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Build a Better Bar: Base Spirits

Updated on  March 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm
If you find yourself staring blankly at the wall of spirit offerings at your favorite liquor store wondering, “What’s good?” wonder no longer. Read More

Build a Better Bar: Tools of the Trade

Updated on  February 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm
Local mixologist Chandra Lucariello takes a look at some of the more useful bar tools, including how to use them and where to get them. Read More

Start off 2018 right with ‘healthy’ cocktails

Updated on  January 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm
It may be a stretch to think of a cocktail as a health drink, but some newfangled ideas for healthy drinking can be used to add nutritional benefits to your aperitifs. Read More

Punch recipes make festive holiday cocktails

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 8:43 am
If you’re hosting a holiday party and looking for an easy way to meet the beverage needs of everyone — drinkers and not — a festive punch is a good solution, allowing your guests to serve themselves while still feeling treated to a crafted cocktail. Read More

Crack-seed cocktails conjure childhood memories

Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm
The unique smell of the crack-seed store brings back childhood memories. The sweet and salty taste of li hing mui can have local folk reminiscing about football tailgates, trips to the movies and treats from our grandparents. Read More

Fresh blueberries a tasty addition to cocktails

Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm
These cocktail ideas will use up some of the excess blueberries in your fridge and even preserve some of them so summer can last a little longer in your glass. Read More

Mangoes sweeten summer sippers

Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm
It’s that time of year again, when mangoes on trees seem to multiply within weeks and you find yourself being extra nice to the neighbors in the hopes that they will offer you some of their “excess.” Read More

Bring on the ’bucha

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Tart, effervescent and refreshing, kombucha is the probiotic drink that is giving coconut water a run for its money. Read More

Delivering holiday cheer

Updated on  December 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm
As much as we stress ourselves out with the busyness of the holidays, it is equally as satisfying to relax and enjoy the festivities that come with this time of year. Read More

Thanksgiving cocktails bear spirits, flavors of autumn

Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 7:29 am
Even though we don’t have real “seasons” here in Hawaii, we can trick our palates by tempting them with the flavors of fall, spiceand everything nice Read More

Flavors of apple pair perfectly with upcoming seasons

Updated on  October 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm
Along with being synonymous with our great American heritage, apples remind me of the holidays — comfort, wrapped in a delicious, cinnamon-tinged package. Enjoy in baked goods, with savory meats,and even in a refreshing beverage. Read More

‘Bloodies’ kick off a full day of football

Updated on  September 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm
September is here, and for many across America, that means one thing: football season! Loyal fans are flocking to bars featuring the NFL ticket so they can take in their fill with big screens and surround sound. Read More

Sunny cocktails mark end of summer

Updated on  August 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm
Summer is almost over, a great excuse to throw an end-of-summer bash. Read More

Sunny sippers celebrate the magic of mangoes

Updated on  July 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm
Hawaii has always had a love affair with mangoes, and for good reason. We have festivals dedicated to them, fairs known for their chutney variations and roadside stands devoted to the pickled version. Read More

Mix up cocktails in classic styles

Updated on  June 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm
When you order a margarita at a bar, do you know what is going into it? Will it be true to the classic recipe, with fresh lime,sugar, top-shelf orange liqueur and the sweet nectar of the gods, 100 percent de agave tequila? Read More

Tea party with punch

Updated on  May 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm
When I was a little girl, I loved having high tea with my mom and friends. Read More

Drink your veggies via savory cocktails

Updated on  April 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm
If you’ve never been a big fan of Peter Rabbit’s chosen diet, perhaps a little tequila will change your mind. Read More

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