Cocktails

Cinnamon Basil Japanese Cocktail

Cinnamon Basil Japanese Cocktail

It’s Monday; I just started a new job (yay!), and I’m tired. Don’t get me wrong. I’m actually very excited about this job, and I already love my new students, but getting used to working full-time after you haven’t done so in a while is […]

Smoked Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Smoked Rosemary Gin & Tonic

It’s been a weird summer in Eastern WA. It didn’t really get warm until late June, then it got too warm, and now everything around us seems to be on fire. As a result, I haven’t really gotten to spend that much time outside or […]

Tomatillo and Hatch Chile “Bloody Mary”

Tomatillo and Hatch Chile “Bloody Mary”

This week, I want to talk a little bit about the perks of cooking and making cocktails with seasonal ingredients. The first thing I should clarify is something that should be obvious: what’s in season for me might not necessarily be in season for you. […]

Cherry Aperol Spritz

Cherry Aperol Spritz

It’s time for a spritz! I couldn’t let the summer end without making one of my favorite cocktails, so here you have it: a cherry Aperol spritz. This cocktail is great for a summer barbecue or to enjoy before having a no-fuss dinner in the […]

Three-Ingredient Cocktails: Two Variations on a Sour

Three-Ingredient Cocktails: Two Variations on a Sour

Today’s three-ingredient cocktail is actually two variations on one of the easiest and tastiest drinks you can make: the sour. The first variation is made with “guaro,” a traditional Costa Rican spirit that I’ll describe at length in the next section of this post. The […]

Three-Ingredient Cocktails: The Rhuberry Mezcal Paloma

Three-Ingredient Cocktails: The Rhuberry Mezcal Paloma

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that I’m all about making the most of seasonal ingredients. This is how this rhubarb-raspberry Paloma came to be: I bought a ton of beautiful raspberries and rhubarb at the farmers market, and I needed […]

Three-Ingredient Thursdays: The Cilantro Martini

Three-Ingredient Thursdays: The Cilantro Martini

For my second installment of three-ingredient Thursdays, I bring you: The Cilantro Martini! Stirred, not shaken. I know what you are thinking: “Cilantro? In a martini? Why???” But bear with me; it will all make sense in a minute. The idea for this drink arose […]

Three-Ingredient Thursdays: The Americano Shandy

Three-Ingredient Thursdays: The Americano Shandy

Welcome to the first installment of three-ingredient Thursdays! Every Thursday from now on, I will do my best to present you with a delectable, yet simple, cocktail made out of just three ingredients. As someone who still considers herself a beginner when it comes to […]

Rum Old Fashioned

Rum Old Fashioned

Let’s talk about bitters. As the name implies, they are usually bitter liquids that are used to “season” cocktails. They are made by infusing plants, berries, or barks in alcohol. Interestingly, bitters were originally used to treat upset stomachs and, in small towns in Costa […]

A Simple Guide to Drinking Better Cocktails (And my Favorite Margarita!)

A Simple Guide to Drinking Better Cocktails (And my Favorite Margarita!)

I’ve drunk a lot of bad cocktails in my life. You know the type: watery, sugary, and reeking of cheap booze. In hindsight, I have no one to blame but myself; I rarely thought about what went into making a good cocktail, and I was […]