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The Queens Usurper: A modern day riff on the Queens cocktail

The Queens Usurper: A modern day riff on the Queens cocktail

I am so excited to bring you my modern day take on the Queens cocktail from yesterday’s Monday Classics post. Although the original drink is pleasant and refreshing as is, I felt as though the combination of gin and pineapple hinted at an entire world of untapped possibilities. And to be perfectly honest, I found it to be a bit of a snoozefest. Even as a brunch cocktail (the category where all the “pleasant and refreshing” drinks seem to end up) I was afraid that it would have people heading back under the covers! My first thought was to

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Happy International Women’s Day: Be Bold for Change

Happy International Women’s Day: Be Bold for Change

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is Be Bold for Change, hence the name of today’s cocktail. It is also National Peanut Cluster Day, National Pancake Day, and National Proofreading Day. Yes yes I confess that I recently installed an app on my phone that keeps me informed about these holidays. After all, I wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to make a celebratory cocktail, although I have to admit that coming up with something for Proofreading Day

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The Lemon Blueberry Buckle Cocktail

The Lemon Blueberry Buckle Cocktail

When I was growing up and it was blueberry season, my mom would make a dessert called a blueberry buckle. I no longer have the original recipe because we lost it somewhere along the way, but it was very similar to other blueberry buckles that I’ve been able to find online. The batter had lemon peel in it and there was a brown sugar cinnamon spice topping that finished the whole thing off. Prime time for blueberries in NJ runs the entire month of July right into the first week of

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Friday Musings: Tapestry #6

Friday Musings: Tapestry #6

In June of last year my daughter and I went to Paris. It was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime. It was something that she’d always wanted to do, and to my great fortune, she asked me to go with her. We were there for 10 days, during which time we followed no one’s itinerary but our own. We ate in fabulous restaurants, we had coffee in famous cafés, we visited museums and churches, we learned the metro system, we spoke French, we shopped, we sampled many macarons, and we

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