FOOD 101: What’s A Kir? What’s A Margarita?

It’s a teaching moment: When is a Kir not a Kir? Or a Margarita not a Margarita? Or a Martini not a Martini? Every drink made with vodka is not a Martini, every drink made with Tequila is not a Margarita. Yet, each week we are sent a mis-named recipe that only serves to misinform.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red & Green Champagne Cocktails

If your Christmas cocktail of choice is a fizzy one, you don’t need to spring for costly Champagne. Consider more affordable bubblies: Asti Spumante and Prosecco from Italy Cava from Spain Crémant from France Espumante from Portugal Sekt from Germany Sparklers from Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.S. and other countries   You can…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Improving Bad Bubbly With A Kir

[1] A Kir Royale: blackcurrant liqueur with Champagne or other sparkling wine (photo courtesy Chandon USA).   If you open a bottle of sparkling wine and find it’s not to your liking, there’s no need to drink bitter or too-dry bubbly. Add a bit of crème de cassis—blackcurrant liqueur—to create the luscious drink known as…
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COOKING: Cassis In Your Kitchen?

The new cassis for cooking. Photo courtesy SurLaTable.com. The cassis in our kitchen is crème de cassis, a heavenly blackcurrant (a.k.a. cassis) liqueur made in Burgundy. We employ it in various desserts, and adore it mixed with sparkling wine (a Kir Royale cocktail) or sometimes, in a still white wine (a Kir). Cassis is a…
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