Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 15

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

Plastic Straws Aren’t the Problem
(Bloomberg)

“Skipping straws may be hip. But there are much better ways to fight pollution…”

Why is the Wine World So Un-Woke
(PUNCH)

Jon Bonné muses that “Memorizing details about grapes and vintages won’t tell you anything about a winemaker’s moral condition.” and makes a call for us all to be a bit more like Anthony Bourdain.

Meet the Indiana Jones of Mezcal
(Liquor.com)

“I first heard about Erick Rodriguez two years ago, when an agave-world contact told me I had to meet the guy who travels to the unpaved corners of rural Mexico in search of truly traditional mezcal. “He’s like the Indiana Jones of mezcal,” my friend said. “In a VW Jetta.”…”

FirstBuild Wants to Crowdsource A Next-Gen Drink Machine For Your Sink
(thespoon.com)

Does the future of drinks include hot, cold and fizzy beverage coming from a machine built directly into your sink?

9 Best Soft Drinks for Adults
(The Independent UK)

These days there are a whole lotta options when it comes to non-boozy beverage choices, including Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.

 

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…

Those Russian astronauts still on the moon?

The creative way a bride-to-be soothed her fiance’s nerves before the big day?

The Kraftwerk duet played from outerspace?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: Tour de France: The Inside Story. Making the World’s Greatest Bicycle Race by Les Woodland

 

 

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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!