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 ...

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 ...

Pineapple Mojito Sorbet

Pineapple Mojito Sorbet

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Dessert Drinks, Rum, Tequila | One Comment

Guess the Secret Ingredient I like to play “guess the secret ingredient” when I serve dessert. I used to do this with my sister when we were kids, but my intentions were much more dark. Don’t worry. I don’t do that anymore. But I do still like to make things that have unexpected ingredients. This ...

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 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 Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

The Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2010 in Holiday Drinks, Rum, Vodka | No Comments

I’m not a year-round baker. Just a special event baker. But I love it. I peel and poach the pears. I start to pour the pear water — a mixture of cinnamon, vanilla bean, sugar, and pear essence that the pear boiled and simmered in — down the drain…

Calico Jack

Calico Jack

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010 in Rum, Whiskey | 2 Comments

Warm, mysterious and complex like an old library, mixed with bright, tart sweetness: whiskey is a nice change of pace from the traditional vodka and gin drinks — even if you’re not a whiskey drinker. Here are three tasty bourbon drink recipes we love.

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.

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 …