Discovering Brussels – While Savoring Ales

One of the greatest things about traveling is that at times you find yourself in a place that in an instant inspires pause. Not a pause of reflection or of anticipation, but rather a pause of securing the moment, savoring all that surrounds you; the sights, smells, and above all the feeling or dare I say the emotion. This is why Brussels is my...

My Fast Green Chili

Every home cook has their collection of go-to recipes. When in a pinch or when simply having a craving we can whip up these dishes in short order. Years ago I was looking for a simple, short-cut method of making my green pozole. I love my pozole recipe but it takes some time and a bit of fuss. I wanted a dish that could be...

The Pinnacle of Fruit Liqueurs – Merlet

On rare occasions, if you’re lucky, you encounter a product so superior that it becomes your benchmark for the category. On such an occasion we discovered the fabulous fruit liqueurs from Merlet. I first encountered the Merlet Crème de Casis a few years ago and it definitely caught my eye. I have seen these spirits on several occasions since that first encounter and in...

Batching Cocktails at Home

Since the very early days of BevX.com, nearly a decade ago, our Cocktail of the Week feature is one of the most viewed pages of any given week. Naturally, this page is the inspiration of a good deal of the emails that I receive from our readers. It’s clear that many of you are experimenting with cocktails at home. This is a great development....

Loving Liqueurs

The word Liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere (“to liquefy”). This might seem a bit obvious or perhaps redundant as Liqueurs, as we know them, are clearly beverages. However, when understood in the context of the earliest Liqueurs it makes complete sense. It was medicine that was being liquefied. Herbal preparations, often made by monks, were the ideal way to preserve the essential oils...

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