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Gogi’s Iced Tea


Today would mark the 81st birthday of my mother-in-law, the remarkable Diana Shafroth. She died in January and as an homage to her flavorista memory, I offer her famous iced tea. Next year, I will feature her preferred cocktail during the summer, the Gogi Special.  It was invented somewhere on the Atlantic ocean as she, […]

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Summer Sips: Arnold Palmer


     Nothing screams summer like lemonade and iced tea.  When you mix equal parts of the two together, you’ve got yourself an “Arnold Palmer” or a “Half and Half.”.  Famed golfer, Arnold Palmer often enjoyed this sip and is thus credited with the creation. Of course, you could make homemade lemonade but if you haven’t the time […]

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Homemade Grenadine


Lollie is just a little bit crazy for Shirley Temples, but I am not too crazy about grocery store grenadine, which is little more than pretty, red, sugar water flavored with something that may or may not have once been a pomegranate. After much trial and error, Lollie and I have come up with a […]

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Mommy’s Time Out


On Friday night, flavorista Julie brought a fun bottle of wine for dinner.  I laughed out loud when I saw the label: Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio.  Very reasonably priced at $10/bottle, this Italian wine is light and simple, a perfect aperatif wine.  Now you know what to bring to the next “Girls Night In.”

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Try a Pink Lady Cocktail for Valentine’s


Fellow blogger, Kirsten Amann, aka the Undercover Blonde is quite passionate about cocktails.  She is a founding member of the Boston chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), In a recent video post, she demonstrated how to prepare an authentic Pink Lady cocktail.  I know what I will be drinking on […]

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It is Time for a Toast


  With holiday cheer abounding, I thought I would mention a value sparkler that stands up well alone or adorned with creme de cassis for kir royales.  Zardetto Prosecco is relatively easy to find.  I have seen it priced as low as $10/bottle.  It is dry, but citrusy, light-bodied and refreshing. So in a virtual toast, […]

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Cranberry Cocktails for Turkey Day


Thanks to "Sex in the City," a Cosmopolitan (aka "a cosmo") is the ultimate cranberry cocktail, but you can do so much more with that humble cranberry juice. Here is a round up of print and web recipes for cranberry libations: From Ocean Spray, The Cranberry Raspberry Flirtini 2 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail 1 ounce […]

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St. Germain Liqueur


  If you are looking to upgrade your brunch this year, find yourself a bottle of St. Germain Liqueur from France.  The floral nose on this liqueur will blow you away.  Made from elderflowers picked in the French Alps, St. Germain is fragrant and just a bit sweet.  The bottle is made from thick cut […]

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Scott’s Happy Birthday Caketini


My friends, Scott and Richard are true flavoristas.  They dine out often, enjoy fine spirits and travel for food.  Scott happens to be the pastry chef at the Portland Regency Hotel.  This fabulous cocktail was developed recipe after he and Richard conducted several “tasting sessions” at local watering holes.  By happenstance, October is Scott’s birthday […]

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Time for Teaism


The first time I sipped at Teaism was such a treat that I can vividly recall the aromatic teas, salty oat cookies and ginger scones.  Not a fancy place, Teaism just does things right.  Barr asked that I specifically mention their chai tea, which she finds uncommonly good and fantastically prepared. There are three Teaism locations in […]

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