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The Perfect Gin and Tonic: Proportions, Crushed Ice, and a Slice of Lemon

“Bath?” Suzen asked in a tired voice. We’d spent the day gardening and cooking. It was sunset and time for a well earned break. “Sure,” I said. “What do you want?” “Gin and tonic.” Her favorite drink. She went off to fill the tub and I went off to fill the glasses. Our routine is…

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Pear Royale: A Distinctively Delicious Champagne Cocktail

Brian and I are working our way through Kim Haasarud’s wonderful 101 Champagne Cocktails. We’ve learned that we like recipes with some sophistication: working with multiple ingredients you can introduce layers of flavor that absolutely confuse your tongue. And that confusion is a terrific characteristic for a cocktail. You tell yourself: I like this. And…

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Gin Mojito

Wines are often described in terms of layered flavors, the first tastes you sense and then the ones that linger. I find it harder to achieve that complexity with cocktails but sometimes you really can achieve it. This Gin Mojito may strike some as a serious cocktail sin. Mojio = Rum is a standard equation…

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Gin Tropical as an Antidote to PAD

Suzen is crocheting and she’s pulling on the yarn so fast it’s making a purring sound. There is a serious look on her face. “What’s wrong?” I ask. “Nothing,” she says, not looking up. Well, something is wrong and I have to help. Suzen was recently diagnosed with PAD. While it should not prove fatal,…

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