Cocktail Cake

The complexity of a cocktail doesn’t always translate well into food, but I’ve found a reliable medium in the form of classic pound cake. As summer is winding down and there is a ton of fresh fruit at the market, I have been breaking these out more often. It’s simple even if you’re not a […]

Beer Salt

The most fascinating new product at this year’s Winter Fancy Food Show (at least from the drinking persective), is apparently a quarter-century old, but I hadn’t heard of it until a December.   I was planning another peaceful New Year’s eve in Manhattan at Death and Company, when a friend called to suggest that I […]

Aromatic Garnish

Last week I attended a tasting for Bloom Gin, a floral London Dry from the world’s only female master gin distiller (update: or so they claim. See Chad’s comment below), which is about to launch in the US.  Among a flight of  cocktails, there was something simple yet remarkable. The Bloom G+T was garnished with […]

Bar Snack: Liptauer

Have I ever mentioned that I’ve mapped out the concept for my first cocktail bar?  As incredibly pretentious as it sounds, the theme is Freudian, fin-de-siecle Vienna, but way more fun and playful than that makes it seem. I won’t get into it more than that, because I have surely horrified you, but one of […]


My intern has an addiction…and a new blog! The addiction is to marshmallows, and the blog is Octopus Parfait. We joined forces to create a batch of booze infused marshmallows that I am determined to use as a drink garnish. Schnapps-mallows 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 cup cold water 1  1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 […]

Sozzle Sticks

My friend Summer served something like this as a snack after Thanksgiving dinner. Hers were rooted in jalapeno vodka, but I thought I would give it my own twist. These are great to munch on or as garnish in a bloody Mary. Sozzle Sticks 2 ounces chipotle-infused tequila 3/4 ounce agave syrup juice of one […]