Whiskeys of the World in San Francisco

In just a couple short weeks, the Whiskeys of the World Expo will be saturating hotel Nikko right off Union Square in San Francisco with high quality spirits. At $110-$120 for a ticket, it seems steep at first, until you realize that you will get to taste literally hundreds of deluxe whiskeys and other spirits …

ABC Despicable: California Blue Laws

Lately, several San Francisco bars have been raided (an exaggeration, but nobody wants to read “sternly spoken to”) by overzealous agents from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for unlicensed rectification. Their crime: infusing booze. Based on poor interpretation of outmoded laws written to prevent crooked bar owners from tampering with and diluting bottled spirits, …

Send Quinn to Chile

Xplorador is sending someone *cough*pick me*cough* to Chile to experience the harvest and production of their wines.   A buddy shot this video while I was standing outside a bar last night, so I’m throwing my gorro into the ring. I’d been out late with friends, so pardon the rambling, but I still believe that …

Pickleback (and the Randolph Handshake)

It seems pickle juice is all the rave in New York.  I have a feeling it will be a short-lived fad, so enjoy it while it lasts. The Pickleback is simply a shot of whiskey, followed by a half-shot of pickle brine.  It’s the only chaser that needs its own chaser, so a can of …

BarBot 2010

BarBot, the third annual festival of Cocktail Robotics is returning to San Francisco this month! From the website: In a world where robots and humans struggle together in the fight against boredom. . . Only one event ends up with the robots dancing “The Human” while the meat puppets (you) end up singing the praises …

New Favorite Mixer: Aliseo Blood Orange Juice

I went looking for new and interesting mixers at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this week, and my favorite was surprisingly simple.  Aliseo makes a boxed blood orange juice that tastes exactly like fresh-squeezed, which is nice, because blood oranges aren’t always easy to find depending on your location and time of year. …