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First Impressions of Atsby Vermouth

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Atsby Vermouth

Long days call for a stiff drink when I get home – and I’m talking immediately. There’s something about having a chilled cocktail in your hand before your body even adjusts to the temperature of the room. It is for this Mad Men phenomenon that I was introduced to the Atsby Vermouth portfolio. This duo of artisan vermouths hails from upstate New York, which has become the origin of several of my favorite spirits products of late. Dry and flavorful with an apple brandy zip and complex flavors, these are delicious in cocktails or could be enjoyed solo as an apertif.

The Amberthorn variation is made with a drop of honey that sets off a Manhattan in a way you have to taste to really appreciate. Both the blonde Amberthorn and its sweeter companion Armadillo Cake added enough botanicals and flavor that my bourbon didn’t need any bitters, and I love me some bitters. After one, two cocktails, and then finally switching to beer ( I said it was a long day ok? ) I left with a higher appreciation for “the V word” and am now currently seeking recipes for both of my my Atsby New York Vermouths.


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Luxardo Cocktail Cup Submission Period Extended to Friday August 17

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Luxardo Cocktail Cup

After a significant amount of emails from bartenders wanting to submit cocktails but working to get their hands on specific Luxardo products, we have extended the submission period for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup to this Friday, August 17th. That leaves you–bartenders in SF, LA, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and NYC–with three days to submit your original cocktail recipe using Luxardo products.

What’s at stake?

  • Luxardo Cocktail Cup Trophy
  • Trip to Italy: The winning bartender will travel to Italy to visit Luxardo accompanied by the local judge that selected them.
  • Exposure in Mutineer Magazine: The winning bartender and their recipe will be featured in Mutineer Magazine, as well as on the MutineerMagazine.com “Competition Page”
  • Exposure on Small Screen Network: The winning bartender will be featured preparing their Luxardo cocktail on video to appear on SmallScreenNetwork.com and MutineerMagazine.com.

Time is running out. To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.


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The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Prohibition Cocktail

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This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Prohibition Cocktail. Robert Hess explains the cocktail: “This drink clearly comes from the era of American Prohibition. I found it in the Savoy Cocktail Book, which was published in 1933, so even if this wasn’t its first in-print appearance, it had to be pretty close. This recipe specifically called for Plymouth gin, as well as Kina Lillet. Plymouth is of course still around, but there is some debate as to if the currently available Lillet is the same as was once marketed as “Kina Lillet”. Some evidence appears to indicate that the product was reformulated sometime in the past, and its bitterness from the quinine might have been softened at that time.”

The Prohibition Cocktail

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange juice

Instructions

  • stir with ice
  • strain into a cocktail glass

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Less Than a Week Left to Submit Cocktail Recipes for Luxardo Cocktail Cup

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Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Are you a bartender?

Do you live and tend bar in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Boston, Chicago or New York?

Can you make a tasty, creative, and original recipe using Luxardo products?

Would you like to be flown out to compete overlooking San Francisco at Anchor Distilling Company’s Penthouse Bar?

If you win, would you like to be flown to Italy to visit Luxardo?

If you just answered yes five times, what are you waiting for? Submit a recipe for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup! Less than a week is left before the submission period ends on August 14! Join us at the Anchor Distilling Company Penthouse Bar, as you battle the finalist from each market and present your original cocktail to our panel of incredible judges to include: Matteo Luxardo, 6th generation Luxardo; David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company; Francesco LaFranconi, who doesn’t need an introduction; Alan Kropf, Mutineer Magazine; and one TBD.

To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.


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Buffalo Trace Distillery To Release Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Rye Recipe Whiskey

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Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye WhiskeyFollowing the release of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey, Buffalo Trace Distillery has just announced the release of Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Rye Recipe Whiskey. The 100 proof straight rye whiskey is fifth in the collection and joins Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon and Barrel Proof Bourbon that have all been released since early 2011.

According to the press release, the new whiskey is “An altogether different recipe and profile than Sazerac Rye, this recipe contains just rye and malted barley, no corn. The result is an aroma full of dried fruit, black pepper, and touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavors both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers just long enough.”

