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Baking Bites for Craftsy: A Trio of Warm Holiday Drinks

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Holiday Drink Trio

I rarely serve hot drinks during the summer outside of coffee (which is with me year round!), but they become a regular part of my own evening routine and my entertaining routine over the fall and winter holiday seasons. Over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!), I’m sharing a Trio of Warm Holiday Drinks that are the perfect way to treat yourself or a cold ... Read More »

New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breads and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ... Read More »

How to Make Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Simple syrups are essential tools in my kitchen. They might not be quite as essential as sugar, butter and flour (though sugar is necessary for making the syrup!), but I use them on a regular basis to make a wide variety of both hot and cold drinks. Simple syrups are made by dissolving equal parts of sugar and water together. This liquid is easily incorporated ... Read More »

How to Make a Jack Rose Cocktail

How to Make a Jack Rose Cocktail

While it may seem like pumpkin spice is everywhere during the fall, it’s not the only fall flavor out there. Apples and apple desserts are fall staples in my house and I make sure that they are included in the drink menu when I’m entertaining, not just the food side of things. This means that I make batches of apple cider, as well as apple ... Read More »

Barrel Aged Vanilla White Russian

Barrel Aged Vanilla White Russian

A White Russian is a decadent dessert cocktail made with vodka, Kahlua (or another coffee liqueur) and cream. It’s creamy, not overly sweet and has a great coffee flavor. It’s easy to make and even easier to drink. While sometimes the cocktail is stirred before serving to give it a uniform caramel color, other times it is simply layered together before serving. As a dessert ... Read More »

Classic Caipirinha

How to Make a Classic Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is one of the most (if not the most) popular cocktails in Brazil. The recipe dates back around 100 years, when it was reputed to have medicinal properties (as were many spirited drinks!). The drink is made with cachaça, lime and sugar and is very simple to make. Though the flavor of the finished drink is different, it is often compared to a ... Read More »

What is Cachaça?

What is Cachaça?

Cachaça is a Brazilian distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice. It is the best selling and most popular spirit in Brazil. There are approximately 1.2 billion liters produced annually and only a tiny portion of that is exported to other countries. By contrast, in 2014, Kentucky distilleries distilled 1.2 million barrels (approx 143 million liters) of bourbon. Two types of Cachaça are produced: a ... Read More »

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup

Strawberry Cucumber Pimm's Cup

Pimm’s #1 is a lovely liqueur that is closely associated with a single cocktail: the Pimm’s Cup. The Pimm’s Cup is a simple cocktail that combines the liqueur with lemon and ginger ale. Like all simple recipes, this one is an excellent choice if you want to play around with other flavors and put your own twist on it. This Strawberry Cucumber Pimm’s Cup combines ... Read More »

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