Hot Buttered Ale

Hot Buttered Ale

Posted by 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, ...

The Standard-King Cocktail

The Standard-King Cocktail

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Brandy, Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey | One Comment

I believe that limitation breeds innovation. Being a creative problem-solver is of great value to anyone, anywhere, in any situation. A recent road trip landed us in a [very cool] Bakersfield hotel with a half bottle of hooch and not much else and I was still able to scrape together a pretty tasty drink.

Grapefruit Fizz

Grapefruit Fizz

Posted by 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 …

The Jack Rose

The Jack Rose

Posted by on Dec 3, 2009 in Brandy | 2 Comments

For our visiting pals, we made a great classic cocktail — that was the request — but one we were sure no one in the room had tasted: the Jack Rose made with Laird’s Applejack.

Between the Sheets

Between the Sheets

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Brandy, Rum | 6 Comments

First: blindfold all your guests. Or, perhaps a better idea, make this mixed drink recipe behind their backs. The combination of brandy, rum, and lemon in this cocktail recipe is tasty, especially as a summer drink.

French 75

French 75

Posted by on Dec 31, 2008 in Brandy, Gin, Holiday Drinks, Wine | 2 Comments

What are you serving for new year’s? We were lucky to have several good friends visit from out of town. Of course, we served up lots and lots of French 75s — our favorite sparkling white wine cocktail.

Stinger

Stinger

Posted by on Dec 18, 2008 in Brandy, Dessert Drinks, Gin, Holiday Drinks | 6 Comments

We’ve been celebrating Thursday Happy Hours for a while now — as you can see from this photo of us apparently taken in 1957. Okay, sure, Gary is handy with the Photoshop, but we still had a great time sipping Stingers — our favorite holiday cocktail — and being silly.

Sidecar

Sidecar

Posted by on Nov 24, 2008 in Brandy | No Comments

Ready to Fly! With two computers glowing, laundry running, suitcases open with outfits spilled all over the living-room, we still took a moment to pause for Sidecars and tunes at happy hour. This time an extra-special toast!  We clinked glasses and pushed the button to invite our Facebook friends to Thursday Happy Hour (you can ...

Brandy or Cognac?

Brandy or Cognac?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2008 in Brandy, How to ... | No Comments

Think of round snifters the size of fishbowls and flickering fireplaces. Ah, romantic stuff. Made from grapes and aged in various manners, both brandy and cognac are essentially the same thing (I cringe as I write this, because there are many who would vehemently disagree with me). Cognac is brandy with a fancy name because ...