Encanto Pisco Distiller’s Apprentice 2012

Encanto Pisco Distiller’s Apprentice 2012

  Pisco is a distillate that since prohibition has not been too familiar to the majority of drinkers in the United States. However within the …

 

Trendz 2013

Trendz 2013

  I live in Los Angeles; without a doubt one of the trendiest cities in the United States, (or at least we like to think …

 

Islam & Alcohol

Islam & Alcohol

  Its relatively well known that religious practices and beliefs in Islam forbid Muslim people to consume Alcohol. Historically however, the very foundation of distilled …

 

Van Gogh PB&J

Van Gogh PB&J

  Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Peanut Butter Jelly Time! I’ve been waiting for a while to review this little masterpiece. I couldn’t wait to get my …

 

Wild Shot

Wild Shot

  Mezcal is a spirit category that’s growing ever more popular in the United States thanks to the likes of people such as Ron Cooper …

 

Lillet Rose

Lillet Rose

  I don’t know many people who do not like Lillet. The first time I tried Lillet Blanc was at French Roast, a shit hole …

 

Grey Goose Cherry Noir

Grey Goose Cherry Noir

  Grey Goose is fancy French Vodka made from French wheat and water that is naturally filtered though champagne limestone. It’s one of the most …

 

Bartending School

Bartending School

  I recently had a conversation with a very experienced, smart and savvy account manager with a rich background in wines who had been bit …

 

Nominate for TOTC 2012 Spirited Awards

Nominate for TOTC 2012 Spirited Awards

    This year marks the fifth anniversary of The Spirited Awards and the tenth Anniversary of The Tales Of The Cocktail. Nominate and help your favorite …

 

3 Olives Loopy Vodka

3 Olives Loopy Vodka

  3 Olives Loopy Vodka. *Sigh…here we go. As I close my eyes and breathe in the rich scents of this “naturally” flavored Vodka, my free …

 

Master Mixologist

Master Mixologist

“Master Mixologist” “Liquid Chef” “Bar Chef” “Sorcerer of Shaken and Stirred” What is this, Dungeons & Dragons? What ever happened to just “Bartender” and why isn’t the simple, …

 

Drambuie 15 Year Speyside Malt Whisky Liqueur

Drambuie 15 Year Speyside Malt Whisky Liqueur

OMG, yum yum yum. With all the cake, spinkles, bubblegum, rootbeer, butterscotch, tears of a virgin nubian princess bullshit flavored vodkas and liqueurs on …

 

$100 Margarita

$100 Margarita

  Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant catastrophe Red O on Melrose is kicking off 2012 with a $100 Margarita, made for the Truly Retarded “Truly Indulgent”. …

 

Cross-over Culture

Cross-over Culture

It’s often said that once you’ve been bit by the cocktail bug, spirit-ualistically, you’re never the same. But this transformative phenomenon of cocktail transcendence …

 

Time Is Money

Time Is Money

There is an undeniable allure attached to objects from the past. Antiques and collectibles take us back in time, whether a younger us was …

 

Soda Fountain Cocktails

Soda Fountain Cocktails

  Crybaby 2 oz Jim Beam Rye .75 oz Maraschino Cherry Syrup 3 dash Angostura Bitters Coca Cola Build in a Collins glass, add Rye, Syrup and Bitters, top with …

 

Short Order

Short Order

I went to Short Order for lunch last week, which opened almost a month ago in an annexed space in The Farmer’s Market at …

 

We Want YOU!

We Want YOU!

It’s been a great year for well-made drinks. As 2011 is coming to a close, 2012 is starting to take shape, and it’s looking good. …

 

Xmas Gifts for Bartenders

Xmas Gifts for Bartenders

” Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the bar, Barkeeps were stirring in their new Yarai jars.” Christmas cometh! Is your sweetie, sibling or …

 

Artist Inspired Cocktails

Artist Inspired Cocktails

Vargas 1.5 oz Encanto Pisco .5 oz Marie Brizard white creme de cacao .5 oz Orgeat .5 oz Lemon Juice 2 Kumquats Muddle Kumquats, add rest of ingredients and shake, …

 

St. George Gins

St. George Gins

“TERROIR” 45% Alcohol Nose On first whiff, a nostalgic scent of Campfire, Douglas Fir and very intense Pine. It reminded me of growing up in in …

 

Where is the Love?

Where is the Love?

