Pom Pom Pomegranates

Lucky for us, it was pomegranate season when we touched down in Jerusalem.

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The ruby red orbs were everywhere – sold in restaurants and on street corners. We sampled our first taste (though it wasn’t the last) from this jovial man in the Jerusalem market. He made swift work of the juicing, adding the contents of two full fruits to each glass.

The taste. Just as sweet and “puckery” as you’d imagine.

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How many things can you say “puckery” about??

Old Time Jamaican Lemonade

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Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Jamaican Lemonade Recipe
The Jamaican lemonade that I knew as a child is better described as limeade because we used limes instead of lemons. This recipe was created to taste like the “lemonade” I remember. We used wet sugar, which has a strong molasses flavour. To duplicate that flavour I added a few tablespoons of molasses. You may find this drink quite sweet, but that’s because you’re supposed to pour it over ice, which dilutes the flavour. If you prefer it less sweet, simply use less sugar.

Tip: slice 1 lime or lemon and put it in the jug with the lemonade for a beautiful presentation. This recipe also makes a wonderful mix for cocktails. Add some rum to a jug to make a quick punch.

Ingredients
8 cups cold water
8 juicy limes (you may need 1 or 2 more)
1 juicy lemon
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp molasses

Directions
1. Juice enough limes and 1 lemon to make 1 cup of juice
2. Add brown sugar, juice and molasses to the water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved
3. Pour in a jug and refrigerate

Serves 8

Cranberry Squeeze

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Start the party with a ‘prepare in advance’ holiday punch featuring rich, tart blood orange complemented by bursts of cranberry and ginger.

Snowshoe Hot Toddy

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Recipe by Dee Brun

The Dabble gang know exactly how to throw the perfect snowshoe party. And a cool party needs a warm drink.

Ingredients

1 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
4 oz hot chocolate
1 can whipped cream
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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White Citrus Sangria

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Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer. Whether you’re spending time relaxing at home or having a big end-of-summer party, these cocktails made with Lipton Iced Tea will be sure to keep you and your guests cool and refreshed! What will you be doing this long weekend?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hoursIngredients:
1 bottle Lipton ® diet green tea with citrus
1-3/4 cups white grape juice or white wine
1/4 cup orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, slicedDirections:
Combine Lipton ® 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Citrus and juices in large pitcher. Stir in fruit. Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses.
4 servings

Drink in Seattle

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There are many things to love about living in the diverse  neighborhood. A leisurely walk in almost any direction puts you in contact with a dizzying range of places to get everything from a cold beer, a great glass of wine, or an expertly assembled cocktail. Here’s a selection of places where you’ll undoubtedly run into our wine expert Jameson Fink.

“All I ask is that you say hello, tip your bartenders generously, and tell ‘em Dabble sent you.”

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Top 5 Drink Experiences

1. It’s almost enough to recommend a visit to Poco Wine Room just to meet ownersBart and Peter, whose sense of humor is intoxicating. Add in a sleek, modern atmosphere, a vibe that can facilitate everything from contemplative solo reading to unbridled group hilarity, and you’ve got a neighborhood wine bar to frequent and cherish.

2. After you and your friends order a wild boar Sloppy Joe peruse the über-impressive list of beers on tap at Quinn’s. That beer selection gives Quinn’s the cachet to get those special, limited edition kegs of beer (I cannot name names or I will be banned) that our local, rabid beer geeks get wind of and drain in under an hour.

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3. You’ve got to check out the gorgeous new Sun Liquor Distillery location on Pike. And how many bars have an on-site distillery? Say hi to Erik, one of the friendliest bartenders in the city, and don’t be afraid to engage him with all queries spirits-related. He’ll probably even let you drone on about your life a bit as well. (Thanks for listening, friend.)

4. I knew Gregg as one of my all-time favourite wine customers, but when I found out he was a bartender at Knee High Stocking Co., I had to let him pour me a drink. Text them to make a reservation and then ring a bell at a hidden-in-plain-sight location. Request a seat at the bar so you can banter with Gregg, and start with a glass of their punch du jour.

5. I’ll admit I first came to the Barrio solely to drink the excellent margaritas but, if you go on a night Casey is behind the bar, get ready for some cocktail innovation. I became mildly obsessed with a ghost chili-infused tequila with which he makes a myriad of memorable creations.

Dabble’tinis

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Meet the signature drink of our Dabble launch party, created by Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 oz Skyy Vodka
2 oz White Grape Juice
Dash of orange bitters
1 ounce soda water
Fresh rosemary

Preparation

Muddle rosemary with vodka. Pour into shaker with all ingredients except soda. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, top with soda and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

To see photos from the Launch Party, visit: Dabble Launch Party, Issue 2 May/Jun 2011

Big Blind Bellini

Big Blind Belini

Recipe by Dee Brun

Ingredients:

2 oz Hpnotiq*
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
1 cup crushed ice

Preparation

Mix Hpnotiq, pineapple juice and ice in blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.

*Hpnotiq is a blend of vodka, cognac and tropical fruit juices.