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Welcome to the new EUVS website

Welcome to the new EUVS website. I cannot tell you what it means to write those words. We knew what we were getting into when we sat down in early 2008 and mapped out the rough concept of the site with Cesar Giron. As authors we’re used to taking the long road to the larger [...]

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Classics, General

Happy Anniversary Boadas!


Our heartfelt congratulations to Las Boadas, on its 75th anniversary this month. Boadas is truly one of the world’s great bars, and the only one to keep the old mixing tradition of “throwing” or “rolling” alive.

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Bars, General, Places

Oldest known shaker ?


I thought about opening this blog with some explanation of its purpose. I wrote a lengthy welcome. But I got bored and deleted it in favor of this item I saw at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit titled The Art of Drinking last year.

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General, History, Instruments

Knickerbocker Hotel Update

Hotel Knickerbocker

We could never verify that anyone named Martini di Arma di Taggia worked at the Knickerbocker, much less made a martini there for John D. Rockefeller and placed an olive in it to counter the harshness of American gin (though that’s the legend of the martini getting an olive, and formerly one of those birth of the martini stories that cropped up decades after the drink was born).

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General, Hotel, Places

Origin of the word cocktail


There are innumerable stories of the origin of the word cocktail. There’s the Mexican Princess who made a cocktail for visitor to her father’s court. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a princess in the history of Mexico with a name remotely like Cocktail. Mexico did however have a long history of rum production when it was under Spanish rule. But that’s a separate historical footnote.

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General, History