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Whiskey

Celebrate the Holidays with Nick Offerman and Lagavulin Whisky

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Don’t be lonely or cold (or thirsty!) this holiday season. Let Nick Offerman and Lagavulin warm you up with a little whisky and a crackling yule fire. Here’s the video in all its 45-minute glory.

But that’s not all! You don’t have to settle for just one helping of Nick and Scotch. Because he’s got you covered with your New Year’s Eve countdown as well!

I don’t know about you, but I find these highly amusing. Kudos the Lagavulin and whomever produced the spots.

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Books

“Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks” – Free for a Limited Time

From now until December 20, 2013, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More is free to download from Amazon. Think of it as my Christmas gift to you, as a thank you for being a loyal reader.

Stuffed full of 112 recipes for drinks of all kinds, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is your secret weapon for dazzling the taste buds of everyone you know by making professional-quality cocktails from the comfort of your home bar.

If you do download it, and like what you see, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. It helps other people find the book and would mean a lot to me.

Also available is my first book, Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World’s Most Lethal Drink, which is available as both as an ebook and a trade paperback. But that one you still have to pay for.

Spread the holiday cheer and tell a friend. Merry Christmas!

Professor Cocktails Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More

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Books

Celebrate the Season with “Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More”

Professor Cocktails Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More
By David J. Montgomery

In cocktail bars and lounges around the world, people will be gathering during the holiday season to enjoy a drink or two with family and friends. Now you can enjoy the same great drinks at home with the recipes included in Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More.

Stuffed full of 112 recipes for drinks of all kinds, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is your secret weapon for dazzling the taste buds of everyone you know by making professional-quality cocktails from the comfort of your home bar.

From the classic to the contemporary, sweet to spicy, and hot to cold, this collection of festive drinks is sure to make your holidays very merry. If you’re in the party mood, there are several recipes for “large format” drinks that would be perfect for your holiday gatherings. It even includes a selection of non-alcoholic drinks for those who don’t imbibe.

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks includes recipes for traditional holiday favorites ranging from Eggnog to Wassail, Hot Buttered Rum to the Kir Royale. It also features drinks from top bartender like Jim Meehan (PDT), Dale DeGroff, H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir), Jack McGarry (The Dead Rabbit), Brian MacGregor (Wingtip), Jeffery Morgenthaler (Clyde Common), Bobby Heugel (Anvil), Dushan Zaric (Employees Only), Chantal Tseng (Mockingbird Hill), and Derek Brown (Columbia Room).

With a variety of recipes to suit all occasions, tastes, and skill levels, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is the book every cocktail lover, bartender, and mixologist would love to see under their virtual tree.

About the Author
David J. Montgomery combines his knowledge of history and alcohol into one potent libation of love through his work at ProfessorCocktail.com. He is also a nationally renowned book critic and commentator on writing and the publishing industry. Mr. Montgomery is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other fine publications. His ebook, Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World’s Most Lethal Drink, was the #1 best-selling bartending book on Amazon. A former Professor of History, Mr. Montgomery lives in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with his wife and two daughters.

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Miscellaneous

What to Expect in 2013 According to Professor Cocktail

Everybody likes predictions — especially when the predictor gets things horribly wrong and looks like a dolt. So here are my predictions for the spirituous world in 2013. Bookmark this page so you can come back in a year and see how I did.

An end to whiskey insanity:

The past few years have been crazy ones for the whiskey business. Prices are climbing steadily, yet a shortage of older whiskey remains. More and more rare expressions are hitting the market and there seems to be no ceiling on the demand for them — or the prices they fetch. Bourbons like Van Winkle and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection have become almost impossible to find. Can all of this continue? I doubt it. Consumer trends are nearly always cyclical and there's no reason to think that whiskey will be any different. Eventually things will settle down and return to a more normal state of affairs. It might as well be this year.

Less complicated cocktails:

When the craft cocktail revolution hit full flower, things got a little out of hand. Cocktails with seven ingredients, two of which had to be made from scratch and one that cost $100 an ounce. Did these drinks really taste good enough to justify all the fuss and expense? Probably not. I think we'll see more normalcy coming to our mixology. Skilled bartenders are still going to make great drinks with delicious and unexpected flavors. They're just going to do so without the extra layer of nonsense.

The year for mezcal:

We all know how popular tequila is. But what about mezcal? Tequila's agave cousin from southern Mexico is poised to break through to a larger audience — and this just might be the year it happens. Look for more brands and expressions to hit the shelves. And give one a try.

More wine in cocktails:

We've been seeing this trend picking up steam the last year or two, and I think it's ready to go mainstream. Cocktails with port and sherry especially are going to start popping up everywhere.

Skinny is the new fat:

Although the merits of the "skinny" trend are debatable, it's not going anywhere. Skinny spirits, skinny wine, skinny cocktails — you're going to see plenty of them this year.

Drink local:

It's been years since Alice Waters began her push to encourage people to eat local. In 2013 we're going to see this trend really start to assert itself in the cocktail and spirits world. Fresh, local ingredients in cocktails, accompanied by regionally-made booze, will continue to grow. People want to know where the stuff in their drinks is coming from, and this desire to drink local will help support the growing craft spirits movement.

Carbonated spirits:

Carbonated cocktails have been featured in recent years in several of the high-end cocktail bars — especially when wizards like Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Jamie Boudreau are behind the stick. But now we're going to see booze that comes with the carbonation right in the bottle. Prevu and Nuvo are at the leading edge of this trend.

 What do you foresee on the horizon? Anything you're excited or horrified about?

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(Stolen from People.com)