Suzi's Blog

Juniperotivo Cocktail from The Craft Cocktail Party by Julie Reiner

You will need pomegranate molasses. Don’t worry. Easily found at any Middle Eastern market or perhaps in the ethnic section of a giant American supermarket. Yes, the flavor and color are distinctive, but you’ll have many uses for it: cocktails, salad dressings, marinades. It’s a lovely ingredient. Here, it adds a distinctive sweetness and that…

Read More »

The Fine & Dandy Cocktail from Make Mine a Martini

  In Make Mine a Martini, author Kay Plunkett-Hogge presents this cocktail as a bit of a mystery. She does loves this drink and she’s tried to discover its origins, but she is just not sure. Fine and Dandy was a 1930’s show written by Kay Swift, the first woman to score a full Broadway…

Read More »

Gin-Cured Gravlax from Brooklyn Bar Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman

I’m posting this on Monday, which just gives you time to shop and prepare for the coming weekend. This is NOT a 1-2-3 dish ready in just 30 minutes. The salmon needs to cure for 3 days, or more, in your fridge. The gravlax itself is made with gin, lime and juniper berries — yielding…

Read More »

Brian’s Agave Bees Knees

“I really can’t taste the gin,” my wife Suzen said to me. I was so happy. I had succeeded in my Bees Knees experiment. It’s a catchy name: Bees Knees. It’s actually slang. During Prohibition, it meant “The Best.” And this drink began to be recognized as the best. Given the circumstances. “Bathtub gin” is…

Read More »