No Sloe Gin Fizz

No Sloe Gin Fizz

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 in Gin | No Comments

I’m half-sitting, half-kneeling at the vanity, applying mascara in a slant of evening sunshine, trying to hurry, and G brings in a pretty pink bubbly drink with a straw. “What’s this?” Apparently, it’s a No-Sloe Gin Fizz.

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

Posted on May 25, 2010 in Food Pairings, Wine | One Comment

The descriptions of wines were original and distinct. But the selection of small plates and wine pairings really did us in. Every sip, every taste, every pairing was such a rich experience at this new wine bar in San Diego, CA. We want to recreate it at home.

El Presidente

El Presidente

Posted on May 20, 2010 in Rum | One Comment

One bonus of being the boss is to travel any time and take work with you. At 7pm — still daylight outside up north — the office door creaked open. “El Presidente cocktail for La Presidente!” I was seriously surprised by this sophisticated, balanced rum drink.

Tequila Mockingbird 3

Tequila Mockingbird 3

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 in Tequila | No Comments

Now that the house is quiet again, and we have a bottle of Limoncello and thick stack of magazines left behind by our guests, we thought we’d experiment.

Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Gin | 2 Comments

It’s part summer salad, part mojito-fusion, and all refreshing. That with the Figa cocktail that G ordered — a blend of Earl Gray tea, fig-infused vodka, and other yummy things that balanced earthy and bright — we were both smiling.

How to Make Irish Cream

What are you doing on St. Patrick’s Day? We’re making homemade Irish Cream…

Cucumber Sweet Tea

Cucumber Sweet Tea

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in Vodka | No Comments

The last time I was in Austin, I drank a ton of iced tea. To bring me a little closer to the South by Southwest festivities, I’ve invited some friends over to play on the guitar, giggle over the #sxsw Twitter stream, and sip a new tea drink: we call it Cucumber Sweet Tea. And it’s simply addictive.

Lodi Zinfandel

Lodi Zinfandel

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 in Wine | 2 Comments

We’ve chosen to drive the 7+ hours north because the trunk can hold many more bottles of wine than a suitcase. Buying wine from the hands that sealed it is somehow magical. And Lodi zins are our special treat. Here’s what we discovered.

Grapefruit Fizz

Grapefruit Fizz

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 in Brandy | One Comment

My dad used to have a tree or two in his yard in the desert, and my sister and I would weave in and out of the branches to fill paper sacks of the sweetly floral fruits. Tickled. Over grapefruit. This is what I’m thinking as I sip a Grapefruit Fizz and the headlights swoop across the windows …

Cranberry Thyme Crush

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 in Gin | No Comments

Somehow, a drink in hand, any drink, makes chatting with strangers easier. Drinks and “what do you dos” should come even more easily at the nonsponsored evening networking mixer, right, considering there is alcohol involved. But I was disappointed. Lucky for me, G was busy crushing fresh cranberries for my arrival home