The first drink I ordered at a bar was a gin and tonic (ok, second. The first was a Sex on the Beach). When my friends were drinking Malibu, I was making lists of the bourbons I wanted to try. I made my first limoncello at 23. My grandfather was a liquor importer, and my grandmother drank an Old Fashioned every night of her adult life. In other words, it’s in my blood.
I like unusual but simple flavors, a well-balanced cocktail, and ingredients you don’t have to track down at a specialty store. I hate things that are too sweet or cloying and lists of esoteric ingredients. My bar is pared down – I’d rather get creative with what I have in my house than go out and buy three new things that I’ll only use once. I like things that feel seasonal without resorting to the same old same old. This is where I try, and document, the things that sound good to me.
I live in Oakland, CA.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org