TIP OF THE DAY: Honor The Cranberry With Cranberry Drinks

Cranberries are a group of low, creeping evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines, that grow in acidic bogs in the cooler regions of the U.S. and Canada. The plants belong to the heather family, Ericaceae, along with the bilberry, blueberry, huckleberry, azalea and other rhododendrons. NAMING THE BERRY Native American tribes from New England Pequod…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Lindor Pumpkin Spice Truffles From Lindt

[1] Glamorized Pumpkin Spice Truffles: Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain tops the truffles with a bit of frosting and gold sprinkles. [2] Boxes of Lindor truffles are available at retailers nationwide (photo courtesy JunkBanter.com). [3] For larger sizes, head to LindtUSA.com. This bag contains 75 truffles. [4] You don’t have to be a professional like…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Shrub, a.k.a. Drinking Vinegar

There are shrubs for landscaping, and shrubs for drinking. The latter is an acidulated beverage: made with an acid such as vinegar, lemon or lime juice along with fruit juice, sugar and optional ingredients including herbs, spices and alcohol. The word is a transposition from the Arabic shurb, a cool drink. In the U.K. today,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Valentine Cocktails Or Mocktails

Some people think a Valentine’s Day cocktail should be rose red. Others think it should be chocolate. Still others want to drink pink. Here, we offer chocolate, coffee, red and pink Valentine cocktails for your consideration. If you’re having a party, choose several. Mocktail options follow. VALENTINE COCKTAIL DRINKS Amore Espresso Cocktail Recipe Bright Red…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Vermouth & Tapas, For Brunch & Cocktails

Vermouth is enjoying a renaissance. Vermouth (ver-MOOTH) is a fortified wine—one that includes a base spirit—flavored with a proprietary mixture of botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, spices). A glass of sweet red vermouth with an orange slice or twist was long a fashionable apéritíf for café society*. In Barcelona today, vermouth and tapas are…
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