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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Filed Under: Cocktails, Spirits

February 27, 2010

2 Valentina

I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Lucas Paya recently, and the drink dubbed Valentina is what I offered.  He, of course, buried me in a myriad of delectable concoctions; but, this cocktail has continued to win hearts and minds (in my ...

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February 26, 2010

0 LA Cocktails: Terra Firma

In spite of LA’s unrivaled haunts and illustrious lineage—from the Brown Derby to Chasen’s, Chandler to Barrymore—until recently, there were only a handful of places left to get a proper cocktail.  The classics—Musso & Frank, Dan Tan...

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February 25, 2010

2 The Varnish Turns One

Last night the Varnish celebrated its first year—which is hard to believe considering the vital role it has played in establishing LA’s cocktail community.  People came from near and far, among them Mr. Petraske, Mr. Moses and, of course, ...

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February 23, 2010

2 Paradise Poured

Four classic tropical cocktails born in the golden age of tiki, reimagined for a new generation with premium spirits and ingredients fresh from the farmers’ market produced by WYATT PEABODY / cocktails by JOHN COLTHARP with JEFF BERRY / illustr...

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February 23, 2010

0 L.A. Cocktails: Parting Shots

Next time you’re pouring top-tier tequila, line up a selection of piquant sangritas (literal translation: “little blood”). Each toothsome nonalcoholic companion acts as a palate cleanser between hits of the peppery agave spirit. by Wyatt Pea...

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February 22, 2010

0 L.A. Cocktails: Liquid Heaven

At the Varnish, a speakeasy-style downtown bar that is now the city’s shrine to the art of the cocktail, the who’s who of the L.A. mixology scene are arriving. Tucked into the back of Cole’s, it’s a fine gathering place for an event with ...

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February 20, 2010

1 Mezcal Free Spirit

You find yourself tearing down a seemingly endless dirt road in Ron Cooper’s Jeep—a rooster tail of dust marking a path as your body jolts in the backseat. The radio signal renders faint traces of a Mexican narco-ballad on the blown-out speak...

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December 20, 2009

Comments Off Whiskey River Don't Run Dry

Good Bourbon holds a long line in my blood—going back through generations and twisted lineage. It was drunk with a bit of room temperature branch water, to release the innate flavors. Any man who used cola with his Bourbon was not to be trusted. ...

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