Jack Bettridge archive

March 2007

Mixing on a New Level

Posted: Mar 30, 2007 1:33pm ET

It was bound to happen. The new cocktail culture has been driven by improving ingredients: better spirits, freshly squeezed fruit juices, etc. Now someone has jumped in with “artisinal mixers.” No more store-brand tonic water or ginger ale for Charles Rolls, the former owner of Plymouth Gin.

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Springtime, When a Young Man's Thoughts Turn to Beer

Posted: Mar 28, 2007 6:11pm ET

We were so pleased that Michelob was reverting to something like its classic teardrop bottle that Savona, Mike Marsh and I decided that a taste test was in order after work with cigars. Time well spent.

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Cocktailing with Elderflowers

Posted: Mar 25, 2007 2:33pm ET

How I got to this state on a Sunday afternoon: About two weeks ago, arrives on my desk a bottle of St.-Germain, a liqueur made from elderflowers and packaged in an outrageously cool-looking bottle that looks like one of those spaceships rendered in cartoons before they had spaceships.

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The Red Rocker Sings Tequila

Posted: Mar 16, 2007 1:14pm ET

Time: March 13, 7 p.m. Location : Back room of Dos Caminos Mexican restaurant and bar specializing in tequila, between 26th and 27th streets on New York’s Park Avenue. Atmosphere : Hot, hot appetizers and hot blondes—rock’n’roll-groupie-caliber hot blondes—everywhere.

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Discovering Flavored Vodka

Posted: Mar 12, 2007 9:37am ET

I’ve recently had an epiphany about a whole class of spirits. I used to think that flavored vodkas were a scam. At best they were a crutch for people too lazy to squeeze a lemon or an orange into their drink.

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