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RECIPES: Presidential Candidate Cocktails


Call it “True Blue” if you wish, but the
official name for this cocktail is Barack
Rocks.
  What are you planning to serve guests when you watch the Democratic and Republic National Conventions? Raise a glass to your favorite with these two recipes. Better yet, be bipartisan and enjoy both cocktails!

Regardless of your choice of commander-in-chief, you can vote for the cocktail of your choice with these Presidential Candidate Cocktails from SKYY Spirits.

Celebrate the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential nominees thanks to SKYY, as you sip on a Barack Rocks or a McCain Straight Up, from now through November. If the candidate of your choice wins, you’ve got a drink going for at least four years.

– Read the full Presidential Cocktails recipes.

– Find more seasonal cocktails in the Cocktails Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Better Burgers

Most cookbooks advise using ground chuck for burgers, but many top chefs use brisket. It has a better proportion of fat and better flavored-meat. It’s a tough cut, so have it ground twice. When shaping patties, do it lightly—squeezing them into a solid mound makes them tougher and less juicy. Click here to read more burger tips from THE NIBBLE.  
Make your burgers better by starting with
the right beef.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Table Art


These hand-blown glass salt shakers
come from GazelleGlass.com.
  From 18th-century to ultra-modern, sugar bowls, creamers, salt-and-pepper shakers and other accessories add personality to any table. Why not collect them and use a different one each month? They don’t have to match your dishes, they don’t take up much storage space and you can find them at yard sales. In fact, look for old-fashioned salt cellars for the newly-popular artisan salts. (Click here to see the many different kinds of artisan salt.) Let the kids make the monthly selection, and give them the job of switching over the sugar, salt and pepper on the first day of the month.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Fresh-Squeezed

So many things taste better with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime…but you don’t always have a fresh one at hand. Plan ahead by freezing fresh wedges. When you need a squeeze, microwave a wedge for 20 seconds. The juice will taste as fresh as the day you put the citrus in the freezer. Squeeze the juice on salads or seafood, in your margarita, anywhere. While the frozen wedge doesn’t look as pretty as fresh, the juice tastes great. Freezing wedges is also a trick for saving unused portions of lemons and limes that might otherwise deteriorate in the refrigerator. To read about what we do with fruit purées here at THE NIBBLE, click here.  
Keeping lemon wedges on hand allows
making the classic gin and tonic to be
even easier. Try it with Q Tonic Water.
 

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Cheesecake Trivia


Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Whether
New York- or Philadelphia-style, flavored
or traditional, this is one dessert that
takes the cake!
  Like cheesecake? Enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway: The lucky winner of our cheesecake prize will get to enjoy a 10-inch deluxe cheesecake sampler. You’ll get two slices each of eight flavors: Amaretto, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge, New York Style, Blueberry Swirl, Raspberry Swirl, Cappuccino and White Chocolate Pistachio. Retail value $52.99. This and other gourmet gifts are available at DelightfulDeliveries.com. Enter the Gourmet Giveaway by answering a few fun trivia questions about cheesecake; you don’t have to answer correctly to win. Find more of our favorite gourmet cakes in the Cake & Pastries Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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