GSN Week in Review: Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2011

Editorial: There’s a lot of interest in Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Prohibition” which airs October 2nd.  What the average bartender today doesn’t realize, is that some of the best and most creative cocktails of the 20th century were invented during the “noble experiment”.  The Sidecar, Mojito, Blood and Sand, Pisco Sour and Bloody Mary all made their debut between 1919 and 1930.  Many of them were created by American bartenders who decided to ply their trades in liquor friendly countries like Cuba, England or France.

So, while you’re watching the series next week, celebrate your freedom to imbibe by crafting a few of these enduring classics for yourself.  There’s a reason they’ve outlasted prohibition.  They’re damn good!

Cheers!

Blair

Winners of the week: Rob Nokes, Michael Sabella, Dave Brolly, Jessica Clark, Tim Philips, Richard Tring

Trends: Sparkling Cocktails, Bitters, Flips, Blender Drinks, Infusions

Upcoming events: Ken Burns Prohibition, Art of the Cocktail

New Spirits of note: Smirnoff Gold

Cocktail of the week: Scofflaw (Eric Alperin, The Varnish)

Cool barware: Perlini System

Bar of the week: Best NYC Bars for Cocktails, Cigars, Beer, Love Seats

Book of the week: Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas
by Brad Parsons

Interview of the Week: Ken Burns

Video of the Week: Prohibition, with Ken Burns – Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Photo of the week

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