Suzi's Blog

Hotel Nactinal, A Tropical Cocktail

Here, for a short time, is one last blast from Mr. Boston Summer Cocktails. I haven’t lied but I haven’t been accurate either. I’ve said the Summer Cocktails were new, and technically that may be true about the Hotel Nacional recipe here. But this cocktail is strictly throw back. It evokes memories of the 50’s…

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Shrimp Tomatillo Cocktail

At Cooking by the Book in New York City, we do culinary outward bound events. Firms come to our kitchen and prepare a meal together, often with kitchen challenges. Their night’s menu has been set in advance, from a quarterly menu featuring fresh seasonal ideas. We are always amazed when so many firms pick the…

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Brian’s Blue Grapefruit Martini

Sometimes I am a bartender, finding an interesting recipe and following its directions to a tee. And other times I become a mixologist, treating my home bar like a chemistry lab. My mixology moments come when I simply want something different, or when what I just made is not satisfying, or when both these events…

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Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Cocktail Cookies

Most, well actually all, of my family members disagree with my earnest belief that it is sometimes appropriate to begin a meal with cookies. I know that I am right, and this recipe proves it. Okay, it’s a savory cookie with bacon, but it is a cookie for sure. Soft, filled with the complementary flavors…

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