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Blackberry Smash

Wild blackberries are so much sweeter and juicier than their store-bought counterparts. In Northern California, you’ll see them growing wild on the side of the road. I grabbed some bowls, gathered wild berries, and turned them into a simple and satisfying late-summer cocktail. If you can’t find wild berries or some farm-fresh ones at a roadside stand or farmers market, you will probably need to add a little sugar to this recipe.

Ingredients

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Midnight Moon Infusions

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Keep your eye out for a new product from Piedmont Distillers, makers of Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine and Midnight Moon. The next copper distilled spirits they’ll be putting out with be fruit-infused! We got a sneak peek (and taste) at the Moonshiner’s Breakfast at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Strawberry, cherry and raspberry are the flavors you have to look forward to. They were surprisingly smooth and authentic tasting–no fake fruit taste … Read more

DIY Orgeat Syrup Recipe

post iconMake your own orgeat, an almond syrup great for cocktails …Read More

How to Calculate the Alcohol Content of Cocktails

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If you’re like us, you’re more interested in drinking than doing math. However, for home mixologists who want to geek out, here’s a little simple cocktail math that can help you determine how strong those homemade cocktails actually are. You may have measured how many ounces of liquor and other ingredients you put in your drink, but that doesn’t actually tell you the alcohol content. Here’s a quick way to figure it out.
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Taking a Flavor Trip at Tales of the Cocktail

post iconTake a flavor trip to sample glowing cocktail jelly and the most exotic fruits around … without leaving your computer. Thanks to Tales of the Cocktail and Hendrick’s Gin. …Read More

Whiskey and Cheese: Together at Last

post iconCheese and Whiskey: Together at Last Take a peek inside a whiskey and cheese pairing at the Cheese School of San Francisco …Read More

Bruschetta Appetizer

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Tomatoes and basil were meant to be together. This simple bruschetta recipe will only take five minutes to make but will taste elegant and refreshing. Summer cocktail party food at its best!

I like to use a mixture of roma and heirloom tomatoes, but use the tomatoes available to you that are the freshest and ripest.

Ingredients

    4 cups chopped tomatoes
    8 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    1 red onion, minced
    6 tablespoons olive oil (plus … Read more

Ginger Bell

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It’s time to delve into unusual flavor combinations! This cocktail mixes ginger, citrus, honey and bell pepper for a sweet and spicy summer surprise. The ginger and bell pepper give it some kick, while the honey and orange add soothing sweetness.

Ginger Bell

1 ½ oz ginger vodka
½ oz honey-lemon bell pepper syrup*
1 oz fresh orange juice
Ginger ale to taste

In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake the vodka, syrup and orange … Read more

Berry Red Summer

post iconBerry Red Summer Welcome summer with a cocktail made with Holland gin, honey liqueur and fresh raspberries and grapefruit …Read More