Welcome to Imbibe Magazine's between-issues look at liquid culture with drink recipes, news and more. From coffee to cocktails, Imbibe celebrates your world in a glass.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Starting at $12/1 oz., naivetea.com
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Will Pennsylvania privatize their liquor sales? Philly.com
Beer gardens are on the rise in sunny SoCal. Los Angeles Times
For the ultimate boozehound, only buying their own barrel will do. Food Republic
Esquire’s 2011 World Series of Beer. Esquire
Earthy beets fall into a crop of seasonal cocktails. Wall Street Journal
Love Italy’s rustic Brunellos, but not the hefty price tag? Take one of these tasty Rosso di Montalcinos for a spin. New York Times
Friday, October 21, 2011
The second annual Portland Cocktail Week kicked off last night, and for the next few days, cocktail enthusiasts, drinks writers and bartenders from across the country will converge on the City of Roses to take part in spirits-fueled seminars, tastings (including the Great American Distillers Fest) and hobnobbing. But even if your plans don’t bring you to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, you can still get a taste of the bibulous festivities sure to ensue with today’s Drinks of the Week—a cocktail mixed up one of Portland’s best bartenders, Tommy Klus. And for a complete rundown of Portland Cocktail Week events, click here.
This botanical and slightly bitter combo of gin, Campari and orange adds some brightness to the otherwise grey skies of Portland.
1 1/2 oz. gin (Klus uses Beefeater)
3/4 oz. orange liqueur (Klus uses Combier)
1/2 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: grapefruit zest
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Tommy Klus, Kask, Portland, Oregon
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Does sommelier certification really matter? Four wine professionals take on different sides of the debate. Eater
The growing growler trend brings fresh draught beer home. USA Today
Can a quick whirl in the blender really make bad wine taste better? The Globe and Mail
The James Beard Awards names a new category this year: Outstanding Bar Program. Now get nominating! San Francisco Chronicle
Starbucks lightens up. Reuters
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
All you have to do to be eligible to win is click here and email to tell us about your favorite California wine of the moment. Entries are due by Friday, October 21 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time), and one winner will be randomly selected and notified by Tuesday, October 25. Good luck!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver on what bottle he’s most likely to crack at 10 a.m., how he defines a craft brew and the worst beer he’s ever tasted. Gothamist
Fruit wines find a growing legion of fans. The New York Times
Dogfish Head toasts Pearl Jam with a musically inspired brew. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Hunting ghosts at some of California’s oldest and most prestigious wineries. ABC
Brooklyn gears up for its first-ever Cider Fest. The Brooklyn Paper
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
With our November/December holiday issue off to press and a counter full of spirits waiting to be sampled, we took some time out recently to taste through them all. Here are five of the highlights.
Sempé VSOP Armagnac
Commercial production for this Armagnac began in the early 1930s, but the Sempé family can trace its local roots back to the 14th century. Silky smooth and full-flavored, this single-distilled French brandy offers warming notes of apples, plums and spice. After tasting this, we’re thinking about Armagnac eggnog this holiday season.
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Most anyone who knows Scotch is already familiar with the various bottlings of Johnnie Walker. This latest, limited expression is the edgy big brother to the Black label with amped-up char and smoke and notes of leather, wood, tobacco and dried cherry.
$40, johnniewalker.com for retailers
New Amsterdam Vodka
This offering from New Amsterdam is five-times distilled and delicate on the palate with notes of lemon, vanilla and cream, all at a price that’s hard to beat.
$17/1 liter, internetwines.com
Der Lachs Goldwasser
Guilty pleasures? We’ve all got them, and we can already tell this alluringly spiced liqueur will find its way into our glasses and toddies more than once this winter. Dating back to the 16th century, this herbal liqueur offers notes of cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, pine, anise, citrus, saffron—the list goes on. And on.
Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate
This flavored vodka is a pleasant surprise. Van Gogh somehow managed to harness the flavors of rich cocoa powder, chocolate cake batter and a hint of spice without becoming cloyingly sweet.
To enter, head to pamapros.com/beyondtheglass—there's a great video there of bartender Eben Freeman explaining the process. Remember, entries are due by October 31. Good luck!
