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Amaretto Coffee

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate 1 cup water 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste pinch salt cinnamon stick (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon) 1 3/4 cups half-and-half, or to taste 4 cups hot coffee 1/4 cup-1/2 cup amaretto

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Strawberry Buttermilk Cooler

2 cups (heaping) hulled, quartered strawberries 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic or raspberry vinegar (or 1 T each) 3 cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, or Gran Gala) 1/4 cup orange juice

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Lemonade Syrup

8 cups sugar 4 cups water zest of 8 lemons (zested, NOT grated) 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 cups lemon juice 1 tray of ice cubes plenty of (filtered) water optional: substitute up to 1 1/4 cups lime juice for 1

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