Monthly Archives: August 2012

Upcoming Events: Los Angeles Times “The Taste”

This Labor Weekend the Los Angeles Times is proudly sponsoring a three-day food, wine, and spirit extravaganza on the Paramount Pictures Studios Lot called “The Taste.” Tickets are still available for a few of the events and priced at a … Continue reading

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Product Spotlight: Jefferson’s Bourbon

Printed on the label of Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky are the words in all caps, “VERY SMALL BATCH.” I’d argue that they don’t even need to spell it out for people because you can taste the quality and the … Continue reading

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American Coffee Coco Cocktail

This Labor Day weekend when you’re sitting around the campfire in the mountains or at the beach, or languishing at home over the thought of summer ending, drink a cup of spiked hot coco. Hot chocolate conjures up all sorts … Continue reading

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Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Find a way to make this recipe in your office coffee pot and besides becoming employee of the week year you’ll have one hell of a great day. The smell of the cinnamon alone is enough to put your boss in … Continue reading

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Keoke Coffee

Without a doubt, the most popular coffee cocktail I made behind the bar was the Keoke Coffee Cocktail. The only downside was using coffee that would rarely qualify as “freshly brewed,” or waiting for what seemed like an eternity for … Continue reading

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Iced Caramel Coffee with Blackberry Liqueur

Extend summer with this easy, instant coffee drink. Try a variety of liqueurs such as apricot, strawberry, or chocolate for a new flavor every afternoon of the week. Ingredients (Serves 2) 1 packet of Starbucks VIA Caramel Iced Coffee 16 … Continue reading

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A Week of Coffee Cocktails Because I Heart Starbucks

Every morning after my bar shifts I’d wake up early and walk to Starbucks for a coffee and a pastry. I was one of those lucky customers who witnessed my drink go into production as soon as I got in … Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Friday: What Do You Really Want To Do?

The 2nd most popular question I’d get while behind the bar (the 1st being, “How do I get a bartending job) was, “So what do you really want to do?” I hated that question. It implied that I was somehow … Continue reading

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Mixology 101: Ginger Simple Syrup

I will probably keep a container of ginger simple syrup in the refrigerator for the rest of my life because it’s just that good and complements an enormous number of spirits. This simple syrup is also delicious in hot tea, … Continue reading

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Find My Tap App

I recently installed the free Find my Tap App to my iphone. It allows you to find out where your favorite beer is served on tap, whether you’re near home or out and about looking to saddle up for a … Continue reading

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Drinking Wine for a Good Cause

One day wine is good for you, the next day it’s not. If you’re keeping track of the pros and cons then here’s some information to encourage you to unabashedly uncork and pour. TerraCycle is an unbelievable recycling program that … Continue reading

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Product Spotlight: Kahlua Iced Coffee Drinks

You noticed on Facebook  how excited we were to receive these petite cans of Kahlua iced coffee drinks . Well, the enthusiasm continues, even though they are now tragically empty. The decorative cans each boast a unique design and are small enough to … Continue reading

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THIS GIRL’S Hot Pick of the WEEK

A teeny tiny white board with an itty bitty dry erase marker to make a big bold statement about your wines. A great item for parties, wine games, or just marking your territory. Now you can ditch the wine charms … Continue reading

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Tasty Brand Gummie Give Away

To compliment our week of back-to-school inspired cocktails, we have boxes of Tasty Brand Gummies to give away to 5 lucky winners! Just leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page about which drink you like best and … Continue reading

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Back to School Week: Pack That Drink This…Fruit Gummies

No lunch is complete without fruit gummies. Lucky for us Tasty Brand makes pouches of these organic fruit snacks for your cocktailing creativity. They’re so delicious that I’d garnish a bottle of beer with them. Just try not to dump … Continue reading

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Art & Cocktails

As children, our mother took us to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park just about every Sunday. It was either that or the beaches of La Jolla Shores or Coronado. You can probably guess which activity we … Continue reading

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Back to School Week: Pack This Drink That…Chocolate Sandwich Cremes

Although this sugary delight once topped many “most unhealthy foods” lists, the knock-off version is currently sold at Whole Foods under the name “Chocolate Sandwich Cremes.”Therefor, you can take comfort in the fact that it’s actually healthy for you and … Continue reading

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Back to School Week: Pack This Drink That…Mandarine Orange Jell-O Cups

Wasn’t the original name for these lunch snacks “fruit cocktail?” Definitely not PC these days. I remember going through the lunch line and being served a soupy ladle of miscellaneous fruit pieces only remotely identifiable by their shape and whatever … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Cocktails: Coco Cafe & Rum

For the final drink in this week’s collection of 3-ingredient summer cocktails, we give you the balanced, sweet taste of cafe latte, coconut, hazelnut, and rum. This is the kind of drink that tastes especially good on a summer day … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Cocktails: Gourmet Hard Lemonade

Today the Easy Summer Drinks theme continues with a batch of good ol’ fashioned hard lemonade: gourmet style. This recipe will keep beautifully in your fridge for as long as a week, so if you like your neighbors, multiply the … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Cocktails: Ginger Nectarine Cocktail

Today’s drink is the third in the series of Easy Summer Cocktails and sticks to the three ingredient theme. It involves a little more work because you do have to make the syrup first, but if you prepare a large … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Cocktails: Watermelon Vodka

It’s the second day of a week of easy summer cocktails and I’m already getting in trouble for saying the season is almost over. Hey- just as department stores start selling scarves and hanging giant ornaments in late August, I’ve … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Cocktails: Vodka & (Fancy) Soda

This week will be a 5-day focus on summer cocktails before we run out of time! Obviously you can enjoy any kind of drink at any time of season, but there’s something about fruits and the clear spirits that spell … Continue reading

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International Beer Day

On Sunday, August 5th, as we all continue to watch and pay tribute to the spectacular Olympics, we have the opportunity to celebrate another worldly event: International Beer Day. Let us all join together on this special occasion by sampling … Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Friday: Very Unfocused Writing

The final draft is coming slowly but surely, usually between the hours of 5 and 7AM. Ok, more like between 6:25AM and 7:00AM by the time I’m finally out of bed and in decent newspaper collection clothing, drinking my perfectly … Continue reading

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