The city of Los Angeles. Famous for Hollywood, Noir, orange groves, Disneyland, misguided starlets, zip codes, The Dodgers, The Lakers, Rodeo Drive, the beaches, …

 

Celebrity Endorsement Cocktails

Celebrity Endorsement Cocktails

Ricky Rozay 1 oz Death’s Door Gin 1 oz Rose wine .5 oz Orgeat .5 oz Lemon juice .25 oz Gran Classico 2 dash Fee Bros. Rhubarb Bitters Shake, strain over …

 

Ink Stain

Ink Stain

I stopped by Top Chef season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio’s new restaurant Ink on Friday, but only to visit the bar. This place had …

 

America Was Built In A Bar

America Was Built In A Bar

I was on a bike at the gym and decided to kill two birds with one stone by getting my sexy AND my smart …

 

i <3 Pisco

i <3 Pisco

The Pisco Sour. How undeniably delicious is this beverage? Watching someone drink one for the very first time has been a gratifying experience for …

 

Hendrick’s Gin Cocktails

Hendrick’s Gin Cocktails

KOOL & THE GANG 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin .5 oz St. Germain .5 oz Orgeat .5 oz Lemon .5 oz Pineapple Juice 2 cucumber slices Muddle the cucumber in the orgeat, …

 

The Mexican Evolution

The Mexican Evolution

Meet Luis Cruz, a native of Oaxaca, Mexico, or “The Land of Mezcal” as he refers to it. Luis has been living and working …

 

Hair Color Cocktails?

Hair Color Cocktails?

  Bleached Blonde 1 oz Aviation Gin .5 oz Maraschino 1 demerara sugar cube Moet Imperial Champagne Pour Maraschino and Gin over sugar cube in a Champagne flute or coup Top …

 

Heirloominati

Heirloominati

Imagine yourself in Colonial, Revolutionary America. You’re a farmer by trade, discovering the vast agricultural endowment of North America. You live in Pennsylvania and …

 

High School Confidential Cocktails

High School Confidential Cocktails

TEEN DREAM 2 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka .75 oz Aperol .75 oz Lemon Juice .5 Vanilla Syrup *Recipe Below Shake, Strain into a chilled cocktail glass Garnish with an edible …

 

The 10 Rules of Drinking Like a Woman

The 10 Rules of Drinking Like a Woman

A while back I came across Andrew Bohrer’s “10 Rules of Drinking Like a Man” on his blog Cask Strength. Its depth and profundity …

 

“Skinny” isn’t Sexy

“Skinny” isn’t Sexy

There’s been a recent boom in demand for low calorie drinks within the world of craft cocktails. It began with beers like Miller Light …

 

The Benjamin Button Bartender

The Benjamin Button Bartender

 I learned how to bartend backwards. Most of us had humble beginnings, exploring the trade behind a restaurant bar or in a dive, perhaps …

 

Currently In Season

Currently In Season

We live in a unique time.  In a period of hyper accelerated technological advancement. As the Age of Information comes to a close, some …

 

Agave Cocktails Harvard & Stone

Agave Cocktails Harvard & Stone

LUCHA LIBRE 1.5 oz Encanto Pisco .75 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal .75 oz Lime Juice .1 oz St. Vincent’s Peach-Violet-Lavender Syrup Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass Garnish …

 

Throwback Cocktails with Pablo Moix

Throwback Cocktails with Pablo Moix

  Purple Hooter 1.5 oz Aviation Gin .5 oz Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette .75 oz Lemon juice .25 oz Lime juice 2 spoons bakers sugar 2 blackberries Muddle blackberries, add …

 

Birthday Cocktail Menu

Birthday Cocktail Menu

Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms 1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon .75 oz Gran Classico Bitter .5 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth 1 dash liquid smoke 2 Dash Miracle Mile …

 

R. Kelly Tribute Cognac Cocktails

R. Kelly Tribute Cognac Cocktails

R. KELLY TRIBUTE COGNAC COCKTAILS with guest Pablo Moix   R&B THUG 2 oz Hennessy Black Cognac .5 oz Cherry Heering .5 oz Maraschino Cherry Liqueur .25 oz Lemon juice Shake, …

 

Crystal Head Vodka Cocktails

Crystal Head Vodka Cocktails

DAY OF THE DEAD 1.5 oz Crystal Head Vodka .5 oz Corralejo Blanco Tequila .5 oz Yellow Chartreuse .5 oz Lemon Juice .5 oz Agave Nectar .75 oz Cold Hibiscus …