Q: I love the idea of the after-dinner hot cranberry punch recipe on your Thanksgiving menu. I'm pregnant and won't be drinking this year. Do you have any suggestions for a non-alcoholic after-dinner drink?
Wine of the Week: Enamore by Bodega Renacer Region & Country: Mendoza, Argentina Price: $27
Continuing my South American travels, this week I am writing about a wonderful visit to Bodega Renacer in Argentina’s Mendoza region. There is so much to write about, but today I am going to focus on Enamore – Renacer’s seductive, opulent Amarone-style wine.
I caught a mention of something on Twitter a few weeks ago: a new cookbook called Winter Cocktails. My ears perked up. Winter cocktails, hey? I needed this book in my life, and now that I have it, I am set for wintertime. Maria del Mar Sacasa has written a beautiful, luscious book full of the cocktails that belong to the colder months. Yesterday we showed you the hot cranberry punch she created for our Thanksgiving dinner, and today, we're giving you a little peek inside her book.
I am such a fan of the after-dinner drink. Sure, you've had your bubbly to start, and your red wine with the meal, but hopefully you've saved a little room for a digestif, a hot tipple to round off the meal and smooth your way into the evening.
For our small, swanky Thanksgiving menu, I knew I wanted just such a drink, leaving something warm in guests' hands as they lingered around the table, talking into the evening. And the right book fell into my lap the moment I needed it. Here is the winter cocktail you're waiting for: A hot cranberry punch from Maria del Mar Sacasa, author of Winter Cocktails.
My partner Sam and I recently discovered there's a free Wednesday wine tasting at our local wine shop. I'm not sure how we missed this for the past year and a half that we've lived here, but we're new converts. While I'm used to tasting everything from Syrah to San Giovese, when an Italian amaro called Cardamaro came up the other day I was confused: amaro doesn't belong in a wine tasting, does it?
Commercial ginger drinks are rarely gingery enough for me; I prefer less sweetness and more of that spicy bite of lots of fresh ginger. So I usually skip the store-bought stuff and make my own ginger beverages, using one of these three simple methods.
Don't feel like drinking your candy corns or sipping on a snickers bar? Me either, so this Halloween, I gave one of my favorite cocktails a holiday makeover that makes drinking something spooky a little easier to swallow. If you still have a Halloween party or two in your weekend plans, make sure this cocktail is on the menu.
Halloween in many ways kicks off the holiday season. It is a time for fancy dress, a time of ghost stories and pumpkins, a time to party. You probably have your costume all sorted, but what about the wine for your spooky Halloween gathering? In keeping with the spirit of this spooky holiday let’s see what fun, bloodthirsty wines we can find.
If you could capture the experience of walking through the woods on a fall afternoon just as the leaves are starting to change color and put it in a bottle (or can), this scotch ale is what it would taste like. It's one that will warm you to your toes and make you actually look forward to shorter days.