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Hot Mango Muddle Cocktail

We were just in the market and I told my wife, “I need a fresh peach.” My wife is pleasant and understanding but can at times be overwhelmed by my requests, my senseless requests. “Brian, it is January. There are no fresh peaches.” “Okay, a nectarine,” I accepted fate. She signed and pushed the care…

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Perfecting the Gin and Tonic: The Botanicals of Citadelle Gin

Once upon a time, my wife went to a gin tasting where multiple brands were offered for comparison and enjoyment. She returned an advocate of Tanqueray and over the years many, many rounds of G&T cocktails have been enjoyed. A G&T is inherently refreshing and, very importantly, it’s a quick cocktail to make. The “big”…

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The Pegu Club Cocktail

Pegu is the name of a river in Burma. When Burma was Burma, not Myanmar, and the British reigned as dominant colonists, they drank what else? Gin. They had a gentlemen’s club, the Pegu Club, just outside Rangoon with a lively, creative bar. You can imagine it: men in white suits, somehow not sweating, under…

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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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