I love a good party, and I especially love a good party punch. In summer, I typically stir up a sparkly bowl of sangria and in winter, I’m all about cozying up to a hot cocktail (like this festive cranberry-apple cider). Mulled wine often makes an appearance at my holiday parties and I never serve […]

December 21 2015      34 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Once you’ve had a sip of freshly pressed, unfiltered, unsweetened apple cider, the “apple juice” sold in stores just cannot compare. And luckily for those who’ve never tried it, fresh apple cider abounds this time of year. What exactly is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? After all, cider is essentially the juice […]

October 23 2014      22 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

If you’ve made my lemongrass-ginger syrup, you’re probably wondering what else you can do with it besides pouring bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales. (Not that there’s anything wrong with bottomless lemongrass-ginger ales!) So, how about a spritzy white sangria filled with all of our favorite flavors of summer: tangy lemongrass, zippy ginger, juicy peach, and a hearty […]

August 15 2014      24 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

With lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees that are at least 10, 20, and 30 years old, respectively, this time of year is a citrus bonanza in my backyard. And though there’s no shortage of fruit in the kitchen, I hate letting any part of it go to waste. I zest, squeeze, and juice my way […]

March 27 2014      13 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

I’m really loving these tongue-tingling cocktails lately. First there was the jalapeño-grapefruit margarita, which — thanks to the bottomless grapefruit tree in my backyard — has been my signature drink of summer. But now it may have to step aside for the new kid in town: my spicy rhubarb margarita. This is the kind of drink […]

August 8 2013      29 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

It’s Saturday. And tomorrow is Sunday — Cinco de Mayo, to be exact. That means you still have all day to collect the ingredients for this fiery cocktail that’s sure to light up your weekend fiesta! First, we have agave: 100% agave tequila (I prefer the bold, biting flavor of blanco for this recipe) and […]

May 4 2013      28 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Sunshine in a bottle. Sweet, boozy sunshine. If you’ve never had a sip of the Italian lemon liqueur known as limoncello, you’re in for a treat. Homemade limoncello blows away the store-bought stuff, and it’s ridiculously simple to make. While many commercial imports tend to be too sweet, homemade limoncello can be made as strong […]

March 30 2012      58 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas