South America Flight: Pisco Punch

By Jonathan Laurel August 16, 2019 Cocktails

One of the most perfect punches you’ll encounter is the Pisco Punch.  This punch is easily 150 years old, possibly finding its origins on coastal ocean steamers traveling up the Pacific coast of the Americas from Peru to California.  Unquestionably, though, this punch was made famous at the Bank Exchange, the iconic San Francisco bar haunted by the likes of Rudyard Kippling, Mark Twain, and Harold Ross.   The Bank Exchange Billiard… Read More

Historical Flight: Ernest Hemingway

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails Events

Few cultural figures in the last century have brought cocktail and spirit culture into the limelight the way that Ernest Hemingway did.  This monumental figure in 20th century literature was also a famous drinker, incorporating his love for all things alcoholic (and, often, bitter) into his stories and his life.  We prefer “famous” here in lieu of “infamous,” because Hemingway’s extraordinary enthusiasm for beverages was of mythical proportions even in his own life… Read More

Pineapple & Coriander

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails

Roasted pineapple, cilantro, lemon, lime leaf Honkaku-style kome shochu, chambéry blanc, pineapple curry shrub, cilantro, kaffir lime leaf liqueur, bogart bitters Adapted from the recipe for Kaeng Khua Saparot, or “Pineapple Fried Curry,” the Pineapple & Coriander cocktail is crafted with a two-week old shrub made from pineapples, coriander seeds, peppercorns, Thai basil, sugar, and rice vinegar.  To serve it, we mix the shrub with a rice-distilled shochu and a lemony French blanc… Read More

New Desserts, July 2019

By Jonathan Laurel July 12, 2019 Food

Our July desserts have arrived, and they are perfect for the gruesome heat we’re having this month!  A Vanilla Panna Cotta is a silky summer treat, a final finesse to end your meal and your day.  A hemisphere of sexy, smooth vanilla panna cotta is the heart of this dish, with a clustering of bright, acidic flavors and a spectrum of textures for accompaniment.  Splatters of cherry-port foam bring a shocking red… Read More

Cocktail Flight: South America

By Jonathan Laurel July 11, 2019 Cocktails

South America’s indigenous spirits and regional drinking traditions are often ignored on the international bartending stage.  We, however, cannot get enough of the random, distant, and unfamiliar when it comes to spirits and cocktails.  From regional variations of the changuirongo to the encyclopedic world of mezcal, we heart all things Central and South American.  This cocktail flight is an ode to South American beverages, focusing on classic styles and preparations, although we… Read More