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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.


Fall Old Fashioned Article
Autumn Bringings Brown Spirits   October 2, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

We're just now starting to see the menus of autumn arrive, and they are filled with bourbon and other brown spirits, as well as lots of intriguing ingredients - jackfruit, cherry dust, soju and citrate to start.

Chef John des Rosiers Article
A Chef Walked into a Distillery   October 2, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders aren't the only spirit-creators these days. Chef John des Rosiers, has worked with North Shore Distillery, to create No Drama Gin.

Cocktail Article
Burying the Speakeasy   September 19, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

It may be the platinum era of cocktails, but there are signs that the trend to create ultra-exclusive cocktail sanctuaries is starting to wind down.

Maura McGuigan Article
A Cocktail in the Tetons   September 19, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Mixology came to the Tetons last spring when The Rose, Jackson Hole’s only classic-inspired cocktail lounge, opened its doors. It's a big move for Maura McGuigan from two of the major cocktail centers - how has it gone so far?

Octoberfest Milkshake Blog
Menu Focused Cocktails   September 18, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

It's time to take a look at the latest menu focused cocktails including ice cream with beer, nitrogen bourbon and Oolong tea-infused vodka drinks.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Mind Your Own Business   September 4, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

There's an admirable sort of unity that's been built among bartenders and beverage professionals over the past ten years. But from time to time a disappointing strain of cocktail orthodoxy emerges among opinion-makers and shakers as well.

BATIDO DE FRUTAS Article
Odds and Ends at the End of Summer   September 4, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Menu-charting can be confusing work, so to catch up, here are some recent small bore trends worth noting in menu and drink development.

Alexei Beratis Article
Boston Gets its Own Cocktail Summit   September 4, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

The latest major city to launch its own annual cocktail-centric event is Boston, where, come October 4-6, bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from all over New England will gather in the area’s first-ever citywide cocktail event.

Drink Image Blog
"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...



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