My Friend Jilda recently took a bartending course and she has one of the most well stocked bars I've seen in a person's home. She even has one of those contraptions which makes large, perfectly round ice cubes. One could call her enthusiastic about the art of mixology.
The other night after a delicious and filling dinner at Sandro's Jilda conviced me to join her for a nightcap -truthfully it did not take convincing, but merely suggesting - so she whipped us up a couple of grasshoppers. I'm sure I hadn't had a grasshopper since literally 1982, which is I think six years before Jilda was born. They were festive and tasty, though rather more a dessert than a cocktail.
I had my first Negroni last week while waiting for my table at Barbaresco. I loved it so much it is bound to be my go to apéritif for a long time. It's so simple I couldn't wait to make a batch myself. Just shake together equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Compari, strain over ice and garnish with a big slice of orange peel.
This is my favorite cocktail to make at home. It has only three indredients, and as far as I am concerned it is light and healthy - or at least refreshing and low in sugar. I never measure anything when mixing drinks. For this I simply add some ice to a shaker, fill it almost to the top with vodka, squeeze in the juice of a couple limes and sweeten to taste with agave. A twist of lime might make a nice garnish, but to me it would just get in the way. Agave can replace simple syrup in any cocktail.
We drove and drove and drove until we found ourselves as close to the Hollywood sign as one can get, while only barely breaking the law. I wanted these photos to have an ominous, dusty, desolate feel, so Corey Nickols retouched them with a blue cast, which I think looks beautiful and plays well off the dirt and the red and white warning signs. I also love that Brian To was able to catch those two girls in the background - particularly the one in the denim short-shorts and midriff. I think these turned out to be really cool, stylized photographs.