Soju and passionfruit cocktail

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Soju is an alcoholic beverage traditionally made from rice. It is clear and colorless and it has often been described as a sweeter version of vodka. Soju's alcohol content varies from a timid 16% to an electrifying 45%.Korea is the primary producer of soju and Jinro is reputedly the biggest among these producers. Jinro … »

Purple Mask: the cocktail, the play and the movie

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In 1905, a play called "The Scarlet Pimpernel" opened in England to negative reviews. The novel, based on the play, was published soon after and was a success. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a story about an aristocratic dandy, Sir Percy Blakeney, who led a double life as a masked hero and leader of a secret society who rescued … »

Watermelon punch

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It's a cool day, the girls are back in their condo, it's time to unwind adult-style. Lunch was something that Speedy and I like (the girls tend to monopolize the choice of meals when they're home and I'm such an indulgent dolt, so...) -- stewed mongo (mung beans) and eggplants with crisp pork cubes a la lechon kawali.By … »

Coctel Adelita

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It kicks. Seriously. Five shots of tequila and one shot of Kahlua, and, well... it should kick. It's a good thing that I took photos before I downed the glass of Coctel Adelita. If I had insisted on sampling it before taking the photos, I might have had a serious case of camera shake and the images would have probably … »

Is it chelada or michelada? Doesn’t matter. It’s delicious!

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Beer is something of a nostalgia. Beer is something I'll forever associate with college. For something like two decades, I stayed away from beer (mostly because I discovered wine) but, recently, with the introduction of fruit flavored beers, we've been kind of re-discovering beer and Speedy has been experimenting with beer … »

Sam’s rum, lychee and lemon cocktail

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The recipe was born as an afterthought. Sam loves lychees -- canned, for convenience -- and her favorite thing to do with them is to make a lychee smoothie by roughly pureeing the fruits in a blender along with the syrup, sugar and ice. But because she can't finish an entire can of lychees by herself, whenever she makes … »

Orange juice and beer

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Yes, the title is correct. That mug contains a mixture of orange juice and beer. And although I admit that I balked at the thought for a few seconds, I told myself not to forget that very important lesson in the kitchen or elsewhere -- just because an idea sounds weird, it doesn't mean it won't result in something good. … »

For St. Patrick’s Day: after dinner mint

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After a quick trip to the market, Speedy checked his Facebook account, found a lot of Happy St. Patrick's Day greetings from his family, relatives and friends in the U.S. and asked if I had posted anything for St. Patrick's Day. I said no -- no post for St. Patrick's Day. An Irish cultural and religious holiday, St. … »

Tequila cranberry cocktail

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If you're looking for the easiest cocktail drink recipe ever, you just found it. Two parts tequila plus five parts cranberry juice plus ice cubes. But, surely, there's a recipe worth writing or, at the very least, a few tips here and there? Well, yes, sort of.First, commercial cranberry juice comes in at least three … »