With less than a week to go until Saint Patrick's Day, it's time to start taste-tasting mixed drinks so on the day-of you can mask your alcoholism with sophisticated cocktail selections. You're not fooling anyone if you belly up to the bar and request an Irish Car Bomb nor will you turn any heads ... More >>
Recently a few friends and I started a whiskey tasting club as an excuse to consume expensive liquor an opportunity to educate our palates on the nuances of high-quality blended malt beverages.
At our second meeting, our sergeant-at-arms laid a bottle of clear spirits on the table.
"Ahoy!," I sai ... More >>
Today is National Irish Coffee Day. And who doesn't like when its completely acceptable to put a little extra somthin' in your drink in the daytime. I may or may not be doing it right now. What? It's just coffee.
To celebrate this very special holiday, here are five boozy and delicious Irish coffee ... More >>
Bob Perry started the Perry's group of restaurants in 1979 with a humble butcher shop. That first place, Perry & Sons Market and Grille, is located on Scarsdale Boulevard in Southeast Houston. Chris Perry, Bob's son, developed the Perry's Steakhouse & Grille concept. These days, there are nine Perry ... More >>
Master distiller Troy Smith points to a few sacks of corn on the floor of the small warehouse that houses Yellow Rose Distillery in a quiet, residential area just north of Tomball. "We use organic corn from North Texas," he says. "And we grind it all by hand."
That corn is the most important ingred ... More >>
It's the Month O' The Irish. Well, the Irish-Americans, that is. We've previously brought you A Month of Oatmeal and 29 Ways to Indulge in Chocolate, so in honor of Irish American Month, we've searched the town for its greatest Irish bevvies and the best spots to grab an after. Get bolloxed with an ... More >>
Photo by John KielyClassic 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 >>
CultureMap: The anticipation for Phoenicia's opening downtown builds by the day. If you just can't take the wait any longer, check out CultureMap's exclusive photos of the new grocery store/market in the bottom floor of One Park Place.
Eater Houston: Samba Grille, winner of our 2011 Best of Houston ... More >>
Anamaris Cousins PriceBourbon - before and afterI don't know how this all got started, these National (fill in the blank) month/day, but if September is celebrating the joys of bourbon, who am I to stand in the way? Well, officially, it is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a time to celebrate ... More >>
Whiskey: basically the same as vodka."You're not going to like this," says Bobby Heugel, pausing for effect while an expectant crowd giggles semi-nervously. "When it comes down to it, whiskey is the same thing as vodka." The crowd laughs, unsure of exactly what to make of this statement. "And ... More >>
I recently started drinking whiskey for the same reason most other people do -- because someone they knew was drinking whiskey. For the past decade, I'd stayed away from the brown stuff, because all the Crown shots from college had left a mental (not to mention liver) scar. ... More >>
Manhattan.Fred Noe has bourbon in his blood. The great-grandson of Jim Beam, Noe has continued his family's tradition by running the production of Jim Beam bourbons as well as those vended under the brands Knob Creek, Bakers, and Basil Hayden's. On a recent warm spring evening, Noe hosted a ... More >>
Turner recommends Jameson Gold, if you can afford a glass.Don't gild the lily tonight when you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day. That's the advice of whiskey connoisseur and former front-of-house man for Branch Water Tavern, the effusive Evan Turner.
"Keep it simple. Drink it neat. Those pro ... More >>
Troy FieldsI'm not sure that the whiskey sour has developed a wimpy reputation, but I have one decent piece of anecdotal evidence. I was at Leon's Lounge a few years back with my friend Dulin, who doesn't drink much. (He's an Irish Catholic outlier.) Dulin ordered a whiskey sour, and the bart ... More >>
When I sit down at the last free seat along the bar at Downing Street, David Mascari wins me over immediately by getting my name and shaking my hand after he takes my drink order. It's obvious he's comfortable behind the bar, and soon I find out why. "I've been here almost 11 years," he says. "We ... More >>