$23; Quirk;160 pages; www.quirkbooks.com
“Summer Cocktails” by food stylist-constant Maria Del Mar Sacasa and photographer Tara Striano features 100-plus recipes for “punches and pitchers, shakes and sherbets, classics and cure-alls.” The familiar tipples are here (Cuba Libre, Negroni) as well as seasonal offerings that include concoctions such as Prosecco-Blueberry-Lemon Pops.
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$3 per pound (approximately); area farmers markets
Cherries have hit our farmers markets in all their sweet glory. Deep-red Bings and sunset-hued Rainiers both are ripe and ready to enjoy. Grab yours before the too-short season is over.
Woodbridge Wine ’Cue Sauce
$6.99 for a 19-ounce jar; available at Amazon; www.woodbridgewines.com
Who says red wine doesn’t go with barbecued chicken? Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi teamed with West Texas’ Daddy Sam’s for a molasses-based grilling sauce that’s spiked with California cabernet. Featuring dark fruit and caramelized flavors, the sauce is suggested for ribs, grilled chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, bratwurst and grilled vegetables.
$3 for 6-ounce bag; available at Trader Joe’s; www.traderjoes.com
Give up some elbow room, Cracker Jack and Poppycock, there’s a new caramel popcorn-and-nuts snack in the ball park. Grand Slam is a crunchy munch of molasses-based caramel-coated popcorn, peanuts, almonds, cashews and pecans – a gluten-free hit.
Ginger with mint soda from Silk Road
$1.99 for a 12-ounce bottle; available at area markets and restaurants; www.silkroadsoda.com
Ginger with mint is a new flavor from Sacramento-based Silk Road Soda company, and the not-too-sweet concoction offers just the right amount of zesty refreshment from its billboard flavors. Silk Road sodas are based on an ancient Persian beverage that’s made with sugar, mint and vinegar.
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