Dale De Groff is a legend in the world of bartending and a crucial character in the modern evolution of cocktail culture in his native New York and around the world. In the mid 1990s, while working at the Rainbow Room in the Rockefeller, he put his own very impressive garnish twist on the Cosmopolitan in the form of a flamed orange zest...
Referred to most commonly as a “Boilermaker”, the origin of the simple serve is contested among cocktail historians but in his book, ‘The Joy of Mixology’, renowned booze boffin Gary Regan credits steelworkers in western Pennsylvania. Others look further back to 17th century England and the “pop-in,” which involved tavern dwellers making their rough ales more palatable with the addition of bitters or fruity tinctures...
The average spirits selection has become more eclectic and diverse; consumers are drinking less but willing to pay more; premium is eclipsing ordinary and, thanks to the emergence of a craft distilling movement, the bar community has witnessed a plethora of discerning sprits hitting the market.