Log Date

A whiskey adventure for you and me.

  1. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    "Slow Drinks, Faster
    Everyone enjoys a fancy and complicated cocktail from time to time, but nothing kills a buzz quite like waiting 20 minutes for your beverage to be concocted. At last, considerate bartenders have devised clever ways to speed up the process. A few of our favorite tricks: serving batch cocktails like punch (at Cienfuegos in New York City), putting mixed drinks on tap (at Sanctuaria in St. Louis), pouring barrel-aged cocktails over ice (at Tigress Pub in Austin), bottling popular menu items before bar service begins (at Canon in Seattle), and storing bottled cocktails for individual customers (at Saxon & Parole in NYC). Soon, getting up to order a drink from the bar won’t take much longer than fixing it yourself—and you won’t have to wash any dishes afterward.”

  2. Writing on the coaster

    MurrayAid

    This is important. The resurgence of craft cocktails is due to the insistence of bartenders who believed, above all, that a drink should be poured with quality ingredients and with a fanatical level of care. This ushered in waves of enthusiasts (you among them) who then attempted to mimic the classics, or adapt, refine, and reinvent. All of this mixing and infusing and wild experimenting was accomplished by a fleet of bartenders nationwide, many of whom are getting by without basic healthcare. (But let’s not get into that discussion at the bar.) 

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    Chief among those bartenders is Murray Stenson, a cocktail purist. He is an institution in Seattle, where he’s tended bar down at Zig-Zag Cafe and Canon. He’s held “Best Bartender” from 2010, though the title is rendered superfluous once you’ve tried one of his cocktails; you needn’t be told to know. Yet he, too, lacks health insurance. After an after-work accident revealed a weakened heart valve, Murray faces harrowing medical debts. 

    Local bars swiftly orchestrated MurrayAid. Throughout Seattle, then the nation, even still the world, the proceeds of cocktail nights were pooled together to fund Murray’s heart surgery and recovery. The events revealed the community beyond simply mixing ingredients in a glass to produce a taste; beyond all else is a reverence that admits there are real, hard-working, damn good people. 

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