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Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

Berry-Limeade Gimlet


Somehow I'd made it my entire adult life so far without having tasted gin. Every time my husband and I would browse the liquer at our favorite wine shops, we'd see gin and think what does that taste like anyway? I'd always had vodka martinis. Though for something easy to make at home, we weren't in the mood to gather ingredients for a gin martini.




With a quick google of "gin cocktails," you'll find various recipes for a gimlet cocktail. It's so easy, all you really need for a gimlet is lime juice and soda. And now days, you can find gimlet recipes mixed with all sorts of juices. But the original classic gimlet from the 1920s is made from gin with a splash of lime and soda.

My version is more lime juice with a splash of gin, because, well, I really can't handle much alcohol. And I'm much more interested in the flavor than getting a quick buzz. I used Simply Limeade and Rasberry La Croix sparkling water.

Simply fill an old-fashioned glass 2/3 full with the limeade, then the rest with sparkling water, and add a splash or two of the gin, and garnish with a lime wedge. It's such a refreshing way to have a gimlet for summer. And for lightweights like me, you can have a few glasses without it affecting you too much. Of course if that effect is what you're after, you can simply add a few more shots of gin. The flavor blends in very well with the lime and soda, especially if you use a sweet lime juice like the Simply Limeade.

If you prefer lighter-tasting cocktails as opposed to ones made with a whiskey or a darker liqueur, I promise you'll love this berry limeade gimlet. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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  1. I tried it once. Didn't like it, but then I don't like the taste of alcohol in general.

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