Rachel Halpren

Edible Cocktails – Literary Monday

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Edible Cocktails brings us a cocktail book brimming with goodness from gardens and fruit trees. In her tome on drinking your fruits and veggies, Ms. Bovis explores the use of wine, syrups, jams, purees and vinegar as ingredients in the ever burgeoning repertoire of cocktails recipes. If that weren’t enough, Ms. Bovis teaches you how to use meat, dairy and eggs in your drinks too! And don’t forget to throw in the herbs!

Skinnytinis – Literary Monday

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Drinking on a diet isn’t easy. Unfortunately, alcohol can pack a caloric punch. Drinks loaded up with shots are also loaded up with calories. Add in mixers and you can drink a whole meal of calories in one or two drinks. Lower in alcohol, beer, wine and cider don’t pack quite the calorie punch that the hard stuff and cocktails can. But, I know that sometimes, all you really want is a cocktail. Luckily, there is a book for you – Skinnytinis – is all about the cocktails at half the calories.

D’usse Cognac VSOP Review

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D’usse Cognac VSOP is the lastest offering from Bacardi’s Chateau de Cognac, the Cognac house that produces Baron Otard.  This is not your ordinary bottle of Cognac.  It’s producers have gone for a completely different look on the bottle.  It’s a bit gothic, a bit midieval with a double cross on a squat bottle with a glass topper.  It looks pretty bad-ass for a Cognac.  I guess that this is your granddad’s Cognac.  Oh, and … Read more

Prosecco For The New Year

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The New Year is upon us! It’s time to celebrate. But, if you are like us, you need to celebrate without breaking the budget! We have solved this problem by spending most New Year’s Eves with our friends and sticking with affordable booze and food that we potluck. We end up with everything we love for the New Year – good friends, good food and good booze. For me, an essential component of the evening is also good bubbly! While I love Champagne, I generally find myself reaching for something that doesn’t break the bank. One of those bottles that I reach for is Prosecco, which is a great party pleaser that doesn’t break the bank.

Dr. Cocktail – Literary Monday

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Dr. Cocktail is a lovely little hardbound book peppered with interesting recipes, intriguing ingredients and luscious photos of cocktails and their ingredients. If that weren’t enough, the book has catchy chapter titles and cocktail names.

Seven Booze Trends for 2013

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2013 is almost upon us! Seriously, what happened to 2012. It seems like it was here and gone in a blink of an eye. As the new year approaches, I get out my crystal ball and peer into 2013 to see what the top trends in drink will be in 2013. Here are my predictions. And, if I am wrong, I blame it on my crystal ball.

Riunite Lambrusco – Wine Wednesday

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For this week’s Wine Wednesday, we are heading back to the 1970’s and imbibing in it’s most popular wine – Riunite Lambrusco. As many of you may know, I love, love, love Lambrusco. It is fizzy and fruity and pairs really well with food. But, I had never had the wine that beget the craze in the United States – Riunite.

The New Old Bar – Literary Monday

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We can hardly believe that New Year’s Eve is around the corner! If you are looking for great cocktail recipes and finger food, then this is the book for you. The New Old Bar is the latest book from Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith of the Hearty Boys (winners of the first Next Food Network Star) out of one of my favorite cities – Chicago! And, the recipes have Chicago written all over them.

Maker’s Mark in Photos – The Ambassador of Bourbon

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Not only do the photos in The Ambassador of Bourbon capture the process of making Maker’s Mark bourbon, it also captures the essence of Maker’s Mark. The Samuels family brought their vision to fruition in the historic Burk’s Distillery<

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