• Spirits

    A Winemaker’s Margarita

    by  • February 22, 2013 • All Posts, Spirits • 0 Comments


    Today is (apparently) National Margarita Day, so I thought I’d share this recipe for an easy at-home margarita that I’ve been shaking up for about a year now. The recipe was given to me last spring by David Hopkins, he of the killer Bridlewood Syrahs. At some point, our wine-tasting dinner conversation veered to the...

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    Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka

    by  • February 5, 2013 • All Posts, Spirits • 1 Comment

    For those of you interested in upping the environmentally-conscious factor in your cocktails, organic spirits are becoming more widely available. (And there’s some evidence to suggest that organic spirits pack less of a hangover, which I suppose make some intuitive sense, since they are probably “cleaner” products overall…) Blue Ice Organic Vodka has been...

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    Delamain “Pale & Dry” XO Cognac

    by  • July 23, 2012 • All Posts, Pairings, Spirits • 0 Comments

    Like most of us, there are moments when I’ve got a little fight in me and I’m ready for a challenge — or at least, some provocative conversation. In those moments, from a spirits standpoint, I reach for scotch. But when I need to be soothed and quieted and handled with kid gloves, Cognac is the...

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    My Mojito: Mint, Basil, Rhum Agricole…

    by  • July 3, 2012 • All Posts, Spirits • 0 Comments


    So I’ve had this bottle of Rhum Agricole hanging around the house for about a year now… Rhum Agricole is a specialty rum from Martinique, made from the fresh juice of sugar cane rather than the molasses that is the base of most rums. Not surprisingly, then, it is grassier and fresher, more vibrant,...

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    Cucumber Basil Gimlet

    by  • April 19, 2012 • All Posts, Spirits • 3 Comments


    Is it too early to declare my 2012 Summer Cocktail? More importantly, is it too early to start drinking my 2012 Summer Cocktail every single evening? I shook up one (okay three) of these babies the other night, tweaking the proportions until I got it just right. It was part of an organic vodka...

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    Familia Camarena Silver Tequila

    by  • December 20, 2011 • All Posts, Spirits • 1 Comment


    There was a time when I could drink margaritas with the best of them. (Rocks with salt, please.) But somewhere along the road, it became clear to me that the intensity of my post-margaritas headache was in direct proportion to the amount of sugar syrup, limeade, Cointreau or whatever combination of sweet components was in...

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