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    November 18, 2014

    Review: Pax Americana Focuses on Food From This Country in a Quietly Spectacular Way

    It's a nearly religious experience when Pax Americana's chef, Adam Dorris, takes one simple ingredient and builds a dish around it that highlights its inherent goodness. Take, for example, the beautiful deep red confit carrots, lightly sweetened with sorghum, that recline in the most lovely way atop ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Four Cocktails to Make with Guajiro Honey Rum from the Canary Islands

    Several years ago, Debbie Doherty and Barbara Snider and their husbands traveled to the Canary Islands, autonomous colonies of Spain off the coast of west Africa. There, they fell in love with both the islands and their signature drink: Rum. Rum is most often associated with the Caribbean, but sug ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Recipe: Nigerian Chapman Cocktail

    Now that the temperatures are finally creeping up, I'm getting more in the mood for chilled beverages. While perusing recipes for Thai iced tea I ran across a blog post that mentioned the Nigerian Chapman cocktail. Its name immediately suggested to me some intriguing imperial concoction, so I did so ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Old Fashioned Cocktail Gets A Make-Under

    The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the present.

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    March 4, 2014

    Celebrate Mardi Gras With These New Orleans (Inspired) Drinks

    El Big Bad bartender Sheridan Fay knows a lot about Mardi Gras. She grew up in New Orleans and remembers serving as royalty in one of the many parades in town, then racing across town to see a different parade. There was lots of food ("My family always brought fried chicken") lots of revelry ("My un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Dude! Alamo Drafthouse Introduces Cocktails to Pair With Your Favorite Films

    Nothing pairs better with drinks than the right food. Except maybe movies. From the White Russians in The Big Lebowski to martinis in any (and all) James Bond films to the French 75, which rose to fame after its mention in Casablanca, films and cocktails have a long, mouthwatering history. Alamo D ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The Top 10 Items That Any Self-Respecting Home Bartender Should Own and Use Well

    These items can't make you a star bartender, but they'll make you a better one.

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013

    Food Expiration Date Labels

    What do they really mean?

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Build-A-Bar: Become Bewitched by Strega, Deliciously

    When I was a kid, I was scared of Tomie dePaola. I'm not entirely certain why, but something about the thick line-drawn characters and heavy-handed, morality play narratives in his children's books was deeply unsettling to my 8-year-old self. Strega Nona, in particular, terrified me. Even the words, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Bartender Robby Cook of J. Black's Prepares to Compete in National Bombay Sapphire Event

    Robby Cook will tell you he is first and foremost a musician. He just bartends to pay the bills. It would seem Cook, a bartender at J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen and Louge, is pretty darn good at his hobby though. He was recently named the regional winner in the United States Bartenders' Guild's "M ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Patriotic Cocktails, Part 2: The Thomas Jefferson Collins

    This Independence Day, set yourself free from garish red-white-and-blue cocktails by mixing up some patriotic drinks whose taste as well as appearance honors the spirit of the holiday. In this series, I will explore some off-the-beaten-path adult beverages for your July 4th party. In addition to ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Get Your Head Spinning with a Dreidel Cocktail for Hanukkah

    I'm always curious about seasonal traditions that aren't my own, especially for holidays I didn't grow up celebrating. While picking a college friend's brain about Hanukkah food and drink recipes, I randomly inquired about the possibility of a Hanukkah cocktail. "Well," she said, "I can't really th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Spicy Nuts and Tennessee-Style Barbecue

    From the Gutt: Does every wine drinker's palate matter? That's the question posed this week by local wine blogger Tom Gutting, who writes that it's "silly to think that an 'expert' taster's opinion, such as that of Robert Parker or James Laube or James Suckling, should be given dictatorial deference ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Party Like It's 1799: The Rienzi Punch Party

    When I was first approached with the opportunity to cover the MFAH's second annual punch party, I had my doubts about the quality of the libations. As a card-carrying Victorianist, I'm pretty much professionally obligated to scoff at the so-called merits of other historical eras in favor of promoti ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    El Gran Malo Wins the LaB 5555 Mixology Contest at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

    At first, I wasn't sure how a drink containing both gin and coconut milk was going to work out. The creamy base is terrific in curries, but in cocktails? Although I watched as 150 people lined up to taste the creation, I remained unconvinced of the Rangoon Social Club that bartenders Angel Belman an ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Build-A-Bar: Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallBears, bait, Battlestar Galactica.​A few days ago on Twitter, I commented on the strange turns my job has taken of late, migrating into areas that fall outside of my actual job description by a good margin. My friend Phaedra and I joked back and forth about it for a wh ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Build-A-Bar: Allspice Dram

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallBack in the saddle, again, courtesy of the Tradewinds Toddy.​I'll excuse you for thinking this column was kaput. It's kind of felt that way. Between a hectic schedule over the past few months and a few cold-and-allergy related palate deaths, I've had neither the time n ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Five Cocktails You May Prefer to Mix at Home

    Photo by John Kiely​Classic cocktails are called that, not because they're old, but because they are delicious. Most of them can be ordered at any well-stocked bar, and some of them--such as a Negroni, Sazerac, or Martini--can be ordered with swagger. However, there's some classic cocktails ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Spooky Booze: 5 Creepy Cocktails To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

    Ahh, October: the time of year when we head to Frankel's/ Party Boy/ Stripper Depot to find our Halloween costumes, fat orange gourds sit outside at Kroger baking in the Houston sun, and every awful (by awful, I mean awesome) '80s horror movie is on AMC. I love everything about Halloween -- falling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Pink Gin: Nobody Talks Bad about Plymouth

