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A Cherry Cocktail to Delight the Senses

  The last year (or so) has been unique in so many ways. Most of them are bad ways. Pretty much all of them. However, one of the good things was that many of us found ourselves with enough free time ...

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How to Mix Up the Perfect Summer Cocktail

Folks, it’s happening. Summer in Chicago has arrived, the masks are finally coming off, and at long last, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. This calls for a drink.

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Make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail This Weekend

  The first time I ever experienced coctel de camarones (Mexican shrimp cocktail) was 21 years ago when my husband and I drove all the way from Chicago to Ensenada, Mexico on the Baja peninsula. Talk ...

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Your New Signature Summer Cocktail

  Most everyone has a signature something: a signature scent, a color that looks great on you, a move unique to you when dancing or sprinting down the court for a layup. I have a Signature Cocktail. ...

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Sparkling Cocktails with a Shining History

Maybe you need a new way to enjoy all your bubbly leftover from the holidays. Maybe you have just one bottle to lubricate 10 guests. Or maybe your favorite sparkler has just a few ounces left in the ...

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A Daisy Blooms in Winter

  We’re in that time of year when we could all use a reminder that yes, in fact, summer will come again. In my mind one of the best glimpses of summer is the Margarita. A cocktail synonymous with ...

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Lemon Liquidation: How to Make Lemon Vodka

  Although the holidays are over, I have a fun gifting concept that could be used anytime for special occasions. I have been growing a dwarf Meyer lemon tree for a few years now. This fall, my first ...

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Holiday Helper: A Winter Twist on a Summertime Favorite

  If you’ve been drinking Aperol Spritzes all Summer like me, try this Cranberry Spritz, a Wintertime twist on a crowd favorite.

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Old Country Goodness makes a Great Holiday Cocktail

  'Tis the season for holiday food and drinks to warm us up during this cold weather. My favorite time of the year is Fall because it prompts families and friends to spend quality time together as ...

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Just in Time for the Holidays: Mother Recipe for Cocktails

  I don’t know about you, but I am so very thrilled at the comeback of handcrafted cocktails. There is something romantic and celebratory about a well-made cocktail, it adds an extra special ...

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