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Chef Amanda Freitag returned to the studio to close out her week hosting "Cooking Today." Joining Amanda for her final broadcast were David Trotta, Director of Operations for Jack's Stir Brew Coffee, for a little "coffee talk," and mixologist/bartender of The Venue at Little Owl, Robert Crosson.

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David Trotta with Chef Amanda Freitag on

1 David Trotta with Chef Amanda Freitag on "Cooking Today."

Black coffee and coffee with half and half from Jack's Stir Brew Coffee.

2 Black coffee and coffee with half and half from Jack's Stir Brew Coffee.

Robert Crosson with Chef Amanda Freitag on

3 Robert Crosson with Chef Amanda Freitag on "Cooking Today."

A gin based lovage lemonade.

4 A gin based lovage lemonade.

A vodka based heirloom tomato martini with droplets of basil oil.

5 A vodka based heirloom tomato martini with droplets of basil oil.

A peach tarragon mojito.

6 A peach tarragon mojito.

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7 The "Chef's Special" made with grapefruit juice and tequila.

Amanda and David discussed the importance of using organic ingredients. David explained that the process of stir brewing coffee is exclusive to Jack's Stir Brew Coffee because the owner, Jack, came up with the concept himself. David shared that Jack's Stir Brew Coffee was the first coffee shop in New York City to serve local Hudson Valley milk. One of his favorite things that Jack's does however is cold pressed juices which has three pounds of produce per bottle!

In the "What's on Tap?" segment, Robert shared four delicious summer cocktails that are super easy to make. Robert likes to make drinks in the same style a chef cooks and uses seasonal ingredients. He made a lovage lemonade, a peach tarragon mojito, an heirloom tomato martini with droplets of basil oil, and the "chef special" which is made with grapefruit juice and tequila. Robert explained that the most important thing to have when making cocktails is a simple syrup because it is a natural way to sweeten drinks and can stay in the fridge for a long time. For the at-home mixologist however, Robert's best suggestion was to use tupperware to shake drinks if you don't have a shaker!

If you missed today's show, you have another chance to catch it tonight at 6 and 10 p.m. ET.

"Cooking Today" airs live each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 P.M. ET/12 P.M. PT, on Sirius XM 110. Be sure to tune in Monday, July 23 as culinary authority and acclaimed cookbook author, Virginia Willis joins us to host!

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