The Easmor Alexander

The Easmor Alexander

Posted by 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 ...

The Last Word

The Last Word

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Cocktails | No Comments

Magical Maraschino Sure the bottle is fancy, all that raffia stuff, big Italian words, crests all over. But what does it taste like? It’s called Maraschino and you might assume it takes after those cocktail cherries and that awful sticky syrup they are packed in. You’d be wrong. Very wrong. I’ve been aware of Luxardo ...

Sangrita

Sangrita

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Non-Alcoholic, Specialty, Tequila | No Comments

Tequila’s Mysterious Friend Everyone knows that tequila and lime are old drinking buddies. Whether in a margarita or just paired neatly next to each other, they have a long history. But tequila has a complex and often misunderstood partner that you probably haven’t met, known as Sangrita. She is the sober and sophisticated one at ...

Horchata

Horchata

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Cocktails, Non-Alcoholic, Rum, Specialty | No Comments

As summer marches on and the heat index begins to ratchet up, we look for tasty ways to cool down. That’s where a good Agua Fresca comes in. These Mexican soft drinks are ubiquitous in our favorite taquìeras around town. I’m a fan of jamaica (sweet hibiscus tea) but yesterday I was feeling like a ...

The Centennial

The Centennial

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Cocktails, How to ..., Whiskey | No Comments

Shrub You the Right Way Reservations were closed for the night but walk-ins were welcome, so we set out to the Lower East Side in NYC to meet our friends at the Stanton Social. This is a place I’d typically stay away from, because the description I had read started with “Celebrity chef So-and-So…” But ...

Zane Grey Cocktail

Zane Grey Cocktail

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

It’s nearing 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. We find ourselves deep in the East Village of New York City searching for an after-dinner cocktail. At this hour, in this neighborhood, bar space is at a premium. We wind through the narrow streets of the Village and take a sharp right down an alley. My ...

Home Bar 101

Home Bar 101

Stocking Your Star Bar Much like your kitchen pantry, your home bar has some basic requirements. We get a lot of questions about what we stock and how we use it, so we thought we’d do a recap of just that. Note that this is a condensed version of a much longer and comprehensive post ...

Kentucky Roots Cocktail

Kentucky Roots Cocktail

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

Mistaken Identity It was an honest mistake. In fact it may have been an outright double-cross. We’d long been planning to mix mules for our guests, but when picking up our favorite Bundaberg ginger beer, we ended up with root beer instead. A whole 4 pack of it. Bundaberg brews both drinks with near identical ...

Tequila & Tonic

Tequila & Tonic

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Cocktails, Tequila | No Comments

The Bitter-Sweet Truth It seems that tequila is one of those spirits that people either love or hate. It took me a long time to gain an appreciation for its signature flavor profile and many bartenders are just now beginning to use tequila beyond the margarita. Same thing goes for that bitter snap of quinine ...

Home Bartending Primer

Home Bartending Primer

Star Bar Obviously good drinks start with good ingredients. That said, you don’t have to break the bank to find some really great spirits to stock your bar. For every premium liquor, there is an equally tasty budget option (Trader Joe’s has surprised us more and more lately). Also, don’t worry about having every kind ...