Americano

The last throws of summer have been unrelentingly hot here, leading us to want something more on the light and refreshing side for our afternoon imbibing. We have don’t a number of spritzes already, including the the Venetian Spritz, the  Bitter Intentions and  the  Negroni Sbagliato, so we decided to go with a classic this time. The Americano, like the Negroni, was born from the Milano-Torino cocktail invented in 1860’s by Campari creator, Gaspare Campari, at his Caffè Campari bar in Milano. The original is just equal parts Campari and Punt e Mes sweet vermouth. Add gin and it’s a[…]

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Negroni Sbagliato

As summer is winding to a close (okay, we live in California; please don’t hate us. Okay, go ahead.) we thought we would have one more fling with the those classics of summer frivolity, the spritz.  This item we are going with probably one of our favorites, the Negroni Sbagliato. We got the recipe out of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau.  They retell (via the current owner and son of the alleged inventor) a pretty great story about Mirko Stocchetto, owner of the Bar Brasso in Milan, inventing the drink the[…]

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Bitter Intentions

It’s been hot here.  And not just the usual “No problem; it’s a dry heat” hot, but that your eyes are hot; you can cook your brain kind of hot.   And it’s June. Looks like it could be a long one, so best make certain we have a sufficient cache of summer recipes.   To that end, I turned once again to B’s anniverary gift, Baiocchi and Parisea’s book Spritz.  I was looking for something involving lemons and came across Bitter Intentions, a creation of Bobby Heugel, proprietor of Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston.    This little tipple uses a[…]

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Venetian Spritz

Summer’s decidedly underway here, and to celebrate (actually an anniversary gift), B gave me a copy of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes.   We decided to go for a couple of classics, before wading into the modern machinations. Spritz’s originally started out in the 1800’s as a way to weaken the local wine when a bunch of Austrian’s found themselves trying to govern Veneto (Italy) with wine that was rather stronger than they were used to.  By the early 1900’s, the invention of soda siphons made it possible to add fizz to still wines.  Over the intervening decades,[…]

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Sangria de Jamaica

Summer is upon us and B and I decided today to relax on the patio after a day of helping to pot some plants at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. We went with a sangria of our own creation. What makes this one unique is that we us a traditional Mexican ingredient called agua de flor de Jamaica, a sweetened tea made from dried hibiscus flowers available at any Mexican grocery. Often drunk on its own ice and seltzer, it adds a sweet fruity and floral quality to the sangria. Sangría de Jamaica For the agua de flor de Jamaica,[…]

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Caipirinha

Labor Day has decide to turn up the heat here and I decided something need to be done (and hopefully in a way that would result in a post).  I to thinking about who does heat and holidays better than anyway and I immediately thought of Brazil, which in turn caused me to think our friend Karen who has spent more time there than was probably good for Brazil, but hey, it’s a big country.  She was the one who taught me how to make and pronounce the “National Drink of Brazil” (sorry, I am pretty sure you can’t write[…]

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Champagne Whiskey Punch

Summer is the season for festive and refreshing (if slightly frivolous) imbibing with great friends.  I originally made this frivolously festive tipple a couple years back for the adherents of the Bacchic Villa after finding the recipe in an issue of Imbibe Magazine.  Apparently this marvelous potation is the creation of one Joy Richard, a member of some standing of an even more fantastic society, LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Unfortunately, when I made it, I was in no fit state to take a picture of the creation for the blog, so it fell last weekend[…]

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Sangria

Owing to a concatenation of circumstances, I now realize that I haven’t had a new post in far too long.  Those same circumstances are now compelling me to make the first post ever without a post–ironic in light of the fact that I have several drinks photographed but not written up.  This lack of photography, I intend to rectify with expedience. It’s summer and time for a summer drink.  To my thinking sangria is the quintessential summer social drink–light, refreshing, fun and simple.  It is also more of a genre and a methodology than a recipe (feel free to experiment wildly).  That[…]

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Limoncello Fizzy Sangria

Admittedly “Limoncello Fizzy Sangria” is a bit of a deviation (some might even go as far as deviant) from the usual vintage cocktail vibe of this blog.  I can only offer two items in my defense… summer and patio.   For me, if you combine those two, you wind up at sangria.  I may actually do a blog post some time on my usual (red wine) sangria recipe.  Today’s post, though, is a tasty twist on the idea.  I came across it looking for something to bring to a going a way party for our friends Meghan and Ben. This[…]

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