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Concord Grape Simple Syrup ala 2016

Four years ago I posted a recipe for simple syrup made with Concord grapes. Concord grapes come only in the fall and they cannot be forgotten. They are the definitive sweet grape flavor. They also have skins you could make a tire from. The original recipe is repeated below but I have a new one…

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Hot Mango Muddle Cocktail

We were just in the market and I told my wife, “I need a fresh peach.” My wife is pleasant and understanding but can at times be overwhelmed by my requests, my senseless requests. “Brian, it is January. There are no fresh peaches.” “Okay, a nectarine,” I accepted fate. She signed and pushed the care…

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Jalapeno Simple Syrup

I have often suggested that simple syrup be incorporated in cocktails as a “hidden” but on so important component. Simple syrup can, for example, elevate a margarita from okay to superior. Yes, your local bartender already knows and if you really, really love his margaritas, I’ll wager his secret ingredient is simple syrup. To put…

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Mango Simple Syrup

With all the cocktail books that have appeared, we finally see many cocktails secrets in the spotlight. Authors are telling us those special things that mixologists, for generations, have done to fashion exceptional cocktails — ones that we have been unable to duplicate at home for ourselves. The cocktail secrets include fruit flavors and sugar.…

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