Garten's favorite cocktail to serve at home, she said, is the old-fashioned whiskey sour. She loves the old-fashioned taste, and the fact that it can look so great when served in a martini glass. "Anything," she said, "served in a martini glass feels like fun."
She also pointed out the pink grapefruit margarita, which is in her upcoming book and is a great summer drink.
I asked her for tips on incorporating cocktails into entertaining. Often it can feel overwhelming to make cocktails for a crowd — I wondered if she had any good ideas on mixing up cocktails in batch.
"That's why I write these cocktail recipes," she said. "Most cocktail recipes are for one at a time, and if you're having eight people for dinner — how to do one at a time?" So all the recipes she writes are for a pitcher of drinks. You can mix up each drink in a fresh glass — pour it over ice, shake it — but the basic mix is all ready in the pitcher, waiting to be served to the guest.
I want to try this sometime, and serve cocktails instead of beer or wine before dinner. I may even try Garten's favorite — the whiskey sour. The recipe linked below makes enough for 4 servings. (And thanks for all the whiskey suggestions, everybody!)
• Get the recipe: Fresh Whiskey Sours at Food Network
What's your favorite pitcher drink? Have you tried any of Ina Garten's?