Cocktail Recipe: Tom’s Quinquinian Love
May 31, 2013 – 1:35 pm | One Comment

Back from a lengthy descent into the MixPourSip cocktail research vaults has yielded a few new fun reasons to bend your elbow. Here now is the first of said efforts, Tom’s Quinquinian Love. …

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The Simple Pleasures In The Smallest Moments
January 17, 2013 – 12:13 am | No Comment

In a cocktail world filled with the talented few preparing the hand made magic to the grateful many, a drink as simple as a strong liqueur and tonic on ice almost seems lazy if not quaint. As if those of us with either the skill and training or the discerning taste should be loath to stoop to such a level. But there remain moments, for me at least (and I feel safe in assuming a great many others), when the simple ounce of Chartreuse or Campari or Bonal Gentian topped by three ounces or so of good tonic joined by an over-sized cube of ice provide the punctuation on the end of a statement begun by a warm fire, a good read, and an inviting chair.

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May this admission mark me as one whose life’s journey has reached its mid-point or beyond, so be it. Self acceptance is the calling card of maturation. Knowing thy self is good. Accepting thyself is when real living begins.

And now, I accept that I want a Chartreuse and tonic. A little bitter, herbal, even medicinal maybe. But that’s okay. It’s a complex liqueur spread out amidst some quinine influenced bubbles and just fits what right now calls for. Last night it was bourbon, tomorrow it may be Scotch, but now, this works for me.

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Tasting Notes – Rittenhouse 25 Year old Straight Rye
May 26, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
Tasting Notes – Rittenhouse 25 Year old Straight Rye

The plight of the middle aged man is often questioning the sum of his lived life and asking himself the inventory of obliged questions. Have I done enough? Am I where I am supposed to …

Chili Colorado Recipe
May 26, 2012 – 8:03 am | 6 Comments
Chili Colorado Recipe

A repost from 2010 and something that has little to do with booze other than the fact that it’s good with beer.  Enjoy!

My single favorite food flavor comes from slow braised dried Mexican chili sauces. …

Cocktail Recipe – The Blind Dog
April 21, 2012 – 9:29 pm | No Comment
Cocktail Recipe – The Blind Dog

Ever become inspired to create a new cocktail by a small blind dog?  I hadn’t either until a few months back.  We had some dear friends staying with us for about a week in the …

Cocktail Recipe – The Best Laid Plans Cocktail
March 16, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
Cocktail Recipe – The Best Laid Plans Cocktail

When your best laid plans hit a snag or face an unexpected turn in the road or are met with an unusual obstacle or even deflate under the pressure everyone’s well meant expectations, it is …

Bar Review – The Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany, California
March 15, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
Bar Review – The Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany, California

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I have been fortunate enough to engage in discussions of the bar arts with many a worthy bartender.  Among their love of good drinks and admiration for other good bartenders lay another deep fondness; …

Call To Action – Stop Nom 186 and save the Agave world!
January 24, 2012 – 7:22 pm | One Comment
Call To Action – Stop Nom 186 and save the Agave world!

The world of agave based spirits is facing a suddenly unsure future.  There is a fight brewing that threatens to severely damage the quality, variety and history of these native Mexican spirits while also prohibiting …

Week In Cocktails – January 8, 2012
January 8, 2012 – 8:20 pm | No Comment
Week In Cocktails – January 8, 2012

At last, the infamous Week In Cocktails makes its triumphant return.  The WIC took months off to find itself, even dated Julia Roberts in India for a short while, but now is back in full …

Tasting Notes – Glenfarclas Movember 2011
November 18, 2011 – 11:35 pm | No Comment
Tasting Notes – Glenfarclas Movember 2011

A few short days ago, while astride my front porch on a sunny fall afternoon, I found myself caught in the rare nexus of serious booze and worthy charity. There lay a package …

Cocktail Recipe – Unfinished Business Cocktail by Teardrop Lounge, Portland Oregon
October 20, 2011 – 10:44 pm | 3 Comments
Cocktail Recipe – Unfinished Business Cocktail by Teardrop Lounge, Portland Oregon

Recently, and by recently, I mean over a month ago, a kind reader to our humble corner of the boozernet asked a simple question.  Her name is Elena and she had been reading our piece …

Cocktail Recipe – The McKinley from Park Tavern, San Francisco
September 11, 2011 – 5:34 pm | No Comment
Cocktail Recipe – The McKinley from Park Tavern, San Francisco

San Francisco has long been known as a city where one can obtain both world class food and drink.  Park Tavern, which recently opened on picturesque Washington Square in the city’s North Beach Neighborhood, aims …