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Madam Rêve from Experimental Cocktail Club

I have an Italian friend who is a lovely man. And forceful. “Drink this,” he put a glass in front of me. “You’ll like it.” I looked at it. Strange color, not bad, just a little strange. “Don’t look. Drink,” he insisted. And so I discovered Aperol, the civilized alternative to Campari. They are made…

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Hot Mango Muddle Cocktail

We were just in the market and I told my wife, “I need a fresh peach.” My wife is pleasant and understanding but can at times be overwhelmed by my requests, my senseless requests. “Brian, it is January. There are no fresh peaches.” “Okay, a nectarine,” I accepted fate. She signed and pushed the care…

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The Harlow from The Spotted Pig

  Having brunch? Want something far, far beyond a mimosa? Read on. In the West Village on 11th Street, just past Hudson, there is The Spotted Pig, the extraordinary restaurant from April Bloomfield. If you can dine there, it is a must. If you cannot, then pick up a copy of A Girl and Her…

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Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca and Cocktail from Rick Bayless

Mexican food maven, Rick Bayless, has a wonderful new book. Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks offers sensational ideas from his famed Frontera Grill restaurant. Here’s a beverage idea, a duo idea, that is not a margarita but does employ the ever-versatile tequila. It’s a sweet agua fresca that can be converted into a delightful cocktail.…

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