Liquor and Spirits

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2014
  • Calendar

    August 29, 2013

    Humdinger Night

    Club Ripples

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    An Exploration of Steamers Jazz Club: The Good, The Bad, and The Magnificent Cocktails

    Steamers has been open a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Make It: Watermelon-Sriracha Sangria

    It's the quintessential summer cocktail--with a kick! This easy recipe is from The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook: 50 Vegan "Rooster Sauce" Recipes That Pack a Punch, out on Tuesday, July 2 and available for pre-order now.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Operation Swill: New Jersey ABC Busts 29 Bars (Including 13 TGI Fridays) for Selling Colored Rubbing Alcohol, Dirty Water as Premium Alcohol

    If you're going to be drinking this summer down the Jersey Shore, at least you can be more confident the shot of Lagavulin or Auchentoshan the bartender just poured you is actually high-end scotch, not dishwater. That's because the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) led a state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Santa Ana Daisy at Playground, Our Drink of the Week!

    Here's some cocktail history for you: pretty much every cocktail you've ever had can trace its lineage back to the Old Fashioned: spirit, sugar, water, bitters. Switch the bitters for citrus juice and you have a sour; switch the sugar for grenadine (or raspberry syrup) and add orange liqueur and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The World Uses 700 mL Liquor Bottles. White House Petition Aims To Allow Their Import

    I was bemoaning the state of cachaça with fellow Weekling Bill Esparza last week as we sipped from a bootlegged two-liter Coke bottle of cachaça de alambique, straight from the still. Sure, we can get the run-of-the-mill stuff like Ypioca and 51, and on my peregrinations to New Jersey and Massachu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Viñedos Malagón: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

    The village of Francisco Zarco, the largest settlement in the Valle de Guadalupe, sits at the junction of Federal Highway 3 and the paved road leading to La Misión. It's a hive of activity at certain times of day; outdoor chicken grills line the main boulevard, and people drive up and down from sho ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2012

    A Christmas Carol

    South Coast Repertory

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2012

    Zion Love

    Tiki Bar

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    A Mexican in the South: Notes, Quotes, and Observations from the Southern Foodways Alliance's Annual Symposium

    Imagine my surprise earlier this year when I received an email from John T. Edge, one of the best food writers in America and head of the Southern Foodways Alliance, this awesome-ass effort by the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture to preserve, document, and celebra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    LTB at Three Seventy Common, Our Drink of the Week!

    Question: How do you drink hard cider without looking like an Birmingham ASBO boy or a girl at her 21st birthday party? It's not exactly a reputation-making drink, though the cider made with our local apples stands up well against anything to come out of Washington, Michigan, or New York.Answer: You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Rye Sour at Two 40 South

    When the American whiskey renaissance happened, rye was all but ignored; most liquor stores only carry ryes that could substitute for turpentine, stuff that could make even a seasoned whiskey drinker's esophagus go hide behind his spinal column. Bourbon drinkers who try rye are often turned off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Dessert-ini at Bowlmor

    Edwin Goei​ Tucked upstairs by a rarely traversed outdoor escalator next to a discount shoe store, Bowlmor at the District in Tustin might as well be in stealth mode. It used to be called Strike, but it's always been part of the Bowlmor chain, which has the distinction of being the longest continu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Matthew Robold, OC Bartender. In Finals to Be Official Tommy Bahama "Rumologist"

    ​Matthew Robold of Orange, better known as Rumdood, has advanced to the top ten of the nationwide search for the official "Rumologist" position with Tommy Bahama. Given the videos chosen for the top ten, it would appear that the requirements for the position are resistance to cirrhosis, a penchant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Platte Valley Corn Whiskey, whatever bluegrass song might apply to Missoura...​The chica and I just came back from a two-week road trip that took us to the World's Longest Yard Sale, a hundreds-of-miles extravaganza of antiques, food, and rolling hills that I'll detail at length next week. We only did the stretch o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Drink of The Week: Moscow Mule at Chapter One: the modern local

    Edwin Goei​So proud is Chapter One: the modern local of its libations that it puts them on the same one-sheet menu with the rest of the food. In fact, they call them "Culinary Cocktails". And if you think the title is kind of presumptuous, you haven't realized that a few of the ingredients s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Disneyland and California Adventure Debut New Rides This Week

    ​Planning a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth this week? (I'll be there Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for me. Hint: I'm a white guy... with glasses.) If so, you're in luck because not only does this week kick off Disneyland's official summer season, but it also welcomes the debut of tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    On The Line: Oge Dalken of Chapter One: The Modern Local, Part Three

    An Elvis sandwich​For the final segment of On The Line, Chef Oge shares the sandwich that doubles as dessert. A hint of sweet, a hearty savory, and lots of salivating; behold the Elvis. To catch up on this week's interview, click here and here.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Una Goccia Calda: A Drop of Hot Mulled Wine

    A Ladin-speaking après-ski booth selling waffles and hot wine in northeastern Italy​Think of Italy, and you think of steaming-hot cups of coffee and glasses of good wine, but do you think of steaming-hot cups of wine?Yet mulled wine, called vin brulè in Italy (literally "burned wine"), is common ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Perfect Storm at Buster's Beach House, Our Drink of the Week

