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 ...

Horchata

Horchata

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Cocktails, Non-Alcoholic, Rum, Specialty | No Comments

As summer marches on and the heat index begins to ratchet up, we look for tasty ways to cool down. That’s where a good Agua Fresca comes in. These Mexican soft drinks are ubiquitous in our favorite taquìeras around town. I’m a fan of jamaica (sweet hibiscus tea) but yesterday I was feeling like a ...

Hot Buttered Ale

Hot Buttered Ale

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Brandy, Cocktails, Craft Beer, Holiday Drinks | No Comments

Beer and Butter Before we get started, I’ll let you know we’ll be cooking beer here. If you are a craft beer purest and that makes you uneasy, this might not be the recipe for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy cooking as much as mixing drinks, read on. Part spicy baked goodness, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Bushwacker

The Bushwacker

“You should have a bushwacka! That’s a reeeal mon’s drink,” said the bartender. He let the words hang there like a dare. Well. I guess that’s that. I’ll have one.

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon is not your grandma’s champagne cocktail. You won’t find this at Sunday brunch, where it would most likely be unwelcome anyway. It’s a drink that Hemingway himself invented and it’s got teeth – perhaps even fangs.

The Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

The Opportunist (with Pear Simple Syrup)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2010 in Holiday Drinks, Rum, Vodka | No Comments

I’m not a year-round baker. Just a special event baker. But I love it. I peel and poach the pears. I start to pour the pear water — a mixture of cinnamon, vanilla bean, sugar, and pear essence that the pear boiled and simmered in — down the drain…