Dad’s Gin

One day when looking for a present for my father the idea struck me to doctor up some gin.  I had a pretty bottle with a swing top that I wanted to use for something and I had plenty of gin. I have written before about my enjoyment of and…

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The Sipping Seder

I don’t want to scare you.  This may seem a little off topic at first but this is a little bit life and a little bit drinking. I recently came into direct contact with my Judaism for the first time in a long time.  I have never been very invested…

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Shaking the Dust from the Dead

Today is National Absinthe Day and is as good a day as any to enjoy an absinthe cocktail.  Also, as my friend Eva says, “Halloween is Coming,” so as a gentle nod to my two favorite holidays, here is a classic absinthe cocktail designed to wake the dead. Sometimes when you are…

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Autumn at Kous Kous

One of my favorite San Diego restaurants  is Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro in Hillcrest.  I started going there years ago on the suggestion of Ish from A Fine Kettle of Ish and loved the food and the atmosphere.  The owner, Moumen, came out of the kitchen and greeted us.  Months later we came back and he remembered us. …

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Big Apple

As an apple brandy addict I am always  looking for a way to use apple brandy or calvados.  I also like whiskey and just about anything you might set in front of me but I like to emphasize drinking well and few classic cocktails emphasize drinking well like a Manhattan.  A well made Manhattan…

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The Dirty Vesper

To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini.  Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called…

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An American Trilogy

Christian at Craft and Commerce made me my first American Trilogy, and my second.  I love this drink.  Rye and apple brandy in an Old Fashioned-style drink?  Yes, I will have another. This is one of those simple drinks where technique and attention to detail are the key. A little…

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The Cat-Hatten

Dubonnet, a spicy fortified wine with the bitter tang of quinine, is a great choice to replace vermouth if you want to shake up a traditional cocktail. This drink substitutes the traditional vermouth in the Manhatten with Dubonnet Rouge, and is called the Dubonnet Manhattan or, as I prefer, The…

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