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WATCH: Best Camp Ever: Holiday Cocktail Camp

Celebrated restaurateurs Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber introduce you to the world of holiday cocktails in this video from the Houston Press.

With names like “The Doctor’s Orders” and “The Thin Vigil,” we suspect you’ll have as much fun talking about these cocktails as you will making them (though not as much fun as you’ll have imbibing them, of course).

From the Houston Press’s food blog:

The owners of a respected Vermont restaurant and wine bar visited T’afia last weekend to hold a holiday cocktail camp benefiting local charity Live It Big.

Sommelier Deirdre Heekin talked guests through the history of many of the spirits they sampled as chef Caleb Barber prepared each drink.

The pair stopped by the Monica Pope’s place as part of a tour promoting Heekin’s second book, Libation: A Bitter Alchemy.

To hear Heekin explain how she fell in love with cocktails and see a clip of several of the afternoon’s drinks being mixed, click the video above.

Most of the recipes are simple. Several call for simple syrup, which is the glue in any cocktail, Heekin said. Make it by combining one part water with one part sugar (for example, one cup of each), stirred until the sugar dissolves. Honey or maple syrup aren’t bad, either, she said.

Read on for the recipes.

Read the whole article here.


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