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  1. Home Bar: The Winter Sun

    It’s Negroni Week, and to celebrate, I’m revisiting one of my favorite drinks for any occasion. I wrote about the classic Negroni last year, and it’s still my go-to choice for any night that I feel like having a cocktail at home. The balance of bitter, sweet, and spirit is easy to enjoy, and lends itself to simple variations based on Continue…

    It's Negroni Week, and to celebrate, I'm revisiting one of my favorite drinks for any occasion.

  2. Home Bar: A Simple Mai Tai

    Tiki culture gained its notoriety after World War II vets returned from the South Pacific looking to recreate their experience abroad. Donn the Beachcomber and Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic) are credited with bringing the tiki drinking culture to the masses in the 1930s through their restaurants — it’s still disputed as to which of them Continue…

  3. Home Bar: “Som” Honey, a Drinking Vinegar Experiment

    Exploring the stalls of my neighborhood farmers’ market, it appears that here in California, we’re hitting the sweet spot in between winter and spring — you can find asparagus and brussels sprouts right next to blood oranges. While I’d love to see some rain to ease our state’s epic drought, I can’t help but deal Continue…

  4. The Sazerac, and a Little Taste of the Big Easy

    Live music, po’ boys, crawfish, daiquiris, Abita beer, and Sazeracs. If you don’t manage to fit all of these in when you visit New Orleans, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy (perhaps you’re considering Jazz Fest in late April/early May?), here are some tips for good eats and Continue…

  5. Home Bar: A Bittersweet Affair

    Leave it to the Italians to popularize a beverage that’s intended to increase the appetite and/or aid with digestion. Bitter herbs stimulate digestive function by increasing saliva production and promoting stomach acid and digestive enzyme production. Amaro is the Italian word for “bitter,” and the taste can vary greatly — from intensely bitter to herbaceous Continue…

  6. Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

    Holiday season is upon us. Parties with friends and family seem to be scheduled for every weekend of December. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll need a strong drink to ease the tension of being trapped in a corner with that “friend of a friend” that you haven’t spoken with since last year (bah, Continue…

  7. Home Bar: Death & Co’s Lilywhacker

    The quality and variety of alcoholic beverages available today in major markets is better than ever before, and access to cocktail recipes is just one Google search or Pinterest board away. So opening a hip, new cocktail bar seems like it would be easy enough. And yet, simply providing customers with a menu of classic and/or Continue…

  8. Home Bar: Wanderlust

    Sometimes, when I’m feeling wanderlust, all I have to do is pick up a drink. They say that smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, but as cheesy as it sounds, those Corona commercials make a lot of sense to me. I pour myself a margarita or almost anything with Mezcal and I’m reminded Continue…

  9. Home Bar: Rosemary Gold

    I’m always trying to get friends and family to explore different types of drinks — especially if they feature a spirit that they don’t normally drink (or that they avoid drinking). My approach is simple: make them a cocktail that’s too delicious to resist. This tactic proved successful in trying to get my girlfriend to Continue…

  10. Home Bar: Tommy’s Margarita

    In keeping with the theme of summery drinks, I’ve been itching to share a recipe for a margarita or paloma. Both are popular Mexican tequila cocktails, and each are members of the sour cocktail family. I’m presenting you with the margarita today, mostly because I see too many people using store-bought sour mixes packed with Continue…

  11. Home Bar: The Negroni, a Drink For Every Occasion

    It’s believed that Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to stiffen up an Americano cocktail (comprised of soda water, sweet vermouth, and campari) with a swap of gin instead of soda water way back in Italy in 1919. Since then, the Negroni has become the perfect mixed drink for any occasion — a sublime balance Continue…

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