In praise of tap water: When we’re counting our food-miles and eating locally, why are we washing it all down with water shipped from Europe?

In praise of tap water: When we’re counting our food-miles and eating locally, why are we washing it all down with water shipped from Europe?

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A gorgeous, deep red, peppery-sweet jar of home-infused strawberry reposado tequila becomes a refreshing summer cocktail.

A gorgeous, deep red, peppery-sweet jar of home-infused strawberry reposado tequila becomes a refreshing summer cocktail.

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Only 1 thousand bottles of the Lote 43 wine. And counting...

Only 1 thousand bottles of the Lote 43 wine. And counting...

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Say goodbye to summer with the emblematic American summer tipple, the julep.

Say goodbye to summer with the emblematic American summer tipple, the julep.

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Pear season's finally upon us!

Learn to make your own delicious pear brandy -- it's as simple as chop, steep, and strain.

Pear season's finally upon us!

Learn to make your own delicious pear brandy -- it's as simple as chop, steep, and strain.

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Whatever floats your sugar boat! Dissolve this little morsel of sugar on top of your next cocktail, iced tea or coffee. Read through the absolutely strangely translated site.

Whatever floats your sugar boat! Dissolve this little morsel of sugar on top of your next cocktail, iced tea or coffee. Read through the absolutely strangely translated site.

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A refreshing citrus cordial with which to cool off.

A refreshing citrus cordial with which to cool off.

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Latest in Evian packaging design: the Evian Palace Bottle exclusive to restaurants, with pourer and coaster.

FEATUREDLatest in Evian packaging design: the Evian Palace Bottle exclusive to restaurants, with pourer and coaster.

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Drink of the Week: "Fashionably Lillet" A light, summery cooler with a nod to both sides of The Pond.

Drink of the Week: "Fashionably Lillet" A light, summery cooler with a nod to both sides of The Pond.

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Chocolate Stout cake, looking real macho dressed up as Heineken bottles. For a gal pal with a beer compass - Bottoms up!

Chocolate Stout cake, looking real macho dressed up as Heineken bottles. For a gal pal with a beer compass - Bottoms up!

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Lucid, the first genuine absinthe to reach the U.S. market in nearly 100 years.

Lucid, the first genuine absinthe to reach the U.S. market in nearly 100 years.

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Blue Moon Cocktail made with creme de violette on The Kitchn at Apartment Therapy

Blue Moon Cocktail made with creme de violette on The Kitchn at Apartment Therapy

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i kind of like the idea of a quiver of wine.  an easy way to carry a bottle to a picnic from graf & lantz.

i kind of like the idea of a quiver of wine. an easy way to carry a bottle to a picnic from graf & lantz.

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The "Care and Feeding" of Limoncello - Part 2

The "Care and Feeding" of Limoncello - Part 2

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Blood Orange Margaritas.

Blood Orange Margaritas.

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A light and refreshing spring cooler with a surprise: Danny DeVito's Limoncello.

A light and refreshing spring cooler with a surprise: Danny DeVito's Limoncello.

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A lost ingredient, found again: Rothman & Winter Créme de Violette, the violet liqueur!

A lost ingredient, found again: Rothman & Winter Créme de Violette, the violet liqueur!

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Drink of the Week: Marry a stately orange liqueur from the Caribbean to the newest darling of the cocktail world -- Canton ginger liqueur -- and watch the sparks fly.

Drink of the Week: Marry a stately orange liqueur from the Caribbean to the newest darling of the cocktail world -- Canton ginger liqueur -- and watch the sparks fly.

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"Midnight Ride", blood orange cocktail

"Midnight Ride", blood orange cocktail

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1800 Tequila takes on 9 artists for billboard/bottle collaborations that will turn your bar into a gallery...

FEATURED1800 Tequila takes on 9 artists for billboard/bottle collaborations that will turn your bar into a gallery...

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This surprise bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rose 2002 has helped make this monday feel a little less like a thursday...

FEATUREDThis surprise bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rose 2002 has helped make this monday feel a little less like a thursday...

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Gizmo Girl's Steady Sticks!! Perfect for the upcoming summer months.

Gizmo Girl's Steady Sticks!! Perfect for the upcoming summer months.

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Unboxing the new “100 proof, 100 percent agave, super-premium tequila”, 1800 Silver Select Tequila ~ beautiful packaging... matte black box, wrapped in leather cord, with a big glossy wax seal.

FEATUREDUnboxing the new “100 proof, 100 percent agave, super-premium tequila”, 1800 Silver Select Tequila ~ beautiful packaging... matte black box, wrapped in leather cord, with a big glossy wax seal.

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Apple Soju Cocktail. Soju is a Korean alcohol that's versatile like vodka or gin, but lighter in taste.

