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Pear Vodka, St. Germain, and Champagne Cocktail

It’s finally fall and your farmers market is abundant with the summer’s bounty of fruit, particularly apples and pears. I have this love/hate relationship with pears that I don’t think I can win. When good, a pear is the best fruit possible. Of course, a pear is at its peak for perhaps all of 90…

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Champagne Buttercream

Frostings by Courtney Dial Whitmore and Courtney Whitmore is a slim treasure of a book dedicated to decadence. Frostings in all forms and flavors appear here. I’m fond of buttercreams and prefer them very lightly flavored. I want my frosting subtle, with hinted flavor and with the ability to let me taste the richness of…

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Lemon Bellini

“I need you to make cocktails on Thursday. Sparkling cocktails,” Suzen told me last week. “How many people?” “32.” “Oh, time for punch.” I gave my natural reaction. I was not making cocktails for 32 people. “No, individual cocktails. I suggest you do research.” Apparently I was. And so I have. For that many people,…

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Feliz Navidad: A Holiday Cocktail with Tequila and Champagne

  Blue is not Christmas green or red, but the blue of blue curacao is surely a message of celebration. This cocktail, from Holiday Cocktails by Jessica Strand, is a beautiful surprise. You may love tequila. You probably love champagne, or some sparkling wine. Citrus flavors always make the palette sparkle. In this drink, you…

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