Suzi's Blog

Watermelon and Cucumber Agua Fresca [with the Agua!]

As much as I love my lemonade, I do seek variety in my private beverage life. For the past two summers, for your enjoyment and mine I’ve suggested agua frescas, which can be made in infinite, delicious variety. Suzen loves watermelon but even she cannot down a whole one. And, we always have a supply…

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Brian’s Green Gazpacho [as promised although delayed]

After brownies, after chicken wings, the very first dish I mastered as an adult was gazpacho. I saw a show on public television where tomatoes and a blender and a can of V-8 were converted into a soup. My V-8 days are long past, but I’m into gazpacho as soon as the snow is gone…

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Cucumber Agua Fresca with Lime Juice

How do you consume cucumbers? And how many? The numbers can be surprising for Suzen and I both eat and drink them year round. Lot of them. I think, but I’m not sure, that drinking is the bigger portion. My newest love, an intense cucumber agua fresca, is featured here. And tomorrow, if you prefer…

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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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