    ​In Belize, my friend Kiv taunted an Englishman for sipping a pink cocktail, in a waterside tavern. After some words ending with the trite "You and what army?" the man and his buddies - British SAS commandos on leave from jungle training -- promptly heaved Kiv over a railing, into the cholera ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Vermouth and the Lost Art of the Aperitif

    ​Many might think that vermouth should be covered by one of my excellent cocktail blogging colleagues like Nicholas Hall (as a fan of all things Italian, I loved his recent post on Fernet Branca). In the U.S. we only think of vermouth as a liqueur and an ingredient used in cocktails (and somet ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Build-A-Bar: Fernet Branca

    Sometimes, the most boring containers have the most interesting contents.​Fernet Branca is not for everyone. In fact, I think there's a fair argument to be made that Fernet Branca is not for most people. It usually gets a visceral reaction on first taste. I've seen it firsthand. My reaction up ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Booze: The Southside Mystery

    ​The Southside cocktail is a quintessential, yet underrated hot weather cooler. It's a refreshingly light mix of gin, mint, lemon or lime, and sweetness, perfect for a summer's evening. The only uncertainty is its birthplace. The most popular claim is that the drink originated in Chicago, durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Tookie'sAll your honking finally paid off, folks!​It's a busy weekend across the city, from a pub crawl downtown to a flash mob in Clear Lake. But first things first, tickets are still available for the Hats Off to Hospitality gala this Sunday, June 26, at Haven. The gala wi ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Grand Prize Takes the Grand Prize (and Second Place, Too) at On The Rocks Cocktail Competition

    Justin Burrow's tequila tiki cocktail, the Santa Maria Swizzle. See more photos in our slideshow.​Alba Huerta and Cedomil Slokar took home first and second place at last night's On The Rocks cocktail competition, scoring at $1,000 check for Huerta and a double victory for Grand Prize Bar. Both ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 24, 2011

    Southwest on Washington

    Anyway you spell TQLA, it's fabulous.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Jones Soda Cocktails

    Chris Frankel.​Everyone likes to talk about the great presents they receive over the holidays. What often goes unmentioned is the laundry list of crappy gifts out there. You know you got them, likely from some far-flung aunt who just can't believe that anyone wouldn't want a collection of salt ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Grand Prize's Vieux Carre

    Troy Fields​Compared to other big cities, Houston does not have a hipster problem - if you feel otherwise, either your definition is too broad or you just got off a Greyhound from somewhere like Odessa. Still, when neighborhood sports bar Ernie's closed and news broke that slightly more polish ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Vintage Cocktails: Tiki Drinks

    Brittanie SheyBig Bamboo, served in vintage tall glasses.​Say "tiki drink" to someone unfamiliar with the cocktail style, and they'll often imagine a frozen daiquiri with an umbrella served at some bar where Jimmy Buffett is on repeat and all the patrons wear Tommy Bahama. But the truth is th ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    The Corn N' Oil

    ​For weeks, we have resisted the urge to write about the Corn N' Oil. After all, this column should be a refuge from the daily stream of petroleum press about the Gulf becoming saturated with incompetence in addition to oil. But the barrage of Kevin Costner clips, BP CEO "Seriously did he just ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Champagne Cocktail

    ​The champagne cocktail is among the simplest and most enjoyable cocktails around. Those who have never had a champagne cocktail might scoff at the thought of ruining precious champagne with bitters and sugar, but this drink, which has existed for more than 200 years, has plenty to offer. The ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Old-Fashioned

    ​Despite being one of the world's most iconic cocktails, few drinks are more commonly misunderstood and incorrectly made than the Old-Fashioned. Yes, after four weeks, this cocktail column is finally going to touch a controversial drink. But before anyone angrily storms away to slam nine extre ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Vieux Carre

    ​People often ask bartenders what their favorite cocktail is, but a good bartender draw out patrons to find out what they like. Still, if there was ever a time for one cocktail to be noted above others, it would be now - following the Saints' Super Bowl victory, Mardi Gras, and the ongoing nationw ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 25, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Char Bar's Manhattan

    Photo by Troy Fields​Back in 1936, the year Duke's of Hollywood Tailors opened downtown, there were no such things as woo-girls, light beer or house music. Going for a drink meant staking out a stool at a dimly lit bar and ordering a proper cocktail from a man with a white towel draped over hi ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Whiskey A-Go-Go at Poison Girl

    Ever since acclaimed mixologist Bobby Heugel left Beaver's earlier this year, Houston has been eagerly awaiting the opening of his very own bar, Anvil, located on a precarious curve along Westheimer in Montrose.  Alongside Heugel's very unique creations (which are fresh, modern takes ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2008
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    March 10, 2005

    Mixing It Up

    The world's best chefs have turned their attention to cocktails, with surprising results

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    December 25, 2003

    Sparkling Leftovers

    The five top-scoring champagne cocktails ranked on a scale of 1 to 10

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2003


    The Westheimer Street Fest returns to its rightful home

  • Dining

    September 26, 2002

    The Art of the Drink

    The Terrace's Cuervo Rox

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    July 25, 2002

    Chiaroscuro at Churrascos

    Churrascos' Pisco Sour

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    October 25, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    El Tiempo's Cuba Libre

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    July 26, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Aries's Ernest Hemingway daiquiri

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    July 19, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Brennan's Sazerac cocktail

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    March 1, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    La Strada's Fast Eddy

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    January 18, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Champps Americana's Manhattan

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    December 21, 2000

    Stirred and Shaken

    La Griglia's champagne cocktail

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    November 23, 2000

    Stirred and Shaken

    Pesce's Scotch old-fashioned

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