshake: Fernet Branca

  While I was at Boston Cocktail Summit, I attended Francesco Lafranconi’s “Do You Speak Amari.” Amari is the plura of amaro, Italian liqueurs that are generally bitter and used as digestives. In the last few years, bartenders have been using amari in cocktails and I’m not talking about Fernet Branca and coca-cola. We tasted […]

2012 Tales of the Cocktail

July 2012 Events The Spare Room Takes Over Rock N Bowl Tasting Rooms George Dickle Kweichow Moutai Olmeca Altos Tequila Random TOTC Drinks Tally Disaranno & Tia Maria Spirited Dinner with Marcel Vigneron & Love Boat’s Issac The Minty Buckle Up, Sweetheart or Synopsis of My First Tales Drinking at CURE Drinks at SoBou Barhopping […]

Jeremy Lake Wins the Galliano Golden Vespa

  Jeremy Lake, the bar manager for both Chef John Sedlar’s restaurants, Playa and Rivera, recently won the Galliano Golden Vespa Los Angeles regional competition with his cocktail, the Italian Motorcade. One of his prizes is the Galliano Vespa, a golden one of course. The finalists were selected from recipes they had submitted online. The […]

Art Beyond the Glass Recap

Art Beyond the Glass may have been almost 2 months ago but it was one of the most exciting cocktail events LA’s seen in a while. Conceived by bartender Zahra Bates of Providence and Daniel Djang of the cocktail blog, Thirsty in LA, The event was a showcase of local bartenders’ other talents which included […]

New Summer Cocktails at Drago Centro

  It’s no secret that I love Drago Centro. It’s great Italian food, fabulous cocktails and home of the all day and night happy hour. It’s pretty much my second home, if not my office. For the past three launches, I’ve done what I call my office hours on launch night. Instead of the usual […]

A Cuban Manhattan at Charlie Palmer

After tasting a couple of drinks from the late night happy hour menu at Charlie Palmer, I spotted Brugal Rum and asked for an Old Fashioned with it. As it turned out, I got a Rum Manhattan instead. The internet gods have decreed this drink a “Cuban Manhattan.” Brugal though is from the Dominican Republic. […]


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