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What's Cooking?: Cheers!

 

Cocktails, Sodas, Smoothies, Shakes, Juices, Teas, Coffees!  There is a whole host of drinks that will enliven our mundane tastes of the usual, especially for the heat filled summer.  These refreshing and tantalizing beverages will bring a whirlwind of activity among your guests to create various concoctions of their own.  When I ask some of my colleagues what their favorite cocktail is, such delight appears on their faces.  One favorite is “Cool as a Cucumber” with muddled cucumber, Absolut, St. Gemain, ginger beer, and a twist of lime from Morton’s in Chicago.  Another colleague loves her Bourbon Manhattan but she reminds me not to forget the best “lemonade” ever - a shot of Southern Comfort, a squeeze of a whole lemon and a tablespoon of sugar.  It makes a great whiskey sour!  Well, if they’re happy describing them to me, I could imagine how "high in spirit" they would be after consuming these drinks.

How about a get-together centered on these assortments of beverages?  It is a great idea for a theme party and even fun for the kids (non-alcoholic beverages, of course).   As the party cocktails and appetizers are passed around, those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks will have an array of alternatives.   How about getting the kids together for some homemade sodas?  There are a variety of recipes for shakes and smoothies that leave them asking for more.  Coffee drinks and teas are for us teetotalers but watch out for that Java Mojo that has over an ounce of rum.  Even the exotic names of these beverages might entice one to try them - Dragon Quencher, Icy Spicy Chai, Lychee Nutini.  Be adventurous!

More Smoothies for Life by Daniella Chace

The Book of Smoothies, Juices & Shakes by Kathryn Hawkins

The Punch Bowl by Dan Searing

Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss

Zero-Proof Cocktails by Lisa Scott

Killer Cocktails by David Wondrich

I Love Coffee! by Susan Zimmer

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