I’m no man about town, but I do enjoy a good happy hour. Yet these last few weeks I’ve barely made it off the couch. I seem to have been in some sort of Winter Olympics trance. I blame the figure skating . . . or Bob Costas. Needless to say, the closing ceremony is complete and it’s officially time for a cocktail. One of my favorite local cocktail menus is that of Comal, here in Berkeley, CA. Designed by Scott Baird and Josh Harris, now of Trick Dog fame, Comal’s bar is overflowing with tequila and mezcal. The Palomaeque has been one of my favorites from the start. The smokiness of the mezcal plays beautifully with the delicate aromatics of the Cocchi Americano. Now, if this can’t cure my Olympics hangover, nothing will.
As you know, I’m a big fan of the classics, the Manhattan being no exception. It is without a doubt on my cocktail Mt. Rushmore (now there’s an idea for a post) both for its taste and its simplicity. Whiskey, vermouth, and bitters . . . what more do you need? These three ingredients are a mainstay on my home bar. I’m a rye guy, but if you prefer bourbon feel free to make the switch.
I’ve been eyeing baked ricotta dip recipes for a while now. They look so rich yet easy to make. But this version was made totally over-the-top-decadent with the addition of truffle honey. I bought a small jar out of curiosity and Instagrammed a photo, asking our followers how they would recommend using it. Thanks to all the suggestions I got, this amazing creation resulted! The entire thing is sweet, savory– a little salty, smooth, crunchy . . . and just amazing. I also suggest getting the freshest ricotta possible or make your own (which is very easy!).
I’ve been dreaming of owning and dressing up a bar cart for awhile now and just haven’t found the right one – either it was too pricey or the aesthetic just wasn’t right. Inspired by 18th century campaign chests, with their protective brass corners and charming drawer pulls, I decided to make my own bar tray. I’m pleased with the way it turned out and more importantly, I love that I can make my guests a cocktail right in my living room!
This cocktail is my gift to you. Feel free to do with it what you like. Make it for someone you love, after a romatic home cooked meal. Mix it up for your lips, and your lips alone, curled up with a book. Pass it on to an old drinking buddy, or that new special somebody. Share it with your best friends, or even random Facebook friends. Because whether or not you celebrate Valentines day, one thing’s for sure, February 14th is a great day for a cocktail.