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.

The scratch pad idea means that I’m putting ideas to paper, but sometimes I want to converse with the audience on what to do next. It is also now expanding into more of the cocktail world: trends, techniques, gadgets! Stayed tuned for more fun.

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:
I live in Los Angeles. I’m married. I have a dog.

I’ve been writing here for two three years.

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

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

I contribute posts on the Serious Eats site.

I have a drink on Imbibe’s website, which I think is pretty dang cool.

You can find my drinks and drink picks over on the Bar Notes App

I regularly contribute to Mixology Monday, which sometimes reminds me that I should be writing here more.

And Ray Liotta scares the crap out of me.



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