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Drink Of The Week: Sloe Gin Fizz

A Fizz—that sounds interesting, but sloe gin? Isn't that the sickeningly sweet red stuff from from when you were young and didn't know any better? Well, yes and no. And, that's a problem we need to overcome if we are to restore this drink to its rightful place as a refreshing classic. To get there, we need to understand a few things about our base spirit. Sloe gin isn't actually gin at all, or rather, it isn't gin anymore.

It's supposed to start as gin, but during an infusion of sloe berries (from the blackthorn bush, related to the plum), sugar is added and it slowly transforms into a liqueur. That seems straightforward enough. The problem is that American manufacturers have cheapened the process over the years to the point that most of what you find on shelves today isn't even made with gin. Untold artificial flavors and too much

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Mexican Cane Sugar Coca Cola at Costco

Depending on how old you are, you might not even remember the actual taste of the Real Thing. I am not talking about differences between Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coca Cola Classic or any other obvious variations on the popular beverage. I am referring to the original Coca Cola formula—the non-diet, classic drink that is known throughout the world. You may think you know Coke, but if you are basing that knowledge on the past 25 years of drinking experience in the US, you might be surprised to find out that your Coke is not the same as mine.

It's Coca Cola Classic, Right? Wrong. Classic Coke isn't even the original formula. It's close, and if you asked the manufacturer they'd tell you it's the same, but when you have tasted Coke made and bottled in Mexico and other locations outside of the US, you understand. That's because Coke made

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