May 26, 2010

0 the Margarita

The Margarita, in all of its simplistic glory—with more self-professed originators than the internet, see Ted Haigh interview—is all too often forsaken.  In a town like Los Angeles, sadly, one couldn't find a decent Margarita until a few years a...

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May 25, 2010

1 Q&A with Ted Haigh: Origins of the Margarita

I had the great pleasure of sitting down with LA's own Ted Haigh--one of the world's leading cocktail historians.  Our topic for the day: the Margarita--one of the most popular cocktails on earth. Q&A with Ted Haigh Origins: the Marga...

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Filed Under: Cocktails, Uncategorized

May 9, 2010

1 Pisco Sour

How many times have we had Pisco Sours--and how many poor executions have we endured?  Properly made, this cocktail should transport you to a strange and fantastic place, familiar and entirely unknown.  I have worked hard to duplicate the best Pi...

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May 2, 2010

1 Lucas Paya: the Genuine Article

Lucas Paya, Bar Centro, The Bazaar, SLS Hotel Just as Picasso shown extraordinary talent decades before his journeys into cubism and surrealism, the best abstract painters can also replicate uncanny likeness of the human form.  Accordingly, the c...

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March 11, 2010

0 Asado Prieto

Asado Prieto 2 oz        Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas ½ oz     Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth ½ oz    Fresh squeezed lemon juice ½ oz    Fresh squeezed lime juice ½ oz    Agave Nectar 1    Luxardo Marasche Ch...

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March 10, 2010

1 Ice: a Deal Breaker?

The question is, unfortunately, all too often asked, "Is ice really that big of a deal?  To those who have, for whatever strange reason, not gotten the picture yet—yes, ice is that essential in the making of a good cocktail.  Don't feel ashamed...

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March 9, 2010

0 Las Perlas is Here!

Las Perlas—mezcal’s new Los Angeles home, thanks to Cedd Moses and Mark Verge— is opening tonight!  When you go (which better be soon), ask for Raul Yrastorza, the man in charge, who has actually walked the palenques of Oaxaca with Ron Coope...

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March 3, 2010

0 Manzanita de Chimayo

Tonight’s drink was directly stolen from Arturo Jaramillo, owner of the Rancho de Chimayó restaurant in Chimayó, New Mexico (which happens to be close to Ron Cooper’s—founder of Del Maguey and architect of Mezcal’s resurrection—home in Ta...

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March 2, 2010

2 Wedding Crasher

Wedding Crasher 1 oz    Don Q Light Rum 1oz    Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum 1 oz    Lemon Heart Demerara 151 Rum ½ oz    St-Germian Elderflower liqueur ½ oz    Agave Nectar 1 oz    Fresh squeezed orange juice ¾ oz    Fresh ...

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March 1, 2010

0 LA Cocktail: The Dark Horse Strikes Again

Last night Matthew Biancaniello claimed victory in yet another cocktail competition, having placed just behind the Roger Room’s Jason Bran.  The two will travel together to New York, representing Los Angeles in the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup, ...

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