One of these things….

mesa_drinksis not like the others.

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Published in: on December 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beyond Comprehension


While in New York, we stopped for a little cocktail & nosh at Craftbar on Broadway. My companion had a classic Sazerac (right), with rye, absinthe, and Peychaud’s. I went for something a little more unusual, a house cocktail called “Beyond Comprehension” (left), made with applejack, thyme syrup, and lemon. A few of those, and the name will surely be apropos.

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Published in: on December 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Death & Co.


We recently had the privilege of having cocktails at Death & Co. on the lower East Side in Manhattan. Since they do not take reservations, we went early. Smart move, because this place is tiny, with a very cool speakeasy vibe. The staff are gracious and clearly well trained, and there are bottles of magical elixirs everywhere.


We had the Gypsy Wedding (left), a mix of gin, aquavit, lime and grapefruit juices, two kinds of sweet syrups, and muddled green grapes with a fennel salt rim, and a Seersucker (right), which is white rum, cinnamon bark syrup, lemon juice, and muddled strawberries. Both were completely delish.

Our advice: go early, go often, and don’t try to cheat Death.

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Published in: on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

And In More Sweet News….

We totally forgot to mention….

At our little fete the other week, we had some wonderful desserts. One real standout was the vodka pudding cups. That’s right-dark chocolate cups filled with vodka pudding and with sprinkly stuff on top. (Yum!) Our friend found the recipe here:

We don’t know how hard they were to make, but we know exactly how easy they were to eat! Next time you have a party, you want to invite someone that will make these.

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Published in: on December 18, 2012 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Salted Caramel Goodness


We’ve written a few times about caramel-y goodness, but this might take the cake…..

6 oz. milk
1 scoop Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Chai mix
3 oz. Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka

Heat up the milk, stir in the chai mix, add vodka.

You won’t miss that hot cocoa at all.

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Published in: on December 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  


Last weekend, we hosted a little holiday fete.  The absence of my partner in crime meant that there was nobody there to tend to the bar, so I made up a couple of pitchers to keep people in cocktails for the evening.  

The first was a modified Cranberry-Amaretto Kiss:

1 cup plain vodka (we used Stoli)

1 cup Three Olives Rangtang vodka

1/2 cup amaretto (we always choose Disaronno)

1 Cup cranberry juice

1 small can Izze clementine soda

The other was a modified Ginger Snap, suggested to us by a friend:

2 cups vodka (Stoli, again)

1 cup Domaine de Canton (the yummiest ginger liqueur)

1/2 cup SNAP (from Art in the Age)

2 cups lemonade

The instructions for both are simple:  Add ingredients to pitcher and stir.  Serve with ice.  Easy peasy, right?

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Published in: on December 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm  Comments (2)