The Making of Kate Grutman’s “I’m on a Boat!” Cocktail

  For Social Mixology’s Repeal Day party at the Cathouse (Luxor Hotel) in Las Vegas, Kate Grutman from Sotto, came up with “I’m on a boat” (Sailor Jerry’s, pineapple, lime, unsweetened Thai coconut milk, Orange Crush soda, Angostura Bitters spray). I had the opportunity to see how this cocktail evolved from specs to the actual […]

Recap: Festival of Lights and Boxing Day at the Spare Room

Recently The Spare Room in Hollywood celebrated the Festival of Lights otherwise known as Hanukkah by inviting some of LA’s top Jewish bartenders including Kate Grutman, Alex Straus, Karen Grill, Josh Goldman, Josh Lucas and Jordan Gold to guest bartend. The Spare Room’s Naomi Schimek and Diana Gettinger added to the mix. The evening also […]

Spirits of the Times: Artisinal Spirits Tasting

I recently attended another LA Times and Spirits of the Times tasting event. This time it was for artisinal spirits at Sadie in Hollywood. I’ve always loved the back patio at Sadie and there were four tables set up to taste. Before I even got two steps in, everyone said I had to go […]

Akvinta Vodka & Formosa Cafe’s Duck Confit Infused Bloody Mary

A few weeks back I was sent a bottle of Akvinta Vodka. I had never tried it before and decided I needed to first taste it straight- as is, from the bottle and not chilled. I was surprised by how savory it was. But I did not take that into consideration when I started mixing […]

Speed Rack Las Vegas Recap + Countdown to the Finals

Speed Rack has wrapped up its 10-city tour with a stop in Las Vegas. The competition took place at the Swingers Club at the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Vegas. The winner is Hsiu-Ting Yu from Fusion Bar at the Palazzo. She beat out 7 other ladies including a few who traveled from out of state. […]

Becherovka Competition at Villains Tavern with LA’s Best Bartenders

I recently helped judge the Becherovka competition at Villains Tavern along with Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn and Zahra Bates who manages the bar at Providence. The local chapter of USBG put out a call to bartenders to mix it up. The winner got the admiration and love from fellow bartenders. It was organized by LA […]

Boxing Day Fundraiser at Spare Room, 12/26/11

As we gear up for the holidays, I find myself increasingly aware of how many things I’m grateful for. The basic necessities of life are covered and I don’t need the “gifts” (though, please, I like them :). What I enjoy the most is spending time with friends and family. With a suggested $10 donation, […]

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Guns and Moses

Yesterday, I attended the second annual LA’s Best Bartender Competition sponsored by Table 20 and ran into Kate Grutman, the bar manager of Sotto. I had nominated her and it was cool to hear about which Karlsson’s Gold Vodka cocktail she submitted. As it turns out, it was the Guns and Moses, one of the […]

Spirits Adventures

Distillery Tours Anchor Brewery Tour (San Francisco) Sound Spirits Tour (Seattle) St. George Spirits (Alameda, CA) Special Events Art Beyond the Glass The Minty Pop-Up Bar at the Hollywood Bowl Whiskey Balvenie Tasting Black Grouse Cocktails Bourbon Cocktails Bulleit Bourbon George Dickle Glenlivet Tasting The Glenrothes High West Distillery Maker’s 46 Whiskey Cocktails Genever Bols […]