Every occasion should begin with a clinking of glasses. The French know this. Children know this. (Ever noticed how kids want to toast with anything and everything in a glass once they learn how?) Rick and Ilsa (Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman) in Casablanca knew this…and it’s always better when there’s something tasty in the glass you’re raising.


Sloe Gin Kir Royal

Sloe gin replaces the traditional crème de cassis in the iconic French aperitif. This one falls in the category of ‘Why didn’t I think of it before?’ I love the idea of sloe [...]

November 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Quince Cordial (Quince Brandy)

Quince can be a tough sell. Peeling quince (a very firm, sweet-smelling fruit that looks like a cross between an apple and a pear) is wrist-aching work, cutting it open is ak [...]

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Homemade Ginger Beer

Two ginger beer bottles. On the right, a heavy, well-worn, barnacled specimen dredged from the deep off Saint-Malo... a little research showed to be a ginger beer bottle from [...]

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Strawberry Water

I didn’t even need to bookmark this idea from the Food 52 website to remember it this strawberry season… Leftover strawberry stems infused in water to make a fragrant, faintl [...]

May 2nd, 2017|2 Comments