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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.


Jack Robertiello Blog
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.

Jack Robertiello Blog
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?

Summer Drink Article
Summer Cocktail Innovations   July 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

This summer's cocktails are getting all sorts of service innovations, including some that are running afoul of the law, at least in NYC. But which fad will become a trend and stay with us?

Joy Spence Article
The Joy of Appleton   July 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Joy Spence, the master blender for Appleton estate rums, came north recently with an extremely rare product to mark Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence - Appleton Estate 50-year-old rum, an age unheard of in the rum trade. To find out how it came to be and what it's like, check out our...more >>

Jack Robertiello Blog
The New, New Things.   June 26, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders and beverage managers struggle to balance the needs of their bars, the demands of their customers and the flood of new products that may or may not catch fire or supply a much-needed tweak to a bar program. Among the latest: an agave liqueur, a new version of Cherry Marnier, and...more >>



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