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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

Cappelletti Spritz

B was exceptionally generous this birthday and indulged my love of obscure booze.  To this end, I got two different amaro that I didn’t have, Cappelletti and Averna.  Fortunately, my birthday last year also provided me with Brad Thomas Parsons‘ book Amaro. There were several recipes for both of these… Read More »Cappelletti Spritz

Spring Is in the Air

Spring is here.  The plum tree is in bloom–okay, it’s the first year. And when I say in bloom, I mean “It has a bloom”. Even the doves are getting frisky. What the first warm days of spring require is unalloyed frivolity.  I figure that has to mean bubbles.  I… Read More »Spring Is in the Air


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

A Civilized Respite…

Mom and Teresa flew in for Thanksgiving. Mom, fresh from Australia, and T, fresh-ish from Cuba.   After a decidedly gluttonous gorging of turkey, we set to decorating 22 feet of Christmas trees.   Obviously, with a campaign of magnitude, fortification is required.  Fortunately, T, brought me back a great souvenir… Read More »A Civilized Respite…

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

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

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… Read More »Sangria de Jamaica


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… Read More »Caipirinha