Tag Archive: The Varnish

Negroni Week Jell-O Shots, Pixie Sticks and Campari Ice Cubes

The Varnish's Negroni Jell-O Shots from The Varnish

Negroni Week is almost up, people! So better get on it asap! There aren’t just Negroni cocktails out there but crazy variations. Here are just a few of what’s available. Happy drinking! The Varnish downtown will be doing Negroni Jell-O shots through Sunday at $2 a jiggly shot and 50 percent of the proceeds will go…

Yay LA! 2014 James Beard Semifinalists Announced

2014 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Semifinalist: Trois Mec by Caroline on Crack

This morning James Beard announced its 2014 James Beard semifinalists! And like every Angeleno, you know I scanned it to see who from Los Angeles made the cut. Not many surprises here with Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne popping up again. But it’s always nice to see them on there. Spago is on it as…

Tonight: NYC Barman Sam Ross Guest Bartends at The Varnish

Sam Ross by Caroline on Crack

For one night only, New York barman Sam Ross (Milk & Honey, Atta Boy, Comme Ca) will be behind the stick at The Varnish Downtown! If you haven’t yet seen Sam work his magic, you should stop by as it is a sight to behold. It’s cocktail ballet! Great form. Plus he always does it…

5 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Should Know How To Make

Hinoki & The Bird's Sam Ross and his Manhattan by Caroline on Crack

This past December, my LA Magazine Digest blog editor Randy Clemens threw down a gauntlet: Come up with 10 classic cocktails that every cocktail noob should know how to make at home and write a post for each one including the cocktail recipe and where to get a great example of one in L.A. So…

My 50 Favorite Cocktails of 2012

49 The Eveleigh's Cynar Julep by Caroline on Crack

I had a lot to do today but for some reason I felt compelled to do this post. 2012 was a kickass awesome year for me. I went to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and Portland Cocktail Week for the first time, got a nice LA Weekly Web Award, my Drink Here app…

Angelenos in NOLA Toast The Varnish’s Win for Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail

Cheers to the Varnish win by Caroline on Crack

Upstairs in a small, hot, dark room over New Orleans’ One-Eyed Jacks, Cedd Moses, owner of downtown LA bar The Varnish, was handing out chilled bottles of High Life beer to everyone at this impromptu private party after the Spirited Awards and the Juniperlooza gin party. Very speakeasy and fitting considering we were there to…

Favorite Drinks in New Orleans and at Tales of the Cocktail 2012

Sazerac Bar's 1840 Sazerac by Caroline on Crack

I’ve had to drink many things the three and a half days I was in New Orleans for annual cocktail industry palooza Tales of the Cocktail, many. But despite all the cocktail events and bars I went to, so many “soldiers” (aka drinks I didn’t finish) I left behind, only the following were the ones…