There's a growing number of notable mixologists who aren't professional bartenders. While I'm lucky enough to have access to a well-stocked, well-equipped cocktail bar at work, that isn't necessarily an option for the enthusiast. Handily, the internet has answers to the questions you haven't even asked yet.
- Jacob Grier has a concise and sensible two-part guide to setting up your own home bar. Part 1 covers equipment, part 2 covers stock. On a similar theme, the Pegu Blog has a whole category dedicated to basement bars (direct link to RSS feed), while both TraderTiki and Simon Difford have notable home bars.
- If you've got your bar in place, and booze on the shelves, The Wild Drink Blog has some helpful advice for getting started and Ben Reed's got all kinds of shiny video tips to pass on at webchats.tv.
- This was a triumph: the IT University of Copenhagen's Scrollbar celebrates Portal.
- The world is still getting used to the news that hangovers are - according to scientists - incurable. For one, the Guardian's Lucy Mangan swears by these seven hangover cures, while the Times delves into how the badness actually happens. Elsewhere in the broadsheets, James Meikle asks why Britain has fallen out of love with the humble pint and a proper doctor looks at the possible link between high IQ and developing alcohol problems which is good news for anyone annoyed by their friend's precociously talents children.