If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it maybe three times, I love a good Negroni. It’s a great pre-dinner cocktail that wakes up your taste buds getting you ready for a damn fine meal. The classic is a model of simplicity, one-part gin (because gin is awesome), one-part Campari and one-part sweet vermouth. However, what if you’re looking for something different? What if you’re looking to change your Negroni ways? Then you’re going to want to try an Orange Negroni!
When in doubt, if it’s warm out, citrus is your friend. Lemonade is a hit for a reason. Limeade, you bet. For those of you with a bit of a drinking bent, such as myself, a Margarita or three will hit the spot nicely. However, sometimes you want to expand your horizons. Sometimes you feel the urge to go beyond the everyday and go into the extraordinary. Well, for you my fine drinking friend, we have the Lemon Cardamom Pisco Sour!
Light, summer, refreshing, tasty – yup, these are all descriptors that I want in a cocktail when it’s getting hotter. A citrus kick, a cooling flair, an unctuous mouthfeel (but maybe not a milkshake…today!), why yes, I know exactly the type of drink I need to banish this (basically) summertime heat. It’s time for a Cucumber Elderflower Cocktail!
If you’ve spent time around LA — or really any part of Central to Southern California — during June, then you’ve experienced the oddity that is June gloom. You’d think because it’s summer, the days would be amazing sun-washed experiences of brilliant glory. However, the sad reality is that coastal clouds overhang and put a damper the mood, hence June gloom. We decided it was time to turn that gloominess into a drinking opportunity. Get ready for the June Gloom (in cocktail form)!
Ah warm weather, it’s spectacular. You’ve got your beach trips, your backyard grilling, your cool drink sipping while sitting on the porch. While we technically do none of these things, I certainly do enjoy thinking about them. That cool drink however, we do sip those — just not on the porch. Let’s change things up with something a little different, the Southside!
I love fruity, tropical drinks. Yeah, I know that, technically speaking, alcohol is a depressant. However, the doesn’t mean that your drink has to be depressing. It should help you escape the humdrum, escape the everyday and slip off to somewhere exciting, somewhere exotic. That’s why I love a good Mai Tai, a quality Margarita and now, oh yes, now it’s time for the Bird of Paradise!
Occasionally, over brunch, a Screwdriver fits the bill perfectly. Orange and booze to start the day — who doesn’t like that? Though, when a tropical urge hits, I’ve been known to want something a little different, something with a little more sway in its style. Something much like the Hawaiian Screwdriver!
When Alice and I visited China, it confirmed what we’d already largely suspected: it’s not much of a cocktail culture. You’re looking at beer when you’re drinking there. Or baiju, but I promise you, don’t want that. That doesn’t mean you can’t make Chinese-inspired cocktails. Fruit, booze, fun and grandma’s cooking (the best restaurant we ate in Beijing was, basically, grandma’s cooking — it was epic)! Now, let’s have a Blue China to celebrate!