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Naomi Levy’s Guayaba Arabica

Paul | June 1, 2014 in Food,Fun | Comments (0)

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Missed this article in the Globe while I was in Kenya.  Congratulations Naomi!!!

Eastern Standard’s Naomi Levy looked to her family history as well as Bacardi’s to dream up a classic cocktail influenced by the Middle East and Cuba. The result is the Guayaba Arabica.

ounces Bacardi Superior
1 ounce Boiron Guava Puree (a good substitute is Goya Guava Nectar, if you can’t get puree)
¾ ounce coffee-scented simple syrup
¾ ounce lime juice
3 cilantro leaves
1 pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients and shake until properly diluted. Double strain through a tea strainer into a cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated espresso bean (can be done to order with bean and microplane or pre-ground daily and put into a shaker for quicker service).

To make coffee-scented simple syrup: Measure equal parts by volume espresso beans and superfine granulated sugar into an air-tight container. Shake to ensure beans and sugar are well mixed. Let sit 24-48 hours. Using a colander, strain the sugar out of the espresso beans. Add equal parts hot water to the sugar and strain through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove any bean particles.

Chili Watermelon Gin (and Tonic)

Paul | July 5, 2012 in Food,Fun | Comments (0)

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Chili Watermelon Gin (and Tonic)

Recipe By: Paul Harsha
Serving Size: 8


Watermelon Syrup
16 ounces seedless watermelon, cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 serrano chiles, seeded
Pinch of salt
Gin & Tonic
1 ounce watermelon syrup
2 ounces gin
3 ounces tonic (Fever tree) or club soda
Lime slice for garnish


1. Puree watermelon, sugar, chiles, and lime in a blender.

2. Strain watermelon mixture through a sieve

3. Transfer to fridge to chill (at least an hour).  Pour liquid off any solids.  Save liquid, discard solids.

4. Fill a tall glass with ice.  Add Watermelon, then Gin, then Tonic (or club soda) to taste.

5. Garnish with lime slices.

Pink Sangria (and Happy 4th)

Paul | July 5, 2011 in Food,Fun,Recipes | Comments (3)

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1 bottle Rosé or White Zin, 750 mil
1/4 cup orange or peach flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier or Mathilde)
1/4 cup cachaça
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 peach, pitted, sliced
12 white grapes
1/2 cup lime flavored sparkling water


1. Combine orange, lemon, and lime juices in a small bowl. Add sugar, stir to dissolve.

2. Combine wine, cachaça, liquor, and fruit juices in a pitcher.

3. Thinly slice orange, peach, and 1/2 lemon. Add slices and grapes to wine and chill 4 to 6 hours.

4. Just before serving, add sparkling lime.

the original bloody mary

Paul | April 4, 2010 in Recipes | Comments (0)

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Courtesy James Beard.  Very tasty!

2 oz gin, 2 oz tomato juice, juice of 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon), dash Tabasco, dash Worcestershire: shake with ice