Sour beer and cherry punch

I discovered sour beer while on vacation in Sonoma. We were dining at Woodfour, a brewery and restaurant in the charming town of Sebastopol. Not only do they serve some of the finest food in town, but they also make fantastic beers, right on the premises. Needless to say, I couldn’t resist ordering a tasting flight! The first beer on the lineup was their Berliner Weisse (Berlin White), a German-style beer made with sour mash. Bone-dry, complex and utterly refreshing, this beer reminded me of wine. I was smitten… and sour beers have been a favorite ever since.

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Limoncello Bellini

April 10, 2014

Limoncello Bellini

Every year, when Meyer lemons are in season, I make several batches of this limoncello. So there are always a couple of bottles of the fragrant liqueur tucked away in my freezer! And aside from sipping it after dinner from time to time, it often ends up in this glorious Bellini.

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Blackcurrant cocktail with coconut water and burnt lemon peel

Here’s a refreshing, colorful and absolutely mouthwatering concoction… The coconut water, which is superb with the tequila and blackcurrant liqueur, gives this cocktail an exotic flavor. Plus, the burnt lemon peels make a lovely garnish and bring a touch of smokiness to the drink.

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Smoky mulled cider with chipotle and Islay single malt Scotch

Old World meets New World in every sip of this exuberant mulled cider. The peaty aromas of Islay Scotch whiskies find their match here in the smoky, spicy chipotle pepper… the combination gives you a mulled cider that’s brimming with smoky notes, but also boasts a bit of heat! Of course, there are other wonderful spices in there, too. Cardamom, cinnamon and cloves round off the flavors and add layers of deliciousness to this most exhilarating cocktail.

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Beet Bellini with pickled ginger

Beets might be a vegetable, but they are inherently sweet and lend themselves marvelously to this Bellini. Here red beetroots are juiced and then mixed with ginger liqueur, fresh ginger juice and Prosecco to make a most dazzling cocktail. The garnish of the pickled ginger only makes this Bellini more enticing.

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