January 11, 2013

Happy Hour: The Midnight Stinger

by Fredo Ceraso

Minty, refreshing, and undeniably potent, the Stinger cocktail is part reviver, part ultimate nightcap. The cocktail originates around the fin de siecle, but was not memorialized until Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartender (1917). The Stinger was a favorite of the high society set who regularly had a brandy digestif after supper. The classic recipe is one […]

August 8, 2012

Event Recap: Japanese Whisky Tasting (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Erin Gleeson Please excuse my great delay in writing this post — I have not had a chance to write much but I have been thinking about you all and have lots to talk about. Back in June, Umami Mart helped host a Japanese whisky tasting event for Father’s Day, with Suntory and […]

July 27, 2012

The PDT Project: Apple Malt Toddy

by Payman Bahmani

The PDT Project rolls on with the Apple Malt Toddy, a delicious drink that you’ll want to bookmark for the colder months, unless you’re one of our readers from the Southern Hemisphere. Or maybe you really enjoy hot drinks in hot ass weather.  Apple Malt Toddy 2 oz Red Jacket Orchards Apple Cider 1.5 oz […]

May 31, 2012

Upcoming Event: Father’s Day Japanese Whisky Tasting (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

We’re proud to present an event with Cask (a delightful beverage shop in SF) and Suntory (proprietor of Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu whiskies), for an intimate seminar on Japanese whisky and tasting for Father’s Day. WHEN: Sunday June 17 at 1pm or 5pm WHERE: Local Edition, a swank new underground bar in SF, located on […]

May 17, 2012

Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon: Masako Ikegami (BARShake)

by Kayoko Akabori

Masako Ikegami bartends at BARShake in Tokyo. Like Mr. Tomokazu Kai, she also won the Suntory Cocktail Award, which brought her to the Bay Area as the grand prize visit. Her winning drink, the Tamayura, was originally made with Hibiki whisky, but here she substitutes it with Yamazaki, along with supporting green tea and white chocolate […]

January 26, 2012

Happy Hour: The Rum Vieux Carré

by Fredo Ceraso

Let’s face it, mid-winter is almost upon us and there is not a ground hog is sight. It is getting downright tundra cold out there and Mother Nature is sure to unleash a deep freeze. Some say one should think of a warm place like a tropical island when winter’s freeze is cutting through your […]

August 30, 2011

What the Highball?

by UM Guest

By Neyah White Photos by Travis LoDolce Well, there is no drink more quintessentially ‘Japanese’ right now than the highball. From crowded, stand-up after-work bars in Tokyo to elegant and sedate members-bars in Kyoto, the simple (but exact!) mix of whisky and water, has become the national drink of choice. There are a few factors […]

January 19, 2011

Happy Hour: The Hot Toddy

by Payman Bahmani

Last week I wrote about the Hot Buttered Rum, and how it’s a winter drink for when you’re feeling festive (and when you’ve planned far enough ahead of time and made the essential spiced rum batter). Now that we’re nearing the dead of winter, you may be interested in something more simple– a drink that doesn’t require much advanced […]

June 30, 2010

Happy Hour: Literary Agent

by Payman Bahmani

Admittedly, I’ve always had a much easier time coming up with cocktails than coming up with names for cocktails. But every now and then, after concocting something I consider worthy of sharing with you all (you should see the pile of cocktail recipes that didn’t make the cut), a fitting name reveals itself without too […]

April 7, 2010

Happy Hour: Blood and Sand

by Payman Bahmani

  Of all the names one could choose for a cocktail, the Blood and Sand is one of the oddest. It sounds odder when you consider the stuff that goes into the drink–Scotch, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and orange juice, all in equal proportions.  But of the relatively few classic Scotch cocktails out there, the […]