What's Shakin' - August 21, 2012

Nightclub & Bar August 2012 Bartender of the Month: Brian Miller
A veteran of the New York bar scene since the early 90’s, Brian Miller has built a reputation as a highly skilled, deeply passionate and internationally recognized bartender. His big break came in 2005 when he was chosen by Audrey Saunders to join the opening staff of New York City’s legendary cocktail haven, Pegu Club. It was under the tutelage of Saunders and while working alongside fellow up and comers of the cocktail world; Phil Ward, Jim Meehan, Sammy Ross, Chad Soloman and Toby Maloney that Miller’s career began to take shape. More>>

Journal Star: Wilderness Ridge Bartender Mixing it Up in National Competition
After a liquor rep approached Wilderness Ridge mixologist Jill Cockson about competing for a spot in the United States Bartenders’ Guild Most Inspired Bartender contest, she seized on the word “inspired.” The contest is sponsored by GQ Magazine and Bombay Sapphire, so Cockson started to peruse the dry gin’s ingredients to see which one inspired her. She found it when she came across some information about the spicy, but fruity cubeb pepper -- specifically, that it was used as a tool in 17th-century Catholic exorcisms. From that was born Cockson’s Mumbai Exorcism, a cocktail that brings out the flavor of the cubeb pepper, among others, after she sets it aflame and extinguishes it. More>>

Show Me the Proof!
The First –Ever “Show Me the Proof!” high proof cognac cocktail competition celebrating Louis Toyer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac is accepting recipe entries until August 31, 2012. A maximum of two (2) seasonally driven recipes, including cocktail names, a list of ingredients, preparation method, the seasonal inspiration behind each cocktail should be uploaded at the bottom of this page. Six finalists will compete in New York City on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Rayuela Restaurant, 165 Allen St., between Stanton and Rivington Sts. More>>

Thrillist: The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival
You won't have to throw the revelers in the closet and pretend you're running a store that sells wooden hoops to hit with sticks when the cops swing by next month's Speakeasy Fest, a two-day '20s tribute at which you'll sample cocktails aplenty from bars & booze-makers (Tito's, Famous Grouse, Brugal, dozens more) while celebrating "the entire culture surrounding hooch and its evolution to the beer, wine, and cocktails of today". The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival take place Labor Day weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. More>>

Sixth Annual San Francisco Cocktail Week
San Francisco Cocktail Week, a weeklong celebration of the Bay Area’s liquid culture, cocktail heritage, bar talent and industry, announces its first schedule of main events for September 17-23, 2012. The 2012 festivities bring a return of some of the most beloved events from years past as well as some twists and new offerings, including a food and cocktail pairing event in partnership with the SoMa Streat Food Park, a celebration of local Bay Area distilleries and an Altered California State Fair.  New pop-up bar The Rio Grande will serve as the 2012 hub for SF Cocktail Week and a venue for ticket sales along with forthcoming events to be announced. More>>

Can-Can Classic Cocktail Competition
Who says bartenders get to have all the fun? This year, St-Germain, the world’s first hand-crafted elderflower liqueur, is adding a new twist to its annual cocktail contest by calling on America’s community of cocktail aficionados and libation lovers to shake things up. For the first time in the competition’s history, St-Germain has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. to invite everyday cocktail consumers to join in on the action. Cocktail enthusiasts from across the country will have the opportunity to craft their very own original cocktail recipes using the artisinally-crafted liqueur that has bartenders around the world going crazy. To add another twist, the competition will award not only the first place champion with a Grand Prize trip for two to Paris or $10,000 cash but also 100 runner-up participants with St-Germain bikes. Now that’s a contest with great odds. More>>

Gadling: Are Classic Cocktails Making a Comback in the United States?
Gin martini, mint julep, manhattan, old-fashioned, sidecar – these classic cocktail favorites are nothing new in the world of libations. In fact, they've been around since Prohibition, standing the test of time, exemplifying a certain class of drinks that focuses on the spirit in a simple and honest way. While many modern drinks have been invented since then, incorporating exotic ingredients and high-tech machinery into the mixology, there has been a revival of classic cocktails in the last few years. But, how did this quality culture of cocktails begin, where did it go and why is it coming back? More>>



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