Cocktail of the Week: The “Saladito,” The Varnish, Los Angeles

The Varnish doesn’t have a signature cocktail. You don’t need to when you’re arguably the most important cocktail bar of the decade or so old speakeasy- craft cocktail movement. It seems as if this hidden, but very well known Downtown Los Angeles and its chief mixologist Eric Alperin are to cocktail “best of” lists andContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: The “Saladito,” The Varnish, Los Angeles”

Negroni Week Finale: A Pair From Hinoki & The Bird

On this final night of May and final night of Negroni Week, why not conclude with a pair of winning Negroni variations from the restaurant reviewed on this site today, Hinoki & The Bird? After all, bar director Sam Ross and chef/owner David Myers have concocted a menu that includes a whole category of Negronis.Continue reading “Negroni Week Finale: A Pair From Hinoki & The Bird”

Negroni Week Thursday: The Power of Punt e Mes

Thirsty Thursday of Negroni Week brings the power of Punt e Mes to the table. What in the world is Punt e Mes? Does it have to with football special teams or rowing in British terms? Punt e Mes is a common substitute for sweet vermouth in cocktails, both Negroni inspired and not. It’s aContinue reading “Negroni Week Thursday: The Power of Punt e Mes”

Negroni Week: Aged, On Tap, or the Boulevardier

Negroni Week continues with an experimental Wednesday if you will. You’ve made the Negroni as smoky as Kansas City BBQ and made it molto Italiano by replacing sweet vermouth and Gin with Cynar and Fernet Branca. Now let’s head to the lab/ barrel room. Of the many liquids Portland, Oregon is known for excelling atContinue reading “Negroni Week: Aged, On Tap, or the Boulevardier”

It’s Negroni Week! Start with the Bottecchia

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the fact that with Memorial Day yesterday the summer grilling season is (un)officially upon us. Our friendly bartenders across the country who are as obsessed with the Negroni as I am have officially deemed this final week of May as Negroni Week. Why not?Continue reading “It’s Negroni Week! Start with the Bottecchia”