Tag: bartender

Stocking a Home Bar: Spirits

Properly stocking a home bar can be an expensive proposition. There are many different products you likely will want to buy, and a lot of them aren't cheap. The good news is, you probably won't be going through the bottles that quickly, and most alcohol stays good for a very long time.* GINThere are three … Read more

Taste Test: Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

Orgeat is a powerful weapon in the mixologist's toolkit. Little known outside of bartending circles, it's a crucial ingredient in many great Tiki drinks — most notably the Mai Tai — and in other classic libations, like the Japanese Cocktail. Originally a French barley water, orgeat (pronounced or-zhat) in its current form is a sweet almond … Read more

Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals

Marie Brizard makes some of my favorite liqueurs, and their cocktail competition at the recent Tales of the Cocktail featured some really interesting drinks. Here is the winner: And the winner of the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals is…  Miami’s Robert Montero of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, with his winning cocktail, “Sunny Crusta!” Robert received a cash prize of … Read more

Ingredient Review: Powell & Mahoney Mixers

With the renaissance of the craft cocktail movement, and the increased focus on making quality drinks at home, several companies have moved into the market with syrups and mixers designed for both home and bar use. One of the latest to come to my attention is Powell & Mahoney. Founded by a couple of cocktail fans, … Read more

Richard Gomez Named First Ever World Class U.S. Ambassador

Congrats to Ricky Gomez, a bartender at Portland's Teardrop Lounge, for being named the first-ever USBG & World Class U.S. Ambassador. Twenty mixologists, five Cocktail Luminaries, four challenges – all to determine who will journey to Rio de Janeiro to represent the United States in the world's largest international cocktail program.  After months of scouring the country and searching for … Read more

2012 Spirited Awards – Finalists

The organizers of Tales of the Cocktail, the most popular cocktail festival in the United States, have announced the finalists for the 6th Annual Spirited Awards. The awards recognize the bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts that are working to drive the cocktail industry into new, exciting directions. The complete list of finalists is included after the … Read more

James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation, a group dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future, gave out their annual awards recently. The awards for Books, Broadcast and Journalism were given out last week, and the Restaurant and Chef awards were given out last night. They presented dozens of awards in numoerous categories related to food, … Read more

Charity auction: have drinks with Derek Brown at The Columbia Room

Here's a great chance to help a good cause while having a lot of fun in the process. Derek is an amazing bartender and The Columbia Room experience is truly amazing. Cocktail connoisseurs in the DC area know that the search for the best-quality beverage ends with Derek Brown, and his bar-within-a-bar watering hole, The … Read more