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Apple Inspired Cocktail Recipes

As the hot summer makes its transition into cool fall, it’s time to forget about fixing cocktails with berries and start using everyone’s favorite fall food: apples! Whether it is hot apple cider, chilled apple juice or just a tasty apple brandy, the flavor of the apple makes a great foundation for many mixed drinks and works well with many different types of liquor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cocktails to drink when the weather starts cooling down. Apple Cider Bellini Ingredients: Bottle of Prosecco DOC ¼ oz Fig-infused vodka/liquor ¾ cup Apple cider Powdered cinnamon Granulated...

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XXIV Karat Gold Diggers Make a Splash

Champagne is my absolute favorite cocktail. Give me some bubbles in a flute of sparkling wine or Prosecco and I’ll be happy. Indulgence is everything when you’re celebrating and “bubbles” is my red carpet drink. When I thought nothing could be better than a brut glass of sparkling wine, I discovered my cocktail could become more luxurious with a new spirit called XXIV Karat. It’s the first California sparkling wine infused with indulgent 24-karat gold flakes. Trying this new brand wasn’t enough, I was even more intrigued when I found out that co-founders Nicholas Cowherd and Kegan Klein are...

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Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone

Early in 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Chef Andrew Schloss. He was the celebrity chef at Rancho La Puerta and I was a guest presenter. While attending his class, we all participated. Since pumpkin was not available, acorn squash from the ranch garden was substituted quite well. Andy has authored 15 published cookbooks and appeared on many national television shows. This recipe is the one Andy and his wife serve at their own Thanksgiving Dinner for those who are vegetarians. It is also a great side dish. Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone Recipe...

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