Posts from the ‘Bartending’ Category

  • Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    February 9th, 2017 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Did you know that gin is flavored vodka? It’s a Dutch invention. The word itself comes from the Dutch word jenever, which in English is genever, in French genievre — all of which derive from the Latin juniperus — and this goes far in explaining why the predominant flavor of gin is juniper berry. The […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    December 19th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Four winter cocktails to warm your belly: (Vid for Mark, at the Café Claire)   The Sudsbuster He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all. Dishwashing jobs […]

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  • Everything I Know I Learned From Your F*cking Mother!

    Everything I Know I Learned From Your F*cking Mother!

    September 22nd, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) She was really something, your mother, a real beast. Among other things, she believed that the development of the entire human race depends on the development of the individual. The reason she believed this is that she believed each human is an organism […]

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  • How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The Bar

    September 15th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 12 Comments

    Most people are boring. Not you. Why? Because you broke away from the pack a long time ago. You’re a different breed — a dog of a different color. You cultivated the black art of individuality, learned the art of personality. You became brilliant. People argue about your modesty. She does things differently, they say, […]

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  • Because Whisky

    September 1st, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Do you like whisky just because — just because it’s awesome? Then buy the motherfucking shirt: Many different styles and sizes — totally original, all totally mine.

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  • Cleopatra: World-Class Drinker

    August 30th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety; other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies; for vilest things Become themselves in her, that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish. — Antony and Cleopatra Act II. Scene II. On this day, in 30 […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: I Wish You Love

    August 24th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    In bartending, as in life, the fundamental things apply. And time goes by. Thank you for watching.

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  • Moonraker, Mountain Dew, Moonshine, or White Lightning?

    Moonraker, Mountain Dew, Moonshine, or White Lightning?

    August 19th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper. If it shed any light on the subject at all — and it doesn’t remotely — I might be tempted to elaborate on the actual term “moonshine,” and where it originated: i.e. rural England (circa 1780), when country smugglers hid illicit barrels of French brandy in shallow […]

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  • A Green Fairy Named Absinthe

    July 22nd, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper, which took a tomahawk to it and ruined it. You won’t like absinthe if you don’t like black licorice. Absinthe — mint-green star in a constellation of multicolored bottles, over-proofed, over-hyped, overrated, mythologized, mystified and then demystified — won’t, all reports to the contrary notwithstanding, make you […]

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  • Wodka!

    Wodka!

    June 17th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    This article first appeared, in slightly altered form, in the Coloradoan newspaper. The Polish call it wodka. The Russians call it vodka. The word itself comes from the slavic voda — meaning “little water” — and, like water, vodka is colorless, odorless, and often enjoyed ice-cold. Distilled from fermented potatoes, or fermented grains (like rye […]

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