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
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
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?
During this week leading to Christmas, our thoughts lean toward family, presents, and celebration. To add a bit of sparkle to your celebrations this season or to forget that your are surrounded by family, we bring you a few more of our favorite holiday themed libations. For the back story to each cocktail, click on … Continue reading Holiday Sparkle with Cocktails
‘Tis the season to celebrate, so we thought we’d share with you a few of our favorite cocktail creations to get you in the holiday spirit. Each represent favorite memories and tastes that echo this time of year. To read about our inspiration for each libation follow the title link; otherwise, enjoy the recipes to … Continue reading Decking the Halls with Cocktails
We’ve all been there. A chilly night at a fair with the scents of caramel apples and cotton candy wafting by, colored lights shining and blinking everywhere, and the sounds of a calliope and laughter filling the air. It’s a beautiful scene. That is until you turn the corner and are face-to-face with the barker … Continue reading Come Look at the Freaks
When you hear the phrase “twisting the lion’s tail”, a cocktail is not the first thing that comes to mind. Most likely visions of violence on the African plains as a result of an ill-advised activity spring to mind. But, in the 1930s, “twisting the lion’s tail” was American slang for anything distinctly British. Based … Continue reading A Twist of the Lion’s Tail
One of my favorite things growing up was root beer flavored Fizzies. Remember them? You dropped a little brown tablet about the size of a sweet tart into a glass of water and after a couple of minutes of fizzing (see how the name works?), you get a tall glass of root beer! Well, I’m … Continue reading Unusual spirits and intriguing ingredients: Root