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 ...

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, How to ..., Vodka | No Comments

Sunday Kickoff I don’t drink enough Bloody Marys. It has long been traditional for me to make one while cooking on Thanksgiving morning, maybe again on Christmas morning, but then the rest of the year it slips under my radar. That’s going to change. I like to cook and making this mix is very much ...

The Well-Made Cocktail

The Well-Made Cocktail

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, Handcrafted Mixers | No Comments

Now that we’ve wrapped up the holiday season and gotten back to work, it seems like spring should be just around the corner. But even in San Diego, it’s been brrr lately. One chilly night we met our dear friends visiting from Minneapolis for dinner at the Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. While our ...

The Negroni Stout

The Negroni Stout

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | 3 Comments

Beer for Breakfast Not too long ago we met our pals Mel and Flash (founders of the awesome craft beer app and site TapHunter) for drinks. We started at the El Dorado for a Bourbon Mule then migrated to one of my favorite spots, Neighborhood. We order up various beers, cocktails (on tap!) and settle ...

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 ...

Infused Syrups

Infused Syrups

Sugar and Spice With our garden reaching the end of the season we’ve been enjoying all the spoils of a long hot summer. The basil plants are bigger than ever, the hot peppers are fueling our fierce salsa habit, the thyme, oregano and sage keep our summer barbecues full of flavor. Inspired by the these ...

Gin-gria

Gin-gria

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin, Wine | No Comments

A Cooler California Cooler I am old enough to remember (but not legally drink) the original California Cooler of the 80s. It was made from actual wine, not “malt beverage” and clouded with real fruit pulp. Basically a white wine sangria in 12 oz. bottles. I will say without reservation that they were delicious. But ...

Marmalade Martini

Marmalade Martini

Posted by 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 by 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 ...