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  1. 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…

    With Mardi Gras right around the corner, now is the perfect time to enjoy this classic drink which draws its origin back to 1930s New Orleans.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Home Bar: Spanish Gin Tonic

    Is it summer yet? We’ve had a few glimpses of warm-weather days in San Francisco over the past month, and every sunny day I rush to pair the summery feeling with a fitting drink and/or activity. Park and rosé, beach and light beer, or cocktails and alfresco dining — always in good company of friends Continue…

  9. Home Bar: Santeria Rum Swizzle

    It’s not often that you come across someone who truly loves their job, but after my first conversation with Bryan Davis of Lost Spirits, I was left with an image of a sweet-toothed teenager working in a candy store. That’s how excited he was to share more about his ground-breaking technology, which produces spirits that Continue…

  10. Home Bar: A Martini Your Way, Plus Rules for Ordering at Bars

    Not many drinks lend themselves to so much expected variation as the Martini. James Bond famously preferred his shaken, though classic bartending would suggest that you stir spirit-only cocktails. Taste is obviously subjective, but try telling that to a busy or indifferent bartender. Depending on the environment of the bar or restaurant, they may not Continue…

  11. Home Bar: Trinidad Sour

    I’ve once again stumbled into The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, in which I come to notice that topics of interest pop up all around me. I’m often taken aback to find that something I was just talking about over dinner last night is same subject covered by a popular publication a few days later. It seems like Continue…

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