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DIY Liqueurs, Alembic-Style

I have an article coming up in the magazine about do-it-yourself booze, and this definitely follows a trend in both my print articles and this blog (see last week’s post on Neyah White). 



Josey Packard over at the Alembic is doing some very interesting stuff, and she was kind enough to show much of it to me on a busy Saturday afternoon. Her limoncello, triple sec (punningly called Con-treaux)


Cocktail of the Week: the Persuasion



This is the Persuasion, as concocted by Michael Mina bartender Borys Saciuk: a fine, long drink made with Hendrick's gin, yellow Chartreuse, cherry Heering, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice and soda water. All the ingredients clearly speak in this drink, and it’s a nice balancing act between sweet and dry, though ultimately the dry aspect is dominant. I likes it with the extra squeeze of lemon from the garnish. $16 is steep, but, hey, it's Michael Mina.

Gin Fizzes: Not Just for Cocktail Time Anymore

I don't know why, the other morning, I was moved to make a Ramos gin fizz at 9:30 a.m. Oh, yes, I do, actually. It's because I have Dave Wondrich's wonderful book Imbibe on my bedside table. And when I awoke this morning and reached to grab something to read, there it was. Soon enough, I found myself back in the pre-Prohibition world of punches, fixes, fizzes and daisies. I read the entry on the gin fizz and said, Hmmm. So, one egg and some half-and-half, orange-flower water, gin, sugar and lemon juice later, there I was, boozing in the morning. Now, I'm having coffee.


We Are Wolves at the Rickshaw Stop

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Canadian dance-rock trio We Are Wolves played Club Loaded at the Rickshaw Stop on Friday February 1.

WE ARE WOLVES

Brash and Bold

Jacob

Jacob, 24, student
Lives in: Berkeley
Wearing: Bebe jacket, Ruby Sky sweater, Meltin’ Pot jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch belt, Paul Smith shoes, Coach bag and Target bag, Swatch watch
My style icon: Samantha Jones and Persian L.A. housewife
Most recent fashion find: Jean Paul Gaultier Mona Lisa mesh shirt

Classy, Mod, Chic

Reba

Reba, 20, merchandising
Lives in: Berkeley
Wearing: vintage skirt, vintage button-up polo, vintage shoes, Urban Outfitters ruffle military coat, Urban Outfitters knee-high socks, vintage owl pendant necklace and vintage tan leather purse
My style icon: Anyone from the ’60s to ’70s.
Most recent fashion find: A vintage ’70s pullover sweater. It’s a great basic with high-waisted pants.

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

First Thing off the Floor and Out the Door …

J

J, 40, Academy of Art
Lives: Downtown
Wearing: sunglasses from SEE, sweater from Aarkus Denmark SNS, XTC shirt (old comfort wear), 7 For All Mankind jeans (off the mannequin at Bloomingdale’s), hat from local designer at the Capsule fair, Adidas by Porsche shoes, copper-wire ring home-made by boyfriend, Tiffany knock-off silver ring, Emporio Armani bag (from three sesasons ago).
My style icon: Anna Nicole Smith
Most recent fashion find: All of the above except the old shirt.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Wine



Okay, don't hate me. As a member of the wine press, I have to do a lot of odious things: taste vile boxed wines, write tasting notes about wines I don't like, cut my fingers while removing the foil of Champagne bottles and search endlessly for shops that sell the wines I really want to write about. [Ed.: Life’s tough, Mackay.] So it's only fair that once in a while I get to do something fun.

Puttin’ It All Together

Heather

Heather, 24, model
Lives in: Hayes Valley
Wearing: vintage everything
My style icon: Katherine Hepburn
Most recent fashion find: Chanel black and gold pumps

*Title supplied by subject to describe her look.

L.A. Style

Ryan

Ryan, 29, director of photography
Lives in: Los Angelese (visiting a friend here)
Wearing: H&M, Express, Diesel
Most recent fashion find: my jacket
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