• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 31st, 2014, 12:41 PM

    When life gives you 43 bottles of random liquor…[fill in the blank]. Please, brilliant mixologists, help us fill in the blank! My dear housemate inherited four file boxes full of booze—mostly fun-trashy liqueurs, and the biggest bottle of Bailey’s I’ve ever seen—when friends of her parents’ moved and emptied their home bar. We are left wondering what to do with the abundance of things we would probably, left to our own devices, never purchase (full itemization below). Ideas so far include: a hot chocolate party, a tiki party, a…sorority party? (It appears we have all the fixings for a Purple Nurple.)

    Here’s what we got. For the wine, yes, we’ll just drink it, and hope time has been kind. For the rest, I turn to you. Leave your ideas (and recipes?) in the comments! Read on… »

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 31st, 2011, 11:27 AM

    This recipe is courtesy of Taylor Brittenham, maker of Bitter Tears handcrafted bitters and co-proprietor of Ms. and His, a pop-up bar and cocktail catering service. You can get your hands on Bitter Tears Hina (hibiscus-rose) at Bar Keeper in Silverlake, Calif., or online.

    Makes 1 cocktail

    3 ounces gin
    1 ounce vodka
    1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
    Three drops Hina bitters

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 30th, 2011, 10:25 AM

    Taylor Brittenham is the “Ms.” behind Ms. and His, cooking up handcrafted, small-batch cocktail bitters in Highland Park, California. Her line, Bitter Tears, features an impressive array of flavor profiles, for those ready to update their Old Fashioned with a hint of blood orange and ginger, or up the Tropicalia of their Mojito with hibiscus.

    The bitters market used to be cornered by Angostura and Peychaud’s, but artistanal bitters have hit the scene in a big way, with flavors ranging from celery to rhubarb. And our collective cocktails are that much better for it.

    Q: What exactly are bitters? Read on… »

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