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 ...

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 ...

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Cocktails, Gin, How to ..., Vodka | No Comments

Sunday Kickoff I don’t drink enough Bloody Marys. It has long been traditional for me to make one while cooking on Thanksgiving morning, maybe again on Christmas morning, but then the rest of the year it slips under my radar. That’s going to change. I like to cook and making this mix is very much ...

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 ...

Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Gin, How to ..., Vodka | 4 Comments

A friend recently declared that “gin is the bacon of alcohol.” Much like bacon it is quite versatile, has a strong decisive flavor, and generally can mix successfully with just about everything.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Inspired after trying to pronounce the ingredients on my store-bought loaf of 100% whole-wheat “bread,” I transformed into my alter-ego, Betty Homemaker, and set out to make the perfect loaf of homemade bread. And eat it with a perfect glass of chardonnay.

How to Make Irish Cream

What are you doing on St. Patrick’s Day? We’re making homemade Irish Cream…

Conquista Torrontés 2008 and Guacamole

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Social connections are the key to survival in the Minnesota tundra. A glass of crisp Torrontés, an affordable white wine from Argentina, and some fresh, yummy guacamole doesn’t hurt, either.

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 Pickled Red Onions

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in Food Pairings, How to ... | No Comments

Pickled veggies are a natural pairing with cocktails. Something about the briny, sweet, sour zing complements many happy hour dishes, so we set out to make our own. Pickled red onions are one of our favorites. We often garnish a chunk of smoked salmon with the onions and drizzle with crème fraîche or pile them ...