How to Make a Classic Pisco Sour

Today is apparently national pisco day in Chile, which we thought was, like, everyday in Chile (it may be, since it seems there is also a National Pisco Sour Day in February). But no matter. We don’t care a whit if that is a legitimate thing. Does it matter? This is one BS day we [...]

Eating Pop Rocks with S.F. Mayor Ed Lee

When the Bay Bridge went ablaze with 25,000 LED lights On March 5, San Francisco’s other bridge became, at 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the world’s largest LED light sculpture. For whatever that’s worth. What really matters is what the mayor was drinking when the switch went on. And we happened to find out. [...]

With an Oroblanco Twist

The Oroblanco

The Oroblanco is a cross between a grapefruit and a pummelo and grows, to our knowledge, exclusively in California. As part of their farmer’s market cocktail series, the good bar folks at Chaya did well to blend it with Distillery No. 209, which is a very citrusy gin and Campari. The Oroblanco Negroni is fresh [...]

Nothing Says I Love You Like Chocolate-Flavored Tequila

patron heart-shaped box

For Valentine’s Day, Patrón sent us a heart-shaped box of chocolate flavored tequila.  The tequila maker is selling their XO Cafe Dark Cocoa Coffee Liqueur (yes, it actually tastes of all those things — tequila, chocolate and coffee — but not in a bad way necessarily) in heart-shaped boxes for the holiday. It’s way better than a box of chocolates, especially if [...]

Marooned on Hog Island with 21st Amendement and a Bloody Mary

Stout in a can from Hog Island

For a few years now, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founders of 21st Amendment Brewery, and Hog Island Oyster Company co-founders John Finger and Terry Sawyer have been cooperating on a combination worthy of Reese’s. Yes, it appears, sir, you’ve got your oysters in my stout. The latest iteration, brewed with shells from Hog Island [...]

Classic Gin & Tonic from Fagiani’s

There is a classic style of gin known as “London Dry,” which is best categorized by famous household names such as Tanqueray, Gordon’s and Beefeater. The name, however, refers to the style of gin, since a London dry gin doesn’t actually have to be produced in London (ironically enough). In fact Beefeater is the last [...]

The Blue Marie, a Bloody Mary with a French Accent

French Blue patio

Three sweet little words: Now serving brunch. Few phrases bring more joy to our hearts here at TTG HQ in the brunch hinterlands of Napa. What was once a desert, devoid of benedicts and bloodies, has been shaping up of late. French Blue in St. Helena is the latest restaurant to begin full-on brunch service [...]

An Explosive Drink Recipe from Tales of the Cocktail

oneeyedjacks

Unless you are holed up somewhere with a Clockwork Orange-esque eye-lid-opening contraption affixed to your face attempting to take in every possible minute of live-streaming Olympics broadcast you are probably aware of an arguably more pertinent Olympic-size event going on this weekend in New Orleans: the annual beverage industry gathering known as Tales of the [...]

Fresh Lavender-Infused No. 209 Gin Cocktail

The Honey Bee's Knees

This week we are celebrating our good friend and devoted pollinator, the honey bee. If it weren’t for her hard work and dedication, this cocktail, made with fresh lavender, wouldn’t be possible. Vincent Lee, the equally dedicated barman at Lucy Restaurant and Bar at Bardessono, also played a hand. We are taking the liberty of [...]

Cherries (And Gin and Absinthe) Jubilee: Toasting the Launch of TTG

Vincent Lee at the bar

Tasked with creating a special Distillery No. 209 cocktail for the Table To Grave launch party at Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono, barman Vincent Lee went all out. Taking into account both cherry season and perhaps our color scheme, Lee created a pink frothy libation using fresh cherry juice and an egg white. Without [...]

Dita Von Teese Delivers a Spicy Smack, Takes Her Margarita on the Rocks

Dita Von Teese Cointreau MargaDita

“Life is too short to have badly-made cocktails.” You know her as a burlesque legend and retro hollywood glam gal, but who knew that Dita Von Teese was also a fountain of such cocktilian wisdom? As the spokesperson for Cointreau she stands at the intersection of striptease and finely balanced libations. When she’s not in [...]

Toasting Mother Earth With Infused Organic Vodka

ToasttoGaia

Solage Calistoga really knows how to celebrate Earth Day, in addition to a fat donation to the Napa Valley Vine Trail and planting a tree for every Facebook fan, the resort’s SolBar has dedicated a special cocktail featuring all organic ingredients, called Toast to Gaia and created by somm Bradley Wasserman, which will be served [...]

Saké Joins Mixology Madness

SakéOne's The Grove

When we received an unsolicited case of saké at HQ this week, we were thrilled! Who wouldn’t be? Saké is so often overlooked, even though it so often just exactly the right thing. With sushi, obviously, but we also enjoy it with Chinese takeout, any kind of noodley soup, Vietmanese or otherwise, and for breakfast. [...]