As if bartending weren’t a high-pressure gig in and of itself, imagine racing against a countdown clock to mix a high-quality craft cocktail for folks scrutinizing your every move. That’s the scene at the Call for Cocktails Mixology competition at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 74th annual convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Here’s a quick look:
Each year, the cocktail bar Mace, in Manhattan’s East Village, transforms into a winter wonderland known as Miracle on 9th St. In the past couple of years, the concept has expanded to other cities (and countries), including Miracle on 7th St. in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. The D.C. version takes over three bars, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill. Eat the Rich is particularly noteworthy, as its decor takes more than a few cues from a certain retro Netflix series that became a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016.
I’ve always had a bit of a difficult relationship with vodka, but a recent trip to Gdansk and Warsaw, Poland completely turned me around. (It may have been the pickles!)
I also got to stroll through fields of rye that ultimately will become Belvedere Vodka
There was so much to talk about at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans that I decided to do the report in two parts. Part II is coming next week (hopefully!)
Yep, back in Vegas yet again for the latest showcase of new spirits. This time it’s the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) 73rd convention and expo. Baijiu, poitin (Irish moonshine) a couple of hemp spirits and a hops-infused gin are among the new products that make the cut.