Nov 122014
Mint Green Hot Toddy + Early Cold Front

This started out as a failed experiment with a green tea mojito. Yeah, no. But I love these flavors — green tea, fresh mint, lime — and was determined to make them work together in some sort of easy, spirited recipe. Then this rather early cold front blew in, and I thought, “hot toddy!” Using light rum instead of whiskey proved to be a winning combination. That tropical hit of […]

Aug 262014
Tanqueray 10 Julep + Spiced Candied Walnuts

It is truly the dog days of summer around here, with upper-90s temperatures and tropical humidity competing for what’s left of my sanity. This Tanqueray 10 Julep has been on heavy rotation at my house, and I suspect it will stay there for at least another few weeks — or at least until we get some break in the weather. Even a whiff of fall would help! Tanqueray 10, to […]

May 112014
Goat Cheese & Celery Sandwich + Bitter Lemon Gin Fizz

Before I launch into this post, a few words about celery. At some point, this lovely vegetable was relegated to sad crudité plates and deprivation diets. Which is a shame, because it can be such an appealing, crunchy and tasty addition to so many dishes. A few years ago, the importance of removing the strings from celery became clear to me in a deliciously unusual chopped salad of celery, sliced […]

Feb 022014
Blood Orange Sparkler + Sweet Chile Cashews

I’m always happy when blood oranges hit my local markets. In part because it reminds me of the first glass of blood orange juice I ever had. I was 21 and had just arrived in Rome’s Termini train station, about to discover what would turn out to be my favorite city on earth. The train ride from Paris (yes, from Paris all the way to Rome — it’s a long […]

May 232013
Cucumber Basil Gimlet + Spiced Candied Walnuts

I’ve been drinking this cocktail for a solid year — in fact, I declared it my 2012 Summer Cocktail last April, and I’ve barely put down the shaker since. If you’re looking for something special to perk up your Memorial Day plans, give this gimlet a go. This Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka nicely walks the line between the delicate sweetness of freshly sliced cucumber and the slight herbal/bitter quality of […]

Apr 152013
Mother's Day + Champagne Fizz

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Here’s a fun, boozy book that would make a great gift or, better yet, an ongoing reference guide for choosing the right tipple based on the accomplishments of the day. The Big Book of Martinis for Moms arrived at my office a few weeks ago, and it really is pretty cute. The idea is a slew of classic cocktails, some slightly reimagined as martinis, as well as […]

Apr 122013
Unda-Style Quesadilla + A Winemaker's Margarita

India in 2006 flowed over me in a blur of bright colors, chaotic roads, fort tours, and naan. One of many lasting effects of the journey was a deep obsession with aloo tikki chole chaat. I’ve haunted myriad chaat shops and Indian food joints in my home city and elsewhere, looking for that perfect balance of tender, tangy, sweet, spicy, crunchy that is, in my opinion, one of the world’s greatest comfort foods. Along […]