May 13th is National Fruit Cocktail Day. We’re all familiar with cans of fruit cocktail from Del Monte, Dole and Libby’s. But who first created it, and why is it called “cocktail?” First: There is no alcohol in a conventional fruit cocktail. So why is it called fruit cocktail, instead of simply fruit salad? There’s […]

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Enjoy this sunny cocktail from one of our favorite restaurants, Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian churrascaria with locations worldwide (and many in the U.S.—send someone a gift card!). It’s called Guava do Sul, guava sunshine. You can stop in for a cocktail or have it as the beginning of an entire wonderful dinner. We liked […]

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[1] For drinks or dessert (or perhaps, drink your dessert: Bourbon Slush with Brandied Cherries (Photo courtesy Oxmoor House | Brie Passano; Food Stylist Tina Stamos, Prop Stylist Kay Clarke). [2] Find many more recipes in the book (photo courtesy Oxmoor House).   Recently we had the opportunity to preview the book What Can I […]

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[1] This beet cocktail is garnished with baby beet greens. You can substitute tarragon (photo courtesy Gardenia Restaurant | New York City). [2] Beet juice is an under-used cocktail mixer. It’s also delicious as a straight juice drink (photo courtesy R.W. Knudsen).   For Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a beet-red cocktail. A Bloody Mary […]

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A sparkling red cocktail for Valentine’s Day (photo courtesy Suerte Tequila).   That’s rose, not rosé, referring to the color of this drink recipe from Suerte Tequila. Even if you have no plans for Valentine’s Day, whip up one of these and you’ll have a special occasion. It’s a tequila-and-prosecco cocktail with pomegranate juice and […]

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The Bloody Beertail: Substitute beer for the vodka in a Bloody Mary (photo courtesy Pampered Chef).   January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. But if you prefer beer to vodka, have a Bloody Beertail instead. It’s a sister beverage to Mexico’s michelada. Here’s more about beertails.     RECIPE: BLOODY BEERTAIL The cocktail is […]

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You can create special holiday cocktails with seasonal ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint. But you can add a touch of red and green to Martinis and Margaritas as well. Here, some suggestions to get you thinking about holiday cocktail garnishes.     OPENING THOUGHTS If you want a red and green motif, cruise the aisles of […]

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[1] A mezcal cocktail rimmed with a deep half rim, a blend of chipotle and black lava salt (at Olmsted | Brooklyn). [2] A full rim covering just the top of the glass, with two different seasonings: half salt, half Tajin (at Alma Cocina Latina | Baltimore). [3] A Thai Margarita rimmed with a blend […]

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