I’m a sucker for a good ice cube and it is the season for Skulls so I went for it – Skull Ice Cubes. They come two molds per box which means it could take me days to create enough for a party. Once you fill them with water, let the air out of them by […]
Cocktails & Drinks
Spicy Cocktail? Yes Please! How to Make a Jalapeño Margarita Fresh Lime Juice Tequila Sliced Jalapeño Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup Salt (Optional) Preparation If you like salt, rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the salt. Depending on you tolerance for heat add 3-8 slices of jalapeños, […]
Whiskey may make you think of winter but the Whiskey Smash will change your mind. It is bright, fresh and a light cocktail. Again, squeezing your own fresh lemon juice will make all the difference so take the extra time to juice a few lemons. Whiskey Smash Fresh Lemon Juice Whiskey Mint Simple Syrup or […]
There is nothing wrong with the traditional Margarita but the addition of Ginger Beer helps to balance out the acidity of the fresh lime juice. Please take the time to squeeze fresh limes, the results are well worth the extra work. Ginger Margarita Ginger Beer Fresh Lime Juice Tequila Salt (Optional) If you are going […]
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 […]
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 , Vodka and a celery stalk. Most Bloody Mary es 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.