Recommended Reading and Cocktail Party Conversation Starters Vol. 3

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

Cocktail Reading Roundup

Are Mini Cocktails Most Definitely the Next Big Thing?  (Liquor.com)

Well, considering that this was a recycled story dated from 2015 and we haven’t seen a spate of them all across town, I’d guess not. (Cocktails are pretty tiny already….) But, it’s still an interesting article and there are definitely arugments for smaller cocktails (for one, the don’t get sit around as long and get too warm)

Ready for These Five Cocktails in a Can(Liquor.com)

Up until recently, cocktails in a can weren’t really to be found in the US.  Apparently, a few trailblazers are changing that. Will newbie drinks now ditch wine coolers? Are canned cocktails the ultimate convenience or just another Zima?  So many questions….

Excerpt from Imbibe’s 75 People to Watch(Imbibe)

Each year, Imbibe highlights the personalities who will be influential and “shape the world in compelling ways.” To read about the full 75 people featured, you’ll have to pick up the print copy, but you can check out their picks for the Big Four of the drinks world: Coffee, Cocktails, Wine and Beer.

Six New Cocktails – Alcohol Not Included (NY Times)

January (or “Dryunary” as it’s been more frequently referred to in recent years) brings the usual list of cocktails without the alcoholic kick. Sometimes they are a bit snoozy, but this list delivers some nice looking zero octane drinks.  I’m especially drawn to The Garden Sour for both the interesting and on-trend ingredients (Seedlip, aquafaba) as well as the simple but stunning presentation.

Sorry, Paris: London is Europe’s New Wine Capital (PUNCH)

Ania Smelkaya praises the more laidback and incluse natural wine culture of London where there is ‘No one telling me their ego was more important than my pleasure.”  And that’s a sentiment I can often appreciate in terms of both cocktail bars and restaurants in Paris versus London as well.

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…

So, did you hear about…

That time Guam’s governer got crank called?

That racist NZ restaurant menu?

That woman who found something other than spare change in the pocket of her new jeans?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading: All Over The Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love and Petty Theft by Geraldine Deruiter.

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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!