Bloody Mary Batch Instructions

Apparently, the Bottled Bloody Brunch Batch is a hit, and I’ve gotten good feedback on it from industry pros and friends alike, so I thought I would make the recipe more portable by creating a half-sheet, printable PDF. This recipe for making a half-gallon of great Bloody Mary Mix right in the bottle now includes …

New Favorite Mixer: Aliseo Blood Orange Juice

I went looking for new and interesting mixers at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this week, and my favorite was surprisingly simple.  Aliseo makes a boxed blood orange juice that tastes exactly like fresh-squeezed, which is nice, because blood oranges aren’t always easy to find depending on your location and time of year. …

Holiday Cocktail Party in Vermont (with Hot Punch Recipe)

I’ve been tasked with bringing my cocktail knowledge back to Vermont this month, where I can attest, a good drink is scarcer than hen’s teeth, as they say in the Northeast, and finding a bottle of Fernet Branca is harder than Chinese algebra (another favorite Vermont colloquialism).  My parents have asked me to play bartender …

Stocking The Home Bar

The LibationLab guide to stocking your home bar.  There are “minimum” (to avoid embarrassment) and “expanded” (to impress others) versions in each of 4 categories with notes.  It works well as a shopping list/checklist. 1. Alcohol Respectable Minimum: Keep a bottle each of whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, brandy, Cointreau, dry and sweet vermouth. Expanded …