Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 10

Cocktail Reading

Welcome to this week’s roundup of interesting cocktail and spirits related articles plus a few fun bits of news just made for cocktail party conversation starters.

Penthouse is Producing Whiskey-Tequila Hybrid, Aphrodisiac Booze
(Liquor.com)

“If you’re searching to make your hangovers worse” Liquor.com has found a way. It’s exactly what it says on the box and the idea alone makes me a little queasy. But not everyone feels the same as it’s currently sold out in the U.S. Yikes.

Fighting Food Fraud Takes Technology and Spies
(Food & Wine)

A lot of food and drink fraud deals with intentionally mislabeled seafood or horsemeat masquerading as swedish meatballs.  But, in worst case scenarios it can lead to lethal food or chemical poisoning. It’s also an issue that’s prevalent in the wine and spirits world. Companies are combating it with people on the ground and tech like Blockchain.

Can Tequila Shed its Party Image
(Cocktails & Bars)

As interest in agave spirits grows, consumers are learning to appreciate its more serious side. Tequila can be sipped and mixed into cocktails and isn’t just for throwing back shots. Establishments are now employing sommeliers specializing in the subject. So, it’s all grown up, but still fun.

Dan Barber wants you to Eat Smarter, Waste Less and Maybe Just Save the World
(Bon Appetit)

The cocktail and spirits industry going greener is indicative of a bigger trend, which can be seen in the many initiatives for more sustainable food, too. Some sustainable eating tips: Eat low on the food chain, use all the vegetable and let science help.  Bonus: apparently eating oysters is always a good bet.  We like that!

Tales of the Cocktail, once on the rocks, finds new leaders, new calling as non-profit
(The New Orleans Advocate)

This pioneer cocktail festival that takes place every summer in New Olreans is turning the page to a new chapter. After some scandal and a stepping down of the original founders, the new ownership keeping things in NOLA but “expanding its role in civic leadership and charitable giving.”

Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

Get all tongue tied around new people? Try this week’s cocktail party conversation starters next time you’re stuck for small talk…

Did you hear about…

The snap happy millennials that are sucking the soul out of travel?

What you should be buying at your local Korean super market?

The demise of New Orleans’ beloved Mr Okra?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m still reading: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. (it’s kinda long….)

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Cocktail Expert Forest Collins is the creator of 52martinis, an online guide to the best cocktail bars in Paris and other small batch spirits news from France. We've also recently launched an app so you can keep all that bar info in your pocket!