Tara Fougner of Thirsty wrote a story on some potentially dangerous drink ingredients and techniques specific to Halloween shenanigans - black cocktails, liquid nitrogen, and the like. Check it out here!
For example, the pits of peaches, and other stone fruit, contain a compound called amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when ingested. If this ingredient were to find its way into a spirit, the consequences could be lethal. Refer to cocktailsafe.org before you go infusing away with various ingredients, and make sure to do your homework.
Inspired mostly by the recent attention to quinine due to COVID-19 and how people were potentially misusing it, writer Jason Horn wrote a story on homemade tonic and other potentially unsafe ingredients on CocktailSafe.org.
CocktailSafe.org founder Camper English was a guest on the Shift Drink podcast. The interview took place at the fabulous Inferno Room in Indianapolis.
To listen to the podcast, follow this link to the ShiftDrink website.
Imbibe Magazine reached out to us to write about ingredients and techniques to use with caution behind the bar.
You can read the entire issue online as a digital magazine at this link.
Camper English of CocktailSafe.org recorded a podcast about safety in cocktails with Erick Castro of Bartender at Large.
Listen to the episode:
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We have just received news that CocktailSafe.org is a top ten nominee for Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication in the 13th annual Spirited Awards, run by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.
The finalists are (full list of all writing categories here):
Best Cocktail and Spirits Publication
This award recognizes outstanding journalism (magazine, newspaper, online media) that features bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.
Collectif 1806 Magazine
Additionally, CocktailSafe founder Camper English is a Top Ten Nominee in the Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer category as well:
Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer
Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great bars, bartenders, cocktails and related products. This award recognizes an outstanding author (magazine, newspaper, online media) who highlights bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.
Wayne Curtis, Imbibe Magazine, The Daily Beast, Garden & Gun
Dan Q. Dao, Liquor.com, Food & Wine, VICE
Camper English, Alcademics.com, CocktailSafe.org
Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, PUNCH, VinePair
Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal, PUNCH
Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk
Kathleen Purvis, Imbibe Magazine, Garden & Gun
Clay Risen, The New York Times
Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH
Hamish Smith, CLASS magazine
The Top Four finalists for each category will be announced on June 24, 2019. The Spirited Awards are on July 20th.
Subscribers can access a story about CocktailSafe in the Globe and Mail (the story is paywalled).
The article covers things like tobacco and activated charcoal with quotes from Trevor Kallies and Darcy O’Neil, and also some information about homemade ingredients in different parts of Canada:
Some cocktail experimentation doesn’t fall under any regulatory regime. Canadian bartenders say provincial liquor inspectors and local restaurant health authorities rarely inquire into cocktail techniques and ingredients. In some jurisdictions, including Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, infusions are permitted, within certain guidelines (for example, B.C. advises licensees that the infusion ingredients should be “spices, herbs, fruits, vegetables, candy or other substances intended for human consumption”). In Alberta, however, regulations specifically forbid “adulterating” liquor in this way, and that’s a sore point among some bartenders there.
You can read the whole story (if you're a subscriber) here.
CocktailSafe was featured on LifeHacker.com yesterday, in a piece about choosing the right tonic water.
CocktailSafe founder Camper English gave tips on buying tonic, recommended brands, and a word of caution about cinchonism, a series of issues resulting from an overdose of cinchona bark.
CocktailSafe has been mentioned in more media, according to my Google news alerts.
The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned the website in a round-up of what Wine Editor Esther Mobley is reading.
Cocktails & Bars also includes mention of CocktailSafe in their news round-up.
And the new April print issue of Wine & Spirits magazine misprinted the website domain as CocktailSafety.org, so as of today both that domain and CocktailSafety.com point to this website. I'm not mad about it - I probably should have made that the main domain name in the first place!