Today is John Steinbeck's birthday -- the novelist who wrote about our great state perhaps better than anyone else would have been 111 today.
Steinbeck was a great drinker, and his favorite drink was the Jack Rose, one of those cocktails that's pure alchemy: You put in applejack and grenadine, two ... More >>
Like a bare tree in winter, some winter drinks are meant to be austere: dry, direct, bracing, with the sort of thrust that allows its effects to make a beeline to the belly. Certainly that's true with your basic shot, whether tequila or scotch or bourbon, but not everyone is interested in slamming s ... More >>
This week's column is devoted to alleviating election stress with a knockout punch, assisted by the great pioneer mixologist Jerry Thomas, circa 1887. Thomas was not only a talented bartender, he was a great aggregator of recipes, collecting hundreds in his Bar-Tender's Guide (reprinted in 2008 by R ... More >>
With New Year's Eve looming, we're forgoing our usual cookbook of the week in favor of the libation version. Not just any cocktail book, but The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and illustrator Chris Gall, the only beverage book that made it into our Best of 2011 "cookbook" list.
Yeah, we're already ... More >>
There have been no shortage in the past few years of books chronicling the secret and not-so-secret lives of various foodstuffs: lobsters, vodka, oysters, foie gras.
Punch gets its turn with the release of David Wondrich's Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the Flaming Bowl, a fascinating and styl ... More >>
For some, winter signifies the anticipation of ski trips and memories of Asti Spumante commercials (what a jerk!) For others, it means hard-won-physique-covering-puffy-coats and rising for work in the dark/returning home in much of the same. Here are some things to be thankful for:
1. It doesn't sn ... More >>
Deborah StollHot ToddiesThe Hot Toddy is the most famous of wintry drinks, which means it is typically the most poorly made. That watery sort of lemony concoction with whiskey poured into a glass too hot to hold turns out to be not all that satisfying. But the hot toddy is actually a deliciou ... More >>