Homemade Tonic Is Summer’s Best Friend.

I am constantly looking for ways to make delicious cocktails at home, but with only three ingredients at most. This can be difficult as I love the depth and flavor […]

Brunch Cocktails – Spring 2021

I rarely make judgments on what people order at a bar. However, I do judge the drinks people order for brunch — only because not all brunch drinks are created […]

State of Bars

Drinks on you The state of our bar scene. *In the gutter by the bio, add “Photo by Candice Vivien” next to his photo. Back in May 2020, I wrote […]

Coronavirus Situation

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BRUISED, NOT BROKEN A letter to service industry professionals. Dear Service Industry Professional, “You are who you are and what you believe. If you are a bartender, you will know […]

Winning With Style

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Meet the champions of the edible Reno-Tahoe Good Spirits Competition. For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of curating the roster of bartenders and spirits for the […]


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Five superstitions about drinking.   Fall is the time of year when superstitions and scary stories run wild. We’re all a little superstitious — we don’t want to upset the […]

Drink Seasonally

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What it takes to make your favorite cocktails.   Summer is here — it’s the golden age of beautiful seasonal cocktails. All around the country and the Reno-Tahoe area are […]

Mix Mastery

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The world of competitive cocktail making. The clock is ticking; your time is running out. You place your finishing move with a flourish, smile, and throw your hands up. The […]

Crafting Infusions

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Infusions 101 I often get asked what flavored whiskeys or vodkas I have behind the bar, and the truth is, not many. The reason? It is so simple and fun […]

Drinks on You – Fall 2018

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Local barkeeps’ favorite post-shift, late-night haunts. Ever wonder where your favorite bartenders go after their shifts, when their pockets are full but their stomachs are empty? Here’s the inside scoop. […]