Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 18

It’s another roundup of interesting cocktail and spirits related articles plus a few fun bits of news just made for cocktail party conversation starters.

Cocktail Reading

Microwave Your Manhattan (by Laurel Miller for PUNCH drink)

Does popping your cocktail in the microwave make it better? Ryan Chetiyawardana thinks so…

Limoncello locktails! How to make delicious drinks from years-old holiday booze (the Guardian)

Bartenders from London’s Three Sheets, Bench and more share recipe tips for using up those random bottles for confinement cocktails. 

The Covid-19 pivot: How London bars are developing cocktails for delivery (by Kate Malczewski for Imbibe)

As bars turn into delivery services in the wake of coronavirus, Kate Malczewski talks to operators to find out how they are having to adapt cocktails, from ingredients to styles

Paris Restaurant Industry Coming to the Aid of Medical Workers (by Emily Monaco for Paris by Mouth) 

(Not cocktail related, but I thought it was worth sharing all the same) Some of the city’s food industry pros are stepping in to help feed and give back to the healthcare professional during the COVID-19 crisis like Jacques Genin and his donation of 400 kilograms of chocolate to hospital workers.

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Upending The Alcoholic Beverage Industry (by Joseph V Micallef for Forbes)

COVID-19 confinement and restrictions are hitting different parts of the spirits industry differently.

Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

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

Did you hear about…

The Washington dog in a high speed car chase?

The Oregonians calling 9-1-1 because they ran out of toilet paper?

The Leaning Tower of Dallas?

The lobsters, ant and vampire bats practicing social distancing?

The hallucinatory voices that saved a woman’s life?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

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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!