The Wall Street Journal's Eric Felten understands: Tiki doesn't have to be tacky. He visits legendary California tiki bars and shares signature recipes.
A toast to autumn and personal well-being with the Martini 1812!
Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka ~ see the milano glass skull bottle up close, as well as the box... after that insane video, it's fun to actually hold/taste the product!
The Chronicle visits San Francisco's new Pisco Latin Lounge and discovers 15 different bottlings of Peru's native spirit.
The final of 6 posts on the drinks of Le Mixeur Cinq, featuring the creation of our hosts, Anu Apte and Zane Harris, who dare to mix Tequila with Laphroig.
Imbibe Unfiltered's Wine of the Week: Paul Dolan's certified organic 2005 Zinfandel, "a vivacious and juicy wine, with flavors of dark berry jam and a distinctive cracked pepper spice."
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami's Ortanique on the Mile features a special pink cocktail, the Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler.
Though no longer being manufactured, Howling Monkey beer might just have the coolest packaging among its peers. Designed by Turner Duckworth.
Scott Beattie -- former bar chef at the Wine County icon Cyrus -- promotes his new book, "Artisan Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons"
The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters wins Spirit of the Year at the 2008 Mixology Bar Awards.
Gantt's Caiprissima by Craig Hermann, a Forbidden Island cocktail contest runner-up, as featured on Trader Tiki.com
Amazon Al Dente dresses up a classic for a night on the town: Black-Tie Martinis include peppercorn-steeped gin and a salt-and-pepper rim.
Tiare visits the world’s biggest whiskey festival and samples Yamazaki whisky from Japan’s Suntory.
The Intoxicated Zodiac makes things interesting with a Scorpio-inspired Tomato Basil-tini.
The Kitchn demystifies aromatic cocktail bitters: Angostura, Peychaud's, and orange. Sazeracs anyone?
Fat City visits bartender Noah Robinson and samples a White Lady, an-almost forgotten gin classic.
Paul Clarke cracks a bleary eye to peek into the world of morning cocktails... beyond mere mimosas and boring Bloody Marys.
The Whiskey Exchange has an exclusive peek at the new Octomore bottle design. Inside will be a super-peaty Scotch "twenty times higher than normal Bruichladdich."
Part 5 of 6 of the Drinks of Cinq: Seattle's own Beat Bartender, Keith Waldbauer, contributes The Aristocrat Swizzle.
I'm loving Polka's Josephine Glasscarafe with a drinking glass. I love that the carafe has a stem and is shaped like a glass, and that the stopper is the drinking glass itself.
Raising the Bar's brief history of tiki drinks and the bars that served them, illustrated with a recipe for Don the Beachcomber's own Test Pilot.
My Life on the Rocks shares the Claymore Cocktail: Rum, Drambuie, Chartreuse, and lemon bitters.
The Cellarist spotlights the beautiful cork-cage art on Francois Pinon Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé.
(The stuff inside the bottle pairs well with Korean-style fried chicken, in case you wondered.)
The Corpse Canonizer by Paranoid123, a Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest runner-up!
Spirits aficionados will flock to San Francisco next week for WhiskeyFest events celebrating everything from rare single-malt Scotches to Kentucky rye.
Mexican vs. American Coke: Kate at Accidental Hedonist debunks the soda-maker's claim that they all taste the same.
BrewSocial, a networking site for beer lovers.
If we can trust our rusty high school German, it seems master distiller Hans Reisetbauer crafts liquors from interesting produce, including carrot and ginger.
The sleek Rido bottle opener by Blomus puts a stylish twist on a classic bar essential.
Ednbrg makes his first batch of grapefruitcello, then designs drinks to make good use of it, including "Papa Ain’t Comin’ Home": Rum, 'cello, lemon juice, bitters, and egg white.
Clever wine coasters by Montreal designer Julien De Repentigny
It’s high time tikiphiles had a morning drink of their own: a little Hair of the Mongoose from Humuhumu
Crystal Head Vodka, presented by Dan Aykroyd. His video here is amazing. Not sure why he has jumped into the spirits game, but with an opening like this, welcome.
Number 4 in the 6-part series of drink previews for Le Mixeur Cinq, it's Andrew Bohrer's "Randy Baker."
Stanley Flask ~ love this flask, just saw it in person at the DWR Tools for Living in Santa Monica
"Have you seen this moai?" A limited-edition tiki mug for sale to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria -- a drink that's as delicious as is beautiful!
A visual timeline of wine vessels and closures throughout the centuries at Francis Ford Coppola's Encyclopedia Wines.
Each set of Citi Skyline cocktail glasses illustrates the view from afar of New York, London, Paris, and San Francisco.
Underhill Lounge takes the Savoy Cocktail Book out for a drink... the Fairbanks Cocktail (No. 1) made by Jennifer Colliau at San Francisco's Slanted Door.
Bursting with bright, spicy fruit, the 2005 Matteo Correggia Roero (about $20) achieves a fine balance. It's perfect with meaty or mushroom-y pastas, says the Los Angeles Times.
It's Day 1 of the 2008 Eat Local Challenge -- have you laid in your provisions yet? Food on the Food worries her initial stocking-up might not be enough.
Drinkhacker reviews the Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve, a rich and vibrant ruby Port, full of fruit and jam flavors. At $18, it's a winner.
Some drink syrups are simple to make, while others, like Orgeat, leave you cursing every known tiki bartender, dead or alive. (via Kaiser Penguin)
The Daily Green recounts how a wine-bottle manufacturer violated federal pollution laws, and questions whether glass packaging deserves its environmentally sound reputation.
The Fountain of Youth: Pomegranate and vodka in a martini glass topped with a splash of sparkling wine and garnished with a few blueberries.