Chareau – A Review of the Aloe Liqueur with Recipe

While it was the small, well-designed bottle and label that initially caught my attention, it was the ingredient list that led me to the purchase. It doesn’t get much simpler than aloe vera, cucumber, eau de vie, lemon peel, muskmelon, spearmint, sugar, and water. Read more

La Terra Rojo – A Coffee Cocktail for Everyone

Negroni Riff with Tequila and Coffee
The flavors found in coffee blend well with spirits, but too often coffee cocktails come out tasting diluted. Finding the proper balance between the base spirit and the coffee can be a game of cat and mouse. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. 

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Cranberry Vanilla Shrub

When incorporating seasonal flavors into a cocktail, few things are as effective as a shrub – or at least shrubs are not used as frequently as seasonal infusions and bitters. Shrubs (also known as drinking vinegars) were originally a way to preserve and enjoy the flavors of seasonal fruit throughout the year. Read more

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms with Strawberry Balsamic Tarragon Sauce

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers, and this recipe is one I put together a year ago with the intention of encouraging friends to try new flavor combinations. Brie and strawberry is a fairly standard pairing, but Read more