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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


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"I Don't Recognize Those Ingredients - I'll Have a Vodka Soda."   August 21, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Cocktail menus have never been so filled with so many multi-ingredient drinks, unusual components and concoctions that defy easy assumptions about taste, sweetness, potency and depth. Time for a change?

Burnt Honey Mezcal Article
Agave Blossoms, but This Time It's Mezcal   August 21, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Mezcal cocktails are spreading fast, but this long, hot summer has also brought us slushitos, frappés and pupsicles. Oh, and then there are wine milk shakes...

Cucumber Smash Mocktail Article
Fresh Non-alcohol in Philadelphia   August 21, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Not many bars give enough attention to non-alcohol drinks for the adult palate, but beverage manager Vincent Stipo explains how Philadelphia's Vernick Food & Drink tries to serve exceptional creative and delicious drinks.

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Consistency Matters   August 7, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Just when the cocktail scene has established that customers can get well-made Manhattans, Daiquiris and other classics in loads of places, there's a creeping belief that consistency in ingredients isn't all that important. Huh?

Almond Joy Bamboozled Shake Article
Ice Cream and Beer?   August 7, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Drowning in bitters? Wrestling with your amaros? Struggling with incorporating heat, smoke and pungency to your drinks? Take a break and find some inspiration in ice cream and beer.

Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin Article
Drinks on the Cousins at SoBou   August 7, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Cousins Ti Martin and Lally Brennan recognized the need for a serious cocktail bar in New Orleans. Thus, opening Swizzle Stick Bar. Now, they're diving in again with SoBou.

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The Price of the Drink   July 24, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Much of America is in drought, and that means those cucumbers and peaches and watermelons and herbs your drink list counts on this summer may be smaller, drier and more expensive. Time to adjust?

Sherry Cobbler Article
Drinking and Thinking   July 24, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

A good drink menu makes you thirsty; a great drink menu makes you think while you drink. This time, we examine three menus that try to do both, from Hank's in Washington, DC, to Sadie's in Hollywood. But we start with a R'evolution in New Orleans.

Dave Pickerell Article
Pickerell Picks Craft Distilling   July 24, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

What's going on in small distilling? Perhaps no one is better positioned to talk about the booming field than Dave Pickerell, best known for his long association with Maker’s Mark bourbon where he was master distiller, who in the last few years has spread his wings and consulted with many of...more >>

Jack Robertiello Blog
What Does a Bartender Really Need to Know?   July 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Is it the origin of the Margarita? How to cure hiccups? What makes bourbon, bourbon? How about how to serve?



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