TIP OF THE DAY: Agua Fresca, The Latin American Cooler

[1] Turn your favorite fruits into agua fresca (photo courtesy and recipe chart below Good Eggs). [2] If you can borrow a tap dispenser, it’s more convenient than pitchers (photo courtesy Flavor & The Menu).   It’s heading above 90 degrees and humid here for the next few days, and we’re planning enough cool drinks…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Popcorn & Wine Pairings

[1] (photo courtesy Hidden Valley). [2] (photo courtesy Coupons.com).[3] Go whole-hog with a pairing flight (photo courtesy Skinnygirl).   For the Oscars on Sunday, how about some popcorn pairing fun? If you typically watch the show with a bowl of popcorn, consider moving past the beer and soda in favor of wine pairings. Wine and…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Casa Noble Tequila & A Tequila-Cheese-Chocolate Tasting

[1] Casa Noble Crystal Tequila: the best blanco/silver tequila we’ve ever had. [2] Add a bit of age and you get a reposado tequila. [3] The special edition named for company director Carlos Santana: Casa Noble Santana Reserve 5 Years Anejo. [4] The top of the line, Casa Noble Alta Bellezza, is as great as…
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JULY 4TH DRINK: Red, White & Blueberry Lemonade & Hard Lemonade

For cookouts and picnics, our family never had everyday soft drinks. For these special occasions, the beverage menu included lemonade, iced tea and Mom’s favorite fruit punch (recipe: equal parts of grape juice, lemonade and orange juice, all from frozen concentrate). For July 4th, we switched to a “patriotic” lemonade: red, white and blue. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Garnishes & A Bloody Mary Cart

Who can resist a BLT Bloody Mary, garnished with lettuce, tomato and a crisp bacon strip? This one is from Morton’s Grille.   If Dad’s drink is a Bloody Mary, try something exciting for Father’s Day. You can use different spirits and mixes, but the easiest way to wow everyone is with a Bloody Mary…
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