One of my hobbies is creating new cocktails. I have enjoyed drinking cocktails since my early twenties, when I developed an unfortunate taste for Zombies and Singapore Slings, but I later drifted away from heavy consumption of these drinks in the interest of my health, concentrating instead on more pedestrian drinks like Rum and Coke (always with lime) and beer and wine. Languorous vacations in
Several years ago, my wife and I, along with a small group of friends, went to the theater and stopped at a Martini bar: Bambara in Hotel Monaco. There, we rediscovered the basic truth that in cocktails, as in food, presentation is essential. We had such a great time that we decided to have a cocktail party. We used to have nice parties with beer, wine, and well drinks – nothing fancy, so for our first cocktail party we decided to keep things simple and just do Martinis and Cosmopolitans. The party was a great success, and I was hooked – not hooked on drinking cocktails (that happened many years ago), but hooked on making them.