On this day two years ago I published my first blog post and launched Oh Gosh! to the world. Little did I know that, almost 200 posts later, a simple interest in mixed drinks would turn in to something of an obsession that has led me around the off-license, and indeed the globe. If the first year of Oh Gosh! charted my education in classic cocktails, the second year has definitely been about the discovery of the world beyond the Martini glass – great bars and great people.
I’ve spent the past year exploring the bars of my home town, London, as well as cities I’ve been lucky enough to visit like New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and Hamburg. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit some great events like Tales of the Cocktail and Bar Convent Berlin and meet many wonderful people involved in the world of cocktails and spirits. Perhaps the most exciting thing, website-wise, this past year has been the launch of Oh Gosh! TV, a project I am very proud of that has already featured two of the best bars in the world as well as one of the biggest cocktail book collections there is.
This next year promises to be just as busy. Next week I am off to Paris for Cocktails & Spirits, where I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Paris bar scene and catching up with a lot of friends I’ve made over the past year. Later in the year Tales of the Cocktail and Bar Convent Berlin promise more fun and mischief, and I’m excited to be able to let everyone in on the adventures this time around through Oh Gosh! TV. And of course I’ve not forgotten about good old blog posts, and there are still lots of great cocktails and tasty spirits to drink and write about.
To celebrate the 2nd birthday of Oh Gosh! and to say a big thank you to all the readers over the last two years, I’m offering the chance to get your hands on a very special collection of prizes. One lucky reader will win the complete range of Bob’s Bitters plus a copy of the Mud Puddle reprint of The Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas.
For a chance to win all you need to do is make a comment on any post here at Oh Gosh! between now and Sunday 17th May. Whether you are a regular reader or someone who has just arrived, you are all eligible to enter. It’s as easy as finding a post you enjoyed on the site and adding your opinions or insight on the subject. If you don’t feel you’ve anything to add to any of the topics, just make a comment here introducing yourself and letting us know how you found the site. You’ve nothing to lose, and some very tasty bitters to gain!
The winner will be chosen at random from everyone who has commented between now and May 17th. The competition is open to all, but it must be legal for you to receive the bitters in the post where you live. Please be sure to include an email address when entering a comment so I can contact you if you win – rest assured email addresses will not be used for any other means.
Good luck, and thank you to everyone that I’ve met over the past two years who have made running Oh Gosh! and being a cocktail geek such fun. Cheers!
Update (18/05/09): Entries are now closed – the winner will be announced later this week.