Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz
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Cocktails at Twilight

I love a frothy summer cocktail, alcoholic or non, and here are a few I’ve been testing lately that are unusually delicious. (It’s a tough job, taste-testing cocktails, but someone has to do it.) Both drinks have a lovely herbal note to them that’s earthy and clean on the palate. The strawberry rhubarb gin fizz is not too sweet because you can rely on the rhubarb to keep it real, and the lightness of the gin makes this cocktail go […]

Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits
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Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a cocktail, but not the alcohol in the cocktail. Others in the world of spirits must be on the same wavelength because there’s a new product in the UK called Seedlip, non-alcoholic spirits that add a mélange of flavors to tonic, soda, or a light carbonated beverage for a deeply satisfying non-alcoholic cocktail. Seedlip comes in two flavors – Garden and Spice – and it’s turning up in some of the hippest restaurants and […]

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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 […]