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The Violet Hour Mantra: Fill it to the Rim with Pimm’s

01.07.11 by  

The Violet Hour Mantra: Fill it to the Rim with Pimm’s

When a mix-master of cool champions a cocktail — even one with a seemingly suspect hip factor — we listen. Toby Maloney, the genius tending Chicago’s most stylish mixology den, tells us why he’s single-handedly spurring the rebirth of Pimm’s, one cup at a time. Count us in.

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Marrakesh Xanadu: Oxymoron or the Best Martini You Ever Laid Your Lips On?

01.05.11 by  

Marrakesh Xanadu: Oxymoron or the Best Martini You Ever Laid Your Lips On?

We took inspiration from this royally dry city to create a cocktail so refreshing, it’s worth risking eternal damnation.

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Trip-ical Island Cocktails

10.07.10 by  

Trip-ical Island Cocktails

Turn a stay-cation into a rum-cation courtesy of rhum agricole drink recipes straight from the Caribbean islands of the French West Indies.

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Drop that Shao Zi! Add These High-Kick Flavor Punches Before You Slurp.

05.17.10 by  

Drop that Shao Zi! Add These High-Kick Flavor Punches Before You Slurp.

Give homemade Asian soups ultimate authenticity (and that street-cart party-in-your-mouth intensity) with 9 simple toppings.

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How Sugar Satisfies It’s Own Cravings

04.03.10 by  

How Sugar Satisfies It’s Own Cravings

Just when you think it can’t get sweeter, try these sugar infusions that blow your sweet tooth’s mind.

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Sex-ify Store-Bought Roasted Chicken

03.08.10 by  

Sex-ify Store-Bought Roasted Chicken

Hot: rotisserie chicken you didn’t have to cook. Not: serving it straight from the deli-counter plastic packaging. This glam Peruvian spin streamlines kitchen duty and makes it look like you’ve done some hard stove time.

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Scandinavian Kale

03.05.10 by  

Scandinavian Kale

A part of my diet is raw food, but I’ve never really defined it as that. For me it is just food. It’s like vegetarian dishes — just because they don’t contain meat, why should they be specially defined?
Typically I prepare salads, but not just lettuce with a few ingredients added. For me, it’s

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Bar Party 101: Tinctures

03.05.10 by  

Bar Party 101: Tinctures

School yourself in the art of blending science with your sideboard, courtesy of the cocktail masters at Bittercube. Part 1 of 5 in the mixology series.

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Cooking with Tequila. The Stars Just Aligned.

03.04.10 by  

Cooking with Tequila. The Stars Just Aligned.

Double fist the sauce in your low ball and on your fork with pro tips and tricks from a master tequila-wielder. Give them a not-so-dry run with these talk-worthy recipes.

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Island Romance: The 2-Person Caribbean Burrito

02.28.10 by  

Island Romance: The 2-Person Caribbean Burrito

Nothing says j’dore like a mass of spicy tropical seasonings wrapped in burrito love. This recipe is instant ambiance: some-like-it-hot ingredients tempered with sweet fruit, dirty rice and a presentation that demands sharing. Forced romance factor? High. But you get points for creativity.

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