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Posts Filed Under Entertaining & Barware

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Gin for the Win: How to find your summer sipper

Summer often brings to mind gin, a light and crisp spirit that plays well with refreshing juices and punches. Gin’s roots stretch deep into the Middle Ages, when rudimentary versions of the juniper-forward spirit were popular herbal remedies. Today, gin has come a long way from its former reputation as “mothers’ ruin” and is refined …continue reading

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How to travel with tipples

I never forget to bring good booze when I travel, especially to foreign countries where the selection can be sparse. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know I love to jet-set. If adventure can be had and cocktails can be drunk, I’m there! When my husband, Jay and I recently visited Guatemala …continue reading

Sam Seiller (right) with  one of Angel's Envy's "whiskey guardians, Trina Nishimura

How to host a heavenly whiskey benefit, plus Angel’s Envy’s Sam Seiller on being a ‘whiskey chick’

I. love. my. job. Being a spirits journalist involves perks like tasting new products before they officially roll out in the market, going on exploratory trips to native boozy lands, and channeling my inner academic to read all about and geek out on liquor. But what I enjoy the most is sharing my passion for …continue reading

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5 boozy gift ideas for the creative cocktail lover

Saying cocktail and liquor lovers are difficult to shop for is a bit of an understatement. After all, they have good (and expensive) taste. They’re in the know about what’s new and notable so they tend to buy themselves any bottles they’ve been eying, especially around the holidays. And that sometimes leaves you with zero ideas. But …continue reading

Me on the set of Let's Talk Live

11 ways to impress while conducting business at a bar

This week I went on WJLA/News Channel 8’s show Let’s Talk Live D.C. again, but this time to chat about how to mix business and booze in a classy fashion. Tons of business takes place in bars around the world, but you’ve got to know how to keep your wits about you and make a …continue reading

Master of the Hunt cocktail at Salamander Resort & Spa

Cocktail Couture: What to pair and wear in horse country & how to make the ‘Master of the Hunt’ cocktail

Recently Racked DC featured me in their Shopping Confidential column, and I revealed where in the Washington, D.C. area that I snag high design Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs pieces, among other cool, one-of-a-kind finds. Vintage and thrift shopping is in my blood: it’s my stress relief, my hobby, my fun. I have always …continue reading


How to make St. Regis’ signature cherry blossom cocktail & Angostura bitters peanuts

The National Cherry Blossom Festival always creates huge fanfare here in Washington, D.C. For one, it’s a sign that spring has finally begun to poke its way through the harsh and depressing winter. Two, it’s downright beautiful, and three, cherry blossom themed cocktails start popping up all over town with interesting Japanese ingredients and names that symbolize …continue reading

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5 unique, boozy (and classy) bachelorette party & bridal shower ideas

Planning pre-wedding events can be a stressful experience: there are lots of personalities to make happy, many details to plan, and obligatory customs to incorporate. That’s not to mention that it can often be difficult to keep bridal showers, specifically, engaging and exciting beyond the gift opening and standard games. If your friends are the …continue reading


Six tips for buying cool vintage barware & glassware at thrift stores

If you’re a cocktail lover or a born hostess, it’s important to have your home bar dialed. In my book Booze for Babes I tell you exactly what you need to create a functional setup for making or serving any drink and that also doubles as décor. One of the tips I give is finding bar tools …continue reading