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 ...

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…

The Champliny

Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in Craft Beer, Holiday Drinks | No Comments

I was really excited to learn of a local pub’s signature New Year’s cocktail – the Champliny. It’s part champagne, part Pliny the Elder double IPA (from Russian River). In a land known for super hoppy beers, it’s the perfect southern California compromise for beer snobs and Champagne lovers alike.

Champagne Cocktail

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Holiday Drinks, Wine | One Comment

We roll over to an old school hotel bar. Sinking into a dark, pleather-lined booth, we take it all in and order Champagne Cocktails, a new New Year cocktail favorite!

Scaldis Noel

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in Craft Beer, Holiday Drinks | No Comments

I’m really looking forward to trading in palm trees and sandy beaches for a little snow and some mistletoe. Feeling festive is a tough task in California. Thank goodness the local pubs have packed their taps with holiday ales such as Scaldis Noel, Santa’s Little Helper, and Corsendonk’s Christmas Ale.

Mulled Red Wine

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in Food Pairings, Holiday Drinks, Wine | One Comment

The two week countdown to Christmas is on, so it’s time to pull out the cookie recipes of Christmases past and get to work measuring, mixing, and rolling. First, though, I’ll need to do a bit of simmering–mulled wine, that is.

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.

Kir Royale

For our pre-turkey cocktail, we’re ditching the planned Cranberry Mojito recipe — a test mix came out face-scrunching sour. Instead, we’ll be pouring sparkling Kir Royales worthy of the celebration. The Cava is chilling, the table is set. Happy Thanksgiving!