Cocktail Carnival Gala: The Best Event You’ve Never Been To

Friday night of San Francisco Cocktail Week, the Old Mint building was opened for a beautiful event arranged by the Bon Vivants, with punch provided by some of the city’s best cocktail bars and expert bartenders.  There were clowns, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, a brass band, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and almost nobody there to see it. …

The Habitiual Drinker in San Francisco

“From the time the habitual drinker in San Francisco takes his morning gin-cocktail to stimulate an appetite for breakfast, he supplies himself at intervals throughout the day with an indefinite number of racy little spirituous compounds that have the effect of keeping him always more or less primed.” – Mountains and Molehills by Frank Marryat, …

Hot Ladies and Cold Drinks: October in PDX

I’ve been waiting for Portland Cocktail Week and the Great American Distillers Festival ever since I stumbled into an Oregon Bartender’s Guild meeting back in June, where I met the lovely Allison Webber, founder of the Portland chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Allison just sent word that LUPEC PDX …