The Joys of the Apéritif

For some, the apéritif never left but far too many simply leap for the full-octane drink right out of the blocks. I invite you to slow down and savor life with a refreshing and contemplative apéritif – then you can go wild. In simple terms an apéritif is a beverage taken before them meal designed to stimulate the appetite. The word apéritif is derived...

Grilled Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic Southern French dish, originally hailing from Nice and Provence, of stewed vegetables with herbs. It is a great side dish or a super crepe filling, in pasta, or it can be served on its own with rice. The basic concept is an easy one marrying a selection of fresh spring and summer vegetables. Most Mediterranean cuisines have a “ratatouille-like” dish. In...

Something for Dad

Father’s Day is nearly here, don’t forget dad. Skip the silk ties, the novelty gifts, or sausage of the month club (wait – that sausage gift sounds pretty good) and get dad what he really wants. You don’t know what dad wants? Fair enough. Dad can be tricky to shop for but we have a few suggestions. Father’s Day Gifts to Drink Michter’s Barrel...

A Shandy in Summertime

Summer is here allowing all of us who live in a four season climate to enjoy the things that only summer can bring. For me – bring on the shandy (or radler if you prefer) perhaps the greatest beer cocktail. Like so many drinks the origins of the shandy are fuzzy and hotly debated. Some have suggested that the drink’s origins are found with...

Three MORE Cocktails You Must Know

The recent story entitled – Thee Cocktails You Must Know was one of our most popular articles last month. I’m still concerned that many of you enjoy reading cocktail recipes but haven’t made the leap to home bartender as yet. Well it’s time to roll up your sleeves, grab the jigger, and start making cocktails. Making cocktails at home is simply a matter of...

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