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.
September 26, 2013 |
Honeycut, a new bar opening next weekend behind the O Hotel on Flower Street, will match two distinct night-life experiences into a 3,000-square-foot basement. The first is a classic craft cocktail bar and the second is "an energy-driven room affectionately referred to as the 'Disco,'" says David Kaplan, whose Death & Co. bar in New York won the award for World's Best Cocktail Menu at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in 2010. Night-life heavy hitters Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Ventures (they were behind Las Perlas, the Varnish, Seven Grand, to name just a few)
October 8, 2010
Want to live longer? One of the most sure-fire strategies is caloric restriction . Going on what amounts to a permanent diet has been shown to stave off age-related diseases and death in worms, flies, rodents and monkeys. But caloric restriction isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, scientists have been looking for ways to get the same benefits with less sacrifice. A group of Italian researchers is offering up one potential alternative – water fortified with a cocktail of branched-chain amino acids , or BCAAs for short.
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.
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)
May 27, 2011
Sip in the spirit of South America with the Jale Porton, a unique cocktail that is part of the Hotel Shangri-la's new summer drink menu and served at its Dining Room, Suite 700 and pool bar. Or shake it up yourself, assuming you can locate its niftiest ingredient, a wacky flower appropriately known as the "buzz button. " Indigenous to South America and parts of Africa, the flower contains a natural analgesic that, when chewed, both numbs your mouth and makes it tingle — kind of like if Pop Rocks were made from green peppercorns.