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Tequila Cocktails – Margarita

The margarita has become one of the most well known of the tequila based cocktails and has given birth to a number of different variations.  In its most basic form, it consists of tequila, triple sec such as Cointreau and either lime or lemon juice.  It even has a glass named after it, a distinctive two level version of the classic cocktail glass also known as the champagne coupe. History The exact origins of the margarita is something of a mystery but one claimant to its invention is a man called Carlos Danny Herrera in his restaurant between Tijuana...

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How to Make Pesto – and What to Use it For

Pesto is an Italian herb sauce that makes use of fresh basil and olive oil along with a few other ingredients and is simple to make even for someone like me, who can’t cook to save their lives.  It can be kept in the fridge and can be used to make a huge range of different dishes.  It is also simple to make pesto and here is a great recipe. How to make Pesto Ingredients: ½ clove garlic, chopped Salt and black pepper 3 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves, chopped 1 handful pine nuts, lightly toasted 1 large...

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What Food Does Sauvignon Blanc Pair With?

Personally, I’m a great believer in drinking what you enjoy with what you like but there is something to be said for generations of experts and their opinions.  There is little doubt that certain drinks bring out the best taste of certain foods and while it isn’t a rule, it never hurts to know – plus it sounds great at parties when you can serve the ‘right’ wine with meal!  Sauvignon blanc is one of the most popular white wines so what food does it pair with? About Sauvignon blanc Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape that came originally...

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How to Grow Your Own Basil

When you think about the herb basil, you tend to think of Italian cooking, adding it to pizzas and pastas or in salads and sauces.  There are actually a number of different types of basil, each offering their own flavour and the one most commonly used in the UK is sweet basil.  So how do you grow your own basil? Introducing basil Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a member of the same plant family as the mints and is thought to have originated in India, though it was well known to the ancient Greeks and Romans.  Whether by accident or...

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All About Tequila – Essential Cocktail Bar Ingredient

Tequila seems to be one of those spirits that people either love or hate (I’m in the love it category!) and there is no doubting that it has a unique taste and leaves a weird aftertaste.  But aside from shots and other shock drinks, tequila can be drank in a number of different ways and makes amazing cocktails.  So here is all about tequila. Background Tequila is made from a plant called the blue agave and originates from the area around the town of Tequila, 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.  Tequila is a...

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