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Two Fall Themed Cocktails (with Bourbon and Rye)

There are many fall-themed cocktails out there, and with Thanksgiving coming up, now is a good time to practice with them.

Here are two fall-themed cocktails that I am making for a Friendsgiving today (UPDATE: they were a success. I think the group was evenly split with which one they liked better). I tested them last night and they are fantastic, and I can only imagine how good they will be today since I let both alcohols infuse overnight with delicious fall flavors.

You will not believe what ingredients I used!!!*

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*(You probably CAN believe it: they are rosemary in bourbon and cinnamon, all spice, cloves and star anise in rye).

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2nd Blind Pumpkin Beer Taste Test (2014)

Welcome to the second Blind Pumpkin Beer Taste Test, 2014 edition.

Taste in beer is very subjective. For example, the popular Southern Tier Pumpking is either loved or strongly disliked. Some people really enjoy the unique sweetness that resembles a pumpkin pie in their beer. Others have different ideas of what a beer should be like. There is no right answer!

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But it’s still fun to try and rank ‘em!

Which beer won this year?

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Creative Cocktail Challenge: Apples

First experiment in a long time! Happy almost-autumn, my favorite time of year.

I’ve been very busy getting curious and excited about cocktail making recently. This post will be the first of many, I hope, to showcase some of the things I’ve learned.

I’m participating in a group that comes together to test their skills in mixology by focusing on a certain theme. This challenge’s theme is apples. That means incorporating apples in any part of your drink.

In my excitement to dive into cocktail testing, I may have gone overboard. The following showcases my notes of exploration and eventually a drink I came up with that uses apples!

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Secret Ingredient Banana Bread

Originally posted on Small World Supper Club:

About 10 years ago, a colleague shared a banana bread secret with me. Do you have a guess?

It’s a little thing called sour cream.

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Banana bread always makes me think of my dad, who used to bake it often. It also makes me think of my twin brother, Matt, who hated bananas, but loved dad’s recipe. There’s a famous family story about Matt pretending to drop one of his bananas on the floor. My mother promptly made him eat it anyway. Ahhh those were the days!

I’m not entirely sure where this recipe came from, but it’s been my go-to for as long as I’ve had it. In fact, it was declared the best banana bread ever in the Banana Bread Bake-Off a few years back. I’ve tweaked it over the years, adding some cinnamon, swapping in some whole wheat flour, and, of course, using about 6 of the ripest, sweetest bananas I…

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Pictures from San Francisco Trip

I took 6 days to visit SF, a city I’ve never been to before. While I was happy to see some good friends (and make new ones), the primary purpose of the trip was for food and drink.

Here are some photos. Below is a list (with links) to every place I stopped at.

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More after the break.

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