San Diego Cocktail Week

San Francisco, Manhattan and London have thriving cocktail weeks.  New Orleans has Tales of the Cocktail and Miami Has Rum Fest and here in San Diego we have a burgeoning cocktail week too.  Each year in August we have two great cocktail heavy events that take place on back to…

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The Cuba Libre With a Twist

If you search the web for cocktail creation videos you will find an endless list.  Most of these are terrible.  Some of them are so bad that they are hilarious.  I really like watching these cocktail videos when learning how to make drinks.  Unfortunatly many of them can be a…

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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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Tales of the Gin and Tonic?

I recently purchased my tickets to Tales of the Cocktail.  This is a large cocktail convention held each summer in New Orleans.  Tales (as it is affectionately referred to) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.  I am a newcomer making my first trip.  For many in the cocktail world Tales is an…

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