The Centennial

The Centennial

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Cocktails, How to ..., Whiskey | No Comments

Shrub You the Right Way Reservations were closed for the night but walk-ins were welcome, so we set out to the Lower East Side in NYC to meet our friends at the Stanton Social. This is a place I’d typically stay away from, because the description I had read started with “Celebrity chef So-and-So…” But ...

Zane Grey Cocktail

Zane Grey Cocktail

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

It’s nearing 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. We find ourselves deep in the East Village of New York City searching for an after-dinner cocktail. At this hour, in this neighborhood, bar space is at a premium. We wind through the narrow streets of the Village and take a sharp right down an alley. My ...

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 ...

Kentucky Roots Cocktail

Kentucky Roots Cocktail

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

Mistaken Identity It was an honest mistake. In fact it may have been an outright double-cross. We’d long been planning to mix mules for our guests, but when picking up our favorite Bundaberg ginger beer, we ended up with root beer instead. A whole 4 pack of it. Bundaberg brews both drinks with near identical ...

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 ...

The Perfect Gentleman

The Perfect Gentleman

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

Love on the Rocks It’s Valentine’s Day today and around here we prefer to keep things simple. Tonight, we’ll toast to each other with a well crafted cocktail, then sit down to a homemade meal and likely a bottle of something special we’ve been hiding in the wine cabinet. Tonight’s drink of choice will be ...

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 ...

The Fake Mustache

The Fake Mustache

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Cocktails, Whiskey | No Comments

Hacking a Favorite for National Bourbon Day It was called the Mustache Ride–presumably to cause awkwardness in all that ordered it–but it was brilliant. I was visiting my friends Chase and Kate at their Seattle studio. Kate mentions going for drinks and Chase yells from across the studio “Mustache rides! He’s gotta have a mustache ...

The Jim and Della

The Jim and Della

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Whiskey | No Comments

We squeak in just before the kitchen closes. I know this rarely goes over well with the back of the house so we do our best to order quickly and go with the simpler dishes on the menu. And a cocktail, of course.