The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey will be available in late August and will be released annually each year. The suggested retail price is $69.99 for a 750ml bottle.


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Now Accepting Submissions for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup

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Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce the Luxardo Cocktail Cup, presented by Mutineer Magazine. Bartenders from Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland will battle it out on their home turf and only one bartender from each city will be selected to fly to San Francisco to represent their city and compete against the other finalists at the Penthouse Bar at Anchor Distilling Company headquarters. What’s at stake?

Anchor Distilling Company and Mutineer Magazine are proud to present the champion of the Luxardo Cocktail Cup with the following:

  • Luxardo Cocktail Cup Trophy
  • Trip to Italy: The winning bartender will travel to Italy to visit Luxardo accompanied by the local judge that selected them.
  • Exposure in Mutineer Magazine: The winning bartender and their recipe will be featured in Mutineer Magazine, as well as on the MutineerMagazine.com “Competition Page”
  • Exposure on Small Screen Network: The winning bartender will be featured preparing their Luxardo cocktail on video to appear on SmallScreenNetwork.com and MutineerMagazine.com.

Mutineer Magazine has teamed up with a media partner in each city. Each local judge will select three local semi-finalists in their market from the submitted recipes, using the judging criteria to make their decision. They will then narrow this list to one finalist, who they will accompany to San Francisco for the finals.

The judges in each market are:

The judges for the finals are:

  • Matteo Luxardo, 6th Generation Luxardo
  • Francesco LaFranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
  • David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company
  • Alan Kropf, Editor in Chief of Mutineer Magazine
  • TBD Judge

Submissions are now being accepted and will be open until 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on August 14, 2012. To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.



The 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Winners

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Tales of the Cocktail 2012

The 2012 Tales of the Cocktail has come and it has gone. For many of us in attendance, while the festivities are now officially over, the havoc wrecked on our bodies may be felt for some time. Also felt for some time by a few of those in attendance will be the excitement and honor of winning a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award. Below are the final nominees and the winners. which are in red.

American Bartender of the Year: From Jerry Thomas onwards, American bartenders have been amongst the most influential on drinks styles and cocktail culture in general. This award seeks to recognize the most influential American bartender today. The winner should be proficient at making all recognized classic drinks and also have created contemporary cocktails that have been copied by his/her peers. Nominees must actively be working behind the bar.
Eric Alperin
Charles Joly
Jeffrey Morganthaler
Joaquin Simo

Best American Brand Ambassador: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person must be working as an Ambassador full time in the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Erick Castro
Elayne Duke
Jamie Gordon
Jim Ryan

Best American Cocktail Bar: This award recognizes the influence on cocktail trends within the United States and seeks to award the country’s best cocktail bar. Menu, bar teams, atmosphere and cocktail quality are all considered.
Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, Texas
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Columbia Room – Washington, District of Columbia
The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

Best Bar Mentor: Not everybody who is having an impact on the quality of the cocktails we drink are working behind the bar as bartenders. There are many people who are creating fine bar programs, training the next generation of great bartenders, and playing an active role in designing the bars we all love to drink in. This award is to recognise those individuals who, in their professional life, play a crucial role in raising the quality of bars, bartenders, and cocktails without currently working as a bartender. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Bridget Albert
Wayne Collins
Francesco Lafranconi
Steve Olson

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar: Awarded to the bar that consistently delivers top quality cocktails at bars with 100 seats or more. This award celebrates those bars that deliver cocktail culture to the masses efficiently. Cocktails, lists, bartending and service are all considered.
Beretta – San Francisco, California
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts
La Descarga – Los Angeles, California

Best Cocktail Writing: Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great cocktails and related products. This award is for any non-book journalism (Magazine, Newspaper, Website, etc) that promotes bars, bartender, or cocktails in general. Please attach samples below. This award is split into two sub-categories: non-book author and non-book publication.

