The Balanced Bartender

The Balanced Bartender

The whirlwind of holiday entertaining is finally over. What a relief not to prepare drinks for dozens of guests, engage them in lively conversation, and clean up after they’ve gone.Continue Reading

Sipping Sexy: Aphrodisiac Cocktails

Sipping Sexy: Aphrodisiac Cocktails

Tequila shots and clumsy kisses across barstools can happen any time. But, Valentine’s Day brings an opportunity to really impress someone with whom you want to get drunk and naked!Continue Reading

Hard Core: Santa Fe Cider Makers Bring On the Juice (SF Reporter – Cover Story)

Hard Core: Santa Fe Cider Makers Bring On the Juice (SF Reporter – Cover Story)

Hard apple cider was arguably the most popular boozy beverage in the United States prior to the 20th century, and its cultural roots run deep. Founding Father John Adams isContinue Reading

Red Or Green: Spice Up Holiday Cheer(s) with Santa Fe Christmas Cocktail

Red Or Green: Spice Up Holiday Cheer(s) with Santa Fe Christmas Cocktail

I’m excited to announce my new bi-monthly cocktail column in the Santa Fe Reporter called Kiss My Glass. The first piece ran the first week of December, and featured this redContinue Reading

A Gringa’s Diary: Forty Years of Santa Fe Nights

A Gringa’s Diary: Forty Years of Santa Fe Nights

I usually keep The Liquid Muse blog posts booze-focused. However, I am proud to share some of my non-cocktail writing that was recently acknowledged as the 2nd place winner in the Santa FeContinue Reading

Drink Books That Hit My Shelves in 2014

Drink Books That Hit My Shelves in 2014

Each year, more liquor, bar, cocktail and beverage books are published. It’s a sign that cocktail culture is growing as people want to try new things, educate themselves and entertain.Continue Reading

Holiday Cocktails With A New Mexico Twist

Holiday Cocktails With A New Mexico Twist

Sharing cocktails with non-bartenders is one of my favorite things! People from all walks of life love to cook, entertain and make drinks. De-mystifying mixology brings me a lot ofContinue Reading

In Good Taste: Chocolatier, Lydia Studier-Tarzia

In Good Taste: Chocolatier, Lydia Studier-Tarzia

Santa Fe is a town where food and art collide. So, its not surprising for a creative person to leave her hometown of Leonia, New Jersey, in 2007, to studyContinue Reading

The Bartender Diaries: Balance Babe Effie Panagopoulos

The Bartender Diaries: Balance Babe Effie Panagopoulos

Balance in the booze biz is my passion and gives meaning to my work world, and I am not alone. So many colleagues and liquor companies are supporting bartenders’ livesContinue Reading

Keeping It Real: Mind, Body, Spirit(s)

Keeping It Real: Mind, Body, Spirit(s)

“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.” Deepak Chopra The nature of the bar business isContinue Reading