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Apple-cider Stuffing with Burbon-cider Dressing

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Bourbon cider glaze

    2 cups apple cider
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons molasses (optional)
    1/3 cup+ 3 tablespoons good quality Kentucky Bourbon

Combine apple cider, maple syrup, molasses and apple cider vinegar in a nonreactive sauce pot. Heat and gently reduce to 2/3rd of a cup.

Gently warm 1/3rd cup of bourbon in a saucepan to eliminate the alcohol. Add this to the reduced cider liquid. Reduce this mixture … Read more

DIY Cocktail Kits – Holiday Gift Idea

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Gift baskets can be a fun way to give the gift of cocktails this holiday season. The idea is simple: Pick a cocktail your recipient will love, then get the ingredients and package them in a gift box or basket … along with copy of DIY Cocktails, of course.

The level of DIY-ness is up to you. You can create your own recipe and print it on a decorative card, include a bottle of your … Read more

Five Drinks That Will Sleigh Santa

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When Santa comes tonight, surprise him! Instead of putting out milk and cookies, leave out cocktails and candies. I am sure that Santa would appreciate a hot toddy to warm him up or a classic Martini to get his blood flowing.

Here are our top five picks that will knock Santa’s socks off:

    Connie’s Hot Buttered Rum – one of my personal favorite’s. Santa is sure to love this drink and it will keep him

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Eight Crazy Hanukkah Cocktails

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Light up your Hanukkah with more than candles.  We’ve put together eight crazy cocktails, one for each night.  You can even make a game out of it. Assign a letter to the dreidel to four of these and drink away.  

Fun, right?  Please make sure a responsible adult handles the matches while you are drinking.

Eight Crazy Drinks For Hanukkah:

    Shalom – this means Hello. Start off a round of cocktails with this tasty treat.

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Spiced Pear Toddy

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Warm up and toast the Holidays with this spin on the traditional Toddy recipe.  Created by H. Joesph Hermann proprietor of Elxir is San Francisco, his Spiced Pear Toddy is bursting with fall fruitiness and holiday spice.  Multiply this recipe and make it for group!… Read more

First World Trash Wine Satchel

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If you have a wine lover on your list, this wine satchel is a great way to get them to bring wine to your house.

Each one of a kind wine satchel is hand crafted from almost entirely recycled materials.  The body is made of recycled (and cleaned) billboard vinyl and the straps come from old seat belts.   The bottom is reinforced with recycled bicycle inner tubes, which is good because this bag hold six … Read more

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Wine Wednesday

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The Wine Wednesday column has been missing for awhile now!  But, we are back and we will do our best to bring you a bargain wine selection each Wednesday.  Our first return to Wine Wednesday selection is an exclusive at Trader Joe’s, one of our favorite places for bargain wines.  The 2010 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy drinking Cabernet with tamed tannins and displaying that the grapes hail from a warm growing region.  … Read more

End of the Summer of Riesling

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2012 marked the 4th year of the Summer of Riesling.  Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar in New York City (there are multiple locations) kicked off the annual celebration in 2009 by pouring only Riesling wine for its white wine by the glass selection.  That’s totally balsy and Paul gets total respect for that move!  Like most wine geeks, I am in love with Riesling, and when I serve it to people and don’t tell … Read more

Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher

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We recently tried out the Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher for our water drinking needs.  Living in San Francisco we have great water, which is some what negated by the pipes in our 1920s era building.  This pitcher from Germany helps get rid of some that bad stuff with a state of the art filter that requires no pre-soaking and last about 90 days.  Along with it’s European design and 5 color options, the

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Hair of the Dog PB & J Sandwich

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Created by PB J’s Food Truck in Portland this bacon blueberry laden bit of heaven makes for awesome tailgating, Of course, they’re even better for the morning after.

All you need is a portable propane or electric flat grill & spatula.  Skip the pan and make the sandwiches right on the grill.

Ingredients:

    6 Eggs
    2 cups Half & Half
    2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon of cinnamon
    1/4 cup of Makers Mark Bourbon

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