Interviewing and Hiring Tips

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Dave writes: Hey man, You ever post anything about interviewing potential bartenders? I used to think I was pretty good at it but my lack of success in hiring the right people is making me question myself. Cheers. Dave Hey Dave! Funny, I’ve been thinking for a long time that I should probably post something | Read More

How Not to Make a Tom Collins

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Okay, look. I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m trying to be a kinder, gentler version of myself. You’ve seen me tear apart other bartenders here and here for teaching people how to make shitty drinks. Because it genuinely offends me to see people irresponsibly teach others when it’s so, so easy to | Read More

My Collaboration with Stumptown Coffee is Live!

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Oh man am I excited about this one! For the past few months I’ve been working with my friends over at Stumptown Coffee on their seasonal beverage program. Craft cocktails, meet craft coffee! I mean, obviously I’ve always been a huge fan of coffee cocktails, but this is the first time I’ve gotten the opportunity | Read More

French 75

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This is the time of year we’re all supposed to be reading about low-proof cocktails, right? Well, move over Spritzes, because this one is possibly my favorite. I’ve talked about the French 75 in great detail over the past many years. But to be honest I’m writing about it now for a few reasons: I | Read More

My Line of Cocktail Kingdom Bar Tools is Here!

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Sometime last year my good friends over at Cocktail Kingdom approached me about doing some bar tools together, and I enthusiastically say yes. So over the course of the last year we’ve been working together on designing, branding, and producing some bar tools that I think are a little different. I didn’t think there was | Read More

How to Make Your Own Lime Cordial (Rose’s Lime Juice)

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I’ve always had a pretty serious dilemma with the Gimlet. On one hand, I’ve never really been in love with fresh lime juice Gimlets. There, I’ve said it. But for me, they’ve always lacked this bracing, bitter, tart edge that a Gimlet made with Rose’s Lime has. Those qualities have always stuck in my head | Read More

Finally, A Delicious Michelada!

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The Michelada is a weird drink. It’s a beer cocktail, but a strange one at that. It has no history, so we can’t point to the “first” instance of the drink and try to replicate that. It has no recipe or standard set of ingredients, it’s just… beer with some stuff of your choice mixed | Read More

Blended/Slushy/Frozen Negroni

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Only a month late for Negroni Week! I’ve been asked for this recipe and method for a couple of years now in person and on Reddit, and have finally gotten around to writing it down. Thanks for bearing with me. This wasn’t supposed to be a drink that I ever shared, it’s just been my | Read More

The Brown Derby and the Challenges of Working with Whiskey

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Whiskey can be a challenging ingredient in cocktails. Gin is kind of the workhorse of the cocktail world; it works in pretty much everything and fails in almost nothing. But whiskey is a fickle thing. There aren’t a ton Irish whiskey cocktails, because Irish whiskey has a pretty unique profile. Cocktails made with smoky Islay | Read More

The Rules of Drinking are Made to be Broken

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A few weeks ago while I was in New York for my most recent book tour, I had the chance to sit town with my pals Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich at The Daily Beast to talk about drinking rules, drinking stories, and of course, Drinking Distilled. It ended up being a really fun conversation | Read More

My Late Night Television Debut

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I was on Seth Meyers this week! I went on to promote my newest book, Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual, but ended up making a Spanish Coffee instead and almost setting the whole place on fire. Such a trip getting a chance to do this! I was nervous as hell for like three weeks, even | Read More

My Second Book is Out Now!

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I’m so proud to announce that my second book, Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual, is out now! Just a couple of years in the making, this one is radically different from my first book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Drinking Distilled is a sort of how-to manual for those of us who enjoy | Read More

Orange Blossom/Flower Water and the Ramos Gin Fizz

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How come nobody ever talks about orange blossom water? It’s like, “Hey, welcome to the internet. Here’s a thousand articles about a bunch of bitters that you’ll never use, and no information on orange blossom water.” Okay, sure. There’s really only one classic cocktail that calls for orange blossom water, the Ramos Gin Fizz. But | Read More

My Reddit AMA

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Happy New Year! I hope the holidays treated everyone well, especially you professional bartenders out there. I think the only folks who have it harder than we do during December are our friends in the retail business, so now that we’ve moved on to January, let’s all raise a glass. Hey, there are a lot | Read More