Elderflower liqueur is something I never would have thought to try had a friend not recommended it a few years ago. And ever since then, I’ve been adding it to all sorts of drinks. As far as cocktails go, this sweetly floral liqueur has been truly changed my world.
A little splash of St. Germain with a gin and tonic, vodka and club soda, or glass of sparkling wine has really lifted my standard cocktails of choice to a new level. That goes doubly for less-than-stellar glasses of sparkling wine (or even regular white wine). In all seriousness, this liqueur has saved many a bottle of almost-undrinkable white wine gifts from the trash. (more…)
Mother Nature, your recent weather shenanigans have put me in an awkward position, alcoholically speaking. When San Francisco weather turned predictably frigid at the end of October, as it has done for all of the past five years I’ve lived here, I officially went into fall and winter mode. I made an Oktoberfest-inspired potato and bratwurst salad; and I baked a gorgonzola-crusted pear tart; and I lunged head first into butternut squash season; and I embraced hearty grains and winter greens; and I even purchased some apple brandy on a particularly bone-chilling day so that I could make a nice warm beverage to enjoy in front of the fire that evening. Then the Giants won the World Series, and suddenly, we’ve reverted back to Indian summer. And actually, it’s been even warmer than early September through late October. It’s been downright hot and incredibly sweaty. Need I remind you it’s November?!? How am I supposed to use the 7-pound sugar pie pumpkin I invested in when my apartment is blazing hot without even turning on the oven or stove? And more importantly, what will become of that apple brandy, which I longed to pour into hot apple cider and other cold weather cocktail concoctions?
This is all particularly frustrating to me because I’m a planner by nature. One look at my Google calendar will show you that I plan weeks and even months – and sometimes an entire year – in advance. That look will also reveal that I am serious about organization; you’ll see I’ve got not one, but five different calendars within the Google calendar: social/travel; birthdays; professional; deadlines; and Bar Method. (Yes, Bar Method has an entire calendar to itself. And it’s fabulously pink.) I probably have a problem. But I can’t help it, and it keeps me very aware of what I’m doing, where I’m going, who I’m meeting, and when all of this is occurring. Some might call me “thoroughly organized and incredibly detail-oriented;” others might go with “crazy.”
Either way, when I buy something like apple brandy, I expect to use it. For winter drinks. Maybe even for winter cooking. But I just can’t drink brown booze when it’s 80 degrees out. (more…)
Whoa, that’s a big cocktail. Almost life-sized. You could almost reach through your screen and drink it. Except you can’t. Because it’s mine. But it’s Cinco de Mayo, so let’s hear a little arriba, abajo, al centro, pa’dentro for semi-fake holidays that really just give us an excuse to imbibe tequila and eat guacamole.
Did you know that Mexico’s tastiest mixed beverage isn’t, in fact, la margarita but rather la paloma? (more…)