Coolers are tall drinks or highballs that may include virtually any liquor.
Boston Cooler: Add 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and use light rum.
Floradora Cooler: Add 1 tablespoon grenadine, and use gin.
Campari Cooler: Add 1 tablespoon raspberry syrup, and use Campari.
Steve Sando, bean impresario behind Rancho Gordo, outlines the steps from beans in a bag to glorious pot o’ beans. Dried beans may not be fresh, per se, but the ones you're using shouldn’t be more than two years old. Soak them first, and then use the soaking water to cook them. A quick, hard boil followed by a long, slow simmer will get them cooked up right. (Click here for Steve's bean-cooking recipe.)