Suzi's Blog

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 ready and waiting. As people gaze at that party…

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Pineapple Perplexity: Brian’s Gin and Pineapple Zippy

What is the origin of new recipes? Experimentation. Inspiration. Desperation. It’s fall here, the peak weekend for red and yellow leaves and I’m getting ready for a fall party. I need to come up with a great cocktail. I was going to serve Pina Coladas, sort of a last, long farewell to summer. Suzen said,…

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