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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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Puerto Rican Paradise

I turned 40 this year. While I'm still trying to figure out just exactly how that happened, I knew I wanted a fun, relaxing but also adventurous birthday trip with friends to celebrate this ...

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Cold Nights, Hot Drinks

There is a tradition in my family that this very cold, very miserable winter has me dreaming of, and that is Hot Rum-inade.

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Milk Punch: A Power Drink

What do you think about mixing dairy and liquor? I know most of us have tried, or at least heard of a White Russian (Kahlua, vodka, cream), but what about milk punch? I’ve recently discovered milk ...

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That's Peachy

The thing that I love most about summer, and what saddens me the most when it ends, is the great abundance of fruit. It’s the summer months that bring us such an array of sweet and delicious fruits. ...

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Gluten Free Drinking in the Summertime

I’ve gotta tell you, I’m very thankful that wine is gluten free. As well as most cocktails. Fortunately for me I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, so giving up beer when I went gluten free wasn’t ...

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Summer Drinks are On Me (Not Literally)

The month of May is almost over, and you all know what that means: The insane supercomputer that controls Chicago’s weather (Code Name: Big Windy) has finally gone into hibernation. This leads to ...

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Shake What Your Mama Gave Ya

Chicago, let’s talk cocktails. If you could stand on this city’s big shoulders, you might gain a more revealing perspective in the offerings of larder and libation that immerse this city. One can be ...

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Holiday 'Nog

Greetings from my bathtub. As I enjoy my soak, I’m having a delicious and nutritious “dinner” of Dean’s Holiday Eggnog, which I promise is calorie free, fat free, not processed in the slightest and ...

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Falling for Fall

Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful fall day. The changing colors mixed with the crisp wind always make me smile, and I look forward to October all year. Second only to Christmas (don’t even ...

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