Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
19 days ago | Alcohol & Spirits
As a bibulous preamble to the original cocktail, the hot toddy is either adored or reviled by those who have tasted it. The trouble arises when the balance of spirit, hot water and sweetener is off on this delicately balanced drink. Too much booze...
26 days ago | Alcohol & Spirits
Ever wonder why people drink Bloody Marys in the morning? Well, aside from the obvious excuse to get your drink on at 10 a.m. (or earlier!) the Bloody Mary can, hypothetically, help a hangover to a certain degree. Now don't quote us here because t...
29 days ago | Wine
If anyone knows high-end Champagne, it's Francois Vera. As general manager of Pour Vous, Vera pours Champagne — whether by the glass or for bottle service — on a nightly basis. As burlesque performance adds to the Parisian atmosphere of the bar an...
1 month ago | Beverages
Wine can be a stressful subject during the holidays, if not all year. Drinking a glass is easy, gifting might even be easier (thanks to our helpful guides), but pairing a series of wines with a major meal? Not so much. To help us choose the...
1 month ago | Alcohol & Spirits
During the holidays, there are some obvious go-to drinks for the season — hot toddys, spiced cider and, of course, boozy eggnog. Los Angeles bartenders have created both traditional and unexpected twists on the classic for their menus this year, u...
2 months ago | Alcohol & Spirits
On December 5, 1933, America got to drink again. The country had been dry for 12 years due to Prohibition, but FDR thought that it was time for a change. His famous comment — " I think this would be a good time for a beer" — sums it...