Suzi's Blog

Grapefruit Shrub from A Modern Guide to Sherry

Shrubs are making a comeback and deservedly so. Not the shrubs you plant. It's the shrumbs you drink. With delight. Actually, the term "shrub" covers both the ultimate beverage and the “drinking vinegar” that is its flavor base. A vinegared syrup is mixed with spirits, water, or carbonated water and enjoyed as a most refreshing…

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Lemon-Honey Syrup and Brian’s Bourbon Honey Jolt

We were at a lovely cocktail bar with a vast view of the city. I first did what I always do first: I took out my camera and captured the cocktail menu. I had my eye on one particular combination, and I thought I might want to duplicate it back home. After testing the cocktail…

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Brian’s Pisco Punch

We all hear about cooking “fresh and local.” Various people gain credit for the start of the locavore movement, and, while I mean no disrespect to folks in California, the trend began long ago and far away.  Brandy is distilled wine and the Spanish love brandies of all sorts. Wine was first distilled about the…

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Cool Mint Slush from The Ultimate Blender Cookbook by Rebecca Ffrench

I made this. I drank this, and I became an instant addict. From The Ultimate Blender Cookbook by Rebecca Ffrench this is just something you have never experienced before. Now, I have a monstrous sweet tooth, but I’m trying to cut back. For me, sugar has always intensified the flavor — though Suzen says I’m…

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