Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Created in 1937 using one of the author’s favorite ingredients
Ernest Hemingway liked his drinks. A lot.
He also liked bullfights – and bullfighters. So a friend decided to create a cocktail in honor of Hemingway and one of his matador pals.
Knowing that Hemingway was particularly fond of kirschwasser (cherry brandy), the mix-master made kirsch a star ingredient in the new cocktail. He wound up with a refreshing drink that’s sort of like a Kirsch Collins. Perfect for chasing away summer’s heat.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Add extra savor to a summertime fave
Summer means cook-outs. And cook-outs call for potato salad. QED, no?
But you don’t have to make the same old spud salad next time. Dish up this curry creation instead.
Curry and potatoes are a perfect pair (just look at any Indian restaurant menu for proof). Curry sharpens the potato-y goodness while adding sensational flavor all its own.
So don’t settle for old-school side dishes. Be curr-ageous.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
This Italian classic is perfect for wine lovers
It’s high summer here, so we’re looking for soothing sippers. Good thing The Bicyclette just rolled in.
This cocktail is tangy and full flavored, but not too high in alcohol. That’s because half the drink is white wine. So it’s a refreshing way to beat the heat.
And because the name means “bicycle,” it’s also the perfect drink for celebrating the Tour de France (our favorite sporting event) – which happens to start this weekend.
Ride – and drink – on.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Fresh mint and red onion brighten this summertime starter
Summer is here in our part of the world, and that means watermelon. It’s wonderful morning, noon, or night.
It works in salads, too. Like this one – where watermelon combines with salty feta cheese and peppery arugula greens (not to mention fresh mint and red onion).
A watermelon starter that’s super tasty and easy to make? That says “summer” to us.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Classic gin-based elegance with raspberry-lemon panache
Ah, wedding season. Time to dress fancy and act grown up. But Uncle Roy will be there, and he drives you to drink. What to do?
Just mix yourself a Clover Club Cocktail. It’s a frothy gin delight with lemon and raspberry notes. Plus, it’s pink – the perfect nuptial hue, n’est-ce pas?
You’ll be drinking pretty with a smile on your face. Even Aunt Edith can’t complain about that.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Tart lemons and saltines combine in this outstanding summer dessert
Citrus desserts? Mais oui! Especially Atlantic Beach Pie, which features creamy lemon filling in a saltine crust.
It’s a lot like Key Lime Pie. But the salty factor takes this dish on a seaside holiday.
Serve Atlantic Beach Pie at your next dinner party – and dream of strolling on the sand. Swimsuits optional.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Orange curaçao enlivens this 19th century classic
We love summer! Here at Kitchen Riffs, it signals the start of our annual Summer Sippin’ and Snarfin’ Series (more about that in the Notes).
We’re kicking off this season with the Improved Holland Gin Cocktail (sometimes called the Improved Gin Cocktail). What’s improved about it? The inclusion of orange curaçao, which adds just a hint of sweetness.
So kick back and get ready to sip your way through summer. Proost!