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Pink sodas are no longer just for kids: artisanal beverage makers are producing vivid flavors and colors for the most discriminating palates. Photo courtesy of Givaudan Access.


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Liquid Delights For Discriminating Palates


Beverages are the fastest-growing category of specialty foods. The industry has given birth to beverages that inspire the palate with creative combinations and distinct flavors. There are sodas made with 100% fruit juice, coffees roasted in small batches with functional nutrients added, a myriad of whole-leaf teas that upgrade the concept of what we grew up with as “tea,” wonderful mineral waters that show their terroir, plus specialty water infused with botanicals. And these are just a sample of the wonderful alternatives introduced to a category that had a few years back had changed little since the Kennedy administration!

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Make “designer” ice by freezing fruit, herbs, or small vegetables into your ice cubes. For sweet drinks, add a raspberry, small strawberry, red grape, mint leaf or lemon peel curl to each section of the ice cube tray. For savory drinks like Bloody Marys, use a grape tomato or small basil leaves. For ice water, quartered cucumbers (leave the peel for color) and lemons are pretty and add a tad of flavor.

These flavored cubes were made with iSi Orka’s great ice cube trays.


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Cocktail Delights

A History of the World The Bar and Beverage Book Low-Carb
A History of the World in 6 Glasses: Discover the fascinating roles that 6 beverages have played throughout history. A great gift for the food facts junkie and the person who wants the best stories to tell at cocktail parties. Click here for more information or to purchase. The Bar and Beverage Book: This book is a must for any first-timers, and well worth the price—if it’s too pricey for you, ask for it as a birthday gift, holiday gift, or because-you-love-me gift. Click here for more information or to purchase. Low-Carb Cocktails: Counting carbs? One piña colada could set you back a week! Drink stylishly with better choices after you read this handy book. Click here for more information or to purchase.


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