Just last month a good friend of mine back from Boston University finally decided to take the plunge with his college sweetheart, so I of course hopped on a flight to drink to the couples everlasting happiness. Now of course the wedding was fantastic, and I wish the happy couple all the best, but for me the highlight of any trip is doing the rounds at the liquor stores. Hong Kong, for all its strengths, still lingers at the tails of the new craft spirit movement, meaning that many of the most exciting products can only be found by people going overseas. It’s become an integral part of my planning for any trip to bookmark any notable liquor stores as well as cocktail bars in each city I visit.
You know how I said the bartending community sticks together? Case in point, no sooner did I reach out to the Shanghainese bartender crowd was I invited to attend the Chivas Masters finals! (Lots of pretty photos this edition. more on tumblr! Or Instagram!) For those of you unfamiliar with the format of the Chivas Masters, contenders need to create four cocktails representing four distinct styles, from the four different cocktail eras; the Classic Era, Continue Reading