Slap, Slap It’s Spring: Coffee (G)Round Up

Slap, Slap It’s Spring: Coffee (G)Round Up

Nothing says “summer’s almost here” like the twittering of birds, a jaunt to the beach, and losing an hour of sleep.  But never fear: there are many easy ways toContinue Reading

Pour the Bubbly… Margarita, That Is…

Pour the Bubbly… Margarita, That Is…

After all the “Margarita Day” hype, I must do my duty and present this fun & delicious offering. Bartenders are a creative lot, so the idea of taking classic drinksContinue Reading

Top Ten Craft Distillers in the USA – Thrillist Project

Top Ten Craft Distillers in the USA – Thrillist Project

I love small brands.  So much so that I co-created one, I am the Western USA Ambassador for some imported ones, and I’m a cheerleader for the people with passion whoContinue Reading

Throw A Vegan Cocktail Party

Throw A Vegan Cocktail Party

One of my favorite aspects of the liquor business is teaching everyday people how to mix drinks like a pro.  Making mixology accessible via my cocktail books, TV appearances, videoContinue Reading

Warm Drinks For Chilly Weather

Warm Drinks For Chilly Weather

There are many ways to warm up… from the outside, in with a warm jacket. Or from the inside, out with a warm drink!  Toddies made with hot water orContinue Reading

Smokey Chimney Toddy

Smokey Chimney Toddy

In some parts of the world, it is CHILLY right now!  In other parts, its sunny and warm but a cold or flu can strike any time of the year.Continue Reading

Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

When temperatures dip, we are inclined to invite friends over for a cozy night in, rather than brave bar-hopping in the cold.  Not to mention, having people to your homeContinue Reading

Autumn Beet Soup

Autumn Beet Soup

I’ve always considered myself a sun-worshipper, a summer devotee, a beach traveler.  Once I moved to Los Angeles, two decades ago, I couldn’t imagine having to live through temperatures lowerContinue Reading

My Favorite Cooking and Cocktail Books in 2013

My Favorite Cooking and Cocktail Books in 2013

In 2013, my enthusiasm for the culinary arts expanded further into the kitchen.  I’ve been exploring meatless options in an effort to expand my cruelty-free approach to eating.  And, IContinue Reading

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