Times Top 5: A Pattern for Sour Drinks

From the NY Times Dining Section 06.25.08

This week the Times dining section has a special issue - it's all about drinks! We were hard pressed to choose just five favorite things this week, but we managed. Here are our top picks, including some great blender drinks, a master pattern for sour cocktails, and more.

  1. The Times' illustrious tasting panel skips beer and liquor for... soft drinks?
  2. The best root beers in the land - on tap here.

  3. The blender's back in the spotlight
  4. Most bartenders loathe the blender and its lineup of fruity, silly drinks. But a few bars are bringing back blended drinks that are worth a second sip.

  5. A pattern for sours from the Minimalist
  6. Mark Bittman helps us master a basic pattern for nearly every classic cocktail you can imagine.

  7. Croque-Monsieur!
  8. But it's not all just drinks - there's good bar food too, including the ultimate sandwich to pair with drinks.

  9. Aged beer?
  10. Cellars - they're not just for wine, apparently!

Related: Last week's Times Top 5: Green Garlic and Banana Popsicles

(Top image: Tony Cenicola for the New York Times)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.