My name is Jenn and I am a cocktail enthusiast who is also a storyteller.  This is the story of my adventures with all things cocktail—the drinks I drink, the bars I frequent (and who I am hanging out with), the bartenders who create the cocktails, the history of a cocktail or the origin of an ingredient.  This fascination has been developing slowly over the last couple years.  It began at the Modern in New York City with a French 75 made with St. Germain and has progressed slowly as I became more and more adventurous and discerning about what I ordered to drink.  Then I discovered Drink, an amazing bar in Boston and got turned onto things like Chartreuse, Benedictine and Cynar.  My world was opened up to liquid deliciousness by the bartenders who are masters at their craft.  It is the beautiful colors, the complex flavors, the stories behind the ingredients and the history of a cocktail’s origins that I love and will share with you.

If you want to know a little more about me…

By day, I work in an amazingly beautiful art museum in Boston that was brought to life by an eccentric woman who was, in many ways, ahead of her time.  I find  inspiration in the beauty of her creativity and in the works of art that fill the galleries.

I find great pleasure in cooking for and entertaining friends and family.  It is in the food and drink we prepare with care and attention that shows those we love a bit of our heart and soul.  And I don’t just have other people make me drinks. I have been building up my own home bar and have been mixing up some pretty yum stuff.

I also love to travel—and dream of living in Italy some day.  I have lived in Washington DC, Worcester (MA), Montpelier (VT), and Santa Monica (CA), but somehow always end up back in Boston where I grew up.  Despite the winters, I love New England.  The changes of seasons add depth to the year, and keep me on my toes.  I guess it’s not so much about the place per se, but the people.

So, that’s enough of my story for now.  Salute!


November 2009


The new header image on the blog features photographs taken by my friend and fabulous photographer, Ashleigh Stanczak.  And those are my glasses, books, and bottles.

Ashleigh Stanczak Photography