Jessica Torres

Something about the holiday season makes me love sangria. Rather, it makes me love sangria even more. I don't think I'll ever go another Thanksgiving without a huge pitcher of spiced cranberry sangria. Nor will I go the Christmas season without this White Christmas Sangria. In fact, I think I might celebrate these holidays every [...]

Every year during the holiday season I try and use raw cranberries in a cocktail. And every year, I find that they just don't work. They are too tart, they don't muddle well and really, they just aren't that good. So, every year I instead make some sort of cranberry syrup and use that in [...]

Hello, drinking buddies! After a little bit of a break, I'm back and sharing some variations of my favorite drink right now... The gin and tonic. It's one of the best summer cocktails out there because it takes very little time to make and is always refreshing. But enough with the chatting, let's get to [...]

With peak citrus season ending soon, I figured I'd better share this blood orange cognac cocktail recipe now. If I wait any longer, blood oranges will be gone and that would make us all sad. So before they disappear for another year, let's all stock up and enjoy. When I set out to make this [...]

Playing off one of my favorite classic cocktails, The Last Word, I present to you The Final Kiss. A mezcal last word - a variation of the original, but kinda smoky. And delicious. The classic Last Word cocktail is equal parts gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartruese and lime juice. For this mezcal last word, I [...]

In the colder months of the year, berries might not be in season but that doesn't mean we have to stop using these flavors in our drinks. Instead of using fresh berries, jams and jellies work great in cocktails to both sweeten and add delicious berry-goodness. And that my friends, is what we are doing [...]

Bust out that bottle of mezcal again, you're gonna need it for this mezcal meyer lemon cocktail. Instead of being strong and spiritous like the mezcal amaro cocktail, this one is little on the lighter side - but still delicious. The recipe started with a bottle of mezcal and some Meyer lemons that I really needed/wanted to [...]

Only in season for a short amount of time each year, persimmons are one of my favorite winter fruits. When perfectly ripe, I can't resist enjoy them as a snack (or adding them to my cocktails). So, in an effort to preserve the life of these short lived fruits, I decided to try my hand [...]

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to a distillery (and several bars). Last year, we checked out St. George Distillery and Distillery No 209. This year, we were lucky enough to stop in Treasure Island for a tour of Raff Distillerie. Currently located in a old military building, Raff Distillerie produces Emperor [...]

During apple season, it's only right to make some apple cocktails. And apple pie and apple donuts and apple butter, but that's not what we are talking about right now. Anyway, let's get back to the drinks - and by drinks I mean this cachaca calvados cocktail. Calvados being an apple brandy from the Normandy region [...]