What's Shakin' in Beverage and Mixology - January 24, 2014

Golden State of CocktailsSign Up for Golden State of Cocktails (Jan 27-30, 2014)
California’s long awaited large-scale cocktail event is finally here: Announcing Golden State of Cocktails! Staged in Los Angeles, the West Coast’s largest city and California’s anchor, Golden State of Cocktails celebrates all aspects of cocktail culture, both industry and consumer, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego and everywhere in between. Be a part of the inaugural event in one or more ways. From experiential interactive labs, take-away stations and brand immersion rooms to small- and large-scale parties, Golden State of Cocktails takes a hands-on approach to the learning experience and celebrates the best of what California cocktail culture is all about. MORE>>

Domaine de Canton Bartender of the YearWin an All-Expense Paid Trip to the French West Indies and $10,000
Submit your information to Domaine de Canton to be chosen to represent your region in the Finals where you'll compete in the French West Indies for the chance to win $10,000 and the title of Domaine de Canton Global Bartender of the Year. One finalist will be chosen from online submissions to represent each of the following regions: East Coast United States, West Coast United States, Midwest United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom. An additional finalist will be selected to represent all other countries not listed on the website. MORE>>

World Class 50Discover the World Class 50
The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city. MORE>>

Bring Cocktail HIstory to LifeBring Cocktail History to Life
In the world of cocktails, everything old is new again. Enter our contest and you could win an all-expenses-paid trip to New York for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to make your own mixological discovery with James Beard Award winner and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich. MORE>>

GlovesUnder New Food Safety Law, Bartenders Have to Wear Gloves
Bartenders working in California could be forced to wear gloves or use other utensils when garnishing their drinks under a new food safety law. The Los Angeles Times reported that recently-passed legislation has been met with widespread opposition by chefs and bartenders there. Angelica Pappas, a spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association, told the LA Times, "Technically speaking, these rules do apply to bars. It's been a common question we've heard, so there may be more information to come on this in guidance documents from the health inspectors." MORE>>

Speed RackSpeed Rack Season 3 on National Tour
Speed Rack is a competition created by and for female bartenders. And, while we're at it, we're going to raise some money to fight breast cancer. 100% proceeds from the events we produce in each of our cities will go to breast cancer education, prevention and research. Speed Rack is a national cocktail competition featuring top female bartenders in key cocktail markets, putting them head to head in round robin style timed and judged challenges. It is the first competition to highlight the up and coming generation of strong women in the spirits industry. MORE>>

CocktailCocktail Trends - Less is More
The art of the cocktail is altogether a precise science and matter of taste – ranging from the indulgently complex to satisfyingly simple. At its most basic, a cocktail is no more than three ingredients. Some would argue it’s two, but don’t listen to those heretics. Leave them to their spirit and mixers and explore the world that waits with ingredient number three. MORE>>

VodkaU.S. Spirits Market Sees Slower Growth in 2013, as Vodka Continues to Dominate
The U.S. spirits market eked out modest growth in 2013, but was unable to match its gains of recent years. After advancing by more than 3% in 2011 and 2012, spirits volumes last year grew by just 1.3% to 208.6 million cases, according to Impact Databank. Growth was even slower among the market’s giants. The top five brands—Smirnoff, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Jack Daniel’s and Absolut—which collectively comprise about 17% of U.S. spirits market volume, showed an aggregate gain of just 100,000 cases last year, a rise of 0.3%. MORE>>

Bolds Around the WorldBohls Around the World 2014 Competition
The aim of the competition is to develop a drinks concept that will be ‘the next big thing’. The concept must inspire other bartenders, be innovative — but easy to replicate — and of course, be attractive for guests. It can be a fresh twist on an existing trend, a fusion of trends, or a completely new idea. You will be creating a cocktail and then developing a drinks menu inspired by this cocktail. The bartenders with the highest scores will be allowed to present their cocktail / drinks concept in a 2min clip to convince the jury why this is the next big trend. Remember, take a risk. MORE>>

MartiniHow to Make the Perfect Martini Cocktail
Since some prefer theirs shaken, not stirred, wet rather than dry, dirty rather than clean, it can be a tricky business to produce the perfect Martini cocktail. With The Spirits Business‘ Snow Queen Martini Masters fast approaching, we ask a panel of experts to shed a little more light on the elusive cocktail. MORE>>


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