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Pineapple Perplexity: Brian’s Gin and Pineapple Zippy

What is the origin of new recipes? Experimentation. Inspiration. Desperation. It’s fall here, the peak weekend for red and yellow leaves and I’m getting ready for a fall party. I need to come up with a great cocktail. I was going to serve Pina Coladas, sort of a last, long farewell to summer. Suzen said,…

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Brian’s Frozen Banana Pineapple Calmer

To be fair, it was my fault. To be honest, he should have known better. Most evenings my kitchen is filled with 20 or more people cooking a meal together. Cooking by the Book is a leader in culinary team building, so we have firms from around the world coming to learn and laugh and…

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Honest Whisky Sour

There are times when you want the original. The real original. Not the new thing, not the bottled thing, not the artificial thing. We’ve had two days of sunshine with scattered clouds and snow showers. It’s beautiful to have golden sunlight dash each flake as it drifts down. It’s also a sign from God to…

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Ray Gun, A Chartreuse Cocktail

This cocktail, from Difford’s Guide, is call a Ray Gun, and comes with a side note that is a warning: “not for the faint-hearted.” Oh, there’s a kick, from the Chartreuse, one of those mystical European creations. Made in France by monks, the liqueur is alcohol with 130 herbs. I did not know there were…

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