Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Cocktails’


Magnolia’s Sidewalk Patio for Brunch & Summer Cocktails

Magnolia’s Sidewalk Patio for Brunch & Summer Cocktails
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It’s summer and it’s time, even more than usual, for enjoying the great outdoors. Not as in hiking the Sam Merrill Trail or Sunset Cliffs, but the great outdoors of the town of Pasadena. Magnolia House on South Lake has opened a sidewalk patio just in time for summer and lingering brunches—which, of course, could occur (if necessary) […]

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

TGIF people, T.G.I.F. Working on my own start-up business has made me very appreciative of Friday afternoons. As a chef, I’ve never been very good at the business/office end of things—talking on the phone, meetings, email, blah blah. Even with my own restaurant I tended to avoid that whole office side of it (thank the […]

Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters

Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

D2 for Happy Hour

D2 for Happy Hour

Rather than meet for our monthly late morning coffee, our small band of (mostly) women decide to do an early evening, gathering for Happy Hour at DusitD2 Constance Hotel Pasadena. Though the name is laborious and clunky, this historic site, formerly known as the Constance Hotel and built in 1926 by Perry Constance, has been […]

Limoncello

Limoncello

An homage to the Sicilian sun. Smooth and bright with zesty lemony notes. Limoncello is an excellent edible gift for cocktail lovers or anyone who wants a quick flavor trip to Sicily. Limoncello brings forth the elements of sun and land into a sweet after dinner liquor to top a great meal. It can be […]

Berry Breezes & Bangkok Monkey

Berry Breezes & Bangkok Monkey

Berry Breeze. Bangkok Monkey. Peaches and Rye. Broten Buck. Jala-Pina Rita. Dirty Salty Savory. It’s September, so it must be SIP-tember when restaurants and bars all over the area create that one outstanding cocktail hoping to garner the majority of votes and win the cocktail challenge. Round 4 voting is from September 17th through the 21st, […]

Poptails

Poptails

Have you ever been to a party that goes a little bit past it’s expiration date? Over the 4th of July I had this experience and I knew it was time to head home when people started mixing whatever liquors were leftover on the counter to take shots. As someone who detests shots, this was […]

1886 Bar

1886 Bar

Pasadena will never be as cool as downtown L.A., but it’s trying. For proof, stop into the new bar inside the historic and lovely Raymond Restaurant. Named 1886 (for the year this cottage, once part of the Raymond Hotel, was built), it has dragged Pasadena into the cocktail era—about two years after it dawned on […]

Best Drinks in Town

Best Drinks in Town

Some of us around Hometown Pasadena like a proper drink every now and then, so we talked amongst ourselves and came up with a short list of personal favorites. We’re saving wine bars for another post. If we’ve missed your favorite cocktail, please let us know! Aviation. Palate bartender Antoine makes this historic, gin-based cocktail […]

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