Grenadine: If There’s An Easy Way to Juice a Pomegranate, I Don’t Know What It Is.

This time last year, I made a little homemade grenadine during pomegranate season.  We had a party shortly after that in which we mixed up Pink Lady cocktails according to this recipe in Imbibe magazine. The drinks were a hit–and although we hadn't been using grenadine around the house before that, we definitely put it into heavy rotation after the party. Then we ran out. By that time, pomegranates were out of season.  We...

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Hendrick’s Gin and Weird Chicken Art

As long as we're talking about booze today, here's a strange and marvelous thing:  the people at Hendrick's Gin are injecting their usual madcap absurdity into London Cocktail Week, an event it pains me greatly to miss.  Anyway, they've created an Umbrella Emporium to pay tribute to the cocktail umbrella.  Check this one out–the Mumbrella:  ‘A miniature umbrella made out of iridescent feathers is...

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The Wonders of Cassis

This is another in a series I'm writing for the North Coast Journal based on my book in progress, The Drunken Botanist. (Your intrepid reporter at the Cassissium.  Notice the pen and notebook. This is work.  Really.) After a week spent touring distilleries in France, Scott and I had come to suspect that anything called a museum must receive special benefits:  tax cuts, subsidies, an extra-long vacation every August. ...

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Peach and Bourbon Wonderfulness

This is the latest in a series I'm writing for the North Coast Journal loosely based on my next book, The Drunken Botanist, due out in 2013.  Read earlier cocktail-ish posts here.     Bess assisting with my photo shoot. It is almost too late to write this column–almost.  Peach season is winding down, but as of this writing I’m still getting sweet, local summer peaches in the market.  So move...

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Margarita Time!

  It's margarita time!  Another cocktail-related still life–limes and a little Eva Zeisel low-ball glass I use all the time. 5 x 7.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see more...

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St. George Spirits

     Photo by Vic Stewart, taken with his weird old Rollei. This is another in a series of columns I'm writing for the North Coast Journal loosely related to my next book, The Drunken Botanist.             “Is it all right?” asks the tasting room bartender Chris, looking down quizzically at my barely-touched vodka...

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Frilly Umbrellas!

To all of you who are sweltering through this insanely hot summer (well, it's hot everywhere but Eureka), I offer up a very cold drink with a frilly paper umbrella in it.  The world needs more drinks with frilly paper umbrellas.  Starting today. This is a 5 x 7 oil painting on 1/2 inch board, notches in the back for easy hanging unframed. Click here to bid.  Go here to see more...

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Behind the Bar

I just got back from Tales of the Cocktail, which has been described as the Sundance of the cocktail world.  It's always held in New Orleans–which works out great for me, because I love New Orleans, I love the sultry weather, and I really love the opportunity to get some new scenes to paint.  This comes from the bar at the Royal Sonesta hotel on Bourbon Street. 6 x 6 inch oil on 1/2 inch thick board with slots in the back...

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Mason Jar Cocktails

I'm pleased to share my new column, The Drunken Botanist, which runs here, on GardenRant, and in the North Coast Journal, an honest-to-goodness printed newspaper that is the amazing alternative weekly for California's North Coast.  The Drunken Botanist is the working title of my new book, which should be out in 2013 if I can stop mixing drinks long enough to get it written. What you're going to read in this column are all the...

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“Bartender”

“Bartender”

I’m leaving Wednesday for Tales of the Cocktail, a glorious five day event devoted to all things boozy, held every July in (where else?) New Orleans.  (yes, it’s research for the next book.  It’s a tough job….) Anyway, in honor of TOTC, I’m posting some bar paintings this week.  I love to paint the interiors of bars, and the bottles behind bars, but it’s not always easy to get a good images to work with. ...

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