Thursday, February 26, 2009

the last or so week in cocktail

Some late night mixing for myself, quickly rattled off photos (most of which are bad), need to come back to these at some point and do a little color adjusting, but for now, in the raw:

from the Berry's Grog Log, Coronado Luau Special

from Jeff Beachbum Berry's Intoxica!, a Sundowner

also from Intoxica!, a Plantation Daze

151 Rum Swizzle, from the Grog Log

sadly do not recall

Larchmont, a recommendation from Greg Boehm, from 1948, David Embury, adapted by Greg Boehm

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mixoloseum TDN this week focuses on the Zombie

This week's TDN at the Mixoloseum is all about the Zombie, a favorite cocktail of mine. Thursday will bring together mixologists, bloggers, bartenders and appreciators of this classic cocktail, invented by the Don the Beachcomber in 1934, to focus on recipes old and new. Attendees online can discuss the cocktail, spotlighted in depth in Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's Sippin' Safari, and mix their own with a focus on different rum brands and regions for an exploration of balance and flavor and the addition of other ingredients to create new varietals. If you have not visited the Mixoloseum, go to

here is the official announcement from the Mixoloseum:

"Upcoming TDN - The Zombie

Some may praise it as the quintessential tiki drink, others may tout it as a horrific explosion of bad rum and candy-red syrup, but to know the Zombie truly is to have seen paradise. A wild mix of rums complimented by a perfect dose of citrus and more than a handful of complex and absolutely required drips and dashes.

We’re taking all that time-tested perfection, throwing it in a Blendtec and seeing what we come up with. Want to try a Zombie made with a float of gin? How about with a few dashes of creme de violette? Or maybe a few drops of orange flower water? Come up with the best new Zombie recipe and you’ll find yourself in the possession of a custom-designed, Zombie-themed mug forged by Cass McClure (aka Ocea Otica). Not only that, but your name will be emblazoned upon its visage. The action begins at 7pm EST this Thursday."

As mentioned i will be making a zombie mug from my series of one off custom Zombies, created to celebrate my love of this cocktail. The creator of the chosen cocktail, announced after the TDN, will receive the mug with their name and "Thursday Drink Night" underglazed on the mug to mark the event. Also, the chosen recipe will be listed on the edition card that accompanies the mug.

It is a real joy for me to sponsor this evening, and i look forward to seeing the outcome of the experimentation and exploration. Thanks to Rick at for accepting my offer to be involved. if you have not checked out his blog, make your way over there as it is a real fountain of information.

Below are examples of some of my one off Zombie mugs from a previous gallery show.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

R.I.P. Lux Interior

I am heartbroken, thanks for the memories and music. The Cramps had a strong influence on me in my early teenage years and are still one of my favorite bands of all time. I am sad for Poison Ivy and for the fact that I will never get to see them live again.