Apple Soju Cocktail. Soju is a Korean alcohol that's versatile like vodka or gin, but lighter in taste.

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Alessi's 2008 Spring/Summer collection is here ~ and this is a beautiful bottle opener from the Alessi founder's great grandson! Pop-Up

Alessi's 2008 Spring/Summer collection is here ~ and this is a beautiful bottle opener from the Alessi founder's great grandson! Pop-Up

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Drink of the Week: Valentine's Day may be long gone, but the Royal Romance keeps the passion(fruit) alive with a little help from gin, Grand Mariner, and grenadine.

Drink of the Week: Valentine's Day may be long gone, but the Royal Romance keeps the passion(fruit) alive with a little help from gin, Grand Mariner, and grenadine.

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An evening in El Bulli always starts off with a cocktail. Today it's a Margarita served in a frozen snow cube where one is instructed to scoop up the Margarita tasting slush ice together with the salted foam on top.

An evening in El Bulli always starts off with a cocktail. Today it's a Margarita served in a frozen snow cube where one is instructed to scoop up the Margarita tasting slush ice together with the salted foam on top.

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Learning to Make Sake: Fushimi's water, with it's temperate mineral balance is responsible for Fushimi-zake being considered 'feminine' in taste. The master brewer invited me down to the lab to try 3 sakes that he is particularly proud of.

Learning to Make Sake: Fushimi's water, with it's temperate mineral balance is responsible for Fushimi-zake being considered 'feminine' in taste. The master brewer invited me down to the lab to try 3 sakes that he is particularly proud of.

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I like the idea of Budweiser's Chelada (a combo of beer and Clamato), but the actual product could be better. Why not make my own? It's only logical, people.

I like the idea of Budweiser's Chelada (a combo of beer and Clamato), but the actual product could be better. Why not make my own? It's only logical, people.

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Drink of the Week! The Martinez may seem like the lovechild of the Martini and the Manhattan, but it's older than either, and quite possibly the origin of both.

Drink of the Week! The Martinez may seem like the lovechild of the Martini and the Manhattan, but it's older than either, and quite possibly the origin of both.

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Buck's Fizz

Buck's Fizz

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Cranberry spritzer made with BC cranberries, plus a short list of some local favourites

Cranberry spritzer made with BC cranberries, plus a short list of some local favourites

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas.

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Sheridan's Coffee Layered Liqueur ~ finally tracked down a bottle, and it is still the coolest bottle design yet. The two separate black and white filled glass bottle share a cap, which pours perfectly layered drinks.

FEATUREDSheridan's Coffee Layered Liqueur ~ finally tracked down a bottle, and it is still the coolest bottle design yet. The two separate black and white filled glass bottle share a cap, which pours perfectly layered drinks.

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How to make an Edible Martini (video) ~ a gin/vermouth infused flash pickled cucumber... a scientific/culinary alternative to jello shots for your next party?

FEATUREDHow to make an Edible Martini (video) ~ a gin/vermouth infused flash pickled cucumber... a scientific/culinary alternative to jello shots for your next party?

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Honibe - Honey You Can Hold ~ like the sugarcube equivalent for honey!

Honibe - Honey You Can Hold ~ like the sugarcube equivalent for honey!

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A 1932 Marsala at the 25 best wines of the world tasting

A 1932 Marsala at the 25 best wines of the world tasting

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Double-Walled Bottle by Romain Gauthrot, 2007 - glass, insulated, and microwave safe! Holds 16oz.

Double-Walled Bottle by Romain Gauthrot, 2007 - glass, insulated, and microwave safe! Holds 16oz.

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Sipping on Thai iced tea on the streets of Bangkok. The plastic bag definitely adds to the experience.

Sipping on Thai iced tea on the streets of Bangkok. The plastic bag definitely adds to the experience.

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Drink of the Week: Irish Coffee for St. Paddy's Day. A recipe, and why it's being celebrated three days early.

Drink of the Week: Irish Coffee for St. Paddy's Day. A recipe, and why it's being celebrated three days early.

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Red wine by the glass--trying to understand wine is very difficult for a beginner!

Red wine by the glass--trying to understand wine is very difficult for a beginner!

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Celebrate the weekend with a Candied Tangerine-Tini

Celebrate the weekend with a Candied Tangerine-Tini

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African Ginger Beer

African Ginger Beer

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Forget about green beer for St. Patty's Day.  Try some Absinthe!

Forget about green beer for St. Patty's Day. Try some Absinthe!

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Blood orange, orange flower water, spices and a hearty blend of three rums—the Tiki Puka Puka may look pretty but be careful how many you have...

Blood orange, orange flower water, spices and a hearty blend of three rums—the Tiki Puka Puka may look pretty but be careful how many you have...

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