Watermelon Screwdriver

It’s summertime, the sun is blazing, and, if you’re lucky, you’re sitting on the beach or by the pool. But wherever you are, city or country, there’s one thing you want more than anything else: an ice-cold drink. This one fits the bill, especially if you take the trouble to…


Fresh Lemonade

This trio of summertime beverages can offer a time out from the latest heat wave. Try my Fresh Lemonade plain, with fresh berries, or crushed fresh mint. Special ice cubes intensify the flavor of my Watermelon Screwdriver and Frozen Café au Lait. The Fresh Lemonade recipe follows; you’ll find the…


Two Minute Eggnog

Ingredients Serves 4 to 6 2 pints premium-quality vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup rum, cognac, or bourbon or more to taste Pinch freshly grated nutmeg Place the ice cream in a large covered glasss or stainless steel bowl in the refrigerator to thaw. Stir in the rum or desired flavoring…


Deep Hot Chocolate

The most extraordinarily delicious hot chocolate I have ever consumed was served at a teahouse called Angelina’s near the Louvre in Paris. Dubbed chocolat africain, it was so rich you could nearly stand a spoon in it. I am not quite sure how they make it, but I suspect from…


Frozen Café au Lait

This is my homemade version of the frozen coffee drinks that have become hugely popular at the gourmet coffee franchises in the last few years. As lip-smackingly good as the commercial concoctions, mine is also much lower in calories because it doesn’t use cream or half-and-half and it isn’t loaded…