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.

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.

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 …

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.

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Bourbon

Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in Whiskey | No Comments

Here’s a little secret: All these fancy recipes we list here? I mix them for guests but when it comes to me, it’s a good measure of bourbon in a chunky rocks glass.

The Snowshoe Cocktail

The Snowshoe Cocktail

Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in Aperitifs & Liqueurs, Whiskey | No Comments

When the day is done, legs rubbery from countless runs, faces pink from icy wind we look to the bar for something potent, simple and refreshing. The Snowshoe is that drink.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

Bourbon Hot Toddy

Posted by on Jan 21, 2010 in Whiskey | No Comments

With the gear soaked, wind picking up and Shelly and I dripping, we decided to head home and start our happy hour a little early with something hot and soothing.

Canadian Coffee

Canadian Coffee

Posted by on Dec 10, 2009 in Dessert Drinks, Holiday Drinks, Whiskey | No Comments

If we weren’t so full, I’d choose heat spiced cider in the teapot and then spike each steamy cup with the leftover Applejack or rum. But G is already grinding the French roast and I know what he has in mind — four hot cups of Canadian Coffee. Oh yeah.

Tokyo Fog

Tokyo Fog

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Dessert Drinks, Whiskey | 5 Comments

Planning for the holidays is fun, and one drink that friends inevitably request at the end of an evening is a dessert drink — a creamy, decadent truffle in a glass. What we discovered is no ordinary Mud Slide kind of cocktail.

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

Spiced apple cider is the secret ingredient of the week. G slid a butternut squash in the oven to roast for soup and then began experimenting with different spirits, triple sec, and apple cider. I don’t usually care for bourbon, but truly, I had to overlook that. This cocktail tastes like cobbler in a glass.