I'm thrilled to partner with Lillet, one of my favorite French brands, to bring you these festive holiday recipes. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The New Baguette!Around this time last year, Rene and I were gearing up for a three-week holiday in Europe - first Poland, where I’d meet dozens of his family members, then France, where we’d be staying with my family in Paris and with his in Marseille.For a diehard Francophile like me, being in France feels like going back to the mothership, to create new memories and collect inspiration in the . . .
Have you heard of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing? It's basically the Superbowl of horse-racing that's comprised of three races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Truth be told, I knew almost nothing of the event either (apart from this scene in Pretty Woman, of course) except that the Kentucky Derby involves wearing big hats and sipping on mint juleps. But did you know the other two races have their own signature race-day cocktails?This year, Maker’s Mark whisky is celebrating derby season by partnering with some . . .
I’m thrilled to partner with Lillet, one of my favorite French brands, to chat with you about pitcher cocktails and share the recipe for this Lillet-Grapefruit Spritzer. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The New Baguette!As far as I'm concerned, pitcher cocktails are a must for when you're having friends over - I mean, who wants to stand there mixing drinks one by one all night? They're ideal for brunch parties, barbecues, and basically any occasion when you're entertaining more than one person.I have only two rules for concocting pitcher . . .
This cilantro cucumber gin and tonic is a sophisticated take on the classic cocktail.My relationship with gin started out rocky. I first tried it in a Negroni - at an age when it was still illegal for me to try a Negroni - and found it absolutely vile. How anyone could enjoy something so intensely sweet, bitter and herbal in the same glass was beyond me. Clearly, I was too young to appreciate the complexities of the classic Italian cocktail.Then I met Rene, who loves gin. The first year he took me to Cape Cod, we arrived at the campsite after nightfall. . . .
"Cocktail Hour" is a monthly series in which I try my hand at making simple yet impressive cocktails at home.As far as awesomeness-per-ounce goes, herbs pretty much take the cake. Just a small amount can add freshness, powerful nutrients and aesthetic value to almost any dish. Dill, for example - an herb I am very familiar with and fond of thanks to my Eastern European heritage - has an earthy, bright flavor, and a decent nutritional punch. It's a good source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium. In fact, just three tablespoons of dill will provide about the same amount . . .
Since moving into our own place a few months ago, Rene and I have really been enjoying building our home bar. "Home is where the liquor is" - isn't that how the saying goes? Crabbie's ginger beer is one of our new favorite cocktail ingredients. I first got to sample Crabbie's at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer event this summer and it was love at first taste. The beer is sweet, spicy, tangy and not overly carbonated. It's basically the best cocktail mixer for any liquor of your choosing.A traditional Moscow Mule, popularized in the 1940's and 50's, calls for vodka, . . .