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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
5 Classic Rum Cocktails Reinvented
4 years ago

5 Classic Rum Cocktails Reinvented

Everything old is new again. In the cocktail world, this adage shines through every day.

Instead of looking back, bartenders look forward, taking traditional recipes and making them their own. …
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Champagne Bottle “Go” Cups and Craft Cocktails at Bourbon O Bar — Bringing End of Summer Fun to Bourbon Street
4 years ago

Champagne Bottle “Go” Cups and Craft Cocktails at Bourbon O Bar — Bringing End of Summer Fun to Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street is to New Orleans what the strip is to Las Vegas: a beckoning stretch of 24/7 partying that brings out the Spring Break in us all.

So the …
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The Desert Lily is This Year’s ToTC Frozen Daiquiri Winner
4 years ago

The Desert Lily is This Year’s ToTC Frozen Daiquiri Winner

Each year, one singular cocktail is named the official cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail. This year the Frozen Daiquiri reigns supreme.

And, out of a slew of competitors, the …
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CAP – Tales of the Cocktail “Cocktail Apprentice Program”
4 years ago

CAP – Tales of the Cocktail “Cocktail Apprentice Program”

Among the many contributions, Tales of the Cocktail has made to the industry, one of the most valuable is its commitment to its apprentice program.

Being accepted into the CAP …
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Museum of the American Cocktail Becomes Home to Tanqueray Imperial Shaker
4 years ago

Museum of the American Cocktail Becomes Home to Tanqueray Imperial Shaker

As the clock counts down to the official start of Tales of the Cocktail, a few quiet goings-on will already have been taking place around town.

On Monday night, July …
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Detox at Tales with Delish Daily Smoothies
4 years ago

Detox at Tales with Delish Daily Smoothies

The spirits business is equal parts hard work and hard play.

Alcohol requires moderation, but of course, we sometimes tend toward overindulgence. Bartenders, in particular, forget about the demands of …
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Pining for Piña Coladas — 4 Recipes Past and Present to Celebrate the Boozy Milkshake
4 years ago

Pining for Piña Coladas — 4 Recipes Past and Present to Celebrate the Boozy Milkshake

“When you think about the Caribbean, a few things immediately come to mind: beach, sun, palm trees, and a refreshing Piña Colada,” notes Rafael Lebron, Senior Manager, Food and Beverage …
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Bella Bellini – Modern Recipes for a Classic Cocktail
4 years ago

Bella Bellini – Modern Recipes for a Classic Cocktail

When Giuseppe Cipriani created the Bellini — a seemingly simple combination of peach purée and Prosecco — he likely had no idea that he would change the concept of “brunch.” …
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3 Ways to Pimp Up Your Pimm’s Cup
4 years ago

3 Ways to Pimp Up Your Pimm’s Cup

Given the more than frequent rainy conditions in Great Britain, it stands to reason that the Brits would find plenty of ways to celebrate summer in the most spirited way …
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4 Luscious Blackberry Cocktails You Must Mix
4 years ago

4 Luscious Blackberry Cocktails You Must Mix

London in the 1980s wasn’t exactly a hot spot of cocktail culture.

Enter a young, optimistic fellow named Dick Bradsell who thought that the drinks world could stand to be …
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4 Seaside Cocktails for a New England Summer
4 years ago

4 Seaside Cocktails for a New England Summer

Newport, Rhode Island in July.

The phrase conjures images of lawn parties and Adirondack chairs, frothy surf and fresh cocktails. At the Castle Hill Inn, which sits on a 40-acre …
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4 Martinis, Old and New
4 years ago

4 Martinis, Old and New

The Martini is a resilient beast.

Despite the ravages of time — vodka taking over for the traditional gin, various “-tini” aberrations with everything from sour apple to coffee flavors, …
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