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Tech Bubble: Exploring the Carbonated Cocktail

by Joe Ray in Wired Magazine

The steel briefcase arrived inside two other boxes, Russian doll-style. Its combination-lock latches flipped skyward with a gratifying snap. In the briefcase, snug inside custom-shaped foam, lay a device that looked like it was designed by a committee made of Steve Jobs, Q from James Bond lore and a sex therapist. My therapy, however, would be | Read More

Chilled Out & Cheery – Agog Over Eggnog

by Sam Meyer in CNN Eatocracy

We’ve heard about the history of eggnog, but what’s the best recipe for making your own as well as all the equally tasty variations? In one corner: my favorite recipe for eggnog. Cocktail blogger and ace bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe is simple, fairly light in texture and has an intense, eggy flavor tempered with brandy | Read More

One for the Road: Portland, Oregon

by Simon Ford in Liquor.com

For a relatively small city, Portland, Ore., is a big cocktail town. It boasts almost a dozen artisanal distilleries, several famous bartenders and, of course, many fine watering holes. And that’s not to mention the annual Great American Distillers Festival it hosts, or the recently established Portland Cocktail Week. And if you should want something | Read More

50 Best Bars in America

by Food and Wine Staff in Food and Wine

Clyde Common, Portland, Oregon Jeffrey Morgenthaler oversees the rotating cocktail list at this airy “tavern” adjacent to the Ace Hotel. One to try: the Cranky Lass with Scotch, amaro, apple cider, lemon, allspice liqueur.

The Chef is Pouring

by GQ Staff in GQ

A GQ guide to the next ingredient-obsessed, insanely inventive, and downright culinary wave of cocktails. When classic cocktails came roaring back, we were psyched, not to mention buzzed on flips and fizzes and old-fashioneds. These days, top chefs are taking cocktails to new heights, putting serious talent behind the bar and raiding the kitchen for | Read More

Case Study | Quinine Syrup

by Toby Cecchini in NY Times Style Magazine

As befits the pointy-headed elevation of all simple things, gourmet attention is now being paid to the humble gin and tonic. Specifically, to the tonic. Why would one bother? What’s broke? Well, since the 1970s, the default Schweppes and Canada Dry tonics in the United States have been made with high-fructose corn syrup, which renders | Read More

Happy Hour: The Apple of Your Highball

by Adam McDowell in The National Post

Norwegian Wood: This cocktail comes courtesy of Jeffrey Morgenthaler, acclaimed bartender at Clyde Common of Portland, Ore. It makes use of aquavit, a Scandinavian cousin to vodka infused with herbs and spices.

Roll Out the Barrel! These Old Cocktails Pack a Mean Punch

by Joe Ray in The Independent

Barrel-ageing cocktails took off in the US after a well-known cocktail maker, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, experimented with the practice in Portland, Oregon. But the concept of cocktail ageing was in fact born in the UK. Mr Morgenthaler had himself been inspired by a visit two years ago to 69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, a London bar run | Read More

The Hot List: Pomegranate Concoctions

by Staff in Liquor.com

There are few fruits with such storied histories as the pomegranate. We’re talking about central roles in famous Greek myths and several Bible mentions. But sadly today, it’s often treated as merely an exotic delicacy. In fact, the pomegranate’s deliciously tart flavor is perfect for cocktails in the fall, which is coincidentally its peak season. | Read More

Aged, Not Shaken

by Kevin Sintumuang in The Wall Street Journal

The barrel is a beautiful thing. It’s an object that’s etched into our boozy subconscious—an old-timey icon for fine drink that’s almost primal. It’s pre–frothy beer mug, pre–martini glass, pre–mustachioed bartender. Yet you rarely encounter one outside of a distillery tour. That is, until the craft-cocktail set started to re-purpose the barrels for aging their | Read More

A Tale of Two Cocktail Trends

by Virginia Miller in San Francisco Bay Guardian

Thanks to Jeffrey Morgenthaler of southeast Portland, Ore.’s Clyde Common restaurant, the barrel-aged cocktail phenomenon has taken off over the past year. If you’re new to the aging scene, here’s the gist: take an already brilliant drink — Morgenthaler finds his muse in a classic negroni — and age it in a barrel for weeks | Read More

Aging makes for killer drinks

by Gary Regan in San Francisco Chronicle

Jeffrey Morgenthaler, head bartender at Clyde Common in Portland, Ore., also sampled some of Tony’s aged cocktails, and he decided to play with the idea, laying his cocktails down in oak barrels, and thus adding yet another layer to the drinks. What happens to cocktails when they age? For one thing, they oxidize a little | Read More

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Bar Star

by Rachel Ritchie in Portland Monthly

The results are in! You, our fair readers, have voted Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler your Bartender of the Year. Here, he riffs on Portland’s drinking scene and shakes up the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail. What distinguishes the rose city’s drinking crowd? The fact that we have a really sophisticated and educated clientele. People take drinking seriously | Read More

Six-Week-Old Martinis, Anyone?

by Robert Simonson in The New York Times

With the precision mixologists take these days in building their more ornate creations, customers have grown used to waiting a few minutes for a drink. For the latest innovation in elite libations, however, they’ll have to wait six weeks or so. Barrel-aged cocktails are being poured at bars from San Francisco to Boston. They are | Read More