RECIPE: Pomegranate Cheese Ball

[1] The Christmas Cheese Ball, festive with cocktails. This recipe, from How Sweet Eats, is made with with white cheddar, mascarpone and sage. [2] The Café Sucre Farine is made with Monterey Jack, pecans, rosemary and thyme. Minced parsley accents the arils for an even better holiday effect. [3] Our original inspiration was this red…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Drinks Menu

What’s on the cocktail menu for the holidays? Egg nog and sparkling wine are perennial favorites. But offer guests holiday drink menu. Here are some of the beverages we serve, all with a holiday theme. HOLIDAY BEVERAGES Wine Instead of white wine, make a Cranberry Kir: white wine with a splash of cranberry liqueur. It’s…
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HOLIDAY: National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day

November 19th is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day. There aren’t any national brands of coffee soda, but if you head to your supermarket, you may be able to find some regional brands. There are seven foods that contain natural caffeine, all of which are made into beverages. Can you name them? The first one…
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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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TIP OF THE DAY: Star-Shaped Ice

Make star-spangled drinks with star-shaped ice. Photo courtesy Promo-Wholesale.com.   It’s the little touches that make guests smile. Like star-shaped ice in their July 4th drinks. Make each soft drink or cocktail more special with star-shaped ice, made in a silicon mold. No time to find ice cube trays? Head to the market for carambola,…
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