Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.
Is it possible to improve upon something as simple as black pepper? It is! In this CHOW Tip, John Birdsall shows you how to make an easy blend of black pepper, white pepper, and allspice that'll bring heat, sweetness, and complexity to your pepper mill.