A perfect margarita is a thing of beauty, and dangerously easy to make. Freshly squeezed lime juice, and the proper balance of 100% agave tequila and Cointreau, are essential.
The Perfect Mandoline
Who knew there were so many nuances to slicing?
The Perfect Martini
Esquire's David Wondrich makes a surprising choice with the Fitty Fitty at the Pegu Club.
The Perfect Sazerac
The Sazerac is a classic New Orleans cocktail, easy drinking the whole year round (not just during Mardi Gras). H. Joseph Ehrmann, owner of Elixir, and Jonny Raglin, bar manager of Absinthe, both in San Francisco, describe what makes the perfect Sazerac: the right whiskey, bitters, and absinthe mixed in just the right balance. Optional, though recommended: Watch the video while sipping your own Sazerac.
The Perfect Beer
Lessley Anderson gets into the yeasty details of Russian River Brewing Company's Supplication ale.
The Perfect Salad
New York Times writer Kim Severson has chosen her perfect thing in San Francisco—drumroll please—the goat cheese salad at Chez Panisse.