Stir and Strain is a cocktail scratch pad where your host, Elana, develops and tests cocktails out of a home bar with an emphasis on seasonal, classic, and the occasional Tiki drink thrown in.

Hello and welcome to Stir and Strain: a cocktail scratch pad. Why a scratch pad? Because this is my area to test out recipes, get your input, and also explore whatever is catching my fancy in the world of cocktails. Looking for an awesome bar to scope out in a new city? We’ve got some amazing guides on here. Curious about what was up last week in booze news? That’s on here too. And there’s copious amounts of gift guides because… why not?

My philosophy on cocktails and ingredients? I’m a believer in making your own bar syrups, garnishes, and bitters, and think you should try your hand at it too. They tend to taste amazingly better.


Here’s some more info about me and the site:
I live in Los Angeles. This post has some weird facts about me!

I’ve been writing here for SEVEN years.

I was a finalist for Saveur’s Best Cocktail Blogs in 2014,2015, 2016 AND 2018! 

My site was featured on Serious Drinks list of the Top 8 Cocktail Blogs you should be reading. Thanks for reading by the way.

I have contributed bi-monthly (and sometimes tri-) posts on the Serious Eats site.

Liquor.com listed me as one of the TOP 5 Cocktail Instagram accounts to follow!

Find me contributing cocktail recipes on DineXDesign and Freutcake.com!

You can hear me chat up the guys on the Table Set Podcast in this one episode. They’re a fun bunch.

I have some drinks on Imbibe’s website, which I think is pretty dang cool.

And Ray Liotta scares the crap out of me.

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