Category Archives: Folderol & Blather

Panic in Benedictine Park

Or, “reason I hate living with a state liquor monopoly #8,437″

A rant for the locals, which neatly coincides with Raiders of the Lost Cocktail: as was pointed out to me recently by Jamie, the Washington state liquor board is reshuffling the list of brands and bottles it carries – meaning anything dropped from the list will soon be banished from the state, unobtainable short of ordering a (costly) special shipment or holding a commercial liquor license. On the latest list of casualties is Benedictine, the French herbal liqueur that matches so, so well with the flavor of whiskey.

The good news? (snark mode on): B&B remains on the list. (/snark)

Earlier this week I noticed the first orange “close-out” tags on the Benedictine shelf (the positive side: it’s now priced under $30), and the liqueur — never in huge supply — is starting to disappear from the shelves.

But while at first blush the news sounded like it could lead to the Frisco, the Widow’s Kiss and the Cocktail de la Louisiane becoming endangered species in the northwest corner of the country, Murray says not to worry – in state liquor hell, things vanish and then reappear all the time. Besides, he pointed out that bars and restaurants still have access to the wholesale liquor stockpile in downtown Seattle, which he gives me to understand is unaffected by the change.

So while you won’t be able to bring a bottle home, you can still get Benedictine cocktails while sitting at one of the small handful of bars where bartenders actually know what the stuff is for. Prompting Murray to ask, “Who’s your best friend now?”


Bars, liquor companies push weird cocktails Friday, July 08, 2005 By Nancy Keates, The Wall Street Journal On a recent evening at Vault Martini Bar in Portland, Ore., customer Ann Samiee had to negotiate a cocktail menu with almost 100 choices that included a Badhattan, with bourbon and red wine, and a Pad Thai, aContinue Reading

Police Gazette Redux

A while back, I mentioned the Police Gazette Cocktail, an excellent drink I came across in the back pages of William Grimes’ Straight Up or On the Rocks. Since this discovery, the drink has entered my regular rotation–and I’m pleased to report that I’m not alone. Slakethirst has a very nice writeup regarding the PoliceContinue Reading

Naming Names

Clipped from yesterday’s New York Times: “The Drink’s the Thing” Julie Rose likes hit shows. It’s not just that she’s an avid theatergoer. It’s also because she’s learned over the years that people at hits tend to drink more. Ms. Rose is the president of Sweet Concessions, which dispenses refreshments at seven New York theaters.Continue Reading

Nothing Shaking

From Seattle Weekly, 6/1/05 “Last week wrapped up a new three-week, 23-restaurant cocktail promotion called the Great Seattle Shake. Sponsored in part by the Seattle Weekly, the event aimed to entice cocktail drinkers to sample two signature drinks paired with an appetizer for $15. Whether it was the 7 to 10 p.m. time frame (threateningContinue Reading