Balanced Sour Mix, Yet Again

Balanced Sour Mix, Yet Again

  It’s party season and you may have some beverage responsibilities coming up so. Or, like me, you may be playing the role of bartender for a group. Suzi’s cooking school, Cooking by the Book, has a group of 30 next week who want a mix of classic and...
Basil Simple Syrup

Basil Simple Syrup

  With each night, we check the thermometer. When will it finally freeze upstate? Cause on that night our mint patch will be history. The same for all our herbs. We have five or six months of freshness and then it’s a long winter. We can get...
Clementine and Basil Bash

Clementine and Basil Bash

  Sometimes you can make a cocktail that is quite, quite complex in flavor. Like my Clementine and Basil Bash. It’s a riff on a drink called the Come on In from Prosecco Made Me Do It by Amy Zavatto. I reviewed Amy’s lovely book last week. Amy’s drink features a...
Intense Blackberry Margarita

Intense Blackberry Margarita

  I had thought blackberry season was over. But there was a stack of boxes of blackberries sitting at Sam’s club. I picked one up and asked my wife, “Blackberry margarita?’ “Yes.” I went very blackberry this time. I tasted one berry and, this late in the season,...