The Martini was the first real cocktail I started to make at home. Most bartenders will tell you it should be stirred NOT shaken. But 007, I’m totally with you on this one. The real secret to a great Martini is shaking. Why? Because a cold Martini is a good Martini. There is nothing worse […]
Cocktails & Drinks
The Bloody Mary is the perfect way to kickstart a morning or wind down an afternoon. Unfortunately and when you order a Bloody Mary it consists of Bloody Mary Mix, Vodka and a celery stalk. Most Bloody Mary Mixes are extremely high in sodium so make your own and enjoy. Bloody Mary Vodka […]
The Old Fashioned is not a difficult cocktail to master. However, there are a couple of steps that can slow you down if you are trying to whip one up quickly. If you skip these essential steps then the the drink is not quite the same. Muddling is a major time suck and one for which I […]
I have documented my for the wine Machete, here, before. While grabbing a quick breakfast bar I also to a few minutes to walk through the Santa Monica Whole Foods wine aisle. Southern California grocery stores typically have phenomenal wine selections because of there close proximity to wine country and zero hang-ups around […]
Sometimes you can pick a bottle of wine according to it’s label. Orin Swift labels tend to pop off the shelf at you. Whether it is his former label The Prisoner (he sold it), Abstract, Palermo or Papillon you can usually spot his wines pretty easily. Maybe the toughest to find, Machete, has great Polaroids […]
Living in NYC one would think it would abound with great sushi options. Call me a snob but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The local Upper East Side sushi joint sent our dear friend to Lenox Hill and a two week supply to a strong antibiotic. Needless to say I haven’t been […]
The Pappy Van Winkle 10 Year product is called Old Rip Van Winkle. It is bottled nearly at at barrel proof with a little water added to bring it down to 107 Proof.
The Van Winkle Reserve is aged 12 years to a rather low 90.4 proof. The bottle unfortunately doesn’t have the well recognized image of ‘Pappy’ sming but the product inside is very recognizable.