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Rooting for Ginger Root

  Okay, I admit it. I am a ginger addict. From its warm and earthy aroma to its sharp and spicy flavor, its lure is undeniable. Not to mention its health benefits!Ginger contains gingerol, which is ...

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The Bitter Truth

In the past 15 years, cocktails have gotten more and more complicated. Mixologists behind the bar can make creating a drink look like chemistry, rather than an adult beverage. But you don't need ...

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Got Sad Looking Herbs? Make a Simple Syrup!

  Does this sound familiar? You need two or three tablespoons of an herb for a recipe. However, your grocery store only sells herbs in large bunches, so you have no choice but to buy the whole ...

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Cocktail Party Idea: Drinks from Toronto

  Last weekend I drove up to Toronto and discovered that not only is it a culturally and culinarily rich destination, but the city contains one of the most creative cocktail spreads I'd ever ...

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The Quest for the Best Bloody Mary

I love summer in Chicago. Admittedly, and not surprisingly, a large part of my affinity for Chicago’s summer has to do with food. I love the variety of food at street fests (Burger Fest is my ...

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Bubbly Cocktails Can Brighten Your January

  In the day and age of the fancy cocktail, I must admit: I am not a big cocktail person. I love the idea of a cocktail, a civilized way to end the day and ease into the evening, surrounded with ...

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Crema de Vie is No Store-Bought Eggnog

I feel like eggnog is something that people either love or hate, like mushrooms or tequila. Personally, I was optimistic when I had my first taste of seasonal, store-bought eggnog. I opened the lid, ...

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Pina Coladas and Mai Tais Make for a Great Cocktail Party

This past Independence Day weekend was finally a taste of summer weather – sunny days and cool nights. What better way to take advantage of time off and great weather than a cocktail party on the ...

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New Craft Spirits Program Serves Vodka Perfect for Moscow Mules

I know it's not grammatically correct, but it's a solid question: how do you vodka? I like to vodka cheap, strong, with soda water and maybe a little bit of citrus. Perhaps you like to vodka with ...

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Sip One of our Favorite Summer Cocktails: Pina Colada

As a pastry chef, sugar is just kind of what I do. Whether it's creamed with butter, spun into sticky clouds of cotton candy, pulled into colorful confections, sprinkled on cupcakes, or burned into a ...

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