Cocktails

Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

It’s still a shock to us that half the year is almost over and that we’re entering the end of June. Still, what is more of a shock? That 4th of July is next week and we’re in June mode. Our abrupt reminder was last night when someone ignited some illegal fireworks in our neighborhood […]

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Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

We swear it wasn’t intentional to be missing from the blog for five weeks and return with booze. In fact, we had this recipe ready to share about seven weeks ago but a few things got in the way and blog life kinda came to a screeching halt. And secondly, we missed you all and […]

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Pomegranate Gin Cocktail to Celebrate all of 2013

Pomegranate Gin Cocktail to Celebrate all of 2013

When the first few days of 2013 passed, we knew it was going to be a big year and a year of many firsts. We love diving into “firsts” because the excitement of wondering what’s going to happen is thrilling.  Our first cookbook, Bountiful, was going to be released in October and back in January […]

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Cheese Pairings with Spirits, Cocktails and some latest work

Cheese Pairings with Spirits, Cocktails and some latest work

Happy Friday and now it’s time to take a break and treat yourself to some spirits, cocktails and good cheese! A few months ago we received a photography work request from a client all the way in Europe. The best part about this project is that it entailed working with spirits, cocktails and cheese for […]

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Blood Orange Margarita with Bitters

Blood Orange Margarita with Bitters

Just as Diane has her prop collecting obsession, I have my own vice. Well, more like a double vice since most toss drinking into that classification. I am mildly bedeviled by making cocktails. There is something exquisitely alluring in what has become a combination of ritual and swagger. A little James Bond, a dash of […]

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Marionberry (Blackberry) Mojito Ice Pops

Marionberry (Blackberry) Mojito Ice Pops

“Hey Boo! Boo! Check it out!” Diane makes her way down the isle as I proudly hold up my find. A frozen bag of berries. But not just any berry. Marionberries. Here in the land of amazing farmers markets and with a garden teeming with fruit trees, herbs, and other delicious things, it isn’t too […]

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Minted Sangria Recipe from our Food Photography , Food Styling Workshop

Minted Sangria Recipe from our Food Photography , Food Styling Workshop

Update: we have added new dates for our workshops!  If you’re interested, you can sign up here. It’s funny how this recipe came to mind. We were in teaching our food photography/food styling workshop this weekend and the students were tackling the subject of photographing drinks. Drinks can often be challenging, especially when it comes […]

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Margarita Recipe and The Magic Formula – Bitters

Margarita Recipe and The Magic Formula – Bitters

Call me suckered, hoodwinked, or duped. I believe in magic potions. A man hawking small bottles of potion, proclaiming outlandish results. Out of curiosity, I skeptically try the potion. A few shakes in a cocktail drink. A cocktail I am very familiar with, but with a mere few dashes of this elixir it became something […]

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A Delicious Kalamansi Lime Beverage

A Delicious Kalamansi Lime Beverage

“Delicious Beverage.” One of those idiosyncratic sayings in our household. Always said with a snickering smile and a bit of love. And its use is reserved for those drinks we really love. Scene 1. Every once in a while, all the neighbors in our cul-de-sac pull the grills into the circle and have a little […]

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What is Mezcal? Tasting Notes from Mexico

What is Mezcal? Tasting Notes from Mexico

Mezcal. Beyond the worm… Until recently I’ve never had much inclination to try mezcal. In the youthful and stupid years, we were more of a Jack Daniels crowd. Then as appreciation and a slightly more sophisticated palate developed, the worm-laden fire water Mezcal didn’t have much attraction. Or so I thought. Fortunately, I’ve gotten a […]

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Winter’s Citrus, Double Tangerine Cocktail

Winter’s Citrus, Double Tangerine Cocktail

We’ve been pounced with rain for well over a week now. The unforgiving rain turned our roads into raging rivers and the dark clouds shut out the sun for about 5 days straight. That’s a rarity in Southern California, to not see the sun for so long. Now we know what the rest of the […]

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Strawberry Mojitos – The Berry Bible

Strawberry Mojitos – The Berry Bible

Every season is a drinking season for us, but Summer is particularly inebriating because, well, it’s hot. But we haven’t experienced the swelling heat like many of our friends on the East Coast. How lucky are we to be in mild So Cal weather? Very lucky, but we’re not bragging. And hey, we have congestion […]

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Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

After reaching a triple dozen fruit trees in the garden, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So many wonderful fruits and ensuing cocktails (among other things) have delighted the senses.  Yet there is one tree which brings particular pride to the WORC household. Our Algerian Tangerine tree (also known as the Clementine). Upon first planting,the […]

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Classic Blood Orange Margarita

Classic Blood Orange Margarita

This is why we love late Winter/early Spring in southern California—–> Blood Oranges! It’s blood orange recipe season and our trees dropping their fruit is our signal that it’s time to eat or drink those precious blood oranges or else lose the precious stash to the squirrels. Oh, those darn squirrels love our citrus and […]

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Meyer Lemon Margarita

Meyer Lemon Margarita

I have a little confession.  I didn’t used to be very fond of Meyer Lemons.  In fact, a scratch and sniff of a Meyer lemon rind rekindled memories of small stink bugs that gathered in mini-swarms during the warm summer months on ranch where I first teethed. The bugs were small and innocent, yet when […]

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Sriracha Bloody Mary & having fun with garnishes

Sriracha Bloody Mary & having fun with garnishes

fresh garnishes from the garden So it appears we’re on a culinary journey to create a small, but sinfully spicy collection of sriracha infused recipes.  And loving every minute of it! Playing with a bottle of hot sauce has never been so hot and gratifying. Previously, we’ve shared our homemade sriracha-style chili hot sauce recipe,  […]

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Sidecar Fizz Cocktail – Time to Celebrate!

Sidecar Fizz Cocktail – Time to Celebrate!

Happy New Year to all and to all a great and safe night of drinking! We’ll be shaking it up on NYE with some great cocktails from our mixed drink archives, but the hardest part is deciding where to start. Celebrating with some fine cocktails from our garden citrus is what we really look forward […]

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What is Yuzu? A Yuzu Cocktail Recipe

What is Yuzu? A Yuzu Cocktail Recipe

“What is yuzu?” Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of this beautiful little citrus, since outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles it is seldom grown or used, however we are hear to tell you that yuzu is pure culinary gold. Yuzu is a sour, tart and very […]

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Peach Coolers – Refreshingly Summer

Peach Coolers – Refreshingly Summer

It’s week two for Summer Fest 2009 and this week’s theme is stone fruits! You name it, peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, pluots and any variety associated with stone fruits is bursting at the seams today. Margaret is continuing  this cross-blog event every Tuesday for four weeks, which will be acelebration of fresh-from-the-garden food: recipes, growing tips, […]

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French 95 cocktail + Hatfield’s Restaurant

French 95 cocktail + Hatfield’s Restaurant

There’s a little jewel of a restaurant nestled on a bustling street in Los Angeles. In fact, it’s located on a very busy street that if you blink, you’ll pass it four times, like we did. #*&%@!  Like pirates on a hungry looting spree (the sexy Johnny Depp kind of pirate, not the coast of […]

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