Sunday, March 21, 2010

Illegal Infusions?

There was a disturbing article in the San Francisco Chronicle last month.  The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is cracking down on bars and restaurants for making their own alcohol based infusions.

Bars and restaurants can mix and muddle drinks and serve them right away to customers, according to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. But they cannot engage in "rectification," which the agency defines as "any process or procedure whereby distilled spirits are cut, blended, mixed or infused with any ingredient which reacts with the constituents of the distilled spirits and changes the character and nature or standards of identity of the distilled spirits."

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Technical Difficulties"

Sorry about the lack of posting, but there have been some technical difficulties.  Don't worry, it has been all straightened out.  Hopefully you enjoy the new look!

In the meantime, please enjoy this video.



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Signature Cocktails / Oscar Parties

Every Mixologist has their signature cocktail, right?  Well, they should.  It doesn't have to be an elaborate concoction, or use exotic ingredients, it could be as simple as your basic Margarita on the rocks with a dash of Lavender infused simple syrup, even a Gin Tonic with a squirt of fresh Grapefruit juice. Yum!!

Get a little bit crazy with your signature cocktails, and with the 82nd Annual Academy Awards coming up, here are a couple of slightly more exotic cocktail recipes for your Oscar party:

The Red Carpet


  • 11/2 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
  • fresh raspberry juice
  • dash organic cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice
  • gold sugar rim
  • orange wedge dipped in gold sugar for garnish


  1. Wet the rim of a cocktail glass using an orange or lime wedge.
  2. Rim the wet with gold sugar, shake off excess sugar and set aside
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with an orange wedge dipped in gold sugar. 

 Or try this one:

The Envelope Please


  • 1 1/2 oz Ultimat Vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
  • Fresh Squeezed Apple Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Dash Cranberry Juice
  • Garnish with Apple Wedge


  1. Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with an apple wedge.

So, ditch the Jack 'n Coke and try something a little bit different this year.  Be creative and put a "signature" on your own favorite drink.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy watching Hollywood's elite all patting themselves on the back this Sunday on ABC at 8:30pm.

82nd. Annual Academy Awards