Watermelon agua fresca with basil and cayenne

This agua fresca (a non-alcoholic drink made with fresh fruits, sugar and chilled water) screams summer! Juicy, sweet watermelon, infused with loads of fresh basil and a pinch of cayenne, delivers a libation that’s both cooling and incredibly alluring. Plus it can be made ahead of time, so you’ll have it on hand when everyone gets thirsty!

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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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Apricot smoothie with almond milk and lemon balm

This smoothie is all about the marvelous flavor of ripe apricots. The roasted almonds and almond milk add a nutty flavor to the drink, without making it rich… and the lemon balm infuses it with its delicate herbal essence.

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Pouring white wine

Since launching Food & Style Club, I’ve had very little time to write about wines – something I greatly miss! So when ClubW asked me to write an article about pairing spring veggies and fruits with wine, I couldn’t refuse. Plus, ClubW is a very exciting place to discover and taste wines. They curate a concise, ever-changing list of quality wines at truly affordable prices and ship them to their members once a month – easy, simple, fun!

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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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