April 6, 2011

Happy Hour: The Desert Ain’t That Dry

by Payman Bahmani

The Prohibition Era figures prominently in the collective imagination of the cocktail world. The aura and mystique surrounding that era still wields great influence on popular culture. The popularity of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is a perfect example of our still not fully reconciled fascination with that period, as is the proliferation of modern “speakeasies” in […]

July 30, 2010

Happy Hour: Tales of the Cocktail Recap Pt. 2 (my liver will make yours quiver)

by Payman Bahmani

PREFACE Tales Recap Part 1 Anticipating that I’d have a hangover the size of a punch bowl, and knowing that I’d be competing as a finalist in the Catdaddy Bar Chef Challenge in the afternoon of my second day at Tales of the Cocktail, I intentionally lightened my schedule to allow some breathing room.  In the […]

June 16, 2010

Happy Hour: Moonshine + Tales of the Cocktail Finalist!

by Kayoko Akabori

Paystyle is out today. Moonshine has him and Vanessa busybusybusy, and they’ve relegated to the sleep cycle of a newborn (sleep early… or just whenever they possibly can). Man, if that isn’t a major life change for the out-and-about couple, I don’t know what is. But isn’t she just ADORABLE??? I’ve adopted her as Umamimart’s […]

May 12, 2010

Happy Hour: Chinese Bootlegger Punch

by Payman Bahmani

New York has always been a great city, but this week its greatness gets bumped up a notch, as the first annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic rolls into town, along with some of the country’s best and brightest mixological minds.  Accurately described as “part fête, part conference, part cocktail party,” it will be a balls-to-the-wall 5-day orgy […]