RECIPE: Mezcal-Pomegranate Holiday Punch

Pomegranate Mezcal Punch [1] Persephone Punch, made with mulled pomegranate juice (photo © Gem & Bolt). [2] Star anise pods, available from Silk Road Spices (photo © Silk Road Spices. [3] Pomegranate and its arils. The juice is squeezed from the arils (photo © Kelly Cline | iStock Photo). [4] Juniper berries, available from Silk…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Citrus Cocktail Garnishes (Lemon, Lime, Orange)

What do you do when your cocktail arrives with a bit of citrus peel? It can be lemon, lime or orange peel, depending on the drink. Do you: Ignore or discard it? Rub it around the rim of the glass? Eat it?   It’s a good idea to rub the rim, as is done with…
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STOCKING STUFFER: Zoku Jumbo Ice Cube Molds

[1] Zoku’s Iceberg ice cubes (both photos © Zoku). [2] The classic jumbo sphere ice cube.   If you’re planning to gift a bottle of spirits, how about snazzy jumbo ice cube molds from Zoku? They create cubes that melt so slowly, they won’t dilute the drink. Jumbo ice cubes have been around for a…
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GIFT: Smoking Gun – Smoke Gun – Smoke Infuser For Food & Drinks

The term “smoking gun” is a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. But there’s no crime in purchasing a smoking gun—a.k.a. smoke gun—for cold-smoke cooking. Creative cooks will love this kitchen gadget. We purchased one after paying $20 a pop for smoking cocktails at…
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