Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 12

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.

Cocktail Reading

Session cocktail? How Americans got ‘the sesh’ completely wrong
(The Guardian)

“The US is falling for low-alcohol cocktails designed for all-day drinking, but British millennials still embrace the impromptu bender known as ‘the sesh’…”

KFC Stocktails : « Gravy so good you can drink it »
(Alambic Magazine)

The title kinda makes you think it’s about cocktails made with KFC gravy, right? Well, that’s exactly what it is. Weird. But possibly marketing genius. More (en francais) on the Alambic site at the link. But if you don’t read french, not to worry. The videos in the article links are in English.

What Mixologists Really Think When You Order Non-Cocktails at Craft Cocktail Bars
(Food & Wine)

The approach and opinions of the pros vary when it comes to ordering a simple vodka-soda or a “normal beer like a bud” in a craft cocktail bar. Food & Wine interviews a few US based bartenders to get their take…

Why Bartenders in America Are Turning to Japanese-Style Bartending
(Eater.com)

In Japan, everything can become an art form. Having been there, I can tell you that the bar scene is pretty impressive from hidden whiskey bars to high end craft cocktail lounges. Eater.com explores the allure of their style and lists out some bars that are emulating the Japanese art of bartender.

Seven spots to enjoy Royal Wedding inspired cocktails
(The Cocktail Lovers)

I’ll admit it…I tuned in to watch the vows, check out the wedding dress and generally oh and ah over the splendor of the latest royal wedding.  And if you want to take things to another level, our friends over at The Cocktail Lovers have a list of London-based bars where you can drink to the couple’s health with a cocktail inspired by their nuptials.

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…

That 30 year old who just wouldn’t move out of his parents’ house?

That particular Play-Doh aroma?

The time that graduation cake got censored?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

About Forest Collins 300 Articles
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!