Navy Grog Cocktail

The Navy Grog CocktailThere are so many variations on the Navy Grog cocktail, that you might wonder if they are even the same drink. The story goes that this cocktail was created for British sailors, in the 18th century, to both preserve fresh water supplies and fight scurvy. It was re-popularized in the 40s in Tiki bars.

The basic cocktail is a combination of rum, grapefruit juice, and honey. And, despite the name, it is refreshing and quite tasty! We are enjoying this recipe below that calls for two kinds of rum.

Navy Grog Cocktail
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Tailgate Cocktail

Tailgate Cocktail RecipeIt’s fall, it’s football season, and it’s time to think about some interesting tailgate cocktail recipes. We came across one recipe called, The Mighty Duck and (ahem) some of our staff are partial to a certain team in Oregon. So, we decided to give it a go. It is refreshing, quite tasty, and with a bit of sparkle. The pear adds a distinctive fall flavor. This is our spin on it.

So, we decided to give it a go. It is refreshing, quite tasty, and with a bit of sparkle. The pear adds a distinctive fall flavor. Here’s our spin on it.

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Thunder and Lightning Cocktail

Thunder and Lightning CocktailWith all the meteorological excitement last night, we have decided to give this classic a try — The Thunder and Lightning Cocktail. It’s easy to make and lives up to its namesake.

The National Weather Service reported this morning that 1,200 cloud-to-ground strikes and 5,800 in-cloud strikes hit the Bay Area Monday night. Check out this article on SF Gate, Bay Area Sees 1,200 Lightning Strikes in Rare September Thunderstorms for some amazing photos.

The Thunder and Lightning Cocktail
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Tomato Water Bloody Mary

Tomato Water Bloody MaryThe Tomato Water Bloody Mary is a serious upgrade from the classic recipe. It makes perfect use of the highlight of summer produce: fresh tomatoes. The tomato water is light in color—but surprisingly flavorful. The freshness is rounded out with citrus, lemon grass, onions and chile pepper.

You do need to start the tomato water a day ahead, but it is not a fussy recipe. The process is reminiscent of making farmer’s cheese. And the results are more than worth the extra planning. It stands alone as a delicious drink, and can be used in sauces, soups and salad dressings.

Tomato Water Bloody Mary
Adapted from a Food 52 Genius Recipes
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Summer Rum Punch

Summer Rum PunchIf you are planning to entertain, our Summer Rum Punch is perfect for a party. This drink is pretty, tart and tangy with a lovely flavor. And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

Summer Rum Punch
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