Readers of this blog know we have been engaged in a long-time love affair with cocktails. Our romance with all things cocktail took an unexpected turn recently when worlds collided with our Celtic heritage. About a year ago, the folks over at Scotpress put out a request for Scottish-based cocktail recipes and a mutual friend put them in touch with us. What started … Continue reading We’re baaaaack! And, we brought a book.
We have a few places around town that are comforting favorites. One of those spots is Brian Lewis’s Bocado with the talented David Durnell behind the bar. Another is across the street at Octane coffee bar. So imagine our delight when we were invited to explore the new brunch menu at Brian Lewis’s second restaurant, … Continue reading A Perfect Brunch at STG Trattoria
When Nicky, The Piper, and I were in Italy last year, we were surprised by the number of beer pairings we came across at many small restaurants and cafes. Seriously? Here we were in Tuscany, home of the Brunellos and Super Tuscans, and these locals were excited about the fall offerings of new beers and … Continue reading Little bit of Wild Heaven at Cucina Asellina
Not long ago, we were invited to try a little place called Table and Main located in a renovated 1910 house in Roswell, GA. For those of you who know us, you can imagine our first thought was, this really may not be our cup of tea . . . or shaker of Manhattans if … Continue reading Settling Down at Table and Main
Last evening Katruska and I were finally able to make it over to The Pinewood Tippling Room located in Decatur in the old Cakes & Ale space. The space has been converted into a modern take on the standard American bar/restaurant with both the kitchen and bar focusing on re-interpretations of classic recipes. This is … Continue reading Tippling at The Pinewood
Nicky and I recently visited The Wrecking Bar Brewpub – one of our favorites – to see what was happening with the spring cocktails, the barrel-age program, and new brews. We were excited, but not surprised, to find lots of good things going on behind the bar and in the brew house. Barrel-Aged Cocktails There … Continue reading Spring cocktails and summer brews at Wrecking Bar Brewpub
One of the biggest drinking holidays in our country, Cinco de Mayo brings folks out of the woodwork to throw back shots of cheap tequila and put away pitchers of artificial, prepackaged mix margaritas. We want to repeat our rules – imbibe responsibly, imbibe properly, and imbibe well. Again, we have laws of libation and … Continue reading Refreshing the rules on Cinco de Mayo
The day of our people has arrived . . . St. Paddy’s Day! Before you begin celebrating the day we commemorate St. Patrick (387-461 AD), let’s make sure you have a few facts straight so you don’t look ridiculous after a few drinks tomorrow. 1. It’s St. Paddy, not St. Patty It is Paddy, not … Continue reading St. Paddy’s Day – Get it right
The Mamie Taylor cocktail. Every heard of it? No? You’re not alone. This under-appreciated classic is not even on the menu of most modern hallowed halls of cocktails. This long forgotten libation first appeared in print in The Bartender’s Book by Jack T0wnsend in 1952. However, by this point, the Mamie Taylor was already long … Continue reading Mamie Yes, Mamie No?
Charlie and Jim met at the University of Georgia. As good college students tend to do, they bonded over a common love. Whiskey. After a good deal of talking and enjoying single malts, Irish whiskey, bourbon and some rye, it became clear to the two what the next step should be. Create a whiskey of … Continue reading American Spirit Whiskey – a white whiskey to love