Winners from Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail 2014

Winners from Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail 2014

I have the privilege of being among the first people in the world to congratulate the best people in the bar business on the most glamorous night of Tales ofContinue Reading

Los Angeles: Kitchen Meets Bar Class at Spork Foods

Los Angeles: Kitchen Meets Bar Class at Spork Foods

Teaching is my favorite thing to do in the liquor business. Whether training distributors’ sales teams, doing an on-premise spirits talk in bars and restaurants, or teaching a cocktail classContinue Reading

Seattle: FREE Cocktail Seminars at Rob Roy

Seattle: FREE Cocktail Seminars at Rob Roy

Most cocktail bars are great to visit for a drink. During the usual socializing hours. Its pretty straight-forward… you show up, you pick a cocktail off the menu, enjoy it,Continue Reading

Enchanted Weekend: Albuquerque Staycation

Enchanted Weekend: Albuquerque Staycation

A change of scene helps recharge our batteries. Albuquerque – otherwise known as the gritty backdrop to Breaking Bad – may not be the first place that springs to mindContinue Reading

Seattle: Cast Iron Cocktail Class

Seattle: Cast Iron Cocktail Class

“We are Liquid Muses!” This is probably the nicest thing I’ve heard a student declare at one of my cocktail classes… it means that they embraced the world of cocktailsContinue Reading

Guest Post: Artisanal Cheese Pairing with The New Wave of Premium Bottled Cocktails

Guest Post: Artisanal Cheese Pairing with The New Wave of Premium Bottled Cocktails

by Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario (learn about Barrie Lynn, below) It’s no surprise to me that my dear friend Natalie Bovis – The Liquid Muse – is on theContinue Reading

Slap, Slap It’s Spring: Coffee (G)Round Up

Slap, Slap It’s Spring: Coffee (G)Round Up

Nothing says “summer’s almost here” like the twittering of birds, a jaunt to the beach, and losing an hour of sleep.  But never fear: there are many easy ways toContinue Reading

Pour the Bubbly… Margarita, That Is…

Pour the Bubbly… Margarita, That Is…

After all the “Margarita Day” hype, I must do my duty and present this fun & delicious offering. Bartenders are a creative lot, so the idea of taking classic drinksContinue Reading

Top Ten Craft Distillers in the USA – Thrillist Project

Top Ten Craft Distillers in the USA – Thrillist Project

I love small brands.  So much so that I co-created one, I am the Western USA Ambassador for some imported ones, and I’m a cheerleader for the people with passion whoContinue Reading

Throw A Vegan Cocktail Party

Throw A Vegan Cocktail Party

One of my favorite aspects of the liquor business is teaching everyday people how to mix drinks like a pro.  Making mixology accessible via my cocktail books, TV appearances, videoContinue Reading