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Memorial Day Drinks & BBQ Recipes

    May 21, 2017 – Break out the punch bowl, barbecue and seersucker.  We can help you with the first two but the seersucker is up to you. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day a punch bowl can save a whole lot of work for the stressed out host. ...
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Something More for Mother’s Day

May 4, 2017 – Mother’s Day and your significant other’s birthday are two days that call for extra effort.  Next weekend, Sunday, May 14 is the date to keep in mind for anyone having a hard time keeping track of the calendar.  If you are old enough to drink cocktails...
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Beer is the Secret Sauce in Fall Recipes

October 28, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment October 28, 2016 –- Beer is a wonderful addition to many dishes and we’ve used it often so we were intrigued when we heard that Samuel Adams had teamed up with the guys from Carnal, a Brooklyn-based union of Kentucky slow cooking...
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Valentine’s Day Calls for Pink Bubbles

February 9, 2017 – In keeping with the whole pink and red theme, we’ve come up with a selection of winning drinks for February 14 and better yet, most of them include bubbles. Sparkling pink or red wine is becoming more and more popular and there are plenty of choices....
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Valentine’s Day Cocktails

January 28, 2016 – If your significant other prefers cocktails to bubbly, or if you just want to show off your prowess with a cocktail shaker, here is a selection of nine cocktails for your Valentine’s Day celebration. They are not difficult to make, look and taste amazing and won’t...
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Memorial Day Cocktail Recipes

May 24, 2016 – It marks the unofficial beginning of summer so the Memorial Day weekend is always exciting.  As friends gather for the first cookout of the season or just to clink glasses and enjoy the long weekend, we rounded up a selection of easy, breezy cocktails that will...
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Mother’s Day Coffee Cocktails

April 28, 2016 – Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8 so show the love with something different and creative for Mom this year.  Mimosas, Champagne and pretty pink cocktails are always great but in 2016 Mom deserves the buzz of a trendy caffeinated cocktail.  Mixologists have discovered Caliche Rum with...
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Cocktail

March 18, 2016 — On March 25 with the release of “Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice” you may need a drink either to celebrate your favorite comic book superhero’s victory or commiserate with his loss.  On the other hand, if the heroes set aside their differences to defeat the...
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style

February 4, 2016 – March 17 is the day when everyone is Irish.  Besides corn beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, it’s a great day for a drink or two to celebrate all the delightful things and people in our lives from the Emerald Isle. We checked our sources...
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Champagne Cocktails to Ring in 2016

December 30, 2015 – Nothing says celebration like a glass of bubbly.  These four easy and delicious cocktail recipes use interesting spirits that we’ve featured and recommended.  Combined with sparkling wine, celebrating will be sensational and festive all year long! To learn more about the special flavors of Beach Whiskey,...
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Cocktails for Thanksgiving and the Holidays

Andrew Leonardo’s Signature Holiday Drinks November 18, 2015 – About this time every year anxiety sets in about what to pour with the Thanksgiving meal.  Since cocktails are so popular we decided to ask Andrew Leonardo for suggestions, not just for Thanksgiving but also for recipes that will work for...
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Special Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2015 – Robert Newhouse of Fat’s Asia Bistro in Folsom, California, is our go-to guy when we want something different and special.  The popular watering hole is “our own Cheers” as one local told me, and plenty of tourists stop by on their way to Lake Tahoe. Robert...
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Celebrate Hot Toddy Day

January 9, 2015 – January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day.  Who knew?  We’ve searched and searched but have been unable to find a definitive answer as to where or when it started or where the name “toddy” came from.  We did hazard a guess or two in our Blog. Its...
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Raging Grasshopper – A Dessert for the Holidays

December 11, 2014 – Watching Rob Newhouse create a Raging Grasshopper is like watching a Michelin-starred chef delicately plate his signature dish. The amiable mixologist doesn’t just dream up amazing cocktails. He turns his talents to converting cocktail recipes into equally amazing desserts. Rob is the popular mixologist at Fat’s...
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Rob Newhouse Mixes It Up At Folsom Restaurant

November 21, 2014 – Anyone who remembers singer Johnny Cash associates Folsom, California with his hit song “Folsom Prison Blues” and, yes, it is the home of a State Prison. But visit Folsom and you’ll find a lovely family community with lots of great outdoor activities and a historic district...
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Drinking Vinegar or Shrubs for Fall

Delighting your guests with a special seasonal aperitif created personally by you has never been easier.  Start experimenting now so you have your secret ingredient perfected as the Holiday party season rolls around.  We’re talking about shrubs made with a syrup base that has your personal touch.  No special equipment...
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Dainty Desserts Use Eco Friendly Wine Containers

June 12, 2014- Individual servings of dessert always look festive but using glass poolside, on the patio or for picnics just isn’t smart.  Solution?  Drink lots of Stack Wines, save the containers and use for individual desserts.  Each container is the perfect size for something a bit rich that looks...
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A Novel Way To Serve Coffee And Whisky

October 15,2013- Serving whisky over a coffee ice cube sounds interesting and something that would liven up a gathering of friends, especially as the weather gets cooler. So we checked out the web site and the video and it is something we think we’ll try. Maybe. The creators are DunneFrankowski,...
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A Fast Fix For A Hot Day

July 2, 2013-Nothing says summer like Sangria and there are dozens of recipes if you search the Internet. But what to do when it’s really hot, you’re exhausted and you don’t have time to cut up fruit and steep it in red wine and some spirit for several hours? Do...
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Fourth Of July Alaska Style

June 21, 2013-A recipe for Alaska Smoked Salmon turned up in our email from our friend Toby at Alaska Distillery in Wasilla. We thought it would be a delicious treat for a Fourth of July get together, especially as fresh Alaskan salmon is readily available right now. The recipe is...
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A Blind Tasting With Eyes Wide Open

May 23, 2013-If you and your friends are fairly new to wine, and often perplexed by its complexity, a blind tasting is just the ticket for a fun gathering.  Tasting wines blind simply means hiding the bottle so the tasters don’t know what they are tasting. There are literally thousands...
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If It’s Summer, It’s Party Time!

April 29, 2013-Have you ever decided to have a party, invited your friends then as the date approaches, you just wish it would all go away? When panic sets in, help is at hand. Epicurious .com has a helpful and fun party-planning tool. For summer party ideas, go to http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/entertaining/partiesevents/summerpartymenuplanner...
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