Non-Book
BarLifeUK
Liquor.com
ShakeStir.com
Time Out NY

Author
Gary Regan
Robert Simonson
David Wondrich
Naren Young

Best International Brand Ambassador: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person should work in an International capacity or in a country other than the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Jacob Briars
Ian Burrell
Claire Smith
Angus Winchester

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: The best book published in 2011 regarding cocktails, liquor, bars, bar design or bartending in general. New editions of existing works may also be nominated.
The American Cocktail by the Editors of Imbibe
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-all
Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011
PDT Cocktail Book

Best New Product: This is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best newcocktail ingredient (spirit, liqueur, syrup or juice) or piece of cocktail equipment (muddler, shaker etc.). To qualify products must have been launched after March 2011 and must be on general retail sale in at least three US states as of March 31, 2012.
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum
Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula
Lillet Rose
Perlini System

Best Restaurant Bar: This award is for the restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests. Considerations will go to the approach they have to aperitif and digestive drinks, how well they work with the kitchen to pair cocktails with food as well as general bartending and mixing excellence.
Bar Agricole – San Francisco, California
Rivera – Los Angeles, California
Saxon + Parole – New York, New York
Slanted Door – San Francisco, California

International Bartender of the Year: The absolute best drinks mixer in the world. The winner must have received international recognition of their work with their own recipes crossing borders to appear on cocktail menus in numerous countries. (US citizens are not excluded.)
Zdenek Kastanek
Alex Kratena
Sam Ross
Dushan Zaric

World’s Best Cocktail Bar: Only truly world-class bars will be considered for this illustrious title. Some bars attain worldwide recognition and this award recognizes the very best of the best.
69 Colebrooke Row – London, United Kingdom
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
The Connaught Bar – London, United Kingdom
The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The judges seek to reward innovative and thirst inducing cocktail menus. Both the design and content will be considered. Nomination requires inclusion of PDF or JPEG copy of the menu being nominated. Please attach samples below.
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Callooh Callay – London, United Kingdom
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York

World’s Best Drinks Selection: A venue stocking an outstanding range of spirits and liqueurs. The judges will favour discernment as well as sheer number of bottles stocked.
Artesian Bar at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
Death & Co. – Manhattan, New York
Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
Salvatore at The Playboy – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Hotel Bar: The classic ‘American Bar’ played an important role in the history and development of cocktail culture. The judges are looking for hotel bars that uphold this tradition (but are not necessarily old) and offer five-star service and consistently well made drinks.
Artesian Bar at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
Clive’s Classic Lounge – Victoria, British Columbia
Clyde Common – Portland, Oregon
The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
 Criteria: Only bars which opened after March 31 ,2011 may be nominated. This award aims to reward new creativity and ideas as well as well executed drinks.
Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
Candelaria – Paris, France
Canon – Seattle, Washington
The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

Congrats are also in order for Gaz Regan for picking up the Helen Davie Lifetime Achievement award.



Mutineer Magazine’s Ten Tips for 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Rookies

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Mutineer Editor-in-Chief and Tales of the Cocktail veteran Alan Kropf has learned a lot at the event over the last few years. Below are a few of his suggestions. Some might not make sense now, but they will.

1. Only pack half as many t-shirts as you think you’ll need. You will acquire more.

2. Make sure your hotel room comes stocked with a bathrobe.

3. Gain access to the swag room. Do what you must, but a glorious bounty awaits those who earn the right to enter.

4. Do not ride the mechanical bull. Regardless of whatever anyone tells you, it can only end badly for you.

5. Avoid any alcoholic beverages over 16 ounces. Again, it can only end badly for you.

6. Do not pet the horses that police officers ride. They will not be into it.

7. Drink NOLA Beer. It’s delicious, and cocktail monogamy of such an intense nature has been linked to severe morale loss.

8. Always have a respectable and relatively full drink in your hand when entering an elevator.

9. If a strange and authoritative looking person walks up to you on the street and gives you a “ticket” for “not partying hard enough,” do not be alarmed. These people only want to sell you a hat.

10. Do not wander away alone from Bourbon Street on foot at 4AM in search of “the real N’awlins.”

See you all next week.



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