Rum

Le Latin

June 22, 2015

In the Craft Cocktail world, bartenders tend to be creative types. They work hard to build style that is fast, efficient, and pleasant to watch. They work tirelessly on perfecting technique while memorizing hundreds of recipes filled with esoteric ingredients from around the world, and – ultimately – they desire to create a cocktail of their own […]

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Frank Dedieu Wins Bacardi Legacy 2015

June 12, 2015

Note: This article was originally written to appear in Tasting Panel Magazine. In the world of rum, there are iconic drinks that never seem to lose their luster. The Daiquiri, the Mojito, the Mai Tai – all are drinks that have survived fame, deterioration of cocktail culture, and the cocktail renaissance – as greats that […]

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Lost Spirits Cuban Inspired 151

November 30, 2014
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There are probably some of you asking what the heck I’m doing reviewing a 151. “Isn’t that just drunk juice? Who cares how it tastes?” Bryan Davis at Lost Spirits Distillery has a thing or two to say about that concept though. Here he has carefully crafted a spirit that is more than what most […]

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Jon Hamm’s Briefcase

October 31, 2014
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Sometimes we just have to accept that our creations do not remain our own. We put them out into the world and we know not what will become of them until it has already happened. Of course I’m talking about a drink. What else would I be talking about? Jon Hamm’s Briefcase (aka Dead Last) […]

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Pele’s Peak

May 24, 2014
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Piña Coladas are delicious, but boring. Painkillers are far more interesting, but also far more likely to get you into legal troubles. The Pele’s Peak, however, is only likely to get you to order another one. * image courtesy ThirstyInLA.com

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Listen To Me Talk Tiki On KCRW

April 5, 2014
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Not too long ago I was asked to stop by local NPR affiliate, KCRW to talk with Evan Kleiman on her show, Good Food about Tiki drinks and rum. I think I only mentioned Jeff “Beachbum” Berry two or three times, and to be honest, the entire interview should have been little more than me […]

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Revisiting the Twelve Mile Limit

February 10, 2014
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You never know when or where inspiration may strike. The Twelve Mile Limit is a drink I really love, but I have to confess that it’s not one that I often have. Keeping a mental Rolodex of drink recipes that I like in my head can sometimes lead to complete brain lock-up when ordering a […]

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