martini

The Russian Tea Room opened in 1927 (the restaurant closed its doors in 2002 and reopened in 2006) and is currently celebrating its 85th anniversary so recently I decided to pay a visit.
Love fresh summer tomatoes? Love to knock back a cocktail or two? Both of those loves merge in the Early Girl Tomato Bloody Marys devised by Chef John Madriaga of Spruce Restaurant in San Francisco.
You'll be confronted with a whirlwind of new and unfamiliar dining options hungry for business. Burgers and meatballs will fly, but keep alert and you can avoid the most tragic meals.
OK, no more procrastinating. This is the year you finally brush up on your bartending technique and start mastering some classic cocktail recipes.
It's hard to figure out why someone didn't come up with such a great way to celebrate such a cocktail-mad city long ago.
The subtle nuances of a vodka may not jump out and whack your taste buds the way a good whiskey does, but they're still there. Put in the extra effort to really taste the vodka you're drinking, and you'll be rewarded.
The martini for the martini purists, based on the ideal from Bernard DeVoto's lyrical and facetiously toned book on America's greatest gifts to the world (hint: whiskey and the martini).
If you appreciate good cocktails made with quality spirits, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was the closest thing to heaven that I can imagine.