Tag Archive: bartender

What To Make With Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee Cynar

Matthew Biancaniello by Caroline on Crack

For my Los Angeles Magazine Liquid LA post today, I shared mixmaster Matthew Biancaniello’s recipe for his coffee Cynar. A recipe so simple, mixing two things that naturally seem perfect together! I had had it again recently and knew I had to learn how to finally make it myself so I’d have a never-ending supply….

Del Monte Speakeasy at the Townhouse: Historic Venice Bar Goes Legit With Crazy Classic Cocktails

Del Monte Cocktail by Caroline on Crack

The trend in Prohibition-style cocktails in Los Angeles saw the rise of speakeasy-esque bars. A drinker couldn’t throw a stick without hitting a “speakeasy” which usually meant a lounge-y bar with password-entry/hidden entrance and a pre-Prohibition cocktail program. See The Varnish (nondescript entrance) downtown and Seventy7 Lounge (password) in Culver City. But in Venice, seems…

Vu Restaurant: Calvin Klein Cocktails, Manhattans on Crack

Jolie Klein, one of the four bartenders responsible for the cocktail menu at the new Vu Restaurant in Marina del Rey, seems to have the deck stacked against her: 1) Unlike a lot of L.A.’s renowned bartenders who can claim training under New York’s elite mixologists, she’s self taught; 2) she doesn’t have much on…

A Q&A With Joseph Brooke of The Edison

I was bummed that I couldn’t get anywhere near the dreamy and very much in demand Joseph Brooke, the Edison’s new director of spirits, when he was mixing cocktails at the packed Radio Room last week. But was thrilled when I got the chance to interview him for LA Weekly‘s Squid Ink. For that, Joe…

What's the Most Romantic Cocktail?

Ferget chocolates. I don’t know about you but nothing says “olive juice”(mouth it) like a custom-made cocktail. But out of curiosity, I asked some of L.A.’s top mixologists/bartenders what they consider to be the most romantic cocktail; specifically what would they serve their luh-vuh. I got some interesting answers, all seem to involve bubbly, and…