India’s Cocktail Bars Revive Ingredients from Generations Past

Traditional Indian ingredients, used in cooking and drink-making by older generations, have reappeared in trendy cocktail bars. In a nation known for its wide array of traditional spices and fruits, components like aam panna (a juice from green mangoes), kaanji (a juice from black or fermented carrots) and kala khatta syrup (made from Indian blackberry) can now be found in the burgeoning craft cocktail scene. …

CH Omakase 2016: June Taylor Syrups

Two handmade, small-batch potions for cocktails and cooking

When we first began writing about June Taylor back in 2005, we were almost hesitant to reveal something we loved so much. Taylor, who describes herself as a “seed-to-stem” creator, selects (and sometimes even picks) each piece of organic seasonal fruit and turns them all into an array of delicious products including jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit cheeses, candied peels and syrups. The latter …

Getting Crafty with Shaker & Spoon

Everything but the alcohol in this thoughtfully assembled monthly box of cocktail ingredients

A boozy subscription box without the booze? Before you run away, hear Shaker & Spoon founders, book designer Anna Gorovoy and animator Mike Milyavsky, out. By removing the most readily available and physically heaviest ingredient—liquor—their package can cram more specialty ingredients (meaning more cocktails), offer lower shipping and overall box price (since you’re not buying marked up alcohol), and you get the final say in …

Animated Recipe: Charred Shishito Peppers

A super-easy guide to cooking a healthful, tasty treat using this popular vegetable

Originating in East Asia, shishito peppers are growing in popularity all over the world; popping up on restaurant menus, at farmer’s markets and grocery stores over the last couple of years. While these peppers are not traditionally spicy (on average one in every 15-20) every once in a while, you will find a pepper with a serious kick. This is a delicious, easy recipe to …

Animated Recipe: Shiitake Bacon

Learn to make a vegan alternative that's packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber

Almost everybody loves bacon. However, we can all agree that it’s not the best thing for us. Shiitake mushrooms, however, are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Give Shiitake “Bacon” (a lower calorie substitute) a try—just like the real thing, it’s smoky, salty, crisp and addictive. Ingredients: 1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon sea salt Black pepper, to …