    Jessica Ford​When your drink is served in a giant fishbowl, you know you're going to have a good time. Buster's Beach House manages to combine classy waterfront dining with a lively bar scene by sectioning off the bar from the main dining area. Get the best of both areas by claiming one of the boo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Wodka Vodka, Our Drink of the Week

    ​Wódka--Polish for vodka--is a new line of vodka that claims to rank higher than Ciroc in taste tests, but sells for only $8.99 for a 750-mililiter glass bottle. According to its website, Wódka earned a 90-point rating from the Beverage Testing Institute, while Ciroc earned 88 points, Belvedere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Luck of the Leprechaun at Auld Irisher

    Brandon Ferguson​First things first, we apologize for not bringing you a pumpkin martini or some other such seasonal concoction. But the Auld Irisher in Orange put  something tasty in front of our face, and we couldn't resist. The title of this week's offering is: The Luck of the Leprach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Green Walnuts

    Flickr user amayu​Walnuts, like almonds, start off life on the tree as a soft fruit; as the fruit matures, the nut inside hardens inside a shell. Just like almonds, green walnuts are edible, though their window of availability is even shorter than their gelatinous, amandine cousins. Due to the unb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Strawberry Basil & Kick-Ass Margaritas at Tia Juana's

    Jessica Ford Strawberry Basil Margarita​It's time to encourage double-fisting for our Drink of the Week. Tia Juana's in Irvine makes two specialty margaritas that stand out from the rest: the Strawberry Basil and the Kick-Ass. Of course you can choose to have just one, but if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Long Beach Peach at Tequila Jack's

    Jessica Ford​Most come to Tequila Jack's for their more than 100 imported tequilas, but when you're done singing, "1 tequila...2 tequila...3 tequila...Floor," switch to the Jack's Favorites drink list. That's where you will find the Long Beach Peach--and your server will likely give yo ... More >>

  • Food

    July 22, 2010

    Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide

    Where to go for the best deals and drinks

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Testing Tequila: Camarena vs. Cazadores

    Flickr user bbum​I've spent a long time working on my alcohol collection. I'm not some weirdo amalgamator of obscure liquors; I just like to have premium stuff. That means I tend to buy Ketel One (on those rare occasions that I want vodka and zakuski), Hendricks or Martin Miller's gin, etc.While I ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010

    Altered Egos

    [Locals Only] From blues to funk, DJ Oldboy, a.k.a. Brother Cecil, a.k.a. Chris Lynch, covers all genres

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2010

    Black Orchid Tea at Sakura

    Jessica Ford​Sakura in Huntington Beach features shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish in which you to cook thinly sliced pieces of meat and vegetables in a personal pot of boiling water or broth. This restaurant caters to groups and has a large outdoor eating area as well as a full bar to begin t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Morning After at Hurricanes

    Jessica Ford Morning After​Hurricanes in Huntington Beach attracts quite possibly the most eclectic group of people in Orange County with a mix of twenty-, thirty-, even forty-somethings crowding the bar and light-up dance floor. Following the organic trend, Hurricanes carries Filip vodka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Drink(s) of the Week: The Ricardo's $3 Menu

    ​Gustavo probably wouldn't have many kind things to say about the food at Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano. It's one of those brightly-colored, family-friendly joints with big plates of just-ok-if-you-don't-know-any-better Mexican-American standards. For the record, I don't know any better, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 17, 2008

    Bucking Convention

    Alters, Offerings, Totems and Tip Jars

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Drinko de Mayo

    Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008


    Jameson’s National 
Comedy Tour

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    Check Out My Package

    It's pretty well-known that I'll go almost anywhere I'm invited if there's free food and booze, but some invites make more sense than others. Movie premieres, I understand. Art gallery openings, sure. But a meeting held by a package tour company to pitch their getaways to local travel agents? I mean ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Thursday - 11/22

    Cirque du Soleil: Corteo at the OC Fairgrounds, Hank Williams: Lost Highway at the Laguna Playhouse

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2007


    Never trust Moviefone's directions. As an OC noob, I actually expected to get the correct map to Edwards Island Theaters, but the step-by-step instructions left me in the middle of Newport Beach before giving up. Fortunately, I found the Lido Theater, and the owner was more than happy to give me d ... More >>

  • Food

    September 14, 2006

    Sweet, Sweet Goo

    La Fondues epic epicureanism

  • Food

    March 16, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in duck

  • Music

    September 22, 2005
  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Cocktails and Dreams

    Terri Torzon wins with delish Dona

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    Proclaim This

    More than a decade after walking 500 miles, the Proclaimers save pop rock with Born Innocent

  • Food

    November 27, 2003

    Tax Shelters, Riding Crops and Grand Marnier

    Dining With the Swells at Gemmells in Dana Point

  • Music

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    September 11, 2003
  • Columns

    November 15, 2001

    Plenty Trepidatious

    A civic leader strokes his manhood whilst a woman hood strokes Commie Girl!

  • News

    April 6, 2000
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