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Eleven "Young Gun" Bartenders to Keep in Your Sights in San Diego

In what we hope may become an annual event, eleven San Diego bars each sent one protégé to compete in the second Young Guns Bartender Competition last month. Seasoned professionals were relegated to the audience (and bar backing) to see what new tricks the younger drink makers in the San Diego cocktail scene could pull off. Photos of the event were taken by Shawn Michael; you can see the full photo album on the Standard Spoon Facebook Page. Complete with a host of sponsors, a panel of judges, a giant overhead fan, facepaint, and a playlist all over the place, it was a roaring event that carried late into the night, and produced three winners leading the pack of San Diego's newest talent. ...

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Tales of the Cocktail Launches New Website & Interviews Standard Spoon

Following close on the heels of this year's Tales of the Cocktail Conference in New Orleans, the founding organization re-launched its website as an online publication.  While the site has always been a great reference for cocktail industry events, education programs, and the list of annual Spirited Awards Winners, now it hosts a wealth of editorial features on everything from industry personalities to cocktail history to technique how-to's.   Product Features   One of the feature sections focuses on products. If you made it to the Market at Tales this past year, you may recognize some of them, including the bar bag Jim Meehan collaborated on with Moore & Giles (leather to lust over), and Bull in China's beautiful handmade...

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A San Diego Staple: Craft & Commerce

          At the beginning of August, Craft & Commerce in Little Italy celebrated it's 5th anniversary! This cocktail den has been a special place for us since the day it opened. We discovered the Improved Whiskey Cocktail here, the second chapter in our love for Old Fashioned Cocktails (see this earlier blog post!) More on the Old Fashioned Cocktail with Joey Hoisescu We were gone for the month of August, and a lot has been happening in our hometown!  Before we left, we visited Craft & Commerce and sat down with Joey Hoisescu, who made a few of his variations on the Old Fashioned - a continuation of our love of this classic drink. Both recipes call for...

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We're Making Eyes at Juniper & Ivy's New Cocktail Menu!

Eric Johnson of Rumbling Tins Co. is at it again at Juniper and Ivy, and sweet bananas, are those cocktails great! And look how serious he is about them! In all seriousness, I'm not a big fan of pineapple or banana, and he made a drink with both. And it's my favorite. Go figure. The Pineapple Expression is getting a lot of well-deserved attention, and I think it has something to do with that banana cinnamon syrup (oh yeah).  It's a summery, tiki-style cocktail, delightful and refreshing, with the spice of the cinnamon adding something very nostalgic to the citrusy, mildly sweet drink.  If my mother made cocktails after school instead of freshly baked cookies, they would have been something like this. ...

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Progress Update & BackerKit Charges on May 8th

via Update #24 on Kickstarter Hi Backers, Just a quick update to let you know that our manufacturing coordinator reported that the spoons have been finished! They are proceeding to the last stage of post-production Quality Assurance. We are waiting on a few specifics from the manufacturing coordinator regarding shipping dates. It's been a while since the last update, so we figured you'd like to know at least the general sense of progress, even if we can't give as much detail as we'd like. When we do have it, we'll let you know. We've still got our fingers crossed that we'll be able to ship the first spoons out to backers by the end of May.  Here's a recent shot...

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