Drinks »Rosemary Vodka Lemonade

rosemary vodka lemonade with blackberriesMy recent summer drinks party brought out some breezy refreshing cocktails from my gracious friends. You heard about the Blood Orange Campari Spritzers that made Shaun smile all night, and this week I bring you the crisp and mellow Rosemary Lemonade Vodka Fizz that Astrid and Marcus provided.

This is a true summer drink that's just custom made for long hours on porch swings. It can be made virgin too, but ours was amped up with extra vodka (which you couldn't even taste – hello drunk time!).

This recipe, which was originally printed in Gourmet, has been a huge hit among the food blog community. The Bitten Word, Mac and Cheese Review, Dishing Up Delights, Food Photo Blog, and now yours truly are all fans.

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Posted on June 8, 2009

Books »The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris

the cocktails of the ritz paris The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris by Colin Peter Field is an excellent guide to cocktail making, history and stories of the famous Bar Hemingway, where several now famous and common concoctions were invented. the book was a gift by my similarly cocktail appreciative dad, who would not be too impressed that I failed to splurge on a thirty dollar cocktail there on my visit for work.

Still, maybe I can now attempt to make my own for far less money. This is a book for the time in your life when simple or store bought just won't cut it (there is an age when Bacardi mixers should no longer be in your freezer). It's for get togethers where you want to take the effort and time and care to perfect the balance of ingredients and impress friends and even yourself with sophisticated beverages.

Among the many classics here (manhattan, dry martini, margarita to name a few) there are plenty of fun, less familiar ones including The Fiesta – a shot of cointreau, grenadine, vodka and campari – yum! and the potent sounding Whiz-bang (bitters, grenadine, absinthe, vermouth, whiskey) and the savory Dakota (vodka, carrot juice, beef consomme, salt, pepper, Tabasco, worcestershire) that all sound like contenders for my next get together.

The amounts are universal – instead of using oz he gives ingredients in parts, so anyone can make them by eye. The whimsical illustrations by Yoko Ueta are charming.

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Posted on June 8, 2009

Drinks »Blood Orange and Campari Spritzer

hand squeezing blood orange campari spritzerCampari, a bright red bitter aperitif is comprised of a still top secret recipe and the taste is nearly impossible to describe. It's distinctively not sweet, though not particularly savory either and surprisingly refreshing, especially when it's paired with fresh squeezed blood oranges, a healthy splash of chilled white wine and topped with seltzer.

Friends and I recently enjoyed this very concoction to usher in the nicer weather and clink glasses over my very first taste of Italy's most favorite bitters.

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Posted on June 1, 2009

Drinks »The Richardson

the richardson brooklynCountless times I have strolled past The Richardson and said to myself, I really have to try a drink there sometime. We finally made it on Cinco de Mayo, and it was blissfully free of party antics and the crowds that perpetrate them.

It's spacious and bright and the d?cor is as you would expect from a modern cocktail lounge in Brooklyn: dark woods, damask wall paper, chandeliers… even the mixologists don old timey bar keep outfits, complete with stiff white shirts and vests with pocket watches. It fits the mold to a tee, but I like the mold, so bless them.

All the cocktails are $9 here, which make quite a difference at the end of the night compared to the neighborhoods other swanky shrine to booze – Hotel Delmano (which in all I have to say delivers a bit more sophistication in their drinks).

On the plus side the Scottish Dew was a refreshing cucumber dream, perfect for the sunny day I wished I was experiencing while drinking it. A nice and very strong concoction called the Brooklyn followed which will please fans of Old Fashions.

On the down side, their Old Fashion may not. My very discerning friend was disappointed to find his had granulated sugar at the bottom which had not been mixed in well with the rest of the drink. A minor faux pas, but still, you do, I assume, call yourself a mixologist.

I will happily return, it seems pretty quiet on week days, though it quickly filled up with dudes, dudes and more dudes as the night progressed; if you're looking to meet a man with a taste for rye, there are worse places. Service was friendly if not a bit distracted, and it offers several good beers on tap for your friends that are like that.

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Posted on May 11, 2009

Drinks »Agua Verde

agua verde at tailorDownstairs from the experimental gastronomy taking place in the main dining area (which I told you all about some time ago) Tailor holds a dimly lit haven for equally experimental cocktails. Truly a special occasion spot, the drinks here are quite expensive, but also quite unique. I was particularly taken with the agua verde – a tomatillo based mixture that refreshes those that like their drinks on the savory side.

Created by Troy Arcand, the beverage is complex but, if you trust your mixology talents, can be reproduced at home. Just make sure to have some Maggi Seasoning on hand.

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Posted on April 27, 2009

Restaurants »Pravda

Pravda 281 Lafayette Street between Houston and Prince Streetsunderground bar/restuarant is run by the same people as Balthazar and Pastis. We had several small dishes to share. I recommend the Crispy Horseradish Oysters and the suprising Blini with Smoked Sturgeon. I also recommend coming early–it gets crowded with people you don't want to hang out with around nine thirty.

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Posted on December 26, 2005

Drinks »Egg Nog

Egg Nog One of the worst things for you is also one of the best things about Holiday parties. Here's a recipe.

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Posted on December 18, 2005

Drinks »Flavored Margaritas at Cafe El Portal

Flavored Margaritas at Cafe El Portal We went a few months ago with Doug and Astrid and tried the cucumber and a hibiscus varieties. Both were awesome. There were several more flavors to choose from, these two just jumped right of the menu.

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Posted on December 5, 2005

Drinks »Absolut Peppar and 7up

Absolut Peppar Vodka And never forgotten.

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Posted on November 14, 2005

Drinks »Soft Peach at the Soft Spot

peach It is like a peach margarita.
And it's two for ten dollars.

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Posted on November 7, 2005