Author Archives: Jeffrey Levy

  1. Home Bar: Piña Colada

    Home Bar: Piña Colada

    I know, I know. Another rum drink. While I’ve already shared my love of the Angostura Colada, I just couldn’t help myself in this recent California heatwave. It’s not often that it’s beach weather in San Francisco, and I could only think of one drink that made sense to enjoy in the sand. The Piña Continue…

    The Piña Colada requires no introduction, but this version adds a touch of lime juice to balance the otherwise too-sweet version.

  2. Home Bar: Beachcomber’s 151 Swizzle

    Over the past few months, I seem to have shifted my booze consumption back to the basics: drinking mostly neat pours (unmixed liquor served without being chilled) or with a touch of water. Don’t get me wrong, I still love cocktails, but I’m finding satisfaction in the subtlety of each spirit lately. And what better Continue…

  3. Home Bar: The Perennial

    “Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)…” I find myself singing this song each morning lately as I wake up. It’s been an exceptionally wet winter this year in California, so with spring right around the corner I couldn’t be more excited for a few dry days. And yet, I’m not necessarily ready to Continue…

  4. Home Bar: Vieux Carre

    Do yourself a favor and mix yourself one of these right now. Through all of my years of enjoying cocktails, this is the one “complicated” drink that I’ve gone back to time and time again. I try to stick with a max of 3 ingredients in my typical routine, but this one is just so Continue…

  5. Home Bar: Bitter in Paradise

    Home Bar: Bitter in Paradise

    Everyone has a story about a drink that they’ve sworn off due to a hellacious night. It usually happened during high school or college or in Mexico. It always ends with bowing to the porcelain god and a promise to never touch a certain alcohol or drink again. My story? I was in high school Continue…

  6. Home Bar: Angostura Colada

    I’ve been preparing for colder weather all month, and it is finally here. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I started to turn away from summer cocktails and toward sipping on brandy and whiskey to warm up during a few coastal storms that hit the city. While I’ve been shifting Continue…

  7. Home Bar: Fistful of Pears

    One of the most entertaining booze-filled days in recent memory was spent inside of a large, converted hangar, now occupied by copper stills, fermentation tanks, barrel storage, and a bottling line. It was a weekday, and I took off of work to spend time with the folks at St. George Spirits, including distillers Lance Winters Continue…

  8. Home Bar: Summer Cooler, Two Ways

    Today we’re doing something fun: joining an internet cocktail party with a bunch of other bloggers. You can see all of our creations by searching the hashtag #drinkthesummer, and find links to all the party recipes (boozy and non-boozy) if you scroll to the bottom of the post. — Kasey “The coldest winter I ever Continue…

  9. Home Bar: Sherry Cobbler

    If you’re anything like me, you had your first taste of sherry from your parents’ or grandparents’ cabinet, and it was branded in your memory as an overly sweet drink. I’ve kept clear of sherry for a long time due to that experience. Thankfully, bars and restaurants are working to (re)introduce their patrons to sherry Continue…

  10. Home Bar: Banana Club

    Some recipes are hard to approach when you want to make them at home. Whether it’s expensive equipment, obscure ingredients, or time-consuming steps, there are plenty of drinks that I wouldn’t try on my own. One of the categories that I’ve avoided over the years has been the use of raw eggs. I’ve enjoyed plenty Continue…

  11. Home Bar: Cygroni (aka Cin-Cyn)

    Home Bar: Cygroni (aka Cin-Cyn)

    Negroni Week has crept up on me once again. Every year, I’m surprised to see how much the participation has grown… San Francisco alone has 105 participating bars and restaurants this year donating a percentage of the profits to charities of their choice when you order a Negroni or Negroni variation from their menu. Check Continue…

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