Every time someone tells me that they hate gin, I’m immediately suspicious. Why, you ask? Because when I press for further details, I usually discover that the person only thinks they hate gin. The reality is that they have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s a pattern with people who make these dismissive, unequivocal statements […]
There are all kinds of crazy bars in Los Angeles where you can go for a unique experience. Bars hidden behind delis and underneath brothels? Check. Bars that feel like a house party or a vintage airline? Absolutely. Bars themed after novels and literary heroes? Take your pick. Sometimes, though, you crave simplicity. Sometimes you […]
There are plenty of reasons people go out for drinks on a first date. It’s less intimidating than having dinner. It’s sexier than grabbing coffee. You can easily cut things short or go a little longer, because each round of drinks is another chance to cut your losses or buy back into the game.
One fateful night in San Francisco, I stepped up to the bar and ordered a gin gimlet. My bartender nodded, shook up the cocktail, poured it into a chilled glass… and then topped it off with a float of Jack Daniel’s. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me — that is, until my […]
If you haven’t noticed, boozy video arcades are a growing phenomenon across the country. Some are hip, grungy haunts focused on craft beer and vintage games. Others buzz with dance-club neon lights and feature funky cocktails next to new multi-player machines. But the one thing they all share is a common Grandaddy, the grown-up Chuck […]
You’ve come across fortified wines before. They have names like sherry, Port and vermouth, and they’re supposed to be sipped by candlelight while you discuss 18th-century literature. But there’s another class of fortified wines you may not know about called vin doux naturels. These are the oldest fortified wines of all, and although they’ve fallen […]
What in the world is cochineal? If you answered: “a natural red dye,” you would be correct. If you answered: “the original red coloring in Campari,” you would be correct. If you answered: “a tiny bug that all of us have been eating and drinking without realizing it,” you would also, in fact, be correct.
Drinking games and performance art are not a likely combination, and yet that is precisely what was on offer at UglyRhino Productions last Friday night, at an event called ”Ugly Shots.” Walking in, I was handed a program plus a ticket for my first drink.
Lately, it seems the web has been bubbling with praise for Topo Chico, an extra-sparkling mineral water from Mexico. It’s been touted as a favorite of Austin musicians, a San Pellegrino slayer, and the perfect espresso sidecar. It’s also the quiet darling of bartenders who want to pump up their sparkling cocktails (and, not unrelated, […]