A Double Gold nearly guarantees these spirits are good.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Speaking off the toque: Richard Hazzard