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Strawberry Lemonade with Lemon Sugar from Brown Sugar Kitchen

In Brown Sugar Kitchen, Tanya Holland describes the intense Southern food offered in her Oakland, California restaurant. Located on an industrial street, Brown Sugar generates lines out the door. For good reasons. This beverage is one of the treasures at the restaurant and in this cookbook. Lemonade is always made with sugar, of course. But…

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Tomatillo Shrub from Shrubs by Michael Dietsch

In his wonderful book Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, Michael Dietsch offers shrub ideas aplenty. I’ve reviewed the book and offered some recipe ideas before. There are fruity flavor ideas that you might expect — orange and rhubarb — and combinations that will both surprise and please — strawberry pepper and watermelon lime.…

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Summer Cocktails with Watermelon and Cucumber Agua Fresca

Yes, this is the same picture as yesterday. And it’s the same watermelon and cucumber agua fresca made with no water added — all the liquid comes from your blender munching away on the watermelon and cucumber. That’s the daytime beverage. At night, or in the late afternoon, or for brunch, you can extend this…

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Watermelon and Cucumber Agua Fresca [with the Agua!]

As much as I love my lemonade, I do seek variety in my private beverage life. For the past two summers, for your enjoyment and mine I’ve suggested agua frescas, which can be made in infinite, delicious variety. Suzen loves watermelon but even she cannot down a whole one. And, we always have a supply…

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