A few interesting links I've run across recently:
- the NYT contemplates the Negroni:
"A Negroni demands your full, upright attention. It will not tolerate mindless swigging, the way all those sweet summertime drinks do, which is just one reason no one has ever ordered one at a swim-up bar at a resort pool. Each sip telegraphs a terse forget-me-not message to the tongue, a pinprick of bitterness demanding respect and contemplation.
There is cheer in it, but grown-up, melancholy cheer, which makes the Negroni an ideal drink for end times — the end of summer, for instance, or the end of American prosperity. The perfect drink when the sky is falling — or merely the leaves."
- the WSJ on the tiki revival;
- Excellent news! The TTB has approved Bittermens Mole and Grapefruit Bitters for sale. They still have a few more regulatory hoops to jump through, but their target sale date is January 15...and I'll be among the first in line. (I haven't had the grapefruit bitters, but the mole bitters are wonderful); and
- Bloomberg News on Apotheke. Still sounds a bit precious to me (and WTF's the point of lighting perfectly good absinthe on fire?), but this place is on my list of cocktailian joints to check out.