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MIRACLE IN MILAN

“You’re gonna taste a bit of history now, guys,” said Salvatore Calabrese as he uncorked a bottle so old that the dust had fused to the glass, giving it the look of a frosted window pane (pictured above). The dean of London’s expat Italian bartenders, Mr. Calabrese was in his element: at the Super-Bar show […]

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BUENAS NOCHES IN BUENOS AIRES

Meat, maté, tango, amaro. This may sound like army field code from a WWII movie, but it’s actually the four pillars of Argentinian R&R. The Beachbum encountered each during a recent trip to Buenos Aires with Tales of the Cocktail On Tour, where he led a Tiki seminar for local bartenders (you can read about […]

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ON THE ROAD

The arrival of spring signals the departure of the Beachbum, as cocktail festivals bloom and he alights to smell the flowers garnishing his drinks.  Here’s his itinerary, should you be in the neighborhood (especially the neighborhood bars): On April 20, the Bum will take on Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell in a debate at the Miami […]

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A LAYABOUT’S LONDON LAYOVER

Zigzagging their way home from the Athens Bar Show last November, Mr. and Mrs. Bum found themselves with some time to kill in London. With only a few hours to spare, where do Tikiphiles go in a city that is arguably the cocktail capitol of the world? Talk about an embarrassment of riches from which […]

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GREECE IS THE WORD

The last time the Beachbum hit Athens was so long ago that … well, let’s just say he panhandled not for euros but drachmas. Recently he returned to the city to find it in financial straits even worse than his own, but you wouldn’t know Athens was depressed if all you did was go to […]

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