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    Think Write Thursday | Staying Cool.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is tell us what you do to beat the heat! We’re deep into summer here and some of us love the heat and some of us hate it but either way we all have to cope with it. What do you do that works for you? Share your tips, stories and more on coping with summer heat! I’ve lived in the South for most of my life (which still seems crazy, but it’s most definitely true!) and I have to say that the number one thing is air conditioning. I do love fresh air and sunshine, but when the heat index gets into triple digits,…

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    Cheers | 19 Crimes.

    Have y’all heard about this wine? I discovered it at Costco last December. It’s $8.49 a bottle and remarkably drinkable. Everyone I’ve shared it with loves it … even more when I tell them how much it costs! It wasn’t until I was well into the second case, though, that I read the story. …and a few bottles later that I discovered the corks. My collection has been stalled for the last couple of weeks (in spite of buying a bottle at Sara’s TJ’s last weekend … I was sure Wisconsin would offer up a different crime, but nope, it was another #4.) …until last night! Truly, the only thing…

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    Cheers | Seven Dials.

    Waterlogue’s Illustration My sister found the recipe and shared it with me last week. I only had to buy grenadine and apple juice to mix it up today. It’s kind of a crazy mix of flavors, but it works! …and it was the perfect accompaniment to our typical Wednesday evening conversation (family. books. knitting.) and tonight, the weather. She’s driving to Florida tomorrow and I’m flying to Madison. I think I’m going to have the easier time packing … Madison looks like Atlanta right now! Hope your week is going well. Cheers to Wednesday!

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    Cheers | Spiced Pear Collins.

    I had a different post planned for today, but my sister-in-law made this cocktail for our gathering this afternoon and I knew it was what I really needed to share.  Because I’m guessing – like me – y’all have the ingredients in your post-Thanksgiving refrigerators. and you might – like me – be ready for something other than wine. and of course – it’s Friday! Here’s the link to the recipe; Lydia said she followed it pretty much as written, except she used more pears for the purée. Once we got home, I realized I only had one pear left, but plenty of applesauce, so I added that to make…

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    Cheers | Fall Classic.

    I was inspired by Carole a few weeks back to pickup some apple cider and ginger beer and try a new bourbon cocktail. I found the cider, but not the beer and my sister suggested I try her favorite fall cocktail – a Fall Classic. Thank goodness the apple cider keeps well, because it took me a while to track down the rest of the ingredients (apple brandy and thyme simple syrup). I finally mixed up a batch of these last weekend and knew I had to share it with y’all. Fall Classic (from Bon Appetit, November 2012) 1/2 cup sugar 15 sprigs thyme 2 tablespoons apple brandy (I used…

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    Cheers | Roxborough.

    …yep, I’ve remembered. finally. to share the cocktail that Thea posted when she debuted that squirrel pattern last week. I did make it last Thursday night. I remember thinking it didn’t taste much like scotch at all. but I did taste licorice. Fast forward to today and Wednesday knitting with my sister. She was surprised to see scotch…and absinthe. We enjoyed the cocktail, but agreed we’d like to try it with bourbon and no absinthe. (hummmm… not a strong recommendation!) I think that means we both prefer a nice bottle of red wine 🙂 Nonetheless – cheers! And in case you’re still interested – here’s the recipe: 1 oz. scotch…

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    Cheers | Summer Cocktails.

    As part of my Summer Bucket List, I’m on a quest to find a new-favorite summer cocktail. Turns out I don’t have a favorite (or maybe it’s hard to pick just one?!) So how about four? clockwise from upper left – Moscow Mule, Thyme Salty Dog, Strawberry Mint Sparkler and Peach Fuzz Buzz Moscow Mule. This is the easiest drink of the bunch. especially if you keep Ginger Beer on hand. My favorite brand is Reed’s, but I’ve had trouble finding it lately; my local grocery carries Cockn’ Bull and it’s a great stand-in (they must know it, too, because it says right on the bottle that it’s for Moscow Mules).…

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    Cheers! Spiced Apple Cocktails.

    …my notes for this one date back to November, 2012. Not exactly a classic…but heading into a third holiday season, I feel like it’s a keeper worth sharing.The key ingredient is a spiced apple simple syrup. It’s easy and needs to be done ahead so it can chill. I made it this morning, had it in the refrigerator this afternoon and made cocktails this evening… the perfect early holiday toast!Spiced Apple Simple Syrupcompletely inspired by Katie!1-1/2 C water3 T sugar (this makes an 8:1 simple syrup – not very sweet at all, but it works great with the champagne)2 heaping T mulling spices1/8 apple, sliced very (very!) thinPut everything into…