Tales Redux 2011

Tales went by a while back, but I thought I’d aggregate some content as they say in the biz and share some of the highlights with those of you, like me, unlucky enough to have have been sweating pure Sazerac on the streets of Nawlins. A great narrative on the experience given by Jacob Briars and Sebastian Raeburn talking about Bitters in their double act in New Orleans. Check it out on Looka here.

The fine folks at Bacardi were kind enough to produce a series of videos at Tales too, for their True Originals content store. The one above this post is the Bitter pairing of Briars and Raeburn.

Briars interviews perhaps the man I’d most like to meet in all the drinking world, Ron Cooper. The man behind the mezcal.

The aggregation of posts on TOTC by TOTC 2011 award winning cocktail writer, Camper English, on his blog, Alcademics. You can see how many drinks he had at Tales, but I’d check out some of his notes from the seminars, particularly the Vinegar one…

Did anyone else find anything amazing written up?



Time for Elevenses

Welcome back.

The prevailing Hollywood interpretation of the Mayan calendar seems to hold that our blue green dot is set to shake itself to bits some time next year. As such, there has never been a better time to take up drinking. My friends, make 2011 the year that you  seek out sensual pleasure and revel in it.

When Europeans first crossed the ocean blue, there was a gentleman’s tradition that imbibing alcohol before the sun was over the yardarm was considered uncouth. What is less well known, was that the sun crossed the yardarm at 11am.

The internet is bursting at the gunnels with new techniques, modernisation of classic recipes and well told legends of the birth of many great drinks. This blog can be a (hopefully engaging) window to that world. I hope you’ll visit, read, comment and share some of these stories.

And remember, in an always connected world, it’s always 11 o’clock somewhere.