Category Archives: Equipment

Villeroy & Boch Giveaway Ending Sunday

If you haven’t already, please be sure to enter our Villeroy & Boch Giveaway.  You’ll have a chance of winning your choice of three sets of handmade crystal glasses from V&B’s new Gourmet Whisky Collection.  They’re absolutely beautiful pieces, and any drink — from neat whisky to big, fruity tiki things — will look beautiful in them.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on our original post.   The winner will be selected on Monday, June 13th.  Best of luck to you all!


Villeroy & Boch Gourmet Whisky Glasses and GIVEAWAY

Villeroy & Boch and 12 Bottle Bar are giving away a set of Villeroy & Boch’s Gourmet Whisky glasses – just in time for Father’s Day.  See below for details on how to enter.

When the company that makes the dishware for the Pope offers to send you some products for review, you respond in the affirmative.  At least, we do.  Over the past few months, we’d had requests to review lots of liquor, bar products, and even iPhone apps, but it wasn’t until Villeroy & Boch knocked on our door that we decided to invite these free samples in.  Sure, we reviewed Whiskey Stones awhile back, but Lars bought those himself because he was intrigued by their prospect.  Not so with the Gourmet Whiskey Collection glasses we received last month from Villeroy & Boch – these were free samples for us to take for a swirl.  Excellent – and here at last, was a product that complimented the whole 12 Bottle Bar philosophy quite nicely:  elegant, classic, and affordable.

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12BB Holiday Buying Guide

As we’re in the midst of our 12 Drinks of Christmas, we decided not to do an extensive “What to Buy” guide this year, especially as some of our friends have already done very good jobs of assembling such lists.  Instead, we’re going to make a couple of recommendations and turn the rest over to a few of the kind and learned people who comprise our blogroll.

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From the 12BB Library: “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” Deluxe Edition by Ted Haigh

Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten SpiritsBy Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

My husband David and I have always loved food and drink.  We would plan vacations based on the restaurant where we wanted to eat.  We once spent an evening with friends tasting fifteen bottles of Oregon Pinot Noir, just because we could (well, truth be told, I was writing about it, but what an excuse!)  This was about ten years ago when classic cocktails weren’t even on our – or most people’s – radar, especially in Los Angeles.   Then, Chef David Myers decided to reinvigorate his cocktail menu at Sona, one of L.A.’s most influential restaurants; David was so excited about these new drinks that he would literally bound out of the kitchen to mix us a Penicillin or a Bramble on the spot.

These drinks rocked our world, not only because of the bold flavors but because of the camaraderie they seemed to inspire.  We couldn’t stop talking about these concoctions – how they were made, how the true character of the spirit shone through, how they, in short, made us really, really happy about drinking.  We wanted more.  Then, we discovered Ted Haigh’s “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails”.   This was the “more” we’d been looking for.  Haigh’s book encapsulated all that was great about cocktails – the flavors, the history, the creativity, and the sheer sexiness of the world in which they exist.
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