HOLIDAY COCKTAIL: White Christmas Cocktail (New Year’s Eve, Too)

[1] The White Christmas Cocktail has a complex layering of flavors, including coffee and vanilla (photos #1 and #2 © Kilkea Castle). [2] The cocktail is available through the holiday season, at Kilkea Castle’s restaurants and lounges. [3] If you purchase a bottle of Tia Maria for this cocktail, you can use it as often…
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RECIPE: Fall Flavors Punch With Sparkling Prosecco

It’s the first day of fall, so we’re mixing up a pitcher of fall punch. This one combines fall flavors—apple cider, cinnamon, ginger—with vodka, Prosecco and cinnamon liqueur. These days, we’re not having too many guests; so we cut the recipe in half. The half-recipe fits into a 64-ounce pitcher (or a 32-ounce jar). You…
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COCKTAIL: Cucumber & Vodka

Cucumber vodka may not be a big trend, but it deserves more attention. It’s crisp and refreshing whether drunk neat, with a squeeze of lime, with ice and/or soda or in a Bloody Mary or Martini. A quick look of what’s available shows artisan American and European distillationns: Badcock from Oregon, Blackwood’s from Scotland, Crop…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sorbet Cocktail For Dessert

How can you make a sophisticated dessert in less than five minutes? Cleanse the palate after a rich dinner? Serve something cool and refreshing? Combine dessert with an “after dinner drink?” Serve a sorbet “cocktail” or mocktail, which in its simplest version combines a scoop of sorbet with sparkling wine or ginger ale.   You…
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PRODUCT: Death’s Door Gin & Vodka

Take a drink of Death’s Door. The company makes gin and vodka, shown, plus white whiskey. Photo courtesy Capital Brewing.   What gin or vodka brand should you bring to a Halloween party? It’s got to be Death’s Door. Made in Wisconsin by Capital Brewery, Death’s Door takes its name from a strait between the…
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