An Explosive Drink Recipe from Tales of the Cocktail

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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 [...]

MCA’s Recipe for Pasta with Pesto

“I’ll be in the paper/ The news with Ernie Anastos/ They’ll even print my recipe for pasta with pesto.” Here is, in accordance with what we think his dying wishes might well have been, MCA’s recipe for pasta with pesto (as printed in Grand Royal magazine and via Food in My Beard). Our guest chef [...]

Toasting Mother Earth With Infused Organic Vodka

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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

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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. [...]

When Life Gives you Grape Juice, Make Gin

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Husband and wife winemakers Alex and Monica Villicana of Villicana Winery in Paso Robles had been throwing away a lot of grape juice. Like many red-wine producers, they cold-soak their Rhone varietal grapes for a few days before allowing fermentation to begin. During this time, some of the juice is allowed to run off, increasing [...]

Cline Cellars’ Burnt-Honey Ricotta Gnocchi

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Cline Cellars, a Sonoma producer most known for its zinfandel and its Rhone blends has quietly produced small quantities of a very food-friendly Sonoma Coast pinot noir since 2007, though up until very recently in amounts so small that they didn’t make it far from the tasting room. To celebrate the release of its Cool [...]

Mad Men Viewing Party Cocktail List

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At least as enjoyable as the more soap operatic aspects of Mad Men is just the pure simple joy of the cocktail culture as depicted in the world of the show. Count us in on any vision that includes cans of beer and bottles of bourbon as office supplies. To help you usher in the new [...]