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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TIP OF THE DAY: Cucumber In Your Drinks

Today is National Dry Martini Day (some say it’s World Martini Day—perhaps the international celebration). We’re having a very dry Martini—just a splash of vermouth—with Pinnacle’s cucumber vodka. If you like cucumber, this article explores other ways to enjoy it. But first: A Cucumber Martini recipe (along with a Cucumber Mary recipe). The history of…
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RECIPE: Peanut Butter Banana Dessert Cocktail

Peanut butter and banana dessert cocktail. Photo courtesy Blue Chair Bay Rum.   Elvis Presley’s favorite food was a pan-fried sandwich of peanut butter and sliced banana (recipe). To be seriously indulgent, he might have enjoyed washing them down with this peanut butter and banana cocktail, a kind of adult milkshake. We hadn’t seen a…
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