Sangrita

Sangrita

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Non-Alcoholic, Specialty, Tequila | No Comments

Tequila’s Mysterious Friend Everyone knows that tequila and lime are old drinking buddies. Whether in a margarita or just paired neatly next to each other, they have a long history. But tequila has a complex and often misunderstood partner that you probably haven’t met, known as Sangrita. She is the sober and sophisticated one at ...

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 ...

Tequila & Tonic

Tequila & Tonic

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Cocktails, Tequila | No Comments

The Bitter-Sweet Truth It seems that tequila is one of those spirits that people either love or hate. It took me a long time to gain an appreciation for its signature flavor profile and many bartenders are just now beginning to use tequila beyond the margarita. Same thing goes for that bitter snap of quinine ...

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 ...

Trago de Vida

Trago de Vida

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Cocktails, Holiday Drinks, Tequila | One Comment

Día de los Muertos Being close to the international border here in San Diego, we enjoy a lot of great Latin influences. It’s especially exciting to me, because growing up in rural western Washington, I had little to no exposure to it. I’d never tasted authentic Mexican or South American food until I moved here ...

Fuerte Margarita

Fuerte Margarita

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Cocktails, Tequila | No Comments

Like Sunshine in a Glass The hot midday sun is now low in the sky as we feel the evening breeze kick in. The ceiling fan whirs and I am certain we have every window in the house wide open. We don’t often have the need for air conditioning and prefer to let nature have ...

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 Agave Blossom

The Agave Blossom

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Tequila | No Comments

Now that spring is here – though, it is alluding some parts of the country – sunshine is on our minds and that bottle of tequila starts to look good again.

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.

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 …