Rachel Halpren

His and Her Cocktails For Valentine’s Day

Are you wondering how to spend your Valentine's Day tomorrow? Are you thinking about what to buy your sweetie? How about His and Her Cocktails? It's certainly more romantic than a Snuggie or a Slanket or the ones built for two and costs less than an expensive night on the town. Plus, it's the gift that keeps on giving as it's highly unlikely you are going to down a whole bottle of whisky in one sitting. But, I may be wrong. That's totally up to you.

The Essential Cockail – Literary Monday

This week's top book pick is from the modern master of the cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff, and his The Essential Cocktail. Dale was and continues to be one of the leaders in bringing back the cocktail and elevating bartenders back to their rightful status as professionals and masters of their craft that was destroyed with the start of Prohibition.

Cocktails that Sparkle for Cupid

Cupid is readying his arrow. Are you wondering who he will hit? Do you hope it will be you? If you need a little help romancing a new love or an old one, these sparkling cocktails will be your biggest helper. No woman can resist something that sparkles and men have a hard time too!

Every Day Champagne Primer

Champagne can still be a conundrum. You look at the label and it looks like it was written in Greek. What does Brut mean or what is a Blanc de Blanc? Well, this Champagne Primer is here to help you decipher those labels and provide some basic information on Champagne.

Speed Rack – An Ode To Girl Power

There is no better word for Speed Rack than girl power! Gatherings of the best female bartenders across the United States supported by male bar backs and crowds of people gathered to watch them compete. The venue awash in people sporting pink apparel. All money donated to the fight against breast cancer!

2010 Quattro Mani Barbera Review – Wine Wednesday

Quattro Mani is the brainchild of Domaine Select Wine Estates. It is an offering of second label wines from some of Italy and Slovenia's best winemakers. The 2010 Quattro Mani Barbera is made by Danilo Droco, one of Piedmont's greatest winemakers. Not only is the Quatro Mani Barbera a zippy little wine, it's also a great price at $8.99 a bottle. In fact, it's one of the best wines priced under $10 that I have tried.

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur Review

I bet you didn't know that cocktails are being made from Artichokes. Over the last few years, Amari (bitter liqueurs) has swept the cocktail world! One its rising stars is Cynar, an Amaro from Italy made from artichokes with a few other herbs and plants thrown into the mix.

A History of the World In Six Glasses – Literary Monday

We spend a lot of time thinking about drinks but I was still taken aback by the impact that six beverages had on world civilization. In his book, History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage explores the effect that beer, wine, distilled spirits, tea, coffee and Coca Cola had on civilization and world history. It's nothing short of remarkable.

Super Bowl Cocktail Throwdown – New York vs. New England

In homage to the proud heritage of New York and New England, we looked for classic cocktails that originated in New York and New England. We think that both the ladies and gents will be happy with this eclectic mix. Let us know what cocktail you like the best!