issue 11: tequila

“Stop trying to make everyone happy, you’re not tequila.” – Emily Rossum for Ella It’s the bebida alcoholica that you first had in college and regretted right afterwards. It’s the paint thinner toxic and bad memory scented worst hangovers of your life. It’s the panty-remover and you had the borrachera bad cheap the-name-sounded-Mexican so it Read more about issue 11: tequila[…]

issue 10: ginger beer

“Lashings of ginger beer…” – Five Go Mad in Dorset I had never had a real ginger beer. Until I sat down to research this piece I hadn’t had one. I thought I had. I’d had ginger beer that I enjoyed, ginger beer that burned with goodness, ginger beer that other people turned and ran Read more about issue 10: ginger beer[…]

issue 09: the margarita

“I usually have margaritas on Thursdays, but since it’s Tuesday, I’ll make an exception.” – Chelsea Handler I know this is more notice than you need, but National Margarita Day is February 22nd. So to prepare for that day… ahhh, who am I kidding, I’m just using that holiday as an excuse, I didn’t even Read more about issue 09: the margarita[…]

issue 08: maraschino

“I wear my lipstick pressed, Maraschino cherry red. And we wear our hair a mess, ’cause we just got out of bed.” – Corinne Bailey Rae It’s time to bring on another miracle product. The further you delve into the world of cocktails, the more you realize that behind a lot of the great cocktails Read more about issue 08: maraschino[…]

issue 07: honey

“It is the honey which makes us cruel enough to ignore the death of a bee.” – Munia Khan I gotta say, I don’t love honey. Never have. Never liked the flavour, never liked how the stickiness got everywhere. I was never one to add it to tea or to drizzle it over walnuts and Read more about issue 07: honey[…]

issue 06: Canadian Club

“Damn right your dad drank it!” – Canadian Club advertising slogan See if you can guess which unassuming country turned the big “one-five-oh” this year? It didn’t make a big deal about it, you could have very easily missed it. But Canada did it! It had its little celebration that lasted barely twenty-four hours, there Read more about issue 06: Canadian Club[…]

issue 05: cucumber

“A cucumber should be well-sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.” – Samuel Johnson While I wouldn’t go so far as to say the cucumber is good for nothing, I will admit that it took me a long time to find a point in it being around. Read more about issue 05: cucumber[…]

issue 04: chartreuse

“With a pint of green chartreuse, ain’t nothing seems right, you buy the Sunday paper on a Saturday night.” – Tom Waits… Til the Money Runs Out Prepare yourself to be amazed and astounded, surprised and stupefied, rattles and rolled and rarified by the story of a liquor so magnificent that there’s only one of Read more about issue 04: chartreuse[…]

issue 03: orgeat

“The scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez” Orgeat will, quite simply, change your life. Some people might think that’s overstating the case a little but it is a game-changer when it comes to making your drinks. Go out, buy a bottle, and write down Read more about issue 03: orgeat[…]

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issue 02: the champagne cocktail

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” – Bette Davis (For Ivan) A good friend was saying to me recently that he wished he could walk into a bar a la Victor Laszlo in Casablanca and just blindly order “two champagne cocktails” with Read more about issue 02: the champagne cocktail[…]