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About Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson has been writing about food and drink for over fifteen years. Her cocktail book "The 12 Bottle Bar", co-written with her husband David Solmonson, was released in July 2014. Prior to that, she wrote “Gin: A Global History” (Reaktion, 2012); she is currently working on “Liqueur: A Global History” (Reaktion). She is a senior editor at Chilled magazine, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of SoFAB Magazine and the cocktail/spirits writer for the LA Weekly. Lesley serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of the American Cocktail.
Latest Posts | By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
Remembering Michel Roux, a Spirits Industry Trailblazer
2 months ago

Remembering Michel Roux, a Spirits Industry Trailblazer

We sat down with Michel Roux of Crillon Importers to learn about how he became a trailblazer in the spirits industry…
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Kim Kramer Knows How to Make a Beautiful Sparkling Wine
6 months ago

Kim Kramer Knows How to Make a Beautiful Sparkling Wine

We sat down with winemaker Kim Kramer of Kramer Vineyards to learn about what makes her sparkling wines so great…
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Spotlight on Daikon – The Color Changing Cocktail
1 year ago

Spotlight on Daikon – The Color Changing Cocktail

The concept of color changing cocktails has been around for a while now, and Jeff Spear of Sujeo in Madison, Wisconsin, has this trick in his arsenal. Spear’s version employs daikon…
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Meet Dave Sweet – Founder of Whisky LIVE
2 years ago

Meet Dave Sweet – Founder of Whisky LIVE

Like so many journeys, Whisky LIVE began as a glimmer of an idea. Dave Sweet had been (and still is) Senior Vice President at Whisky magazine and had spent upwards of 15 years…
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The Lyricism of American Brandy According to Joe Heron of Copper & Kings
3 years ago

The Lyricism of American Brandy According to Joe Heron of Copper & Kings

Under the guidance of founder Joe Heron, Copper & Kings wants to make American brandy great again. When people think of historical American spirits…
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Crafting Cocktails with Squid Ink
3 years ago

Crafting Cocktails with Squid Ink

Squid ink has long enjoyed popularity in Italy and Spain, where it often finds its way into pasta, risotto, or paella…
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4 “New” Old Fashioned Cocktails
3 years ago

4 “New” Old Fashioned Cocktails

When the original Cocktail, notably with a capital “C”, was created, it was a noble communion of spirit, sugar, water, and bitters.

If this combination sounds a lot like an …
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Willy Shine: The Meister of Jäger
3 years ago

Willy Shine: The Meister of Jäger

The Brand Ambassador has become a familiar fixture on the spirits circuit and Willy Shine is well known for his pivotal role for many brands…

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Lucas Bols Is Empowering Female Bartenders Through Education and Experience
3 years ago

Lucas Bols Is Empowering Female Bartenders Through Education and Experience

It might be surprising that a company as old as Lucas Bols (celebrating 440 years this year) would create a titillating campaign called Girls With Bols. But then, Bols isn’t …
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On Fifth Anniversary of Tsunami, Suisen Shuzo Shares “Hope” with America
3 years ago

On Fifth Anniversary of Tsunami, Suisen Shuzo Shares “Hope” with America

For the Japanese, sake is a part of life, a part of history.

In the town of Rikuzentakata, that history was literally washed away five years ago in March …
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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Craft Whiskey, Ladies!
3 years ago

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Craft Whiskey, Ladies!

We all know that girls just want to have fun.

And that’s what Whiskey Girl flavored whiskies from Dark Corner Distillery want to celebrate. In recent years, the craft spirits …
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Villa Massa Limoncello: Sharing A Family Recipe
3 years ago

Villa Massa Limoncello: Sharing A Family Recipe

Before the advent of our global economy, people had to go to Italy to experience the blissful joy of sipping limoncello, which was very much a local specialty, usually made …
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