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Tales of the Cocktail: Spotlight on Shochu

Shochu expert Stephen Lyman of Kampai.us brings us up to date on the Japanese spirit’s expanding presence in the U.S. market. Apologies for some of the audio on this one.

Tales of the Cocktail: Poolside tiki party w/ Haitian rhum drinks

A quick Tales of the Cocktail poolside check-in, as I sip tiki cocktails courtesy of Rhum Barbancourt Haitian rum.

 

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! Drink some Canadian whisky today!

In honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial, here’s a little piece I wrote for Beverage Media. It’s a bit of a primer on Canadian whisky. And, while you’re at it, be sure to pre-order the second edition of Davin de Kergommeaux’s book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.

Read Back to Basics: Canadian Whisky 101.

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The Drinkable Globe countdown begins: Polish vodka

 

My next book, The Drinkable Globe arrives in just a few short months. (Pre-order it 20. ShotnPickle-Polandtoday!) I see it largely as an extension of this site, celebrating drinking cultures around the world. It features insights on what, where, how, when and why folks drink on every continent. As a sort of countdown to its fall release, I’m going to offer small teases from now until November. Those teases will be in the form of photos, videos and even a few book excerpts here and there detailing the wide world of booze.

The first is a vodka-soaked video I shot in Poland last summer (when I was still calling the video series “The Drinkable Week”). Enjoy! And don’t forget to Pre-order The Drinkable Globe!

 

WSWA: Call for Cocktails Mixology Competition

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:

 

Draft does genever

One of the greatest boozy adventures I’ve enjoyed over the past year has been getting better acquainted with genever (or jenever, if you prefer). Last summer in New Orleans, Myriam hendrickx, master distiller at Rutte Distillery in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, spoken on a panel at Tales of the Cocktail. I was so intrigued by the spirit and the charming distillery Hendrickx operates that I just had to visit it—which I did in February. But just before my visit, this article in Draft magazine went to press.

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