My roommate came back from Tales of the Cocktail and now I want my own swag room.

My roommate writes the best booze and bar blog when it comes to New York City. She’s actually paid to write about what most of us just pretend to know something about. She’s been to the hot bar before the rest of us. She knows who the hot bartender of the moment is and is friends with her. And you know how some guys will, when they’re on a date, try to pretend that they actually know the ins and outs of mixology? She can totally see through them. She knows things man. KNOWS things.

And because she knows things, she gets free swag. She recently went to Tales of the Cocktail 2009 in New Orleans. She just got back today, opened up her suitcase, and took out her swag. And by swag, I mean free little bottles of booze.

We’ve got bottles of Acai Black Currant syrup and Fernet-Branca Liqueur, which is only used in Argentina and San Francisco. Grand Marnier, Yamazaki 12 year old Single Malt Whiskey, and Saint Germain 60/40. Fentinman’s Ginger Beer and Tonic Water are everywhere and there’s big bottle of Agave Nectar, 100% Blue Agave too. We’ve got yellow and green Chartreuse (that’s right, there’s a yellow version too). In Tequilas, there’s Tequila Ocho and Partida reposado. And to round it out, we’ve got a large bottle of 360 Vodka ad another bottle of tequila, Tres Generaciones. If you didn’t know that Tequila is popular, now you do.

She’s a good roommate to have.

So far, she’s only written one entry on her blog about Tales but I can see her on the couch and she’s writing more stories. I also see that her employer ran a truncated article about gin on their website. And, boy, she’s telling me stories that I wish I could do justice to. She was the only person not to run into Danny Devito. The swag room supposedly had a “key” to get into, they gave it to her, but the actual room only had a curtain in front of it. Lots of delicious drink recipes are in her notebook and in the piles of papers she brought back. She got the new number for Milk and Honey. She’ll write more so keep an eye out on her blog. It’s worth reading.

And, to top everything off, my cat is currently trying to open the bottle of Ocho Tequila. That’s why she’s named Chula – she’s a sassy latina.