Home Bar

  1. 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…

    One of the most memorable drinks that continues to blow my mind is the Trinidad Sour.

  2. Home Bar: Naked & Famous

    If my memory serves me correctly, I’ve never set any New Year’s resolutions before… but here I am at the end of January, setting one. Here it goes: in 2016, I resolve to drink more tequila and spend more time with friends. I’ve spent a fair amount of time exploring other spirits, but I haven’t Continue…

  3. Home Bar: Not Your Parents’ Kahlua

    For many imbibers, coffee and alcohol go hand-in-hand (or head-in-hand if you’ve had a few too many the night before!). Many of us who share interests in cooking good food and drinking good cocktails have come to extend the same ritual with regards to coffee. I’ve slowly acquired several of the items mentioned in Kasey’s Continue…

  4. Home Bar: Seelbach Cocktail

    The holidays are already upon us, and it’s time to get ready for parties, friends, and family. All calling for — or requiring (depends on your family) — a tasty and festive beverage. A few years ago, I started adding to my parents’ home bar in order to mix simple cocktails when I went home Continue…

  5. Home Bar: Green Chile Gimlet

    I never thought this day would come — the day when I recommend that you use vodka in a cocktail recipe instead of gin. I made it very clear in my post Building Your Bar that I don’t stock vodka at home. And here I am recommending a vodka gimlet. Maybe I shouldn’t be all Continue…

  6. Home Bar: Fall in Manhattan

    The classic Manhattan was probably the first real cocktail that I came to enjoy as I graduated from shots and Mind Erasers after college. At the time, the fancy cocktail trend had yet to hit San Francisco, so the cocktails I drank had the quality you might expect from a dive or airport bar. They Continue…

  7. Home Bar: Lion’s Tail Swizzle

    For most of the country, the long days of summer have passed and people are preparing for cooler weather and changing leaves. But in California, we’re enjoying an Indian summer, and if you’re in San Francisco, September is often the only month with anything resembling summer weather. As October quickly approaches, I’m grasping onto these Continue…

  8. Home Bar: Mezcal Paloma

    The recent California heat wave has kept me reaching for cold beverages, especially one of my favorite summer cocktails — the Paloma. A great variation is served at a local upscale Mexican restaurant called Nopalito (a place Kasey and Matt have featured a few times here on Turntable Kitchen, including a killer totopos recipe and Continue…

  9. Home Bar: Gestalt’s Perception

    Tiki drinks seem to be popping up everywhere in my social media feeds these days. And why not? They’re beautifully presented and perfect for serving up a large dose of distraction from the daily grind. In the past, I’ve often questioned the appeal of tiki bars, especially the drinks — I found them to be Continue…

  10. Home Bar: Cocchi Spritz, Plus Thoughts About “Low Octane” Cocktails

    There comes a time in life when you’re no longer chasing the highest ratio of alcohol by volume (ABV) to dollars. The trend has been going on for a while, with “session” beers and the appearance of “low octane” sections on cocktail menus over the past few years. I love sipping on vermouth and certain Continue…

  11. Home Bar: Building Your Bar, Part 1 – Alcohol & Mixers

      Putting together an alcohol collection is challenging. What should you get? What will you really use? In the early days of building up my home bar, I was filled with anticipation of entertaining friends and satisfying my curiosity of spirits and cocktails. The best advice that I have for someone looking to start their Continue…

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