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Savoring a Taste of the Tropics
Honestly, wouldn't you rather be someplace idyllic like Hawaii, the Seychelles, or Martinique? Perhaps lounging about in Cozumel, or soaking up the rays
Savory Ingredients in Cocktails
Chefs, be forewarned. Your resident mixologists may well be raiding the walk-in searching for fresh ingredients to incorporate into their cocktails. High
Easy-Livin' Summertime Drinks
IT'S TEA TIME: The Spicy Mango Green Tea Cocktail is a cool summer concoction that gets a boost from green tea liqueur and Southern Comfort. SPICY AND
The Spritz Dimension
SODA-LIGHTFUL: Aldo's Italian Soda, served at Aldo's Sidewalk Cafe in San Juan Capistrano, is made with 1 oz. Torani Raspberry syrup, 8 oz. San Pellegrino
Harmonizing Waters, Wines, Spirits
PALATE PALS: Bottled waters, still and sparkling, set the scene for enjoying wine. Water is integral to almost everything we do in the food and beverage
Serving Up Hot & Steamy Flavor
SIGNATURE SIPS: Start with espresso and build momentum with spirits. Hemlines are up and flavor served piping hot is in. This holiday season specialty
The Mantra is
COLORFUL COCKTAILS: Freckled Lemonade serves as the inspiration for Agua Frescas at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. The Absolutely Absolut Freckled Lemonade
Effervescent Drink Ideas
TALL COOL ONES: A variety of Italian sodas have been surging in sales at Bertolini's in the Forum Shops of Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas. Sodas and carbonated
Even When Chilled, Tea is Hot
IT'S HOT AND IT'S COOL: Teasblack, green, or red are expected to nearly double in sales by 2010. We should all have futures as bright as the one ahead
Steamy Coffee Specialties
Robert Plotkins COMPELLING COFFEE: "We've found that even the sound of coffee beans being ground has a favorable impact on sales," says Brooke Crothers.
Hot Cocoa Goes Beyond Breakfast
PROFIT POTENTIAL: From the Emperor Montezumas choclatl to Almond Roca Mocha, served hot or cold, the cocoa bean has inspired numerous classic beverages.
Hot New Top-Shelf Vodkas
CLEAR & COOL: Superpremium vodkas are ideal in an up martini. Born from water, air, earth and fire, no purer representation of time and place exists than
Are You Ready for the Tea Boom?
TEA TIME: Customers are increasingly thirsty for organic, herbal and specialty teas to complement their meals. Some 4,700 years ago, the Chinese emperor
Sipping the Light Fantastic
The following light spirits are probably new to you. That's because there exists a realm of award winning, world-class spirits that remains largely outside
Summer Thirst-Busters There is nothing ambiguous about thirst. Summer breeds it like heat and mosquitos. Busting that parched feeling is not something
Is the party over for automatic gratuities?
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