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GINGER HOT TODDY

What’s better than sitting around on a frosty evening with a nice hot apple-y drink to warm the cockles of your heart? I use ginger liqueur in cakes and breads, but it’s especially fab in a bracing cold-weather toddy. If you’re feeling sniffly at all, it’s like the best-tasting liquid cough drop you’ve ever had, ushering you off to a deep and dreamless sleep. Hot apple cider with a dash of cinnamon and some grated fresh ginger are easy to […]

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VODKA LEMONADE

VODKA LEMONADE To get the lemoniest lemonade, you need to use the whole lemon – including the rind. The oil from the skin of the lemon gives it a supercharged flavor boost, and turns the drink a lovely, frothy yellow. This little trick makes a next-level lemonade, and with a good blender it couldn’t be easier. If you want to turn this into a cocktail, try adding cucumber vodka and a cucumber garnish. It’s incredibly refreshing – so light you […]

APPLE CIDER BOURBON on Americas-Table.com
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APPLE CIDER BOURBON

As the weather begins to change, it’s nice to welcome fall with a hot toddy, so I thought: what better combination than bourbon and apple cider? Unfortunately, that turned out to be way too sweet and a little disappointing. I have an old book of cocktails from the 1930s that suggested boiling down the apple cider to syrup form before mixing with the bourbon, and that was a good tout. The apple flavor become much more pungent, and a squirt […]

ESPRESSO MARTINIS on Americas-Table.com
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ESPRESSO MARTINIS

This is just the cocktail to kick off a buzzy, bubbly party! Martinis pack an alcoholic wallop to begin with, and when you add the caffeine in a little espresso, it becomes a fast wallop. I’ve rediscovered iced coffee this summer, so a delicious and eye-opening coffee cocktail was the logical progression. Dark and frosty, and brightened with vodka and coffee liqueur, you couldn’t ask for a more satisfying summer libation.  You definitely won’t be falling asleep on the porch […]

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE on Americas-Table.com
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WATERMELON STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE

This end-of-season cooler is fruity and light. I think of watermelon as a smoothie fruit, not a milkshake fruit, but this has a tropical flavor that’s enhanced by the strawberries. Somehow the strawberries strengthen the watermelon flavor, rather than adding their own unique taste, and it’s very clean and smooth. This would be yummy at a kids’ outdoor birthday party, or it could be something you want to drink poolside with a little rum blended in to celebrate a more […]