• Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    El Presidente: The Exquisite Cocktail That Neither Communists Nor Capitalists Could Kill

    The El Presidente is a cocktail blast from the past that deserves a good future.

  • 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

    September 13, 2013

    First Look at Voodoo Queen, the Second Ward's Newest Dive Bar

    Perhaps calling Voodoo Queen a dive bar is unfair. The drinks are carefully crafted and well thought out, and the food I've tried so far has been fantastic. The bartenders are cordial and helpful.The jukebox still works. Yet, there's something very dive-y about the newly opened Voodoo Queen that mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    7 Quality Rums To Try For National Rum Day

    Today, August 16, is National Rum Day, and while you might be tempted to partake in a little Captain and Coke or Malibu and pineapple to celebrate, don't reach for that bottle of Bacardi so fast. Rum is actually a complex, incredibly tasty spirit with as many varieties as there are islands in the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    The Transforming Power of Houston-Grown Citrus

    The first thing I noticed upon returning to Houston after 14 years away? Flipping citrus is everywhere. In December when I arrived, a laden grapefruit tree was around every corner, satsumas fell and gathered beneath their bushes, bright lemons winked from boughs, and kumquats -- those pellets of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Phraya Rum Looks to Fill That Hole in Your Life Where Asian Luxury Rum Should Be

    Lots of things come across the desk here at the Houston Press, from questionably worded PR emails to boxes filled with tuna and panties -- yes, that happened. Now and again, however, we do have useful things come along -- and a bottle of rum from Thailand happens to fall squarely in that category. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Cold Weather Boozin': Winter Reprieve Cocktail

    Halloween has come and gone and despite expectations, I did not overdo it on brain hemorrhage cocktails. This meant I had some leftover spiced rum. Not a terrible problem to have except for the fact that the sudden cold snap did not put me in the mood for all the sort of icy libations I associate w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Drunk Melon Balls: The Labor Day Party Must-Have

    Although it'll stay hot here through at least the "fall," Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last big pool party and/or barbecuing weekend of the year. And nothing goes better with swimsuits and/or smoked meats than cool, refreshing, healthy fruit. That's been saturated with booze. Drunk waterm ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Top 5 Seasonal Booze Gifts

    Photo by John Kiely​It can be risky to give a bottle of booze as a gift, as it may not always be to the recipient's tastes. On the other hand, some liquors are easy to re-gift, or better yet, used for holiday parties. Here's five of the more seasonal: 5. Jameson Irish Whiskey This blend is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Tasting Malibu Black

    ​I'm known as the "rum girl" around these parts, so when the Houston Press got a bottle of Malibu Rum's new Malibu Black, I was the one chosen to test it. I'll say this about flavored rums. I don't hate them. I just don't like them. But I'll sometimes keep a bottle in the house for things lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Drinking Like Hemingway

    Making the Hemmingway Daiquiri.​It's not Ernest Hemingway's writing that influenced me. The style is still amazing, and even Hunter S. Thompson, who copied Hemingway manuscripts just to hear the rhythm of the words on his typewriter, wasn't fool enough to imitate it. I won't emulate his lege ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    The Anachronistic Chef: Cranberry Lemon Shrub Cocktail

    ​This summer I'm taking a break from Houston and spending some time in my birthplace, Alexandria, Virginia. Last week, I wandered into a gift shop, and unsurprisingly gravitated toward the food section. The wares initially appeared to be the usual assortment of ye olde cornbread mixes, cans o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    The Rum Punch that Kicks the Ass of All Other Rum Punches

    ​"It's not a party without lots of rum punch." This is my new philosophy on all things festive after inventing a rum punch that kicks the ass of all other rum punches. Yeah, it's that good (patting my hungover self on the back). It's a refreshing change from the tooth-achingly sweet versions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Ike’s Cocktail

    Chef Andy Shrader at Ike’s Food & Cocktails (50 S. 6th St.) in downtown Minneapolis suggested one of Ike’s signature cocktails for your enjoyment this weekend. Ike’s Ice Chef Andy at Ike’s thought this might be the perfect thing to drink when the air-conditioner wasn’t working. 1 ounce ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Night Owls

    The Proletariat's Mai Tai

  • Dining

    August 15, 2002

    The Wayback Machine

    Cosmos's Rum Dummy

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002
  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    La Strada's Fast Eddy