Fall Cognac Crawl – SF Version

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When I first began my spirit studies in earnest, I knew nothing about Cognac, save for the ancient bottle of Hennessy in my stash, inherited from one friends’ move or another. As time went on, and as I build my cocktail catalog, I learned about the diversity and deliciousness of the amber queen. Enter the […]

Stolen Fruit – from the minds of Sonoma’s best winegrowers

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I love to create; specifically, I love to create cocktails from amazing ingredients.  Being a Bay Area native and a Sonoma County resident (well, mostly), when I found out about Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers, I was excited to get my hands on them. Created by wine country chef Peter Brown, and Healdsburg grapegrowing royalty Doug & Susan […]

In the Navy, I’ll sail to Spirit Works

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I’ve long been a fan of Spirit Works, a small craft distillery in Sebastapol’s Barlow. Since their initial launch of vodka and gin in 2012, Tim & Ashby Marshall have been distilling grain to glass spirits that truly have a terroir of their own Continuing their grain to glass philosophy, Spirit Works recently launched their […]

5 Indian Summer Cocktails that the Drapers Would Die For

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Walking through the doors of the historic Clift Hotel in San Francisco, you can almost smell the years of cigar smoke and high powered financial deals that linger in the wood lined lobby.  Long the bastion of high powered deal making, the Clift opened it’s doors in 1913 by Frederick Clift on a family property, […]

Celebrate American Whiskey with Basil Hayden Bourbon

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I did it!  Last month, after a year and a half, I passed my Certified Spirits Specialist exam.  PHEW!  A must do for anyone who is serious about spirits, this credential, administered by the Society of Wine Educators was more rigorous than I anticipated, but delves deep in to the history and production of spirits […]

Cy-a-nar-a!

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Ah amaro, how I love thee!  With hundreds of unique amari to choose from, Cynar is unusual in that it’s make from artichokes.  While it might seem odd that a beverage would be made from what is basically the flower of a thistle, there are so many uses for this! From sipping straight, “like an […]

With a Blade & Bow – History in a glass

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Bourbon:  A wild frontier for a wine blogger, and yet some enthralling.  I have been working my way through the land of the brown liquor for a number of years now, and I have found that I have a penchant for both single malt Scotch whisky, and good old fashioned American Bourbon.  Kentucky Bourbon.   […]

Seven Stills for 7 Cocktails: Don’t be bitter!

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A few years ago, at my first Craft Cocktail Carnival here in San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to meet Tim Obert and Clint Potter of Seven Stills Vodka.  Masters of the craft cocktail movement, I was fortunately enough to taste through some of the unique creations that Tim had lurking in his cabinets.  One […]

To your health! Cocktials as health food

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I love a good cocktail as much as the next gal, but did you know some cocktails can be good for you?  Taking a cue from the elixirs, tinctures, and tonics of yesterday, and putting a new twist on them, the new book Apothecary Cocktails delves in to the history of some restoratives libations, and […]

Battle of the best: Cocktail Wars

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Are you over turkey and cranberry sauce?  Done with wine pairings?  Well, Dishcrawl is at it again!  Bringing cocktail deliciosuness everywhere!  This season, they are launching Cocktail Wars, where North American mixologists from all over the country compete for the best, most creative, most delicious cocktails in 11 cities. Here in the Bay Area, the […]

When good wine gets…better

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Ah vermouth, that mystical beverage that started it’s life as wine, and was elevated with aromatics and botanicals.  Vermouth varies so widely, it might as well be called the gin of the wine world! While there are two distinct types of vermouth – dry, or white, and sweet, or red, the flavor profiles within each […]

Cocktail of the week: Gintonica

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Put on your yalmulka, here comes gin-tonica, Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate gin-tonica! With all due respect to Adam Sandler and his holiday chuckles, a well crafted Gin & Tonic is one of my favorite cocktails.  The wide variety of gins available these days is far reaching, and goes beyond hte bathtub varieties of […]

Cocktail of the week: Everybody loves a Ginger Linebacker!

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Now it’s no secret that I’m not a big football fan, and I try to hide from the Superbowl as much as possible.  But as I drove home in the middle of the Superdome Blackout, I decided to honor the occasion with a cocktail. Ginger is one of my favorite flavors in general, and a […]

Cocktail of the week: Rocketship to the Moon

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Hey!  We survived the end of the world!  Well at least I think we did.  Maybe we’re all wandering around the afterlife partying.  Who knows! In honor of the non-pocolypse, I present my cocktail of the week, the Rocketship to the Moon.  Based on one of my old favorites, the Tang-tini, this is a flavor […]

Cocktail of the week: Chinese Cherry New Fashioned

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Sometimes, a wine blogger needs to mix it up a bit and enjoy a delicious cocktail.  After attending the Craft Spirits Carnival, and having a blast at the Republic of Jam after the Wine Bloggers Conference, I was inspired to get crafty with my growing bar and some of these amazing spirits. My friends at Pithy Little […]