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 ...

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 ...

Cynar Cocktails

Cynar Cocktails

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 ...

The Cardigan Cocktail

The Cardigan Cocktail

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Gin | 4 Comments

Our last recipe was about how to turn average vodka into remarkable gin so, it seems only fitting that we make a remarkable cocktail with it.

The Bushwacker

The Bushwacker

“You should have a bushwacka! That’s a reeeal mon’s drink,” said the bartender. He let the words hang there like a dare. Well. I guess that’s that. I’ll have one.

The Jim and Della

The Jim and Della

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Whiskey | No Comments

We squeak in just before the kitchen closes. I know this rarely goes over well with the back of the house so we do our best to order quickly and go with the simpler dishes on the menu. And a cocktail, of course.

The Original Martini

The Original Martini

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Gin | No Comments

There was a time not so long ago when every drink served in a cocktail glass was dubbed a martini. Thank goodness that trend has all but disappeared.

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon is not your grandma’s champagne cocktail. You won’t find this at Sunday brunch, where it would most likely be unwelcome anyway. It’s a drink that Hemingway himself invented and it’s got teeth – perhaps even fangs.

The Mexican Muse (or El Chupacabra)

The Mexican Muse (or El Chupacabra)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Tequila | 2 Comments

Sometimes I’m forced to improvise. This Thursday it’s particularly challenging. It’s the official Mexican independence day and tequila seems like a natural choice but margaritas are too predictable.

How to Make Irish Cream

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