Best of the Web: May 24 – 30, 2010

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a chance to put together one of these, so I do apologize, but here’s our roundup of links from the bar and beverage world for the week of May 24-30, 2010.

Cocktail Passport, and Vieux Carre, courtesy of

May 29, 2010 – Thirsty in LA: “The Three Hour Tour: Around the World in Five Cocktails”
Because of an upcoming 10 days in France with G’Vine gin, and an equally long stint in New Orleans this summer for Tales of the Cocktail I didn’t get a chance this past month to visit New York for the first annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Believe me, it wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially after hearing all the hype and anticipation built up via Facebook and Twitter – believe me, I did my best to ignore it. One can’t help but wonder though, just how much fun I missed out on, and Daniel of Thirsty in LA has done a superb job of recapping the event I’m most sorry I missed out on – The Three Hour Tour.

May 26, 2010 – TheStar.Com: “Cocktails: The Great Canadian Caesar Chase”
For those of you unfamiliar with it, think of the (bloody) Caesar is our Canadian equivalent to the Bloody Mary – the main differences being the choice of Clamato (Clam & Tomato Juice) juice instead of tomato, and a rim of celery salt, compared to regular salt. Beyond that, many of the ingredients are identical, and variations of our national cocktail stretch as far as the imaginations of our bartenders. In it’s 40th year of notoriety, the savoury cocktail is enjoying revelry in bars and media across Canada, and this most recent article delves into the world of creative variations, and where you can find the best Caesars in Ontario. My favourite? The Miller Tavern’s (Toronto, ON) inclusion of bacon-infused vodka, dill pickle brine, and bacon dust around the rim.

May 26, 2010 – RumDood: “Hemingway Daquiri”
Just in time for summer, and as the requests for daquiris surges at an uncontrollable pace from the Johnny Rocco’s bar, Matt Robold aka “RumDood” has taken a second to enlighten us on the recipe and elusive history of this cocktail, the Hemingway Daquiri. To quote Matt, “If the Daiquiri is the Holy Grail of rum mixology, the Hemingway Daiquiri may be the Lost Ark. Everyone claims to know what it is, but the actual history around it is somewhat nebulous.”

May 24, 2010 – Art of Drink: “Big Fish, Small Pond”
Yes I know, this one doesn’t quite fit within the constraints of this group of dates.. but I had to post it. As someone who aspires to have my own cocktail work in print one day soon, one of the seminars I look forward to the most at Tales of the Cocktail this summer is Darcy O’Neil’s “Big Fish, Small Pond”, which covers all the basics you need to know about self-publishing within the cocktail world. If cocktail publishing is in your near future too, check out Darcy’s sneak preview over at Art of Drink, and register for the seminar!

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  • Thirsty in LA

    Cheers, Nick! Glad you enjoyed the recap. Here's hoping the Three Hour Tour and the MCC returns next year. Looking forward to your dispatches from France and Tales!

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