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Recipe Roundup: 12 Thanksgiving Cocktail Ideas Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for drinks to serve a crowd this Thanksgiving? Or maybe just to toast a romantic dinner for two? Something traditional? Or perhaps something with a more modern twist? Here are 12 Thanksgiving cocktail ideas from The Kitchn’s archives that we hope will inspire you.Looking for Something Using Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients?
May 2, 2019
Holiday Cocktail with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for a new cocktail to serve this holiday season? Something equally good when served cold in a cocktail glass, or warm in a cup? How about the Autumn Spice, a drink that features the sweetness of fresh apple cider, the fresh tang of lemon, and the gentle, yet unmistakeably boozy and spicy kick of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur?
May 2, 2019
Lighter Than Eggnog: Drambuie White Nail Cocktail Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for a lighter alternative to eggnog this holiday season? Something rich and boozy and fragrant, but without the heaviness cream and eggs? How about this tasty new recipe made with whole milk, the Drambuie White Nail?The creation of mixologist, Ashley Schirmer, who tends bar at Ulysses Folk House in Lower Manhattan, the White Nail was the New York regional winner in a recent cocktail competition sponsored by Drambuie. (Full disclosure: I was one of the judges.
May 2, 2019
Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour: A Sunny Drink for Winter Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
If you, like reader ChristiMeyer lemonsBut first let’s back up a bit and look at the regular old Whiskey Sour.A satisfying combination of whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup, this old-timey cocktail is one of the shining stars of the sours family. With its citrus-y tartness and sweetness and underlying current of rich, boozy warmth, the Whiskey Sour is a delicious way to brighten up a dark winter night.Is it possible to improve on such perfection?
May 2, 2019
Recipe Riff: Ginger-Kumquat Smash Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
I’ve been on a bit of a fancy citrus bender lately, putting the squeeze on Meyer lemons for Whiskey Sours, slicing blood oranges into wedges to garnish Old Fashioneds, and juicing them to make crimson-hued Margaritas. So, when I spotted some beautiful fresh kumquats at the market the other day, my first thought was: Cocktails!Problem was, I didn’t have any kumquat drinks in my repertoire. But these little egg-shaped citrus fruits with edible rinds were just bursting with potential.
May 2, 2019
3 Reasons You Should Choose Small Cocktail Glasses Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Is bigger better? Not when it comes to cocktail glasses. Here are 3 great reasons to go small. 1. Small Glasses Keep Things Chill If you’ve ever struggled with those last few room-temperature sips of a Martini, you’ll know what I’m talking about. What began as a crisply bracing, cocktail-hour refresher now seems about as appealing as a swig of tepid bathwater. The solution? Put those oversized cocktail glasses away. Go smaller with a 4-, or even 3-ounce glass.
May 2, 2019
Sunny Cocktail for a Snowy Day: The Salty Dog Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
If, like me, you’ve been doggedly trudging through the slushy white stuff that descended on the Northeast this week, you’re probably in need of a little shot of sunshine. (Readers who live in thundersnow-free zones: No need to feel left out. Come on over and pull up a chair too.) How about trying this super-simple grapefruity cocktail: the Greyhound, a.k.a. Salty Dog?
May 2, 2019
Pink Lady Recipe (and a Boozy Valentine from Satchmo) Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for an sweet, old-fashioned way to toast Valentine’s Day this year? Why not do it 1930s style, with this old-school cocktail that was all the rage among all the stylish ladies of the day? (And if you scroll down, there’s a little musical treat served up for you by Louis Armstrong as a chaser too.
May 2, 2019
Buying Liquor: State vs. Private Stores Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Location, location, location. Where you buy your liquor, how much you pay for it, and the selection available to you: these things are all determined by the region in which you live. Join us – and weigh in with your own experiences – as we take a closer look at the way liquor is sold in different U.S. states. (Readers who live in other parts of the world, we’d love to compare notes with you too.) Let’s suppose you’re looking to buy some gin.
May 2, 2019
Kew Garden Cocktail: A Fresh Way to Celebrate Spring Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
I wanted to try a new recipe this week. Something light and clean and fresh-tasting as a way of toasting the new spring season. Well, I found one I’m absolutely over the moon about: the Kew Garden cocktail.
May 2, 2019
A Cocktail for Apricot Lovers: The Knicker Twist Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
If you love apricots as much as I do, you’re in for a treat with today’s cocktail recipe: the luscious – and saucily named – Knicker Twist.I first tried this cocktail at Rye in Brooklyn. I’m a big fan of drinks from the sours family (alcohol + citrus juice + a sweetener) and this combination of vodka, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and apricot preserves immediately grabbed my interest.
