10 essential cocktails you need to know how to make

Here are 10 drinks you absolutely must learn how to make if you want to hold your head high in this world of cocktail mavens.

Master these and anyone you sip with with think you’re a pro. Don’t be intimidated. Making drinks is a piece of cake. Honest.

via 10 essential cocktails | Food | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Caramels Recipe- NYTimes.com

There is nothing better than salted caramels.  My first sample came from Fran’s Chocolates, where I tried her grey and smoked salt caramels .  Then I was in Asheville earlier this year and went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, where their dark chocolate salted caramels are luscious, a taste revelation. A recipe comes via the New York Times for Salted Chocolate-Dipped Caramels .

75 Cocktails to Make at Home – Imbibe Magazine

75 Cocktails to Make at Home – Imbibe Magazine.

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Skewered by the economy, cooks budget bucks wisely to allow for a few splurges

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You Thought You Knew Mardi Gras Foods? – CBS News

You Thought You Knew Mardi Gras Foods? – CBS News.