Tag Archives: Cocktail

• Think different booze affects you differently? Not so fast…

Think different booze affects you differently? Not so fast…

There’s a persistent myth that different types of booze – tequila, bourbon, beer, Jägermeister, etc. – affects your buzz differently. Not true. Perhaps the myth has an overriding psychological effect and people adopt the mythological behavior of said booze, but it’s all in your head. Yeah, I know, you swear you act all crazy when […]

• Belated Xmas news: Guess what Kim Jong-Un put in his drinks!

Belated Xmas news: Guess what Kim Jong-Un put in his drinks!

Bizarre hair-do notwithstanding, Kim Jong-Un outdoes himself bydrinking bizarre booze made out of tiger and bear bones, giantcentipedes and deer placenta. Supposedly, these drinks do everything from boosting tiredness after sex, improving erections and curing everything from arthritis to cancer. Booze distilled from deer antlers and ginseng is said to be “very effective for good health” with “no headache after […]

• A room of my own. Room 31 that is…my secret bar in Eagle Rock

A room of my own. Room 31 that is…my secret bar in Eagle Rock

I could live here in Room 31. The bar is stocked, the room is small and cozy, there are a bunch of tv’s in the adjacent sports bar, The 5 Line Tavern, and nobody can find me, easily, behind the hidden sliding door. A perfect hide-away. And, as it happens, it’s the first craft cocktail bar […]

• Well, this will be fun! Top L.A. bartenders compete monthly at Terrine!

Well, this will be fun! Top L.A. bartenders compete monthly at Terrine!

TERRINE DEBUTS VERSUS ON SEPTEMBER 20, A NEW MONTHLY GUEST BARTENDER SERIES FEATURING MASHUPS WITH LOS ANGELES’ BEST BAR TALENT Once a month, Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright will challenge the city’s finest barkeeps to a cocktail duel, enlisting their help in building one-night-only menus of ingredient-driven drinks   WHAT:           Beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016, […]

• ‘Gracias Madre’ for Jason Eisner’s Killer Cocktails!

‘Gracias Madre’ for Jason Eisner’s Killer Cocktails!

Jason Eisner is one busy focused creative bartender and business entrepreneur. Early mornings, I would run into him at Civil Coffee in Highland Park, always friendly and gracious even though he had a million things on his plate.

• 6th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival Aug 25-28. Get your tix!

6th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival Aug 25-28. Get your tix!

THE SIXTH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS COMPLEMENTING THE EPICUREAN EXPERIENCE ON AUGUST 25-28, 2016 The preeminent culinary event programming ranges from a performance by Grammy Award-winning hip hop trio De La Soul to a partnership with NFL Homegating for a gourmet slider bar to a […]

• Karen Grill, what’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing behind the bar?

Karen Grill, what’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing behind the bar?

Since I drink for a living, I meet a lot of people in the booze world, particularly bartenders because, ‘hellooo’, they are generally the ones serving the booze – sometimes at a bar, sometimes at an event. As customers, we walk in and take a seat at a bar, we order a drink and chitchat […]

• taste on Melrose is killin’ it with beautiful cocktails!

taste on Melrose is killin’ it with beautiful cocktails!

              Taste on Melrose‘s new Spring/Summer cocktails are so beautiful they would not be out of place as an accessory for this gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress! Sometimes beauty is only skin deep but these cocktails are not just a pretty face. They are delicious, refreshing warm-day sippers created by […]

• Sherry Yard Masters Delectable Food & Drink At The Tuck Room

Sherry Yard Masters Delectable Food & Drink At The Tuck Room

“La Casse-Croûte” – Nina Hiken/Guest Reporter On a recent Sunday afternoon, we stopped to say hello to Master Mixologist Adam Seger and Master Chef Sherry Yard at their brand new Westwood Village digs, The TUCK Room, where you can tuck into a vast menu of deliciousness. The space spans the gamut: cocktail bar-elegant dinner party-stay […]

• Summer Cocktails Arrive Poolside At Viviane!

Summer Cocktails Arrive Poolside At Viviane!

Great news, Cocktalians! Ryan Wainwright, bartender extraordinaire, worked his magic and concocted delectable and refreshing summer cocktails, at Viviane, that are perfect for sipping while dangling your tootsies in the fabulous pool. You have ten new cocktails to choose from. Nope, I did not have them all as tempting as it was. But I started […]

• Former Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge Starting Distillery

Former Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge Starting Distillery

Jim Rutledge and partners spirits industry veterans, Stephen Camisa and Jon Mowry, are planning a sustainable distillery close to Louisville – of course. The distillery, J.W. Rutledge Distillery, is projected to cost $2 million and Rutledge and partners hope to raise the money on IndieGoGo. Considering it’s Jim Rutledge, they might just double their goal! […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at The Lincoln in Venice

“a woman walks into a bar…” at The Lincoln in Venice

Walking into The Lincoln, you may think you stepped into a time machine and found yourself in a cool bar in someone’s garage back in the 40’s. Well, a nicely cleaned up garage because The Lincoln is meticulously recreated with old-timey design elements like salvaged wood, authentic industrial and automotive accents like stools made from […]

• When Is A Negroni Not A Negroni

When Is A Negroni Not A Negroni

One might say Gary Regan’s book, The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore, is the Negroni Bible. If that’s so then questioning the God of the Negroni could be considered heresy but this has been on my mind for so long that I have to write about it or implode. Let’s […]

• Hey, science says being a regular at a bar is good for you!

Hey, science says being a regular at a bar is good for you!

Yup, a new study from Oxford University – where would we be without ‘studies’ to validate our deepest desires? – found that if you hang out at your local Cheers, you’ll be happier and have a kickass social life. It’ll also put the brakes on your binge drinking. Cause, you know, friends don’t let friends binge […]

• Ryan Wainwright – A Bartender’s Bartender

Ryan Wainwright – A Bartender’s Bartender

Ryan Wainwright wasn’t born wanting to be a bartender. Well, who does, you may ask. But, for Ryan, bartending was probably an even more distant career possibility given that he was raised in a strict Christian household where alcohol wasn’t an option, attended Fundamentalist schools and a church where alcohol was demonized. He didn’t go […]