With apologies to the folks in this eGullet thread

You know you’re a cocktail nerd when you move house, and one box contains nothing but bitters.

We’re in Providence as of yesterday afternoon, but we’re still digging out. Catch up with y’all soon.


Declare the pennies on your eyes

It’s not quite midnight anywhere in the States, folks. Are your taxes in? We had an accountant prepare ours this year, for the first time, and boy was that a load off!

In honor, I decided to prepare a special cocktail tonight … but not the one you’re thinking of. You’re probably expecting the Income Tax, of gin, two vermouths, orange juice, and bitters. Careful readers will remember that Jen’s allergic to orange juice, so that’s right out.

Next best? What else but the Scoff Law. I used CocktailDB’s ingredients, but Gary Regan’s proportions (his adaptation calls for grenadine, which I don’t currently have):

Scoff Law

  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye (I used Wild Turkey Bourbon 101; for some reason, I can’t find Rittenhouse rye anywhere right now)
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. green Chartreuse

Technique: Shake, strain, turn yourself about, etc.

On a personal note, I know I missed Mixology Monday this month. I feel rather stupid about it, and I apologize to hostess Anna. The fact is, I completely forgot. I have good reasons–we lost a much-beloved pet a couple of weeks ago, and we’re moving to Providence, R.I., next week. That aside, I enjoy MxMo, I haven’t missed many, and it gets me posting at least monthly.

I’ll probably be pretty quiet for a bit after the move, but I’m looking forward to exploring the liquor stores in the Providence area and possibly even reporting back on my finds. It may even give this blog a needed kick in the ass to get me posting regularly again.

Scummy scrapers

A website that I won’t name (I don’t want them to get the traffic) has been scraping and republishing my content without my consent. I think this is reprehensible, and it’s pissing me off. The very post I put up earlier today has already been scraped and republished. The site has Google ads on it, so I’ve already reported it to Google, following the advice here. I’ve also added a copyright header to my RSS feed so that it’s very clear that no one has the right to reproduce my material. Finally, I’m telling the scrapers right now to fuck off and die.

Tales of the Cocktail, 2008

Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, July 16-20, 2008As you’ve no doubt seen on other cocktail blogs, tickets for Tales of the Cocktail went on sale Tuesday, April 1. Click on over and have a look at the events. The talks that appeal to me most, at this point, are these:

Some of these conflict with each other, unfortunately, so I might need to clone myself by then.

To the left, you should see a banner for the Tales blog. I will be contributing to that soon, so please add the RSS feed to your reader.

Some of you have asked whether Mrs. Bitters will be attending Tales with me. We’re not sure yet. It may be the case that she’ll arrive on Friday and stay until Sunday.