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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Irish Coffee, Three Ways

How to Make Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is one of the most popular coffee cocktails that there is. The drink was invented nearly 80 years ago, by an Irish chef who combined whiskey and coffee for a drink that would really take the chill off in cold, damp Irish winters. The drink was such a hit that news of it traveled back to the US, where several bartenders tried to ... Read More »

Coconut Mocha

Homemade Coconut Mocha Coffee Drink

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations – after chocolate and coffee, of course. Starbucks and other coffee chains tend to put coconut on their spring and summer menus, when consumers are in the mood for a cold beverage with a tropical flair. While I enjoy coconut mocha frappuccinos, I also enjoy hot coconut mochas. Fortunately, they’re easy to make at home, so ... Read More »

What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spice Red Blend, review

Woodbridge Harvest Spice Wine Gift Set

I buy a lot of wine during the holidays, some of it to serve and some of it to gift to friends at holiday parties. When I’m shopping for wine for a party, I like to buy versatile wines that I think will appeal to every guest, whether they’re a wine enthusiast or just a party enthusiast! I also appreciate it if that wine isn’t ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

I drink hot coffee all year round, but even a coffee-lover like myself doesn’t feel like drinking a steaming cup of coffee on a muggy summer day. When it is hot out, I reach for iced coffee instead of the hot stuff. The latest trend in cold coffee drinks is cold brewed coffee. While the technique requires a little bit of patience, the results are ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Bring some extra color into your 4th of July entertaining by preparing these stunning red, white and blue cocktails for your party guests. These cocktail recipes are featured in a post on Colorful 4th of July Cocktails over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!). The cocktails are all tropical drinks with a rum base, a nod to my love of tiki drinks, and the fact ... Read More »

S’mores Oreo Mocha Ice Blendeds

S'mores Oreo Mocha Ice Blended

I definitely have a sweet tooth for s’mores and s’mores-inspired goodies. The combination of toasted marshmallow, melting chocolate and nutty graham crackers is simply too delicious to resist! While the classic campfire s’more will always be my favorite, I am always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy this treat. Recently, I picked up a package of the limited edition Oreo S’mores. These sandwich ... Read More »

Introducing Modern Tiki, a Tiki Cocktail Blog

Modern Tiki: A Tiki Blog

Tiki drinks have a long history that dates back to Los Angeles in the 1930s – and the original tiki drinks are not the syrupy sweet blended drinks that you might remember from the 1970s. Historically, tiki drinks were made with fresh tropical juices, homemade syrups and plenty of rum (often very high quality rum, at that), which means that they fit the definition of ... Read More »

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