Spirits for spirits. That's what I had in mind as I thought about a cocktail for Halloween. If you Google "Halloween cocktails," the results are indeed scary, but not exactly for the reasons that you would hope. Candy corn. Whipped cream vodka. Puckers schnapps. Those drinks don't look eerie (or edible), and consuming them almost guarantees that your evening will end like Lawn Witch's.
After raiding my bar cart and doing research on weird-colored liquors, "Ships in the Night" came to be. It's unsettling in name and appearance, and the taste is excellent and entirely unexpected given the color.
Why call it "Ships in the Night?" The deep purple reminded me of ocean water in the evening, and the white foam from the egg white gives the allusion of stormy seas. What I like about the taste is that you don't see it coming -- pisco and violets are an usual pairing. Together with the lemon juice and egg white, you have a drink that gently carries you through the night. Read More
I've wanted to make this for the longest time, a cocktail inspired by Robert Frost's poem "My November Guest."
MY Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
I always thought of November as a time for calmness in between October's post-summer exuberance and December's holiday chaos. It's a chance to pause and reflect, and this year, more than ever, November is a time to slow down and contemplate next steps. As shocked and angry as we are after last week, we're hopeful that cooler heads will prevail, and cooler drinks might be a very small step in that direction. Read More
Where is the most beautiful place to be in October? We're pretty sure it's the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. Its hills turn red, orange, and yellow. Wood smoke drifts from the little towns that line the Hudson's shores. And its farms are abuzz with end of year harvests. It's absolutely gorgeous and only an hour's train ride from Manhattan.
In honor of its stunning scenery and all the great memories we have of autumns spent in it, we created a cocktail that captures the spirit of the Hudson Valley in October. Named "the Demeter" after the Roman goddess of the harvest, the drink exudes the tastes and smells of the region's apple and pear orchards. And like October itself, the Demeter is cool, playful, a little mysterious, and laced with unexpected bursts of intensity. Read More
Sometimes you really want a strong drink on the go. And unless you're really, really desperate, most of the pre-made cocktails on the market are undrinkable (there are a few exceptions, but we'll get into those later). A couple summers ago I had the idea of making Pimm's Cups on a Metro North train ride while en route to visit my boyfriend's family in CT. Alexandra and I firmly believe that the little things in life that are worth celebrating, and so leaving working early that Friday afternoon and shoveling through throngs of sweltering people in Grand Central warranted something tasty to sip on. Read More
For years our family would spend a week or more on Block Island, a small, historic New England costal town off of Rhode Island. Each summer brought new experiences, but some traditions remained the same each year, and the dozens of Dark and Stormys that we would drink at our rental cottages were a perfect example. Maybe it was because we were on vacation, but the Dark and Stormys we made on Block Island always tasted different than the ones back in NYC. Of course that doesn't stop us from making them now, and this summer we've experimented with a couple different recipes. Read More