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The PDT Project

The PDT Project: #8

  "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tzu And thus begins the first step. The PDT Project officially kicks off with the #8 cocktail, a boozy tequila-based delight. Created in the fall of 2008 by former PDT bartender Daniel...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour: General Ignacio

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and many of you will be sloshing down the compulsory Margaritas and tequila shots, which in no way would I want to stand in the way of. But if you're an adventurous drinker like I am...

ReCPY

ReCPY: New York Plum Liqueur

Do you remember my pickle pear liqueur, which turned out to really be called sickle pear liqueur?  Making fruit liquor is pretty easy. In Japan, when green plums (unripened plum) are available in June, many people make...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Blood and Sand

  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,...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour: The Coronation

Looking for an angle when writing about a cocktail is for me the most time consuming--and sometimes agonozing--aspect of blogging.  Well, today I’m dispensing with the longwinded introductions about the reasons for talking about a particular cocktail, and instead featuring a...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Aviation

Classic cocktails make frequent appearances here, as dedicated readers are well aware. Since many of you aren’t cocktail geeks like myself, I do my best to keep that in mind when I write, particularly in terms of tone and content—believe me, we...

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Happy Hour: Persian Rose

  Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which along with Cinco de Mayo, make two of the year’s best excuses to get hammered early. Like other revelers, I’m looking forward to a day filled with shots of Irish...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour: El Diablo

This morning I left the house without a coat, beanie, or scarf.  While savoring the fresh air and sunshine I realized Spring had arrived early to the party, and DJ Mother Nature (who’s the one throwing the shindig)...

Osaka JUNKtion: Strawberry Purin, Yuck

Happy New Year everyone! This year's resolution for me is to try to post more since I've been pretty lazy for some time now. I went home last month, and found a couple of interesting items that hasn't been...

ReCPY

ReCPY: Pickle Pear Liqueur

In August, I found these cute mini pears at the Green Market. I think they are called pickle pears. What do you do with "pickle" pears? Pickle them, right? Instead, I remembered Yoko's post on homemade umeshu (plum...