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

The Bartender Diaries: Tiki Temptress Mindy Kucan (Portland)

The Bartender Diaries: Tiki Temptress Mindy Kucan (Portland)

I’m excited to finally get The Bartender Diaries back up-and-running on The Liquid Muse!  I did quite a few of these bartender profiles between the years of 2007 – 2010Continue Reading

Spirited Awards Winners at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 (Video)

Spirited Awards Winners at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 (Video)

I have the privilege of being among the first people in the world to congratulate the best people in the bar business on the most exciting night of Tales of theContinue Reading

Los Angeles: Kitchen Meets Bar Class at Spork Foods

Los Angeles: Kitchen Meets Bar Class at Spork Foods

Teaching is my favorite thing to do in the liquor business. Whether training distributors’ sales teams, doing an on-premise spirits talk in bars and restaurants, or teaching a cocktail classContinue Reading

Seattle: FREE Cocktail Seminars at Rob Roy

Seattle: FREE Cocktail Seminars at Rob Roy

Most cocktail bars are great to visit for a drink. During the usual socializing hours. Its pretty straight-forward… you show up, you pick a cocktail off the menu, enjoy it,Continue Reading