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Booze News: May 16, 2012

By May 16, 2012

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DMount Gay Rum Eclipse Nautical
Mount Gay Rum Eclipse Nautical "G" Limited Edition Bottle

Camus Extra Elegance Cognac - This is the latest release from Camus and it sounds spectacular. It is made from a blend of "eaux-de-vie mainly from Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, all selected for their great aging potential and differing profiles."  The taste profile includes "creamy pastry notes and hints of dried violets, tobacco, leather and walnut, and a remarkably velvety finish of exceptional length." It also has a price tag that reflects its high-end pedigree and will set you back $395/ 750ml, though great Cognac is worth every cent.

Mount Gay Rum Eclipse Nautical "G" Limited Edition Bottle - This is one of the funkiest bottle designs I have seen in some time so I just had to share: the same great Mount Gay Eclipse Rum in a brilliant, not-to-be-missed bottle.

Another $100 Cocktail - The Beverly Hills Hotel is celebrating its 100th year of business and the off-lobby bar has a special cocktail menu working to show off its star-studded history. In this land of opulence you can get a 100-Year Sidecar that will set you back a c-note. The gold flake-rimmed coup contains Hennessy XO, Cointreau, and lemon juice - essentially an everyday Sidecar with bling and a super premium Cognac. Drinks like this always astound me because, as Kathy McDonald says in the LA Weekly post, "...(Cocktail math is often fuzzy. A bottle of XO retails for $200 and is $36 neat by-the-glass at Spago -- but $100?)..." Then again, when in Beverly Hills...

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Cocktails for the History Books, Not the Bar - It seems that one of the most talked about seminars at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was "Do Not Resuscitate." In this panel discussion the who's who of cocktail history spoke up against a handful of classic cocktails that may be best left to the pages of pre-Prohibition bartending books. I'm sure this was a lively discussion.

Make a Lewis Bag out of Old Jeans - Ingenious ideas often come out of the blue and this is one of them. Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan demonstates how to fashion your own ice-crushing bag out of re-purposed denim. I found this one via A Dash of Bitters (excellent blog worth subscribing to).

Go Plates Give You Back the Extra Hand You Already Have - If you are looking for the weird, wacky, and (sometimes) useful when it comes to drinking, KegWorks probably has it. The product that grabbed my attention this week is the Go Plate - a picnic plate with a very convenient hole in the middle to place your beer bottle. The point? Drink and food are stacked in one hand, freeing up the other hand for shoveling said food into your hungry mouth.

Literary Drinks: 10 Famous Fiction Writers and Their Cocktails - An interesting read, theKitchn takes a look at the favorite drinks of literary elites such as Hemmingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald.

"Birthplace of Blue Laws" Ends Prohibition-era Ban on Sunday Sales - Connecticut has finally ended the state-wide blue law that banned alcohol sales on Sunday.

Two U.K. Approaches to Binge Drinking - Efforts are underway to curb the growing binge drinking and alcoholism issues in the U.K. In London's Soho district drunks are taken to a special clinic set up to handle the passed out and belligerent partiers as reported in this USA Today article. Meanwhile, in Scotland officials are attempting to pass a minimum pricing policy for alcohol that may raise the cost per drink as much as 50% according to this Guardian article.

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