November 4, 2009 |
Now that Brazil is slated to become the first South American country to host the Olympics, maybe Americans will pay more attention to one of its finest exports: cachaça . Made from fermented sugar cane juice, the clear, fiery liquor puts the defining kick in Brazil's national cocktail, the caipirinha . Made with cachaça , muddled lime and sugar, a caipirinha is a profoundly simple beverage that perfectly captures the restless,...
May 22, 2013
Total time: 20 minutes, plus macerating time Servings: 1 Note: From Peter Birmingham at Norman's, where the drink is made with Ron Matusalem Platino rum. Birmingham also recommends Bacardi Silver or Cruzan Estate Light rum. You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks. Candied kumquats 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 kumquats, whole 1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and two outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water 1. Add the boiling water to the sugar.
September 11, 2012 |
I've always thought of Cognac as a drink that should be sipped. And it is. The smooth honey-colored liquor hits your tongue and warms your throat as it goes down, eliciting an "ah" sigh that deserves a leisurely pause of enjoyment. So when I found myself sucking down Cognac cocktails faster than the waiter could bring them Monday night I alarmed myself -- but when Cognac connoisseur and eighth-generation Hennessy family member Maurice Hennessy toasts you with a pink Cognac cocktail, you drink it. Hennessy visited the Crustacean restaurant in Beverly Hills on Monday for a Cognac tasting.
December 26, 2001 |
DEAR SOS: Ciudad, the Two Hot Tamales' restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, serves an amazingly refreshing drink with mint and lime. Do you think they'd share the recipe? KELLY KRIEBS Hermosa Beach DEAR KELLY: This is a great tasting drink sans alcohol that the gals--Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger--call Minty Lime Cooler. Add a shot of rum and you have a mojito, just in time for el Ano Nuevo. Minty Lime Cooler Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 1/2 cup lime juice 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup mint leaves 1 (12-ounce)
June 7, 2013 |
Looking for something perfectly cool for a hot summer day? Oh, and simple? And ready in about an hour? Try ceviche. Specifically, this scallop ceviche recipe requested by Amanda in Encino: "We spent the weekend in Los Cabos and had an incredible scallop ceviche dish at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas. It was so fresh, I think it came straight from the Gulf of California. The chef said they marinate the scallops in lime juice to "cook" them. It looked beautiful, tasted even better and seemed pretty simple to make.
October 6, 2011
Giovanni Martinez's daiquiri recipe Total time: 8 minutes Servings: 1 Note: "It sounds terribly boring, but there's nothing like a good daiquiri," says Martinez, the head bartender at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. His only change from the classic formula is to use slightly sweeter Key lime juice. 2 ounces light rum 3/4 ounces Key lime juice 1 tablespoon sugar In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, Key lime juice and sugar. Add ice and shake vigorously, so that it's aerated.
March 30, 2013
Chiang Mai-style curry 6 1/2 hours. Serves 8 to 12. Housemade red curry 1 ounce (about 60) dried red chiles About 2 3/4 tablespoons (.8 ounce) white peppercorns About 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (.55 ounce) whole cumin seeds About 3 1/2 tablespoons (.63 ounce) whole coriander seeds About 1 tablespoon plus 1/8 teaspoon (.4 ounce) brown mustard seeds About 18 cloves (2 1/2 ounces) garlic, minced About 3 inches root (2.2 ounces) fresh ginger, minced About 1 stalk (2.2 ounces)
June 8, 2013 |
Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe. Katherine Fleischmann Valley Glen Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz.