November 25, 2009 |
Dear SOS: Although it's no longer on the menu at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara, my friends from law school and I, in an unusual unanimous opinion, found the Coolidge to be the best cocktail of the summer. We know the ingredients, but we need expert testimony on the proportions and methodology used to prepare it. Michael J. DeNiro Santa Barbara Dear Michael: This cocktail, created at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood by bartender Danielle Motor for actress Jennifer Coolidge, combines interesting ingredients such as chiles and rice wine vinegar, making for a drink that almost has the feel of a deconstructed Bloody Mary.
November 19, 2013 |
Stumped over what to get a cocktail fan for the holidays? Here's a fun book with incredibly detailed drawings called “The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up” by Amy Zavatto, with illustrations by Melissa Wood (Race Point Publishing, New York, 2013, $16). Wood draws each of the 75 cocktails herein that make the book. White on black, they show in what order and in what proportion each element of the cocktail should be added.
October 3, 2013 |
The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long had a reputation for serving up some of the best drinks in town. The menu was originally cultivated under the tutelage of mixologist Aidan Demarest, and gained wings thanks to the hugely creative and balanced drinks of herb-growing bartender Naomi Schimek. Now owners Med Abrous and Marc Rose are seeking to expand the fun -- and brand recognition -- by launching a cocktail catering program. The plan is simple: If you have a special event or party coming up, you can hire the Spare Room team to create a craft cocktail service tailored to that event.
February 25, 2011 |
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
March 23, 2013 |
Amy Stewart's new book, "The Drunken Botanist," explores the plant ingredients in our favorite cocktails (and the lesser known ones too). "Every great drink starts with a plant," Stewart writes in her introduction, a section aptly titled "Aperitif. " "If you're a gardener, I hope this book inspires a cocktail party. If you're a bartender, I hope you're persuaded to put up a greenhouse or at least plant a window box. " Subtitled "The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks," the book covers more than 150 plants, organized by classics such as agave, herbs and spices like wormwood and allspice, flowers (think chamomile and violet)
March 26, 2013 |
It was Peeps-o-rama on the latest episode of Forkin' Amazing on TradioV ! Hosts Jenn Harris and Dominic Riley were so sweet to have me on their Internet radio show again, and I was happy to dish on all things Peeps. We talked about Food's current story on homemade "peeps," as well as all the things you can do with Peeps. We even talked about what Peeps do on their own ( the "secret life" of Peeps -- sounds just like a Bravo show). But probably the best part was when I plugged in a blender to demonstrate a "peeps-tini.
December 3, 2010
Although Echo Park is buzzing with bars, few are known for fancy mixology. Allston Yacht Club is the exception to the rule. Owners Bill DiDonna and Charles Kelly are constantly playing around with new drink recipes, infusing their own liquors and hand-crafting garnishes. They are big on seasonal drinks too. For the winter holidays they have added three festive cocktails to their drink menu, including a pleasantly creamy number called Figgy Pudding. Equal parts eggnog and bourbon make this a dessert cocktail guaranteed to weaken the knees and soothe the head.
October 12, 2012 |
When I was in Washington, D.C., recently, I got turned around and took the wrong bus. When I got off, I realized I must be very close to Jaleo , the first restaurant of Spanish chef José Andrés (The Bazaar). It had just been redone and I wanted to check it out. All quiet on a Saturday afternoon. We took two seats at the bar and ordered a glass of Albariño and the cocktail a new friend had enthusiastically recommended: Hometown Hero. I loved the cocktail's tart sweetness, the almost smoky taste of the mezcal and the bitter herbs of Cocchi Americano vermouth with a high note of cinnamon.
November 21, 2013 |
Craft cocktails and sports aren't often thought of as compatible. Football calls for a frothy Miller High Life and a bag of Doritos, right? Not necessarily, says Aidan Demarest, the noted mixologist and sports fan who owns Neat in Glendale. The bar, which is his pet project and specializes in fine liquors served by themselves or as part of carefully crafted cocktails, is long and cozy with low lights and a laid-back neighborhood vibe. Until recently it has notably been without television sets.