Suzi's Blog

Amaretto Sour [with Bourbon!] from The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler

Suzen surprises me, still. It’s a mere 29 ½ years, and she keeps expanding her consumption pattern, both solid and liquid. She was always fond of sensitive white wines. I don’t think her taste buds are declining, but she has developed this curious love for bourbon. Good bourbon. Really good bourbon. “Taste it?” she was…

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Tom & Jerry from The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler

I have already posted again this year my recipe for eggnog, the absolute best possible eggnog: http://www.cookingbythebook.com/dedicated-drinkers-diary/best-eggnog-ever-period/ There is a rival holiday beverage, the Tom & Jerry, which supposedly was created in the early 1800’s as a variant of eggnog. To quote from the new and lovely The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler, making…

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Brian’s Agave Citrus Gold

Ounce for ounce, agave is about 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. But agave comes with other more important benefits: color, liquidity, and viscosity. It’s a powerful tool for the home bartender. As a substitute for simple syrup, it gives you that deep color, a texture that is so noticable, and a flavor suggesting whiffs of…

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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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