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Drink Mon Dec 19 2011

Holiday Cocktails with Mike Ryan

As head bartender at Sable Kitchen & Bar, this former Violet Hour veteran brings a foodie's flair to the craft cocktail movement. A culinary school grad, Ryan became enamored with bartending while working as a cook at the molecular gastronomy restaurant Moto. Owner Homaro Cantu wanted a cook behind the bar to explore new flavor profiles. Enter Ryan.

A fan of bright, loud, vibrant flavors, Ryan feels his food background gives him a heightened awareness of the relationships between sweet, sour, bitter and booze. His signature is egregious amounts of bitters, bold whiskies and cool savory ingredients that propel a cocktail to the next level.

Winter Whisper (Served hot)
Sable_WinterWhisper_Photo Credit Andrea Donadio.jpg"The idea comes from a cocktail we feature every summer called Speaking in Tongues which has mezcal, fresh strawberries and some deep spice from amaro; this is a modified winter version featuring the tacky, candy-like flavor of freeze-dried strawberries."

1 oz Siete Leguas Tequila Reposado
1 oz Luxardo Amaro
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz dried strawberry syrup*
2 dashes strawberry-allspice bitters

Preheat Irish Coffee glass or mug with hot water. Heat ingredients over a double boiler, do not heat directly. Dump hot water from glass, add ingredients, top with 3 oz very hot water. Garnish with a tiny pinch of freshly ground allspice.

*Dried Strawberry syrup:
2 cups freeze-dried strawberries
2 cups sugar

Blend dried strawberries and sugar in high-speed blender until well combined. a
Add 2 cups hot water, stir to combine. Strain and chill out.


Picture by Andrea Donadio.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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