Le Latin

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 [...]

Frank Dedieu Wins Bacardi Legacy 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 [...]

Lost Spirits Cuban Inspired 151

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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 [...]

Jon Hamm’s Briefcase

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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) [...]

Ride, RumDood! RIDE! (A charity challenge)

Most people probably don’t know this, but in 2008 I found myself at a fork in the rode, debating whether to drop the cocktail blogging for cycling and blogging about that. I got really into it for about 12 months and then found other things to do, as is my wont. One of the goals [...]

Tiki Night @ 320 – The Re-Re-Re-Re-Tikiing

I could write a lot about it, or just post this… That’s right. The Earth has completed yet another circle around the Sun God and he demands his offerings of fruit juices and rum. This year we’re doing it more OC style with myself, Kelly Merrell from Trader Sam’s, Michelle Bearden from 320 Main (who [...]

Pele’s Peak

Image Courtesy Daniel Djang/ThirstyInLA.com

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 In 2013, 320 Main had its annual summer Tiki Night. To make things more interesting, [...]