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Cucumber Shrub and Brian’s Cucumber Shrub, Mint Syrup and Gin Cocktail

I recently reviewed the wonderful beverage book Shrubs by Michael Dietsch. [Click here to see the review.] A shrub is a combination of fruit or vegetable plus vinegar and sugar. The sugar is for, well, sweetness. The vinegar for preservation and when drunk to inspire salivation. Seriously. Once your shrub is made, you can drink…

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Brian’s Pisco Punch

We all hear about cooking “fresh and local.” Various people gain credit for the start of the locavore movement, and, while I mean no disrespect to folks in California, the trend began long ago and far away.  Brandy is distilled wine and the Spanish love brandies of all sorts. Wine was first distilled about the…

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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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