Cherry Julep
If you need a cocktail that's as refreshing as it gets, look no further than a cherry julep. This interpretation takes the already-delicious mint julep and adds the tart flavor of cherries. You'll need 2 ounces cherry brandy2 ounces gin1 ounce simple syrupSparkling or soda waterMint leaves1 brandy-infused cherry To make A day before making the drink, remove the pits from a handful of cherries and place in a bowl. Add enough brandy to almost cover the cherries. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.Shake the gin, brandy, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Muddle a few mint...
Lobster Bisque with Shrimp and Crispy Prosciutto
One of the best things about summer—and this is a big deal considering I have constantly voiced out how it's my least favorite season—is that lobsters are wonderfully cheap. My local grocery store has been running a $6/pound promo on these delicious crustaceans for a few weeks now, so I snapped up the chance to get a few of them. Serves 6 as a main course You need: For the lobster stock Shells of four 1.25- to 1.5-pound lobsters1 large + 1 small onion, diced4 cloves garlic, minced1 small can tomato paste6 whole peppercorns2 celery stalks, chopped into chunks2 bay...
Real Simple Treat: Mango with Sticky Rice
This mainstay of Thai restaurants is surprisingly easy to make—most especially during the hot summer months. This recipe serves six as a dessert, but it's not uncommon in my household to have this on its own, eaten with child-like joy. You'll Need 1 can coconut milk1 1/2 cups uncooked sweet (or glutinous) rice1/2 cup white sugarpinch of salt2 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)6 ripe mangoessesame seeds To Make Cook the rice according to package instructions. Typically, it needs to be washed once; placed in a small pan and covered with double the amount of water as the rice; then finally cooked...