With the flurry of trends in the cocktail world, you'd be hard-pressed to guess which will have staying power. Take barrel-aging. Yes, it's super cool to get your nightly cocktail from a barrel with provenance, but is it really relevant anymore?
With barrels now available to the home bar geek, di ... More >>
There are drinks that, as the saying goes, hit the spot, and then there are those like the toddy, the warm concoction for winter nights with a capacity for comfort-making that seems almost erogenous in its acuity at landing in the spots needed to be hit.
A well-made, well-seasoned, well-heated tod ... More >>
The punch bowl -- it's the perfect solution to your party drinking conundrum, especially for New Year's Eve. Because, let's face it: Enough Champagne or decent sparkling wine to get you through the evening can be formidable, cost-wise. Not to mention keeping all those bottles cold and getting them a ... 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 >>
I was looking for a punch. I'm not sure why. I wasn't planning a party, but having just watched the first debate, keeping a recipe on hand that would obliterate all memory of politics and the election seemed like a very good thing.
A friend suggested that I consult Jerry Thomas' Bar-Tenders Guide. ... More >>
Because we began this week with Tales of the Cocktail, and because we all know how much serious bartenders love archaic things, and because old words are fun, I thought I'd compile a list of fun booze words that have fallen out of favor but should totally be brought back. Here are five words I hope ... 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 >>
Crown Publishing GroupDan Dunn's Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy HourPlayboy's nightlife and liquor columnist Dan "The Imbiber" Dunn's new book, Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour, isn't just ... More >>
Caroline on Crack320 Main's Earl Grey Martinez.
Back in 2009, bartender Audrey Saunders introduced tea-infused cocktails to Los Angeles at Tar Pit on La Brea Avenue, where she partnered with Mark Peel (Campanile) on an extensive drinks menu. Saunders is long gone from Tar Pit, but tea-infused ... More >>
N. GalutenBarman Brady Weise at Library Bar
In part one of our interview with Library Bar and 1886 bartender Brady Weise, we talked a lot about alcohol. We discussed the term "craft cocktail," the L.A. bar scene, and a little about the cocktail's history in the United States. In part 2, Weise ... More >>
Bols GeneverBols of OldIn today's age of anything-goes flavored vodka, it's easy to forget the juniper berry roots of all those smoked salmon and banana vodka shots (salmon first, with a double banana chaser). And so we'd like to thank Genever, a gin-like spirit from the Netherlands dating ba ... More >>