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What's Shakin' in Beverage and Mixology - March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014 By: Mary-Kate Dunphy


DiageoDiageo Reserve announces location of World Class Global Final 2014
World Class, the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition, announced today that the 2014 Global Final will return home to where it all began and take place in Great Britain from 28 July to 1 August 2014.  After a year-long journey of qualifiers and heats at national and regional levels, the Global Final will see the 50 best bartenders in the world compete in a series of innovative challenges staged around the country that will tell stories of places, people and provenance. MORE>>


CocktailYou'll Thank the Academy for These Oscar Cocktails
Along with some bartender friends, I came up with cocktail recipes to suit a variety of movies and themes. For people who love cinema or just the spectacle of the award show in general, there are a couple here just for you celluloid geeks. Of course, there are drinks to compliment some of this year’s nominees. Keep in mind, this is meant in good fun, a celebration of the fantasy that helps us escape our own lives for a couple of hours.  MORE>>


MoneyThat's Gratuity For You
First and foremost, lets define our terms. What most Americans think is a TIP is actually a gratuity. A gratuity is an optional amount added onto a check at the end of an service experience to say thank you for your service. Whereas, a T.I.P. means To-Insure-Promptness and is given upon arrival at an establishment to the person you want to look after you (an upfront bribe of sorts). Once we adopt the right word, the inevitable debate ensues… how much gratuity is appropriate? 10%? 15%? 20%? More? MORE>>


The Experiment"The Experiment" Spirits Tasting Glass
Most of us have a decent selection of glassware at home. Cocktail coupes, Martini style glasses, rocks glasses, Collins glasses, and so on.  But, most likely very few “tasting” glasses.  Something designed so that you can truly experience all that a spirit has to offer. MORE>>


Hot ToddyLong Live the Hot Toddy
Here’s a fun little game you can play. Go ask someone – preferably someone not wearing arm garters or quoting Jerry Thomas – and ask them what’s in a Hot Toddy. The more people you try this game with, the better, because you’re going to get a lot of varied answers. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you’re gonna hear a few of the following ingredients: Lemon… ginger… honey… cinnamon sticks… cloves… cayenne pepper. MORE>>


margaritaPour the Bubbly...Margarita
After all the “Margarita Day” hype, I must do my duty and present this fun & delicious offering. Bartenders are a creative lot, so the idea of taking classic drinks and adding fizz – without watering down the base ingredients by way of club soda or sparkling wine – has been a trend on an international level. While bartending in Santa Fe, in 2012, we put a Carbonated Margarita on the specialty drink menu. MORE>>


whiskeyFace Off: Bulleit Rye Whiskey vs George Dickle Rye Whiskey
One of the not-so-secret secrets of the whiskey business is that the vast majority of products on the shelf — sold under scores of different names — are all made by the same handful of companies. This is especially true of rye whiskey. You can visit your local store and see a dozen different brands for sale, but there’s a good chance that at least half of them were produced at the same distillery, a place you’ve probably never even heard of. MORE>>


mixologyMixology Competitions
For the third straight year, Encanto is inviting Bartenders to broadcast via YouTube how they make their favorite Encanto drink, to tell us their story, and to wholeheartedly ask and answer the question, What’s Your Legacy? and vie for an opportunity to join us as a Distiller’s Apprentice in Pisco, Peru. Deadline is March 1, 2014. MORE>>


Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery (the same distillery that makes Redbreast Irish Whiskey), Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and the UK, and often very difficult to find.  Seeing the dramatic increase in the Irish Whiskey category in the United States over the past few years, Pernod Ricard (owners of the Green Spot brand) decided to bring this legendary whiskey stateside. - See more at: http://www.drinkspirits.com/irish-whiskey/review-green-spot-irish-whiskey/#sthash.KYZPXHko.dpuf
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery (the same distillery that makes Redbreast Irish Whiskey), Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and the UK, and often very difficult to find.  Seeing the dramatic increase in the Irish Whiskey category in the United States over the past few years, Pernod Ricard (owners of the Green Spot brand) decided to bring this legendary whiskey stateside. - See more at: http://www.drinkspirits.com/irish-whiskey/review-green-spot-irish-whiskey/#sthash.KYZPXHko.dpuf
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery (the same distillery that makes Redbreast Irish Whiskey), Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and the UK, and often very difficult to find.  Seeing the dramatic increase in the Irish Whiskey category in the United States over the past few years, Pernod Ricard (owners of the Green Spot brand) decided to bring this legendary whiskey stateside. - See more at: http://www.drinkspirits.com/irish-whiskey/review-green-spot-irish-whiskey/#sthash.KYZPXHko.dpuf
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery (the same distillery that makes Redbreast Irish Whiskey), Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and the UK, and often very difficult to find.  Seeing the dramatic increase in the Irish Whiskey category in the United States over the past few years, Pernod Ricard (owners of the Green Spot brand) decided to bring this legendary whiskey stateside. - See more at: http://www.drinkspirits.com/irish-whiskey/review-green-spot-irish-whiskey/#sthash.KYZPXHko.dpuf
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is one of those great spirits that people often talk about but few have ever really tried. Produced in very small quantities at the Midleton Distillery (the same distillery that makes Redbreast Irish Whiskey), Green Spot Irish Whiskey used to only be available in Ireland and the UK, and often very difficult to find.  Seeing the dramatic increase in the Irish Whiskey category in the United States over the past few years, Pernod Ricard (owners of the Green Spot brand) decided to bring this legendary whiskey stateside. - See more at: http://www.drinkspirits.com/irish-whiskey/review-green-spot-irish-whiskey/#sthash.KYZPXHko.dpuf

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