Month: September 2008

The Irish Goodbye

I greeted the evening with a late-night invitation to the Beefeater party at Maxim, a huge club here in Berlin. I wasn’t able to make it to the party, unfortunately, but I’ll promise a reasonable explanation – along with a definition of the term “Irish Goodbye” as an answer to the obvious question. Once I’d | Read More

First Day of the Bar Convent Berlin

In an amazing display of organization and efficiency, the gorgeous Bar Convent Berlin (Berlin Bar Convention) started this morning. Since I had the rare wisdom to leave early last night, I was able to be there for the first presentation of the day, Cachaça: The Soul of Brazil, presented by the brilliant Jared Brown and | Read More

How to Write a Blog Post After a Full Night of German Hospitality

I have to be up and running around the BCB tomorrow morning, so this post promises to be an exercise in efficiency, and while my last name belies this, I fear that it won’t be the German type. So, here we go: 1. I begin my day at a restaurant recommended to me by Helmut | Read More

First Night in Berlin

There’s just something about rolling into a city at noon, after a solid eighteen hours of travel time that just screams “It’s going to be a late night”. So, after a nap and some real German sausages for dinner, it was time to meet up with Helmut Adam and Simon Difford for what I can | Read More

I’m Super Excited about Berlin!

I might have mentioned this before, but I can hardly wait until this Friday, when I board the plane and head to Berlin to give a presentation at the BCB (Bar Convent Berlin). I’ll be reunited with my friends Helmut Adam of Mixology Magazine and Stephan Berg of The Bitter Truth, and finally get a | Read More

The Water in Iceland

I grew up in California in the 1970s and 1980s. I never really understood water when I was growing up. Water was in the ocean, but you couldn’t drink it because it was too salty. There was water in the garden hose, but that was for hooking up to a sprinkler and playing in. My | Read More

Iceland, Day Two: You’re Going to Get Very, Very Cold…

If you’re going to be taken halfway across the world to learn about the clarity of Icelandic water, you’re probably going to be shown some of the stuff in its natural state. So at 8 this morning, after a night of dinner and a few Brennevins at one of the many bars near the hotel, | Read More

First Day in Iceland

Mostly a photo update today, as I think the pictures speak for themselves and I didn’t bother taking notes at the spa or while eating dinner. Call me crazy. The car arrived early this morning to pick us up and take us to Heathrow Airport for Iceland. After an unfortunate hour spent on the runway, | Read More

In the Heart of the Black Country…

Today was a very different day than yesterday. Very different. Yesterday was all about a glamourous cocktail competition, an exquisite dinner in a private salon, and an exclusive tour of some of London’s most luxurious bars. Today was about a wretched hangover, six hours spent in a cramped Peugeot with three other people, driving in | Read More

Dinner with Martin Miller and a London Bar Crawl!

UK/Iceland Martin Miller’s Gin has graciously brought me to London and Iceland for a week of gin education, touring, and merriment at some of the finest bars in the world. While I can’t bring each and every one of you with me, I’ll be sharing everything I learn here with you over the next week. | Read More

UK Finals – Martin Miller’s Cocktail Competition

UK/Iceland Martin Miller’s Gin has graciously brought me to London and Iceland for a week of gin education, touring, and merriment at some of the finest bars in the world. While I can’t bring each and every one of you with me, I’ll be sharing everything I learn here with you over the next week. | Read More

The Cabinet Room

UK/Iceland Martin Miller’s Gin has graciously brought me to London and Iceland for a week of gin education, touring, and merriment at some of the finest bars in the world. While I can’t bring each and every one of you with me, I’ll be sharing everything I learn here with you over the next week. | Read More

So That’s Martin Miller…

UK/Iceland Martin Miller’s Gin has graciously brought me to London and Iceland for a week of gin education, touring, and merriment at some of the finest bars in the world. While I can’t bring each and every one of you with me, I’ll be sharing everything I learn here with you over the next week. | Read More

Packing for The UK and Iceland

Right now I’m packing my bags and making last-minute preparations for a very special trip. Martin Miller’s Gin has graciously offered to fly me to London and Iceland for a week of gin education, touring, cocktail judging, and the possibility of merriment at some of the finest bars and restaurants in the world. Being a | Read More

Gintastic Refreshment

Written by: Gabriel Szaszko in Oklahoma Magazine

“Let it never be said that drinking can’t be a transcendental experience. About half the time I serve someone their first Richmond Gimlet, their response is, “That’s just a little slice of heaven, isn’t it!” The other half sit mutely in admiration of the drink, their faces lit by the greenish hue of an up-tipped cocktail glass. Until they come up for air and ask for another, that is. Created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, an architect cum bartender who blogs about cocktails at www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com, the Richmond Gimlet is quickly becoming a modern classic, and for good reason.”