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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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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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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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