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Coca-Cola Reduction and The Uppercut Cocktail

This is not an April’s Fool joke. It is a real idea, from a real mixologist and a real website. Coca Cola is, of course, a Southern tradition. You may find the beverage both sweet and a bit syrupy. So, what better idea than to boil down a can of Coke to make a cola…

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The Lullaby: A Cocktail with Maker’s Mark 46 and Lavender Syrup

With Father’s Day approaching, you may be planning a brunch or dinner tribute to that special head of the family. A beverage or two might be in order. And while a title like The Lullaby might seem more destined for Mother’s Day, it is true that fathers sing and tell stories and rock their kids…

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Vanilla Julep from Infused by Susan Elia MacNeal

Ah, the photo grabs you, doesn’t it? The photos in Infused were taken by Leigh Beisch and reflect great skill. The hardest things to photograph, besides kids, are liquids: cocktails and soups. The photos in Infused will entice you. And then there are the recipes. We always speak about mint juleps because the two words…

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Strawberry Pepper Shrub and The Tequila Mango Strawberry Pepper Wonder

Modestly put, this is the best cocktail I have ever made. One of the best I have ever tasted, strawberry or not. It uses homemade mango tequila and a strawberry-pepper shrub. To get that Mango Tequila, you do need to make it at home. You can find a recipe on YouTube but I recommend the…

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