The Perfect Gentleman

The Perfect Gentleman

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

Love on the Rocks It’s Valentine’s Day today and around here we prefer to keep things simple. Tonight, we’ll toast to each other with a well crafted cocktail, then sit down to a homemade meal and likely a bottle of something special we’ve been hiding in the wine cabinet. Tonight’s drink of choice will be ...

Hot Buttered Ale

Hot Buttered Ale

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Brandy, Cocktails, Craft Beer, Holiday Drinks | No Comments

Beer and Butter Before we get started, I’ll let you know we’ll be cooking beer here. If you are a craft beer purest and that makes you uneasy, this might not be the recipe for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy cooking as much as mixing drinks, read on. Part spicy baked goodness, ...

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, How to ..., Vodka | No Comments

Sunday Kickoff I don’t drink enough Bloody Marys. It has long been traditional for me to make one while cooking on Thanksgiving morning, maybe again on Christmas morning, but then the rest of the year it slips under my radar. That’s going to change. I like to cook and making this mix is very much ...

The Well-Made Cocktail

The Well-Made Cocktail

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, Handcrafted Mixers | No Comments

Now that we’ve wrapped up the holiday season and gotten back to work, it seems like spring should be just around the corner. But even in San Diego, it’s been brrr lately. One chilly night we met our dear friends visiting from Minneapolis for dinner at the Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. While our ...

The Negroni Stout

The Negroni Stout

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | 3 Comments

Beer for Breakfast Not too long ago we met our pals Mel and Flash (founders of the awesome craft beer app and site TapHunter) for drinks. We started at the El Dorado for a Bourbon Mule then migrated to one of my favorite spots, Neighborhood. We order up various beers, cocktails (on tap!) and settle ...

Trago de Vida

Trago de Vida

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 in Cocktails, Holiday Drinks, Tequila | One Comment

Día de los Muertos Being close to the international border here in San Diego, we enjoy a lot of great Latin influences. It’s especially exciting to me, because growing up in rural western Washington, I had little to no exposure to it. I’d never tasted authentic Mexican or South American food until I moved here ...

Cynar Cocktails

Cynar Cocktails

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Food Pairings, Gin, Whiskey | No Comments

Bittersweet Symphony Now that Autumn is fast approaching (“soup weather” I like to call it) we’ve been anticipating all those great meals and warming cocktails that come with it. Dark malty beers seem more exciting, whiskey drinks get more action and that lonely bottle of white creme de menthe finally gets some play. But just ...

Infused Syrups

Infused Syrups

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin, How to ..., Non-Alcoholic, Vodka, Whiskey | No Comments

Sugar and Spice With our garden reaching the end of the season we’ve been enjoying all the spoils of a long hot summer. The basil plants are bigger than ever, the hot peppers are fueling our fierce salsa habit, the thyme, oregano and sage keep our summer barbecues full of flavor. Inspired by the these ...

Rum 5 Ways

Rum 5 Ways

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 in Cocktails | No Comments

Celebrating the Islands Rum and I have a complex history. I really didn’t care for the stuff for a very long time. Mostly because my experience with rum drinks consisted of sickeningly sweet concoctions full of ridiculous fruity garnishes. I’ve always been more of a whiskey or gin guy. Then we went to the Caribbean. ...

Gin-gria

Gin-gria

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin, Wine | No Comments

A Cooler California Cooler I am old enough to remember (but not legally drink) the original California Cooler of the 80s. It was made from actual wine, not “malt beverage” and clouded with real fruit pulp. Basically a white wine sangria in 12 oz. bottles. I will say without reservation that they were delicious. But ...