Liquor Store Hunter

Liquor Store Archaeology (as described in Jason Wilson’s Boozehound) is my new favorite hobby.  I call it “digging for dusty bottles.”  This is where you go to liquor stores that have stood the test of time, sometimes surviving many changes of ownership and yet the inventory sits for years waiting for…

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Electric What?

I love going into a craft cocktail bar and asking the bartender to make me something weird.  Brian at Noble Experiment in San Diego made me this drink by Sam Ross.  The problem with drinking is that sometimes my memory fails me.  This drink is called the Electric something Fizz……

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Smoke and Oakum

So much happened at Tales of the Cocktail.  I am still trying to process it all.  The biggest highlights were the people I met.  From time to time I will focus on one and thank them for their inspiration, guidance and friendship.   In honor of Black Tot Day I would…

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Chaos of the Cocktail

I just left NOLA after completing my first Tales of the Cocktail.  The enormity of this booze industry event is hard to quantify.  I feel like I just ran a marathon, fought a protracted battle and possibly had one of the best times of my life.  I have the creeping guilty feeling that I…

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Where is the Calvados?

I am not sure what the calvados marketing strategy for the US is, but in southern California I am pretty sure that it does not exist. I am a babe in the woods when it comes to apple brandy and, more specifically, calvados.  As far as I know, calvados is brandy…

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Ok! Time for an update.

Last week I went on a mission of liquor store exploration .  I found some cool old bottles.  The second bottle of Paul Mason Cocktail Sherry was unfortunately bad.  The bottle of Cizano Extra Dry Vermouth was however awesome.  As I suggested before and because I was a little afraid…

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