What's Shakin' in Beverage and Mixology - September 19, 2014

Facundo Luxury RumFacundo Luxury Rum Collection Expands to California
The Facundo Rum Collection, a limited release of four of the most exquisite, hand-blended sipping rums, announces the Collection’s release in California.  This marks the luxury brand’s first expansion since successful launches in Miami and New York in 2013. A tribute to Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Massó, the Collection is comprised of four rare blends of the finest aged sipping rums all sourced from the Bacardi family’s private rum reserves. MORE>>

Irish Mermaid Cocktail CompetitionWin "THE LONG POUR" Book with THE IRISH MERMAID Cocktail Challenge!
Dear Bartenders, as you know I am on a quest to spread the word of THE IRISH MERMAID, and turn it into a Modern Classic. I’ve decided to run a fun Competition… Worldwide. To help me run this Competition, I’ve asked Adam MacDonald from The Long Pour to help out and also Liquor.com to spread the word about it. MORE>>

What the Ale mixology competitionWhat the Ale: Who is the Iron Mixologist of Tulsa?
What the Ale isn’t always about ale. On a recent Sunday night I was invited to judge the Glazer’s distribution Iron Mixologist competition at Mixed Company on Third Street and Denver Avenue. The competition was stiff. Bartenders from the Tavern, Valkyrie, Hodges Bend and others were there for a shot at being named the Iron Mixologist champion or the signature cocktail event winner. The winner of the Iron Mixologist was to compete against the Oklahoma City winner. MORE>>

Guest Bartenders for AHRCGuest Bartenders Will Raise Money for Orange AHRC
Enjoy local beer and support children and adults with developmental disabilities at Orange AHRC’s Guest Bartending Event at the Newburgh Brewing Company on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. Guest bartenders include Paul Teutul, Jr., Marc Devitt, Brian Maher, Tom Disher, Tim Scannell, Kurt Najork, and Jeff Sculley. All tips and raffle proceeds will benefit Orange AHRC. MORE>>

Fall CocktailsBring Fall Into Your Cocktails
It’s time to deflate the beach balls, stash the swim trunks and ditch the flip-flops. As much as we hate to admit it, summer is over. No more sunbathing, lemonade stands or watermelon in the park. Winter’s doom and gloom is right around the bend. Hoodie season is also a great time for spirits and cocktails, whether combating the increasingly brisk air with a nip of rye whiskey from a flask or rewarding yourself with a post-raking Manhattan. MORE>>

Battle of the Bartenders'Battle of the Bartenders' Competition Benefits Atlanta Service Industry Workers
It is a competition in which bartenders get to show off their skills, customers are able to try new drinks and people who have fallen on hard times receive help. Last Sunday, Joystick Gamebar in the Edgewood area of Atlanta held its "Battle of the Bartenders." The fundraiser benefits The Giving Kitchen organization, which helps people who work in the service industry who live in Metro Atlanta. MORE>>

Fall preview barsFall Preview: The Best New Cocktail Bars Opening in 2014
Below we round up the season's most anticipated bars whether they veer tropical, classical, casual, or clever. Listed in alphabetical order—because who knows when they'll really open? This new bar/restaurant is the first brick-and-mortar operation from the world's leading tiki historian and author Beachbum Berry. It's located in NOLA's French Quarter at the historic Bienville House Hotel. MORE>>

iceballMake Perfectly Clear Ice Balls Using Insulated Mugs
You can use the Cooler/Directional Freezing method to make blocks of perfectly clear ice. But those are big blocks and many people want to make clear ice balls.  Typical ice ball molds make ice that is cloudy in the middle. One reader developed a method to take advantage of directional freezing but it involves using a big pot of water so it's not space-efficient. The natural next step was to use directional freezing in a small container with an ice ball mold sitting on top. MORE>>