• The Boulevardier Cocktail

    The Boulevardier Cocktail is one of those classic cocktails that everyone should drink on a regular basis. Essentially, it's this wonderful combination of rye whisky, Campari, and sweet vermouth or what you'd get if a Negroni and a Manhattan had a baby cocktail.

  • A sparkling sweet rosé can actually pair very nicely with chocolate desserts

    Valentine’s Day seems like it should be an easy one for pairing food and wine — there are so many things marketed for this one specific day. The problem is, most of those things are terrible.  To help out we’ve compiled a guide to help you pick out wine pairings that will enhance your Valentine’s Day dinner, not overwhelm it.

  • A Perfect Manhattan

    The Perfect Manhattan gets its name from the equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth in it.  Although it's no surprise that a drink named after Manhattan would have a variation that calls itself perfect.  

  • Blood and Sand Cocktail

    The Blood and Sand Cocktail is a classic scotch cocktail named after the Rudolph Valentino movie about a bullfighter from the 1920s. 

  • Coffee and Tea

    If you’re someone who drinks both coffee and tea, you understand what a tough choice it can be early in the morning. We know that for a lot of people the drink they choose is based on whether they think coffee or tea is best for their health.

  • Vodka Sour

    A good vodka sour is a simple drink that is easy to make, but hard to get right.  This vodka sour recipe uses Fresh Homemade Sour Mix and a little egg white for a smooth frothy drink with a robust sour flavor.

  • Fresh Homemade Sour Mix

    All you need to make a great homemade sour mix is some lemons, sugar, water and the ability to stir.  

  • Celery-Thyme Tequila Sparkler

    Think that tequila and sparkling wine is a strange combination? Think again. This bubbly cocktail combines tequila, celery, herbs, and sparkling wine for a drink that’s perfect for bringing a little something extra to special occasions and the holidays.

  •  The thing that makes sparkling wine sparkle is the introduction of carbon monoxide into the base wine

    Have you ever walked into a wine store and wondered what the difference is between Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava?  In this story, we explore where and how sparkling wines are made and have a few tips to help you understand how to make the right choice when you’re buying them.

  • Mulled Apple Cider

    This mulled apple cider recipe is simple to make, worth drinking all winter long, and is an easy treat to put out at parties during the holidays.

    You can smell great mulled cider long before you taste it.  Having a pot of apple cider on fills the air with spicy aroma of allspice, cinnamon, and cloves that makes it easy to understand why the spice traders traveled half way across the globe.


  • A couple of sips and you'll warm right up

    Cool fall days call for a special pick me up, hot apple cider with a touch of bourbon is one of our favorites.  All it takes to make this recipe is some fresh pressed apple cider, a touch of cinnamon, and a shot of good bourbon.

  • We broke out the good glasses for this taste test

    If you're like us there's usually a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge during the summer.  To figure out the best way to make lemonade we squeezed some lemons, opened a bottle, and stirred up some mix.

  • Fresh lime juice makes all the difference in a great margarita

    Margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail to pair with Mexican food or to lay back and drink on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Traditional Margarita recipes consist of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice served with salt on the rim of the glass. 

  • What makes this raspberry lemonade great is fresh ingrediants

    What makes raspberry lemonade so delicious is how the sweetness and the sass of the raspberries compliment the tartness of the lemons.

  • One of summer's great treats

    Ice-cold tart lemonade on a hot day is one of summer's great treats.  Once you've learned how easy it is to make fresh-squeezed lemonade at home you'll never buy the powdered mix again.

  • The Gin Rickey is Washington DC's official drink

    There aren't many drinks as easy to make or as refreshing to drink on a hot summer day than the Gin Rickey.  What we really like about them is how simple they are to make and how refreshing they are to drink.

  • Vikre is creating a new set of spirits from the flavors of the North Shore

    Tucked into a corner of Duluth’s Canal Park Vikre Distillery is creating a unique family of gins inspired by Lake Superior and the Northwoods.  As you walk through the distillery and cocktail room located in an old brick warehouse that used to house a part of the Paulucci food empire you can feel the old and new mixing together as Emily and Joel Vikre create a new set of spirits from the flavors of the North Shore.

  • Maple Toddies are a great way to keep warm when you're making maple syrup

    This delicious early spring treat uses sap from sugar maples to make a slightly sweet version of a hot toddy. 


Geese flying in formation
Daniel Swenson-Klatt | October 14, 2016

The V formation itself is a thing of beauty.  I understand that on long journeys one person cannot be expected to carry the full weight and responsibility.  When it is shared, the burden is lighter, the investment is deeper, and there is a benefit to having a range of experience to draw upon. 


Highlights from Umami's 2016
Mark Hinds | January 5, 2017

Here’s a quick rundown of the most delicious food we ate and interesting places we went during this past year.  



Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie
Mark Hinds | January 14, 2017

Strawberry raspberry smoothies are a great way to start the morning.  This healthy breakfast recipe uses strawberries, raspberries, and greek yogurt to create a thick, delicious smoothie packed with great stuff to get you going.