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.

Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Gin, How to ..., Vodka | 4 Comments

A friend recently declared that “gin is the bacon of alcohol.” Much like bacon it is quite versatile, has a strong decisive flavor, and generally can mix successfully with just about everything.

Skip and Go Naked

Skip and Go Naked

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | No Comments

Whenever we pack up and hit the road, we consider where we’ll be on Thursday, for happy hour, and how we might toast the region and our latest projects. This time, the contrast of coastal sun and mountain snow leaves us just a little giddy … this beer cocktail is the perfect reflection.

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.

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.

Kaeng Phet Cocktail

Kaeng Phet Cocktail

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Gin, Rum, Vodka | No Comments

Last week I had a spark of inspiration from of my favorite Thai dish, red curry. Sweet, spicy, sour, savory — the Four S combo. I scribbled out a rough recipe for a cocktail and was off to the market.

The Eastside Cocktail

The Eastside Cocktail

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Gin | No Comments

Our friends guide us through a heavy wall of stacked kegs, and we slip into a secret room. The backlit wall of golden skulls provides just enough light to read the parchment menus.

Ballast Point Old Grove Martini

Ballast Point Old Grove Martini

Posted by on Aug 12, 2010 in Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey | No Comments

This Thursday, we’re giving you not just one cocktail recipe but five. And we’re doing it with four (or fewer) common ingredients. Plus a heads up on a smooth San Diego gin …

Quiet Creek Cocktail

Quiet Creek Cocktail

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in Gin | One Comment

Kneeling in the tall grass, framing up early morning sun through the lens, I smelled the unmistakable scent of fresh mint. I looked to my right to find I’m surrounded by a thick growth of spearmint. It’s not yet 8:00 AM but I know what I’ll be mixing up for happy hour that night.

The Suffering Bastard

The Suffering Bastard

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in Gin, Whiskey | No Comments

It started out “hot”, then soon became “ridiculous” and quickly moved into “absurd.” The thermometer sneered 110ºF yet we were still outside, still trying to enjoy ourselves.