Blue Water Grill Goes Tiki; Coffee Liqueurs Make a Splash

Eben Klemm, the head mixologist for B.R. Guest Restaurants, which owns Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill, is trying out "tiki-inspired" tropical drinks for the summer, as well as cocktails made with Riesling. [Washington Post]

Several new coffee liqueurs are making a splash, including Firelit Spirits Coffee Liqueur (made with Blue Bottle coffee), Galliano Ristretto, and Heering Coffee Liqueur. [SF Chronicle]

Italian mixologist Christina Bini's unusual cocktails at the new Il Matto in Tribeca include a stone martini served on actual rocks and a Clamato Mary made with clam juice reduction. [NY Times]

Hennessy is launching a new lighter Cognac called Hennessy Black, meant to be mixed in cocktails rather than sipped on its own. It retails for $40, compared with $30 for the VS. [Reuters]

Following a death, concerns have been raised over a series of giant public cocktail parties organized via Facebook in France called "apéros géants" (giant cocktail hours). [Guardian]

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