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Around the holidays, there is always a smattering of new cocktail recipes created to induce cheer during the festive season.  Personally I think we need it more in February and March, when winter for many of us – not including you lucky LA people – has dragged on and our…
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September 4, 2012 | Food + Drink, Notes on a Cocktail

Don’t lament the end of summer.  Here’s a bright cocktail that will help you capture those last few rays of sun and let the season linger just a little longer.  You can imagine that you are sipping this chic cocktail overlooking the Tuscan sunset if that helps with your denial…
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Just like a sorbet, traditionally agua fresca has been used to cleanse the palette before, during and after meals.  But, we think these homemade fruit infused waters would be just as good (if not better) as mixers for your cocktail creations. Delicately sweet with just a hint of tartness, this…
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February 25, 2012 | Food + Drink, Notes on a Cocktail

Oscar night is one of the most glamorous events of the year so its the perfect time to break out the bubbly. But that doesn’t mean you need to keep the Dom Perignon flowing all night long. For your viewing party at home, think about serving your guests a champagne…
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February 16, 2012 | Food + Drink, Notes on a Cocktail

One of the saving graces of Fashion Week was Goodness, the restaurant pop-up created by model and environmentalist, Elettra Wiedemann to feed and nourish hungry editors, models and PR executives between runway shows at Lincoln Center.  Not only did it serve a new menu each day filled with fresh market…
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November 23, 2011 | Food + Drink, Notes on a Cocktail

Cocktail architect Yusef Austin shares the recipe and insider notes on one of his unique cocktail creations called, “White Mischief.”  Made with tequila, pear and the herb tarragon, this delicious yet unusual drink was created while Austin was on a recent safari trip in South Africa. Here he remembers that…
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We love accidental masterpieces and the invention of this cocktail is a good example of taking a recipe, playing around and reinventing it in a unique way.  Photographer, writer and lifestyle blogger Emiko Davies shares her recipe for the Raspberry Acetosa Mojito, which was inspired by a framboise syrup recipe…
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December 28, 2010 | Food + Drink, Notes on a Cocktail

With a whiteout blizzard outside (at least on the East Coast), what better reason do you have than to whip up a warming party punch and call the gang over for some indoor festivities? This 19th Century cocktail named the Chatham Artillery Punch was unearthed by cocktail historian, David Wondrich….
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September 7, 2010 | Notes on a Cocktail

Summer may be officially over but everyone’s return to the city after vacation is a great time to catch up with friends. This “back-to-school” moment calls for a signature cocktail that celebrates the changing of the season. An oldie but a goodie from Food & Wine, we can’t wait to…
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Good things come to those who wait.  This old English adage might be applied to the Yuzu, a Japanese citrus tree that only bears fruit after 20 years.  An aromatic hybrid of mandarin and grapefruit, chefs have now begun to use this rare ingredient in their culinary creations. Star mixologist…
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June 21, 2010 | Notes on a Cocktail

While we all love a classic margarita with fresh lime juice and a salted rim, there are times that call for a more festive version.  At Dos Caminos, a trendy Mexican restaurant in New York, a new recipe using a blend of blueberry and pomegranate juice has become a popular…
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May 19, 2010 | Notes on a Cocktail

Beer based libations become a summer staple on cocktail menus at this time of year.  Boqueria, a tapas and raciones hotspot in New York, serves an unusual yet popular drink called the Brewsky Sangria.  Made with lager beer and sweetened with pear puree, this refreshing drink could be considered a…
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