For any of you movie buffs, the 1976 battle between French wines and their upstart American counterparts entitled the “Judgment of Paris” was chronicled in the highly fictionalized movie Bottleshock. While Bottleshock was certainly entertaining and spotlighted the super cute Chris Pine, it didn’t exactly stick to the story. If you are interested in how the tale actually unfolded, pick up George Tabor’s Judgment of Pari …Read More
Created by Mixologist Kyle Ford, this week’s drinks, is also the official drink of 2012 San Francisco Cocktail Week. Made of only three ingredients, Cointreau, Ferent Branca and Lime Juice. What you get is a bit of sweet and sour chased by minty freshness.
Says Ford, “The name, Black Lily, is an indirect reference to Lillie Hitchcock Coit (1842-1929), legendary North Beach eccentric, avid gambler, drinker, and fire(wo)man. Legend has it, Ms. Lillie left $118,000 … Read more
Each September marks Bourbon Heritage Month. While there are other spirits with connections to America – think colonial rum and apple brandy – no spirit is as quintessentially American as bourbon. Bourbon is an amber colored whiskey that must be made from a mash consisting of a majority of corn, matured in charred American oak barrels and bottled at no less than 80 proof. …Read More
The folks at SF Cocktail Week have given us 2 All Access Passes to giveaway to our readers!
For those of you not from the Bay Area, San Francisco Cocktail Week, is a week long celebration of the Bay Area’s liquid culture, cocktail heritage and bar industry. continuing the opportunity for Bay Area patrons to experience, imbibe, enjoy and educate themselves on all things cocktailian from some of the country’s best bar experts.
Some event … Read more
Long live soda! Or, maybe I should say long live elixirs, potions and concoctions. Long before Coca Cola and Pepsi ruled the “soda scene”, there were local pharmacists, soda jerks and soda fountains that were slinging their wares. And, many people acted as their own alchemists at home brewing up concoctions. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, Andrew Lynn in the The Artisan Soda Workshop harkens back to these days. Ms. Lynn does a terrific job of providing a number of recipes that you can use or adapt to make your own “soda”. I use “soda” loosely as a number of these recipes result in drinks that many would not consider “soda” on their own, yet alone with some well place boozey additions. …Read More
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Tequila Don Julio Anejo
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup plum tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons mole negro
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup shredded piloncillo, Mexican brown sugar (Substitute: 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1 teaspoon molasses)
1/3 teaspoon Mexican hot sauce (Tamazula, Valentina or Búfalo)
2 pounds chicken, cut … Read more