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Where You Should Be Drinking in LA: Big Bar

Where You Should Be Drinking in LA: Big Bar

Where You Should Be Drinking in LA: Big Bar We spent extended time in California over the holidays for a few reasons: to enjoy as much warm weather as possible during our parental leave, to introduce our West Coast friends and family to our new baby, and to try on California living for size. On that last point, we ultimately left California with Boston maintaining an edge, for now. A strong point in LA’s favor: outdoor dining. We love a good patio. In fact the patio of our apartment in DC was quite possibly our favorite thing about living there: ideal for grilling, also ideal for growing fresh herbs, just the right mix of private and public, and with warm enough weather to use it nine months a year–a good four months more than Boston. In LA, you get twelve months out of your patio. Big Bar in Los Feliz isn’t. It’s a small bar, with just a few seats, in a cozy room that makes the bar seem...

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St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Kevin’s Cocktail Recipe In celebration of tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve been enjoying Glenadalough Irish whiskey this week. St. Patrick is, of course, the patron saint of Ireland. The patron saint of Glendalough, though, is St. Kevin. St. Patrick’s legendary nature miracle was clearing Ireland of snakes. St. Kevin’s was more modest, but very kindly. One day while he had his hand upraised in prayer, a blackbird landed on it and began making a nest. Kevin kept his hands up so that the blackbird could finish her nest, lay her eggs, they could hatch, and the hatchlings could learn to fly. What could be more fitting to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland than the namesake drink of another Irish saint? The drink was not, of course, created by the saint himself. Ezra Star of Drink did that. But I bet Ezra never kept his arm upraised for weeks out of care for baby birds. Ingredients 1 1/2 oz Glendalough Double Barrel 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz...

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Craft Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day + County Wicklow Cocktail Recipe

Craft Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day + County Wicklow Cocktail Recipe

Craft Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day We got our first taste of the Irish whiskey revival last spring at a Glendalough pop-up at Service Bar. Since then, we’ve grown in our appreciation for Irish whiskey as a more companionable spirit for mixing. We understand now why so many old cocktail recipes specifically call for Irish; and it’s not because they didn’t care. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we had the chance to check in on Glendalough again at their whiskey Master Class. Glendalough’s been busy, learning everything they can about whiskey in general and Irish whiskey in particular. Their goal is to produce craft whiskey with an Irish sensibility and a worldly air. In pursuit of that goal, they’ve done their history lessons, but even more importantly they’ve pursued a practical education, mainly by means of barrels. Back in the 1930s, the barrel makers of America scored a big coup when it was established that in order to be called a straight Bourbon or rye, whiskey...

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Let’s Not Put a Label on It Cocktail Recipe

Let’s Not Put a Label on It Cocktail Recipe

Let’s Not Put a Label on It Cocktail Recipe When we went to Hank’s on the Hill to do our photo shoot for our article on Cook’s Cook about reading a cocktail menu, it wasn’t strictly necessary that the drinks taste good. They just needed to be photogenic, and in the right glasses. They were delicious, though. In particular, the memory of ‘Let’s Not Put a Label On It, Let’s Keep It Fun’ has stuck with us ever since. We’d been trying to make it ourselves for some time, without much success. The problem was getting the St. Germain foam right. Hank’s was soft and fluffy, and lasted as long as the drink. Ours ranged from too firm to too liquid, and they always dissipated too quickly. We tried making it to a variety of proportions in our whipped cream dispenser, none of which worked. We tried ‘dry’ shaking the egg white and St. Germain in the cocktail shaker; that was better, but still not what we wanted. We...

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Where to Drink in LA: Church Key

Where to Drink in LA: Church Key

Where to Drink in LA: Church Key While on our extended holiday in California this year, we decided to do a bit of reconnaissance on Los Angeles neighborhoods. One of us is from Greater LA, but only if you take the ‘greater’ part at its most expansive. When we’re in Southern California we, of course, enjoy seeing family, and we, equally obviously, luxuriate in the near-perfect weather. However, after a few days, we start to miss the city. A little getaway to a more urban environment would not be so difficult, but neither one of us knows much about LA proper. We decided this was the year to change that. We stayed a week in Hollywood, and made half-day long forays into a handful of other neighborhoods, to see if we could get a feel for LA. We learned that ‘walkable’ has a different definition in LA than Boston or DC, that we could definitely get used to year-round outdoor dining, that LA knows how to do salads better,...

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“Roberts & June know their cocktails and have an eye for detail! Their knowledge and passion is fantastic and above all, they are lovely genuine people.”

 

-Justin, Cambridge, MA

“The cocktail tasting party was fun and festive! The specialty cocktails were delicious and I loved being able to taste quite a few. I also enjoyed learning how to put a twist on traditional drink. The atmosphere was casual and laid back but classy and tasteful at the same time. I highly recommend Roberts & June for any special occasion!”

 

 

-Jenny, Los Angeles

“Loving it! The art of mixology comes to life at Roberts & June’s cocktail tasting parties. Fun and informative, this is a great way to spend an evening with friends. Can’t wait for the next event.”

 

-Rae, Cambridge

“Innovative and imaginative ideas combine with great taste and attention to making the event unique and personal. The cocktails were delicious, but their professional yet warm and friendly approach were the qualities that made the event one I will never forget.”

-Jayme, Washington D.C

“The whole proposal of welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails is really great, as were the drinks themselves.”
-Jose, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

“They think of everything to make the experience fun and delightful.

 

-Alexa, South Orange

 

  • they have an eye for detail
  • fun & festive
  • Loving it!
  • Wow, they know how to throw an amazing party
  • welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails
  • they think of everything