The Easmor Alexander

The Easmor Alexander

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 in Cocktails | No Comments

Naked Weather in Palm Springs Warm, dry air. Bright stars. Clean, fresh citrusy scents. In the desert, when it’s warm enough to wear barely anything but still cool enough to be outside, we call it naked weather. If you can, schedule some vacation time in the desert. Camp in Joshua Tree. Or rent a private ...

Marmalade Martini

Marmalade Martini

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin, Vodka | No Comments

I spotted the sign at the market: two pounds of California naval oranges for $.99! And grapefruits were on sale too! I grabbed a bag and loaded up, excited to dig out my canning jars over the weekend. A day of marmalade making later, I had filled 8 jars with thick, gooey marmalade. Then, lucky ...

Tastes Like Pink

Tastes Like Pink

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin | One Comment

Shh … Gins the Word As the weather warms up, light, sparkling, crisp drinks are a favorite around here. Most of our guests turn down the gin if we give them a choice, but they can’t resist a good French 75 or our Tastes Like Pink cocktail — both refreshing and easy cocktails made with ...

Pineapple Mojito Sorbet

Pineapple Mojito Sorbet

Posted on May 2, 2012 in Dessert Drinks, Rum, Tequila | One Comment

Guess the Secret Ingredient I like to play “guess the secret ingredient” when I serve dessert. I used to do this with my sister when we were kids, but my intentions were much more dark. Don’t worry. I don’t do that anymore. But I do still like to make things that have unexpected ingredients. This ...

Skip and Go Naked

Skip and Go Naked

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | No Comments

Whenever we pack up and hit the road, we consider where we’ll be on Thursday, for happy hour, and how we might toast the region and our latest projects. This time, the contrast of coastal sun and mountain snow leaves us just a little giddy … this beer cocktail is the perfect reflection.

Winter Wine Lineup

Winter Wine Lineup

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 in Wine | 3 Comments

What’s your favorite winter wine? We asked our friends to share their secrets for the holidays …

The Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

The Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 in Holiday Drinks, Rum, Vodka | No Comments

I’m not a year-round baker. Just a special event baker. But I love it. I peel and poach the pears. I start to pour the pear water — a mixture of cinnamon, vanilla bean, sugar, and pear essence that the pear boiled and simmered in — down the drain…

Calico Jack

Calico Jack

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 in Rum, Whiskey | 2 Comments

Warm, mysterious and complex like an old library, mixed with bright, tart sweetness: whiskey is a nice change of pace from the traditional vodka and gin drinks — even if you’re not a whiskey drinker. Here are three tasty bourbon drink recipes we love.

Hibiscus Potion

Hibiscus Potion

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 in Vodka | No Comments

Lately, I wish I could be in two places at once. A wild Luau with new friends or a 35th birthday for a long-time friend? Hibiscus, that bright often-red tropical flower, seems like a magical solution.

Callaway 2008 Winemaker's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Callaway 2008 Winemaker's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

We enjoyed flights of self-selected whites and roses and reds while gazing over Temecula’s vineyard. Then in a splurge of indulgence (and maybe giddiness), we bought one of the most expensive ones, Callaway 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel. I don’t want to say what happened next.