The New Beast In Venice: The “Tail” of Barlo

The New Beast In Venice: The “Tail” of Barlo

Until the late 90’s, Venice Beach remained an eclectic crossroad of hippies, gang-members, surfers and artists. It was the poor man’s Santa Monica. And, back in the day it wasContinue Reading

CoupTails: Just Enough Of A Good Thing

CoupTails: Just Enough Of A Good Thing

Cocktails are to alcohol what a slice of chocolate cake is to food.  An indulgence. A treat. Something to get excited about because you don’t have it all the time.Continue Reading

Sweet Treats: New(ish) Liqueurs (Product Review)

Sweet Treats: New(ish) Liqueurs (Product Review)

Everybody loves a little something sweet now and then.  Autumn always feels like the beginning of “indulgence season,” in other words, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — sweets, treats,Continue Reading

Persimmon Fried Pies and Tequila Fig Cocktail

Persimmon Fried Pies and Tequila Fig Cocktail

There’s something comforting about steaming-hot fruit preserves cushioned in flakey homemade dough and simmered in hot oil until golden. At least there is to me. It’s a throwback to myContinue Reading

Martell Caractere: The Everyman’s Sip of Luxury (Product Review)

Martell Caractere: The Everyman’s Sip of Luxury (Product Review)

As any luxury brand knows, a little pomp-and-circumstance goes a long way when presenting a new product to the world… especially if its aimed at catching the eye of theContinue Reading

Bartenders and Sales Reps: Kissing Cousins

Bartenders and Sales Reps: Kissing Cousins

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  We could say the same about running a bar.  Sure, the bartenders are the front line, but there is aContinue Reading

Bubbly Blackberry Mojito: Add Sparkle to a Summer Classic (Guest Post)

Bubbly Blackberry Mojito: Add Sparkle to a Summer Classic (Guest Post)

Mint has grown like wild flowers in my backyard for years. So with my favorite drink’s main ingredient at my disposal, the Mojito is my go-do drink of choice toContinue Reading

DeToxTails: Buzz-Worthy Drinks Without Booze

DeToxTails: Buzz-Worthy Drinks Without Booze

Lower-alcohol / nonalcoholic options are being integrated into cocktail lists around the world.  Offering quality drinks without liquor is not only a thoughtful way to offer healthier (and profitable) optionsContinue Reading

Spirited Awards 2013: Tales From the Red Carpet (Video)

Spirited Awards 2013: Tales From the Red Carpet (Video)

The Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premiere award ceremony for the Spirits Industry. From World’s Best Bartender to Best New Product to Best Cocktail Writing,Continue Reading

“The Chef” (inspiring video)

“The Chef” (inspiring video)

When the Amstel beer folks pitched me a video to “share” with The Liquid Muse audience, I admit that I rolled my eyes thinking that it would have nothing toContinue Reading