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Mon Nouvel Ami

This is another in our new series of cocktails from David Lebovitz‘s Drinking French…. This one is actually David’s riff on a classic cocktail invented by famed Parisian bartender Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar, appearing in his 1922 edition of Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails. MacElhone’s orignal Old… Read More »Mon Nouvel Ami

Tangerine Spritz

This is the first in series of cocktails from David Lebovitz‘s Drinking French… B got this book when it came out last week. We (and B, especially) have been long time fans of David Lebovitz;s cookbooks and blog. I think the first one we ever go was his ice cream… Read More »Tangerine Spritz


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… Read More »Americano


B and I were thumbing through several of our cocktail volumes looking for a suitable tipple to kick off 2017, when we came across the Crux in Robert Hess‘s The Essential Bartender’s Guide.  It looked promising.  Nice classic cocktail structure; at least one odd-ball booze.   What’s not to love. I got to… Read More »Crux

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.… Read More »Negroni Sbagliato


There are few things that say summer more to me than tequila. And good tequila (not the bottle of liquid stupid that we all drank way too much of in college) needs no help. Just a warm summer evening and a glass.  It doesn’t need salt or a lime or… Read More »Rosita

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… Read More »Bitter Intentions

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… Read More »Venetian Spritz

The Edgewood

In looking over our list of possible cocktails, I ran across one we had been considering for quite a while.  Today’s entry is actually the modern creation of  bartender Greg Best, then of Holeman & Finch in Atlanta and appeared in Imbibe Magazine in 2009.  We actually tried (and photographed)… Read More »The Edgewood

Intro to Aperol

B & I were looking through the liquor cabinet in search of inspiration this Sunday and came across our bottle of Aperol.  A quick perusal of our blog revealed an omission of a really great cocktail gem.  Although not, in strictest terms, a vintage cocktail (originally being published around 2009,… Read More »Intro to Aperol