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by Caitlin Saniga

Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne

Waylaid with a nasty sore throat and stuffy sinuses? This drink is dynamite. Pineapple is the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme used to treat inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. Pineapple core is especially rich in the protein, so be sure to include chunks from this section in your mixture. The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne is the perfect scratch for an itchy throat. And the lemon is the perfect zing for awakening and soothing sinuses. Drink a glass of the pineapple mixture straight, or add club soda for a less potent sipper.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Perky old fashioned

Coffee syrup, I’ve come to find since moving to Rhode Island, is a glorious elixir of goodness — one that New England has managed to keep secret from me until now. The most basic and beloved way to use coffee syrup (a simple syrup made from fresh-brewed coffee) is to add it to milk to make “coffee milk,” which is similar to chocolate milk. Add it to an old fashioned, and you’ve got a perky new twist on an old favorite. Here’s the brand I used for these cocktails.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cinnamon-habanero soda

I got the idea to call this recipe dynamite soda because it’s fiery and a totally genius combination. Perfect, catchy name, right? Too perfect. I had just finished the simple syrup on the stove and given it one last taste test when I began to pour it into a cute little jar I’d been saving. I closed my eyes and savored the smell, then screwed on the lid. And that’s when the jar shattered. Spicy cinnamon syrup went everywhere, splattering the stove and nearby sink, dripping down the cupboards, splashing on the floors and my shoes. I had to make a second batch, and I certainly waited for it to cool before I transferred it to a different jar, but my socks are still sticking to the floor.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of brown ale. It has warm flavors and mild sweetness, and it's tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of stout, like Guinness. It has warm, nutty flavors and mild sweetness, and it’s tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Store your glasses in the freezer for an extra-frosty drink. And to turn this into an adult beverage, add a shot of rum or vodka to each glass. 😉

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 thin slices of cucumber, cut crosswise, plus 4 more slices for garnish
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 16 mint leaves, plus 4 mint sprigs for garnish
  • ice
  • 2 cups club soda

Make a simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil in a small pan. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove from heat. Add the cucumber, basil and mint and let steep, covering the pan, for 30 minutes. Pour the liquid through a strainer into a small bowl and discard the herbs and cucumbers.

Fill 4 glasses with ice. Pour about 1/4 cup simple syrup into each glass, and top with soda water. Stir to combine. Garnish each glass with a cucumber slice and a mint sprig. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetit

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