• Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Hump Day Cocktail: The Ekvator at Provisions

    They're using science tools to mix the drinks. There's a beaker and an eye dropper and careful measurements, but then there's the rhubarb and the garlic honey and Etta James playing over the speakers giving the place a homey, easy feel. Science meets soul. I'm drinking an Ekvator, described as bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Stock Your Bar With Value: Ten Award-Winning Bottles of Booze For Under $30

    A Double Gold nearly guarantees these spirits are good.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Looking for a Thanksgiving Day Aperitif? Try the Excellent Pilgrim's Negroni Cocktail

    Most classic cocktails can be improved by tweaking the proportions, but not the Negroni. You can ask your bartender to pour the best gin for the drink (Beefeater, or Tanqueray if the bar is out of Beefeater) and if you're paying $13.00 for a Negroni, you may expect it to have Carpano Antica vermout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Build-A-Bar: Averell Damson Gin Liqueur

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallDamn, Son!​A few weeks ago, on one of our now sadly rare evenings at Anvil, I turned to bartender Matt Tanner for some suggestions. I'd been searching for a new tipple for this column, and recent trips to Spec's hadn't really turned up much that really jumped out at me ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Ransom Old Tom Gin: Not Your Mother's Gin

    ​A friend and I had just settled in to the bar at Simone on Sunset, a new wine and cocktail bar in Rice Village, when she commenced her preaching on the subject of gin. "I consider myself a gin missionary," she said. "A ginvangelist?" I punned back. "Yes," she declared. "A ginvangelist!" Sh ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    December 28, 2000

    Some Sugars Added

    Speaking off the toque: Richard Hazzard