RECIPE: Chanukah Cocktail Riff On A Piña Colada

[1] The Chanukah version of a Piña Colada (photo courtesy Weddings By The Breakers). [2] A champagne cocktail with blue curacao and a gold sugar rim. You can substitute edible gold glitter (photo courtesy Living-On-Cloud-Nine.com).   Just as many of us “drink green” on St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Red & Green Holiday Cocktail Garnishes

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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TIP OF THE DAY: Cocktail Glass Rimmers

[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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TIP OF THE DAY: Create A New Cocktail Garnish

Do you garnish your cocktails with the same wedge of lime or orange wheel, curl, peel or twist? The same olives and cocktail onions? The same notched strawberry on the rim? The standard celery stick in a Bloody Mary? Expand your garnish horizons. Presentation is everything; and while no one would turn away an ungarnished…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Boozy Cupcakes, For National Vanilla Cupcake Day & Parties

[1] Insert booze into cupcakes (all photos courtesy Crown Royal). [2] Crown Royal Vanilla: blended Canadian whiskeys infused with the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.   November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, and we have a purely adult celebration in mind: Buy a cupcake and a miniature “airline” bottle of your favorite spirit (it’s 1.7 ounces).…
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