Beach vacations at home

If you like fruit and rum and enjoy sitting by a pool sipping a drink with an umbrella, then the Mai Tai is likely the drink for you. The Mai Tai has become one of the most popular summer drinks ar...
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Violet Fizz

This fancy drink is definitely weird and definitely a drink which either you’ll love or you’ll hate. I found it in a really old edition of an Old Mr. Boston’s brand drink guide and I enjoyed it, although it’...

Sangria

Sangria is a fancy drink made from wine and fruit which originated in Spain hundreds of years ago but which has become popular as a party drink today. Though many people have had Sangria before, I wanted to co...

Christmas in June

Even though this is a summer column, I thought it would be fun to include some holiday drinks, so we can all have holiday fun in June as well! These recipes are from the Food Network, and although they are not...

Ellen’s fancy drinks

I began this summer drink column because it seems to me that our generation needs to revive the classy drinks of the earlier 1900s and do away with cheap college beer. This summer, let’s put Keystone out and fa...

buzz en-spice-clopedia

Anise, also called aniseed, is a unique spice native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, but not often used in the United States. Interestingly, anise, rather than liquorice, is what gives black liquorice can...

Can’t till? try the windowsill

Having homegrown, fresh produce is one of the many delights of summer. Going out to the garden to pick ingredients for dinner is a time-honored part of civilization, but in a world of apartments, renting and cr...

Flambé with a flair

Being able to flambé is not only very useful, but is also extremely fun to do! Flambéing is the term for using alcohol to ignite food during the cooking process, thereby changing the chemical properties of the ...

Whiskey in the jar

Ireland may be famous for its production of fabulous wool sweaters, but its production of fabulous whiskeys is equally, if not more impressive. Though they produce dozens of different whiskey recipes, there ar...

V-Day shouldn’t be so exclusive

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches and stores begin to churn out cutesy cards with sayings about how wonderful and uplifting love can be, people tend to forget about the other side of the coin — the kind of ...