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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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Cucumber Collins: A Super Bowl Party Idea

  Gin is the home bartender’s best friend. Okay, tequila aside, gin is the easiest spirit to work with. Just add tonic water and wedge of lime to get that marvelous gin and tonic. But the subtle flavor of gin– and, no, you cannot claim tequila is subtle —  invites additional flavorings. Gin, of course,…

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Cucumber Collins

This post will get you to a wonderful beverage: a Cucumber Collins. You’ve tried a Tom Collins before? You are about to enter a whole world of Collins beverages, courtesy of Adam Freeth. There may be a rush coming later this year to our bookstores, but so far few new beverage books, especially cocktail books,…

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Brian’s Ginrita: A Really Simple Cocktail

                  Part of the trick to entertaining is to maintain balance with the stages of the evening. When guests come to our house — which really means when they come to our kitchen where every party seems to focus — we always have an array of appetizers…

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