Friday, October 07, 2011
In each issue of Imbibe, we highlight some of the latest and most notable bar openings across the country, and in the September/October issue, we featured the launch of Marvel Bar—the Minneapolis cocktail den helmed by Pip Hanson. For today’s Drink of the Week Hanson shares what’s become Marvel’s most popular cocktail—the Oliveto. An “emulsified sour”—since Hanson emulsifies olive oil right into the cocktail with the help of an egg white—this delicious cocktail takes on “a totally unique, silky meringue texture,” says Hanson. Thirsty for more of Hanson’s drinks? Pick up a copy of The American Cocktail for Hanson’s Cynar- and rye-rich Bitter Branch cocktail.
2 oz. dry gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water)
1/4 oz. Licor 43 (available at most well-stocked liquor stores)
1/2 oz. full-bodied extra virgin olive oil (Hanson uses Almazara Perales from Spain)
1 fresh egg white
Tools: shaker, strainer
Combine all ingredients, except ice, and shake hard to emulsify the egg white and olive oil. Add ice cubes, shake hard for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled glass.
Pip Hanson, Marvel Bar, Minneapolis
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Last summer, Auchentoshan announced the The Auchentoshan Switch, where two bartenders in the US and the UK will swap positions for two weeks to work in one of New York City’s and London’s most prestigious bars. To enter, bartenders submitted videos of themselves creating cocktails with Auchentoshan Three Wood, and the votes are in. The top 20 US finalists will travel to Las Vegas on October 26 to participate in a live competition hosted by the United States Bartenders’ Guild, and the winner will travel to the UK early next year to work at famed 69 Colebrooke Row. The UK finale in London will take place on October 24, and the winning bartender will be sent to New York City. Here's a list of the finalists:
Jeff Bell, PDT, New York City
Amber Berry, Ward III, New York City
Gina Chersevani, PS7’s, Washington, DC
David Curiel, Dalva Hideout, San Francisco
Michael Flannery, Michaels, New York City
Abigail Gullo, The Beagle, New York City
Dev Johnson, Employees Only, New York City
Charles Joly, The Drawing Room, Chicago
Mirjana “Mindy” Kucan, Grand Prize Bar, Houston
Jason Littrell, Death & Co, New York City
Ian McCarthy, Boiler Room, Omaha
Alexandra Parks, Green Russell, Denver
Zachary Safron, Metro, Lafayette
Steve Schneider, Employees Only, New York City
Rachel Sergei, The Jack Rose, Washington, DC
David Shenaut, Kask/Rum Club, Portland
Ezra Star, Drink, Boston
Lucinda Sterline, Little Branch, New York City
Clinton Terry, PX, Alexandria
Jenn Tosatto, Manifesto, Kansas City
Martin Ball, Corrido, Manchester
Divyesh Chauhan, Match Bar, London
Matthew Dakers, Whistling Shop, London
Kevin Griffin, The Raconteur, Edinburgh
Andrew Harrod, Wabi, London
Richard Hunt, Hawksmore, London
Scott Ingram, Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Alex Kratena, Artesian, London
Simon La Moon, Zetter Townhouse, London
Bruce Lerman, Epernay Champagne Bar, Leeds
Antonino Lo Iacono, The Dukes Hotel, London
Giuseppe Miggiano, The Bar at Chancery Court, London
Khalil Moh’d Lahham, Donovan’s Bar/Brown’s Hotel, London
Martyn Nicol, Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Matt Roberts, Quo Vardis, London
Andreas Tsanos, Lonsdale, Notting Hill
Tom Walker, Bramble, Edinburgh
Sam Watson, Purl, London
Faye Woodcock, The Blind Pig, Glasgow
A new Ohio law allows guns in bars. Houston Chronicle
This video takes coffee snobbery to new levels of amusement. Funny or Die
This year’s late wine harvest could mean tastier wines on the horizon. Reuters
A new social network taps into beer lovers. Good
Oktoberfest’s long list of lost and found includes 425 keys, 520 wallets, an electric wheelchair and one set of dentures, among other oddities. Speigel
Finding new solutions for the gallons and gallons of waste water created during wine harvest. SF Gate