FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Better Virgin Marys

January 1st is Bloody Mary Day. But after last night’s celebration, you may be better off with a Virgin Mary. Most Bloody Mary mixes are made to complement vodka and can be very salty. We find it easier to make a mix that can be drunk Virgin Mary-style—spare the vodka and pack in lots of…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Flaming Egg Nog

We ring in the New Year with Champagne. But before the clock strikes midnight, we dazzle guests with flaming egg nog. The key to flaming is 150-proof rum—different from the 80-proof rum most people have in the house for cocktails. MAKE or buy the nog (if you purchase it, spice it up with 1-1/2 ounces…
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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Alcohol-Free Cocktails & Recipe

For guests who need a lift, this cocktail was made with sparkling grapefruit Hiball energy drink instead of regular soda.   Instead of relegating non-drinking guests to an evening of mineral water, create a special alcohol-free cocktail menu to make their evening festive. Give it a sophisticated name for cachet. One option is the “Great…
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