Valentines Day cocktails (that won’t gross you out)

A long time ago in practically another lifetime, I dated a mixologist.

He was basically THE BOMB when it came to making cocktails.

And the nice thing about relationships, even when they end, is that you learn something new from each and every person you date.

Luke taught me about guns, knifes, and TYPE 1 DIABETES.

Steve taught me how to make REALLY GOOD BISCUITS from scratch.

Dave taught me something VERY NAUGHTY.

And Charlie taught me how to CLEAN AN ABALONE in under 30 seconds.

Well, I learned a little about cocktails from my ex boyfriend the mixologist.

Which is why, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I roll my eyes when I see all the super sweet, saccharine flavored, dripping with artificial flavor cocktails that pop up online.

Ew, gross.

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-12-15-12-pmI’d rather lick the bottom of a shoe in a BART Station bathroom than drink something pink and fruity.

So here are three cocktails that I tested and tried out which I think make FABULOUS Valentine’s Day cocktails.

The Bourbon Cherry Smash: It definitely doesn’t suck and make a nice grown up cocktail. Note: I use only ½ ounce of lemon simple syrup. I like it tart.  You can always make it sweeter but you can’t take it away once it’s there so proceed with caution.

vd1The Bourbon Black Forest Cocktail: Chocolate is tricky in cocktails. This one adds a hint of chocolate that blends nicely with the bourbon and cherry flavors. And I love the little float of cream on the top, but it’s tricky to master the technique. Practice with multiple cocktails.

vd2Rosemary 75 Cocktail: A twist on the good old French 75 – add a little pea flower extract (found on Amazon.com) to give the cocktail a hint of blue/purple color (without using blue curacao which can be cloyingly sweet). And the addition of the rosemary simple syrup only improves the herbal flavor of the French 75.

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The Best Tiki Bar in the Bay Area

On Saturday, I took Dante to a Tiki Bar in a private home in Menlo Park – The Lucky Star Tiki Bar.  It was the perfect place to take my little extroverted puppy friend.

lucky_star3The Lucky Star Tiki Bar has a relaxing tropical feel to it with accents from the heyday of aviation and South Pacific exploration thrown in in honor of beloved family members who built and flew airplanes.

Will and Kat own this sexy joint and I have to say they are a sexy as their tiki bar, and make it such a fun place to be.

The only rule?

No judgments.

Okay, I can do that!

I ran into my good friend Chris and his fiancée Ryann at the party. What a surprise! Small world, as they say.

I treated myself to two Mai Tais, expertly made by Will before I had to hit the road and head home with Dante.

But it was tons and fun and I imagine I’ll be visiting again soon.

Cheers and aloha!

And Happy Birthday Will!

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The grotto at The Lucky Star Tiki Bar

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The Lucky Star Tiki Bar

 

Great Gatsby: The Roaring 20’s

Tejas and Twisty are having a joint birthday party and the theme is Great Gatsby: The Roaring 20’s.

I personally am less than thrilled with an era when dress necklines were decorous and proper.

But that’s only because some of my most beautiful assets are best viewed with low décolleté.

Nevertheless, I am happy to celebrate with Tejas and Twisty.

I’ve pulled together (ANOTHER) costume and I’m quite excited about it. I hope it looks as good on me as it does on the computer (yes, I am an internet shopper).

First, there’s a gorgeous cream colored dress with fringe.

IMG_8731Then there’s a lovely headband, complete with feathers and sequins.

FullSizeRender(1)Not sure I have flapper shoes, but I’ll come up with something. I’m NOT BUYING dowdy kitten heel shoes to wear with my outfit. I’m just not.

I’m trying to talk Tejas and Mary, his girlfriend, into serving a sophisticated cocktail with the regular bar fare.

Something like a Hemingway (made with Bacardi Limon, lime juice, Luxardo, and grapefruit juice), or an Aviation cocktail (made with gin, lemon juice, Luxardo, and Crème de Violette).

Cocktail making is labor intensive, but oh-so-representative of the Roaring 20s.

But since it is so labor intensive, we may go with a punch instead of individual cocktails.

Either way, I’m destined to have fun.

Cheers!

Cocktails at the Martini Monkey

Friday night I was at San Jose Airport, Terminal C at the Martini Monkey with a group of friends, celebrating bartender the bartender’s cocktail making it into the 2007 Food and Wine Cocktail Guide. Here he is making a Hemingway (Bacardi limon rum + Luxardo sour cherry liqueur):

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Here we are, a bunch of locals, packing the airport bar and abusing short term parking, all in our quest for the perfect cocktail. And I must say, the bartender is the best bartender in the Bay Area. You will not be disappointed. Furthermore, for you girls out there, if you go to eat at the Mexican place across the plaza, the likelihood of you getting hit on by a Jet Blue pilot or flight attendant is astronomically high (3 hits, 3 separate innings)..

My date was a total animal, as evidenced by this photo. And, he left with someone else (Henry, gasp!). I knew he wasn’t my type!

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