Friday, December 19, 2008

Bursting The Bubble

So, how bad is the economy? The latest indicator may be the plummeting sales of Champagne.

While Champagne shipments increased by an average of 2.2% per year for the past two decades (and America’s consumption rose by 3.5% annually for the past five years), they are now plunging, down 10% from one year ago. One of the worst to be hit is Laurent Perrier, whose sales were 30% lower in the third quarter of 2008 than in the same period last year.

In any event, I'll be off now until after we raise our glasses to 2009.

So until then, have a happy and joyous Holiday Season!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lo Scintillante

T'is the season, and one of my personal drinkable favorites for the holidays, is this simple cocktail that combines two Italian alcohols—Cocchi and Prosecco—for a bubbly cocktail that’s slightly sweet and laced with hints of clove and spice. A great choice for a holiday apéritif (and in some circles it's slowing becoming a huge happy hour staple).

What to buy: Cocchi Apertivo Americano is a wine-based apéritif. It can be found at high-end liquor stores and online.


1 white sugar cube
2 ounces chilled Cocchi Apertivo Americano
2 ounces chilled Prosecco
Orange twist for garnish


Place sugar cube in a champagne flute, add Cocchi Apertivo Americano, and stir briefly. Top with Prosecco and garnish with orange twist.

Drink up and ENJOY.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Best For 2008

Does the lackluster economy make cooking at home seem more appealing these days? Then no doubt, tackling it with a treasure trove of new recipes would certainly make it fun, too.

Whether you're doing it yourself or just inspiring friends and family with homemade gifts this season, these cookbooks will justify the investment. And at a time when travel is both out of reach and painfully expensive, these books can also transport you to places -- both near and far.

So check out the Epicurious Best Cookbooks Guide For 2008