Caldo de sururu

Caldo de sururu Caldo de sururu In the northeast of Brazil, in the state of Bahia, mussels are known as “sururu.” This is a great soup to serve at the beginning of a meal. In Brazil it is served in small cups or shot glasses, and in many little cafés it can be found served alongside a cold glass of beer. For a crunchy addition, chopped roasted peanuts can be mixed through the soup. Ingredients – Serves 4–6.– 2 small fresh red-hot chilies, seeded and finely chopped.– 2 garlic cloves.–…

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Tequila-grapefruit cocktails

Tequila-grapefruit cocktails This cocktail is a riff on the classic combination of tequila and grapefruit soda known as a Paloma. Here, fresh grapefruit juice and grapefruit-infused tequila add bright, citrusy flavor to the drink, while elderflower liqueur adds a touch of sweetness. Ingredients Yields 2 –        4 fl. oz. (½ cup) grapefruit-infused silver (blanco) tequila (see note below), preferably Partida (or Don Julio Blanco or El Mejor) –        2 fl. oz. (¼ cup) fresh grapefruit juice –        1½ fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) St-Germain elderflower liqueur –        1 fl. oz. (2…

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The michelada

The michelada This beer cocktail is simple and delicious. For an even simpler version—the Chelada—salt the rim of an ice-filled pint glass, add light lager and fresh lime juice, and enjoy. Ingredients Serves 1 –        Kosher salt –        ½ small lime –        1 12-fl.-oz. bottle light lager, such as Corona or Modelo Especial, chilled –        2 dashes Worchestershire sauce –        2 dashes soy sauce –        2 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as –        Cholula or Tabasco –        Freshly cracked black pepper. Instructions 1. Pour 2 Tbs. salt into a small,…

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Peach-basilmargarita

Peach-basilmargarita This refreshing cocktail is a delicious destination for peach liqueur. Ingredients Makes 1 –        3 large fresh basil leaves; plus small sprigs for garnish, if you like –        1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice –        1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) peach liqueur –        1½ fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) silver tequila –        1 slice ripe peach. Instructions 1. Put the large basil leaves, lemon juice, and peach liqueur into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass; crush with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon for about 10 seconds to…

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Spicy hot chocolate

Spicy hot chocolate The Aztecs, inventors of hot chocolate, commonly added chiles to their brew; this version uses cayenne. Ingredients Serves 6; yields 4½ cups –        2/3 cup cold heavy cream –        1 Tbs. plus ¼ cup granulated sugar –        ¾ oz. (¼ cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder –        Table salt –        4 cups 2% milk –        7 oz. bittersweet chocolate (65% to 70% cacao), finely chopped (about 1¾ cups) –        1/8 tsp. ground cayenne; more to taste –        ½ tsp. ground cinnamon –        ½ tsp. smoked paprika. Instructions 1. In…

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Watermelon agua fresca

Watermelon agua fresca A refreshing agua fresca is a popular drink in Mexico and all over Latin America. Agua frescas are basically fresh ripe fruit juices, sweetened and served over or blended with ice. An interesting variation is to freeze a fruity white wine and then crush it and substitute it for the crushed ice. Make two batches of this recipe to serve six people. Ingredients Yields 3 cups –        4 cups coarsely chopped seedless watermelon flesh –        Juice of 1 medium fresh lime –        1 cup crushed ice or…

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Pineapple-orangesangria

Pineapple-orangesangria A splash of club soda adds a dry, bubbly note to this summery drink, which was created by Kim Haasarud, the author of 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks. Ingredients Yields about 8 cups; serves 8 to 10 –        1 750-ml bottle dry Riesling –        6 fl. oz. (¾ cup) peach vodka, preferably Cîroc –        6 fl. oz. (¾ cup) canned pineapple juice –        ½ cup agave nectar, light or amber –        1 small navel orange, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced –        1 cup bite-size pieces fresh pineapple –        Club…

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English Tea

English Tea Ingredients – 1 c. water per person – 1 tsp. of loose black tea for each person and 1 for the pot (or 1 tea bag for each person and 1 for the pot)*  Instructions Step 1: Fill a kettle with cold water. Bring water to boil.  Step 2: Meanwhile, warm the teapot by filling it with hot tap water.  Step 3:When water in the kettle boils, empty the tap water from the teapot. Put in tea by teaspoonful or bag.  Step 4:Fill the teapot with boiling water from the kettle.…

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Cucumber Cooler With Mint

Cucumber cooler with mintA cool and refreshing drink that might become your next summer favorite. You can also add raw mango pieces to add a unique flavor to this drink. Ingredients –        3 quarts (3 liters) water, chilled –        3 English cucumbers, peeled and coarsely sliced –        ½ cup (4 g) fresh mint leaves –        ½ cup (125 ml) fresh lime juice –        ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds,toasted and ground –        ¼ cup (50 g) sugar. Instructions Step 1: In a blender, add ½ cup (125 ml) of the water and…

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