This week's links don't know what you should call them, in case they sound like a dick.
- After all, the word "mixologist" has a decent amount of history behind it, not that it stops the discussion. Just don't say bar-chef. That'll get you a slap.
- Table Matters looks at the evolution of the Martini, while the WSJ looks back at the Whiskey Sour (the Katherine Hepburn of drinks? That'd make a Martini, who? Audrey Hepburn? Negroni - Federico Fellini, that's easy. Long Island Iced Tea - Pete Doherty? OK, stop now.)
- Proving once again that men of God really know their stuff when it comes to booze, workers at an English monastery reckon they've recreated the secret recipe of Chartreuse. It doesn't stop with closely-guarded herbal liqueurs - they're even making whisky now. [Via just-drinks and the Edinburgh Whisky Blog]
- Beam Global launches what it calls "the first boxed margarita cocktail in the U.S. market containing real tequila". Which is kinda terrifying - how many house parties have been fueled by the placebo effect?
- Intriguingly, the Times has just put up a separate Drinks page in the Food & Drink section of their website, including a lovely piece on the attraction of a well-made cocktail.
- The week in shame: UK teenagers leading Europe in problem drinking. Hey, at least we're no. 1 at something! No? Just knock it on the head, then? After all, giving up booze would transform the UK - and you can probably guess what we'd change into.