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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Raspberry smoothie with buttermilk and pistachios

Come summer, my raspberry bushes are crawling with fruit. And even though the birds eat their fair share, I harvest an abundance of the vibrant little berries every day. I sometimes even get enough to make a batch of jam, but most of the time we enjoy them on their own, in sorbets, in a cobbler made with local peaches… or in this luscious smoothie.

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Honeydew and Mezcal margarita with chipotle syrup

Mezcal could be described as Tequila’s “smoky sister”. Both spirits are made with the piña (or heart) of the agave plant, and the distilling process is the same. But for Mezcal, the piñas are cooked in underground pit ovens, a method that gives Mezcal its seductive smoky flavor.

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