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A place to put cooking ideas to the test.

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Cuban Old Fashioned

A great video (and Youtube series in general) about the history and recipe of this delicious drink.


(PS: Sorry I have not been posting anything lately. Ever since my camera was stolen I haven’t been in the mood to make new posts.)

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Lemon Verbena Gimlet Cocktail

It’s 95 degrees out right now.

Real feel is something like 101.

Humidity is pretty awful.

Time for a gin drink. A GIN drink! With fresh herbs and citrus juice.


Let’s get right to it:

Lemon Verbena (or any herb, really) simple syrup:

  • For the simple syrup
    • Equal parts sugar and water, plus several leaves (no stem) of herb of choice. I used lemon verbena leaves.
    • Add all ingredients to sauce pan over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain into jar, and put in fridge. Lasts up to a week or so.
  • A gimlet is:

Gin + lime juice + sugar (or simple syrup)

For this recipe I did:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz lime (this is very citrusy, which was great for the heat!)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • lemon verbena leaves and mint leaves as a garnish

Shake vigorously with ice, double strain, garnish.


The herbs for garnish are not just for looks. When you stick your nose in the glass, your nose is overwhelmed with a lot of aroma. The smell is a big part of the cocktail experience. I used a toothpick because I plucked the leaves from the stem.

Enjoy, and stay cool. Drink lots of water!*


*A great thing I heard regarding drinking water right when you wake up: Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. Why? It’s been 6-8 hours of no drinking fluids. Wouldn’t you be thirsty otherwise? It’s a great, easy way to wake up.

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Cocktail Youtube Channel: Distinguished Spirits

I want to promote a Youtube channel that I’ve been following for a while: Distinguished Spirits.

I think these are the best shot cocktail recipe videos on Youtube.

Here is an example of a drink I love (of course it uses mezcal):

Youtube Channel

Distinguished Spirits Twitter


According to this blog, yes.

And from my expert eye, it DOES look very good.

Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese

Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese - This is seriously the best grilled cheese sandwich you will ever have! Brushed with a garlic, red pepper flake, and thyme infused butter and stuffed with three different cheeses, this crispy and melty sandwich will be a household favorite! TheGarlicDiaries.com

(Source: http://www.thegarlicdiaries.com/fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese/)