The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2010

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BENT ON MIXOLOGY The Modifiers C SWS MIXOLOGIST DAVID NEPOVE OFFERS INSPIRED IDEAS TO GET THE JUICES FLOWING photos by Liza Gershman SwS Mixologist David Nepove shares a cocktail with reza Esmaili, newest Managing Partner of Long Bar, in San francisco’s Pacific Heights. Long Bar was a “turnkey” opera- tion for Esmaili, who plans to re-launch the restaurant/bar with a new name, brand, and décor in the coming months. reativity comes from within, often inspired by an outside source. An experience, memory, smell, taste, or from someone you may know. Everyone’s creativity is born a little differently. No matter how it comes, so long as it comes. Maybe it flows naturally for some, while for others it may even feel forced. It may happen like a flash of light or simply be a riff on a someone else’s genius. It doesn’t really matter, so long as the juices are flowing, both literally and figuratively. In the world of cocktail creation, it seems to always start with the base spirit. Someone says, “Invent a drink with rum.” But because today the profession of bartender has evolved into a creative role rather than just a service job, we have seen the inception of a new era for cocktails. The enhanced bartender raises the level of ingredients and broadens choices when looking to create a delicious cocktail for our anticipating guest. We look to 72 / the tasting panel / september 2010

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