The Holiday Spirits Bazaar

Posted in Events on November 29th, 2010 by Josh

The holidays can be so stressful. Family obligations, end-of-year tasks, and of course, shopping. But the shopping needn’t be all about the lines and crowds and useless junk. It can be about booze, too.

If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to check out the first annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar, brought to you by one of our favorite cocktail divas, The Dizzy Fizz. The Bazaar will highlight some of the best (and tastiest!) brands and products in the spirits world, giving you an opportunity to sample the good stuff, and also pick up the best gift you can give to a friend or loved-one: booze. Read More

Tags: Events, holidays

The Rattlesnake – a San Francisco Favorite

Posted in Recipes on November 8th, 2010 by Josh

My time in San Francisco-proper was relatively limited this time around, as the primary purpose of my trip is a conference out in the Silicon Valley area. That being said, I packed in a solid weekend in the city, filled mostly with eating and drinking (naturally). I had an amazing meal at Incanto, which is a must if you’re a meat lover (pork in particular). I had outstanding mexican food, well, pretty much everywhere. I had terrific coffee from Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market (which was a great experience in and of itself). And I discovered my favorite cocktail of the trip when I stopped for a snack at Beretta (where the food was also outstanding). Read More

Tags: Beretta, egg white, lemon, maple syrup, Peychaud bitters, rye, San Francisco

The Rolls Royce Cocktail

Posted in Recipes on November 5th, 2010 by Josh

I’ve been meaning to post about this cocktail for quite some time.

Recently, I was at one of my favorite NYC cocktail haunts – the kind where you can entrust your taste to the eminently talented bartender, who will surely not disappoint. I was looking for something in the vein of a Manhattan, but different. What I got, truly to my pleasure, was a Rolls Royce.

There are a few things I love about the Rolls Royce. First, it’s boozy. That just suits my taste. Second, it has Bénédictine in it, which has to be one of the most under-utilized spirits out there. Bénédictine is an herbal liqueur made from 27 plants and spices. Similar in style (though distinctly different), you might compare Bénédictine with Chartreuse, in that it’s herbal, aromatic, somewhat sweet, and a little bit goes a very long way. Read More

Tags: Beefeater, Benedictine, Carpano Antica, cocktail, Dolin, dry vermouth, gin, Punt e Mes, Ransom, sweet vermouth, Vya

Heading to San Francisco

Posted in Editor's Notes on November 5th, 2010 by Josh

In yet another attempt at increasing the frequency with which I post, I’m trying to lower the gate a bit for posting, not requiring myself to have an entire recipe or review, but allowing myself to just post thoughts or random missives (which I generally restrict to Twitter). I’m hoping it keeps things here a bit more consistent, and makes it easier for me to write a bit more frequently. Read More

Tags: San Francisco