Category Archives: Cocktails

My Top 50 Favorite Drinks of 2013

21. Matthew Biancaniello's Uno Dos Tres by Caroline on Crack

For me, 2013 was an uh-mazing year for boozing it up.  A lot of awesome bars opened up in L.A.  — like Honeycut and Scopa — I went on a bar hop through Seattle, New York and Vegas, in addition to a whale of a blogger barhop I planned with cocktail ringmaster Aidan Demarest. Hit…

Filipino Cocktails for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Benefit Sunday

Nick Meyer's Filipino Cocktail

UPDATE: There’s now a cocktails-only option! For $30, you get a drinks-only wristband that gets you unlimited #LALovesPI cocktails as well as the option to get a la carte dishes for an additional $5 each!  When I wrote this LA Mag post on Filipino cocktails I was surprised by the attention it got. But that…

What Do World Class Cocktailians Drink?

Jeff Bell and David Rios by Caroline on Crack

Earlier this week U.S. Bartender of the Year Jeff Bell and World Class Global Winner David Rios of Spain did a private happy hour at Honeycut downtown to promote the launch of Travel Channel’s “World’s Best Bartender.” I had the chance to ask Jeff for tips on how to throw a stress-free holiday cocktail party, which…

New Fall Cocktail Roundup: Pistachio Coladas, Pumpkin Adult Shakes and a Matthew Biancaniello Recipe

Larry's Real Voodoo Stuff by Moretti Photo

This weather is crazy. 84 degrees in the day time and dipping down to brrrr! 57 degrees at night. You gotta love autumn in L.A., though, where our trees don’t signal the change in season but our drinks do. And at this moment our bartenders are transitioning from those light, poolside libations to flavorful sippers…

What Was Your First Favorite Cocktail?

White Russians by Caroline on Crack

Every drinker had to start somewhere. That first favorite cocktail that set them on the long road to boozing. That mixed drink that back then they’d proudly order at those first few bars, but now they may hang their head in embarrassment.  But they shouldn’t be ashamed. Back then we started drinking for different reasons,…

My New York Bars 2013 Drinking Itinerary

Giuseppe Gonzalez New York Bars by Caroline on Crack

So excited! Tomorrow I’m heading out to New York City after having been away for four years. Not surprisingly a lot has changed since that visit with even more must-do bars to add to my list, like this year’s Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award winner Dead Rabbit. Sam Ross also opened up a new…

Halloween 2013: Zombie Bar Crawl to Sexy Masquerade

Halloween 2013 zombie having a cocktail by Caroline on Crack

If you’re like me, you stress out about what to do for Halloween. What are you going to wear? Where are you going to go? Is it going to be a scene? Hopefully this list will help you out. It’s stuff more my speed, and hopefully yours. Great drinking and not too scene-y. Happy Halloween!…

Favorite Drinks and Bites From My 2 Days in Seattle

Serious Pie by Caroline on Crack

What would you do if you had only two days to spend in Seattle? I was challenged by tourism company Visit Seattle to come up with an itinerary on their site 2DaysinSeattle.comthat filled up a weekend. Amazingly, they would pay for everything — my roundtrip airfare and two-night stay at Belltown’s Hotel Andra and even…

Everything I Drank This Week: Pumpkin Cocktail to Sake Vesper

Hakkasan Beverly Hills Vesper Elyxer by Caroline on Crack

In case you weren’t following along on my Instagram feed, this is a mere roundup of what I drank this week. My drinking adventures took me to the new Pearl’s Liquor Bar on Sunset Boulevard, the Santa Monica Pier for a wine tasting with a side of Whac-a-Mole and the Corner Door for a sneak…

Cocktail Recipe: The Pinkerton by AOC’s Christiaan Rollich

The Pinkerton by Christiaan Rollich

For Saturday’s LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade (one of my fave food fests) which raises funds to fight childhood cancer, Christiaan Rollich of Lucques, Tavern and AOC will be doing up a malty, rich beer cocktail for the good-hearted masses. Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Culver Studios from 12 to 4pm, are…