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 Well-Made Cocktail

The Well-Made Cocktail

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, Handcrafted Mixers | No Comments

Now that we’ve wrapped up the holiday season and gotten back to work, it seems like spring should be just around the corner. But even in San Diego, it’s been brrr lately. One chilly night we met our dear friends visiting from Minneapolis for dinner at the Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. While our ...

How to Make Bitters

How to Make Bitters

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Handcrafted Mixers, How to ... | No Comments

What Do Bitters Taste Like? It’s strong stuff and I haven’t been courageous enough to taste it directly from the bottle, but the scent is simply amazing. From super citrusy to cherry to floral, bitters helps balance a drink recipe that might be too clean tasting or too sweet. Just a couple dashes of bitters ...

How to Make Triple Sec

How to Make Triple Sec

Posted by on Oct 8, 2009 in Handcrafted Mixers, How to ... | No Comments

When it comes to mixing fantastic drinks, fewer things make it better than having the best ingredients on hand. Triple sec or orange liqueur (or Grand Marnier or Cointreau, both orange liqueurs) is widely used in many classics, so we made own special version. What does triple sec taste like? Triple sec is a sweet ...

Liqueurs and Bitters

Liqueurs and Bitters

At our house, the bar isn’t stocked with every liqueur imaginable. If a friend has a favorite (like Sambuco or Amaretto — you know who you are!), we’ll keep a bottle on hand to make him smile. Otherwise, here are the ones we mix up frequently: Orange Orange flavored and sweet liqueurs come in handy ...

How to Make Simple Syrup, Sweet and Sour, and More Mixers

How to Make Simple Syrup, Sweet and Sour, and More Mixers

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Handcrafted Mixers, How to ... | No Comments

Our frequent Thursday Happy Hour guests have probably noticed — so I’m not giving up a big secret here — but we don’t usually have premium alcohol brands in our bar. Not unless there’s been a birthday or special occasion; then we’re lucky. We’ve found the secret to a great drink isn’t the booze, it’s ...