A Rose By Any Other Name…

…would smell of bourbon if we had our way.  But until that kind of Kentucky hybrid is available, we’ll be exploring another rose, the Jack Rose Cocktail.  Shakespeare himself would be pleased with the misunderstandings and legends surrounding the origins of this libation’s name.  The first story is the simplest with the drink deriving its …

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The Bitter Edge of a Honeymoon

No, we haven’t traded cocktails for couples counseling.  The honeymoon that we’re talking about is the Honeymoon Cocktail.  This vintage cocktail originally appeared in the Hugo Ensslin’s book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, in 1917, but was made famous as the signature cocktail at the Brown Derby in Los Angeles.  Since then it’s been through many … Continue reading The Bitter Edge of a Honeymoon

Arabian Nights: Tales of an Underground Dinner

Arabian Nights. It conjures up visions of mystical, exotic, and adventurous tales. Last Saturday night at Jenny Levison’s Secret Underground Dinner, her Arabian Nights theme brought all that and more. The incredible David Sweeney (Dynamic Dish, Restaurant Eugene) provided an scrumptious menu of Middle Eastern delights, while Tom Murphy (Murphy’s) provided some fabulous wines. Nicky … Continue reading Arabian Nights: Tales of an Underground Dinner