Category: Cocktails

Artisan Cocktails – Made Easy

We love the artisan cocktail movement - and if you've followed our social media feeds, you know that we've been trying quite a few places in our travels.  But what about upping your game at home. As we are finding with other pantry items like pickles, spice rubs, and gourmet sauces, there is an increasing number of artisan producers of excellent (and fun) cocktail mixers, bitters, and other additives (like vinegar - see our report on artisan vinegars.  Click HERE). We were particularly inspired to write this blog when we came across an outstanding product at a local food gathering - the cocktail mixers from Bungalow 23 (www.B23Mixers.com).   Each of their offerings - Pear Ginger Martini, Prickly Pear Margarita, and Blueberry Lemon Drop - start with fresh ingredients, and are prepared in a way that would make the best mixologist jealous.  We mixed the Pear Ginger with our favorite premium bourbon (Bulleit), and fell in love. At the same gathering, we also tasted an outstanding artisan pickle from Nutpop Pickle Company (www.NutpopPickles.com).  We made ourselves a dry martini (using our favorite hand-crafted potato vodka, Boyd and Blair), and substituted spicy pickled curry chips instead of the usual olive - really [...]

A Serious Foodie Guide to Unique Holiday Gifts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Looking for that special gift for a foodie friend?  Someone on your list is hard to please?  Maybe something to give someone with everything? We’re here to help with gift suggestions for the Serious Foodie in your life.  Here are some unique gift ideas – and some are literally out of the box . At the Movies (click HERE):  We list (arguably) the best foodie movies of all time.  Down load, stream, or go old school (by the DVD).  Sit with you favorite squeeze, and watch a few of these classics. Home-Crafted Holiday Gifts (click HERE):  For the DIYer – some quick, easy projects.  We list a number of our all-time, sure to please favorites. Artisan Chocolates (click HERE):  Why wait for Valentine’s Day? Fancy chocolate is one of our go-to gifts.  A list of our favorite artisan vendors, all available on-line. Sparkling Wines (click HERE):  Always a fun gift, especially with those willing to share.  Some special bottles are listed, but most are for folks on a budget. Red Wines under $25 (click HERE):  From our yearly survey of the best red wines under $25 – a good (and sometimes great) wine to fit any budget. And, of […]