Ever since I discovered that Maker’s Mark was gluten-free, I’ve been drinking a lot more of it. As the weather cools down, bourbon just seems like the right choice. After all, it’s a lot less likely to permanently stain your pale green bridesmaid’s dress than a glass of red wine when you inevitably miss your mouth and pour it all over yourself.
A few weeks ago I was up at my friend Sophie’s wedding in Maine. When I wasn’t sipping red wine in motor boats in the middle of the lake (yes, I spilled), I was drinking my new favorite drink: the BLT Cocktail.… Continue Reading
One of the most frustrating parts of having an allergy is that it tends to get in the way of your fun. No one wants to be that girl asking the diner waiter at 4am whether or not the French fries are dredged in flour as the rest of her friends begin housing mozzarella sticks.
So I’ve been a little negligent when it comes to being choosy about my alcohol when out. And it took me a while to overcome my denial that not all vodkas and gins are actually gluten-free, even though in theory, like many old world fare, their original production was very much so.… Continue Reading
I’m a big fan of the Small Batch column on Food52. Last summer I worked on this homemade tahini for them. So I reached out again to see if there was anything on their bucket list that I could take on. When I got an email reply that contained the words Bloody Mary Mix, I knew it was meant to be.
Like any good drinker, I’ve been known to been a tad particular about my Bloody Marys. That’s not to say snobby. One of the best I’ve ever had was in a super-sized to-go cup on Bourbon Street. On the other hand, one of the worst Bloody Marys I’ve ever consumed was from an organic restaurant that made their own tomato vodka.… Continue Reading
Breakfast is such an idiosyncratic ritual.
I’ve never been the biggest eater in the morning, but I’ve certainly cycled through my fair share of phases. In high school, it was yogurt. In college, it was cereal. Today, it’s Kind bars (or leftovers). If you can’t tell from that list, weekday breakfast is one of the few meals that does not involve cooking. And until there’s a man waking up next to me, I’d like to keep it that way.
It’s probably because of this that I’ve never shared a smoothie recipe with you. I love drinking smoothies – they’re pretty much the only way I get fruit in my system.… Continue Reading
I’ve recently hit my 2 year gluten-free anniversary. Which is crazy, because it feels like a lifetime. The things I miss most are still bread baskets, fried clams on the side of the road, and homemade pastas at hole-in-the-wall red sauce joints. But each summer, beer moves to the top of the list.
Sure, when it’s warm outside and you’re feeling like a little mid-afternoon siesta, without loosing your mental cool, there’s nothing better than a cold frosty brewski. But for me it’s really the social aspect – the summertime chilling by the pool, the coolers at the beach. A vodka soda just doesn’t cut it under those conditions.… Continue Reading
I don’t fancy myself much of a mixologist. So when clients ask me to do specialty drinks for their parties, I usually outsource to one of my more talented bartenders. But last month when I took on this Easter lunch, the host was insistent. For his Italian family, it wouldn’t be Easter without a vat of a very very alcoholic cocktail.
Since he made it clear that his family really liked their liquor, I tried to find a punch-like recipe that could be made in bulk without too much blood, sweat, and reaming. I came up with this minty take on a classic Moscow Mule.… Continue Reading