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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.


Red Cross Blog
Sandy Leaves Her Mark on NY Area Bars   November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

The waters have receded and the winds died down, but the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy will be long-lasting and in some cases permanent. Many bars and restaurants are struggling to get back on their feet, but among the stars of the recovery are the NYC chapter of the United States...more >>

Cocktail Article
Four Distinct Stand Out Cocktail Programs    November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Wine-based drinks, Francophile cocktails, infusions in bottles and giving the customer what he/she wants - four smart and coherent ways to build a cocktail program.

Kevin Sousa Article
Smoked Onions and Fernet Anyone?   November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Pittsburgh's chef Kevin Sousa has developed a reputation for his strong culinary vision and dedication to the steel city, and now he's put his mark on the cocktail scene as well.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Whither White Whiskey?   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Two new white whiskies from the biggest names in American spirits make it clear that some folks are optimistic about the quality and prospects for the stuff - count me not among them.

Cocktail Article
The Straw that Stirs the Drink   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Making your menu stand out means: A. Including rare, housemade ingredients; B. Taking classic recipes and making them your own; C. Handing the menu over to a different bartender each night; D. All of the above.

Pisco Article
Big Pisco   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders, especially in San Francisco, have been at the forefront of the return of pisco to the American cocktail repertoire. Master distiller Johnny Schuler explains the differences in this musto verde pisco and how the American palate is coming around to the pleasures of the South American...more >>

Medical Insurance Blog
Who's a Professional?   October 30, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders are many things, but can the job be considered a profession when so many don't have medical insurance?

Lew Brown Cocktail Article
Four Venues Stirring up New Menus    October 30, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

We drop in on new menus in New York, Portland, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, to see how well squid ink and black sesame paste work together, among other things.

Charles Joly Article
Joly Brings New Direction for Aviary   October 30, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Charles Joly has become one of the best-known Chicago bartenders, now he's taken over as beverage director at the chef Grant Achatz-led Aviary, where all eyes will be on him as he rejiggers the menu.

Pineapple Drink Blog
5 Steps to a Better Bar   October 16, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

No time to double strain? Can't handle special ice, or six ingredient drinks? There are still many ways to upgrade your bar program - here are five of them that will establish that you really do care about your craft.



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