I recently picked up a copy of George Taber’s book A Toast to Bargain Wines. I couldn’t wait to read the book given that I am a big fan of George Tabor’s Judgment of Paris book, as well as budget wine. This was a book that combined the two of them. And, I appreciated the fact that Mr. Tabor was going to champion “budget wines” or “bargain wines” as he called them. …Read More
Stick with it, totally worth it.
Edible Cocktails brings us a cocktail book brimming with goodness from gardens and fruit trees. In her tome on drinking your fruits and veggies, Ms. Bovis explores the use of wine, syrups, jams, purees and vinegar as ingredients in the ever burgeoning repertoire of cocktails recipes. If that weren’t enough, Ms. Bovis teaches you how to use meat, dairy and eggs in your drinks too! And don’t forget to throw in the herbs! …Read More
Drinking on a diet isn’t easy. Unfortunately, alcohol can pack a caloric punch. Drinks loaded up with shots are also loaded up with calories. Add in mixers and you can drink a whole meal of calories in one or two drinks. Lower in alcohol, beer, wine and cider don’t pack quite the calorie punch that the hard stuff and cocktails can. But, I know that sometimes, all you really want is a cocktail. Luckily, there is a book for you – Skinnytinis – is all about the cocktails at half the calories. …Read More
D’usse Cognac VSOP is the lastest offering from Bacardi’s Chateau de Cognac, the Cognac house that produces Baron Otard. This is not your ordinary bottle of Cognac. It’s producers have gone for a completely different look on the bottle. It’s a bit gothic, a bit midieval with a double cross on a squat bottle with a glass topper. It looks pretty bad-ass for a Cognac. I guess that this is your granddad’s Cognac. Oh, and … Read more
The New Year is upon us! It’s time to celebrate. But, if you are like us, you need to celebrate without breaking the budget! We have solved this problem by spending most New Year’s Eves with our friends and sticking with affordable booze and food that we potluck. We end up with everything we love for the New Year – good friends, good food and good booze. For me, an essential component of the evening is also good bubbly! While I love Champagne, I generally find myself reaching for something that doesn’t break the bank. One of those bottles that I reach for is Prosecco, which is a great party pleaser that doesn’t break the bank. …Read More
Trends come and go. Here’s a few I like to see go.
Too much Amaro
Ok we get it. Amaro can add some great flavor and balance to your drink. Ever since the “discovery” of pre-prohibition cocktails, Amaros have been the cat’s meow with bartenders. Stop it. Having Amaro in every drink on your menu does not make a “craft cocktail” bar. Let’s do what the Italians do and sip Amaro after a big meal. … Read more