May 2, 2019
Patio Favorite: Southside Cocktail Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Gin. Lemon. Sugar. Mint. That’s all you need to make this cool, citrusy summer sipper. So simple and so refreshingly good.There are quite a few stories about the origins of this gin-based, mint-kissed classic. By some accounts, it came from the South Side of Chicago and was enjoyed by Prohibition-era gangsters looking for a way to cover up the taste of some bad bootleg gin.
May 2, 2019
The Gin & Tonic: 4 Fresh New Botanical Twists Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
The tinkle of ice. The scent of fresh-cut lime. The bittersweet effervescence of tonic water. The soft, junipery astringency of gin. Mixed together, these four ingredients are heaven enough, no? But what would you say if we subbed out or added in one more element? Something with a botanical twist? Well, this week, I did just that: I mixed a Gin and Tonic four new ways.I’d already been hearing some buzz about souped-up gin and tonics.
May 2, 2019
Recipe Roundup: 20 Super-Simple Cocktails for 4th of July Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for a cocktail to cool off with over the Fourth of July weekend? Something simple and not too fussy that can help max out your chillaxing time? Here are 20 quick-and-easy ones from our archives, each made from no more than three simple ingredients. Perfect for these lusciously lazy days of summer.Fizzy Free-PoursJust a shot of spirit, a couple of glugs of soda, and a squeeze of citrus – these brightly bubbly combos can be thrown together in a snap. Exact measurements optional.
May 2, 2019
Product Review (+ Recipes): Becherovka Herbal Liqueur Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Have you tried Becherovka? Spicy, aromatic, and bittersweet, this iconic Czech liqueur makes a surprisingly flavorful addition to summer cocktails.Up until this year, Becherovka (pronounced beck-ur-OHV-kuh) was a rare sight in U.S. bars and liquor stores. But thanks to its recent acquisition by liquor giant Pernod Ricard, it’s now popping up on shelves nationwide.And although it’s relatively new to this part of the world, the liqueur comes with a 200-year-old pedigree.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Spicy, Savory Sangrita from Mayahuel NYC Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Spicy, zesty, and addictively tangy and salty, Sangrita makes the perfect sipping partner for tequila. I recently tried a version I’m over the moon for, and am excited to share the recipe with you today. What Is Sangrita? But first a little background. Sangrita is a non-alcoholic beverage traditionally served in a small glass alongside a shot of tequila or mezcal.
May 2, 2019
5 Troublesome Cocktails & Spirits Terms
Do you know your whisky from your whiskey? A pony from a jigger? Here are 5 sets of cocktails and spirits terms we find to be the most frequently flummoxing. Tell us, what are yours? 1. Cocktail/Mixed Drink Cocktails and mixed drinks are the same thing, right? Well, yes and no. These days, “cocktail” is generally used as a catchall term for all kinds of mixed alcoholic drinks, from Martinis, to Moscow Mules, to Margaritas, to Mudslides.
May 2, 2019
2 Spherical Ice Makers: MoMA vs. MUJI (+ Expert Tips) Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Spherical ice doesn’t just look great in a drink, it has practical advantages too. Today we’re going to look at two trays that can be used for making spherical, er, “cubes” at home. And as an added bonus, we’ll be talking to cocktail ice expert Camper English as well.Why Use Spherical Ice?Before we get started testing spherical ice makers, it’s worth stopping a moment to consider the benefits of using the round stuff in the first place.
Apr 1, 2011
Try a Little Bitterness: Fernet-Branca Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Does your palate lean to the bitter side? Do you enjoy the sharp, bracing flavor of Campari on a hot summer evening? Ready to try something that packs an even bigger punch? How about nip of Fernet-Branca?The FlavorOn first sip, Fernet-Branca is just plain bitter. But let it settle on your tongue a moment and the full, dark complexity of its flavors really starts to shine.
May 21, 2010
The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert W. A. Schmid Book Review
In honor of Kentucky Derby this weekend, we’re looking at a book that takes America’s native spirit beyond Old-Fashioneds and Mint Juleps and pours it into everything from breakfast dishes, to appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Talk about 3 Square Meals!Title & Publisher: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook, by Albert W. A. Schmid. Published by The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.
Apr 30, 2010
Straight Up: What Is Cachaca?
A certain South American cocktail has been taking North America by storm. And suddenly a whole new market for a once little-known spirit has sprung up.The cocktail? The Caipirinha.The spirit? Cachaça.Of course, back in their birthplace of Brazil, cachaça (kah-SHAH-sa) – and Caipirinhas (kai-pee-REEN-yuhs) – are nothing new.
Jul 18, 2008
The Celluloid Pantry: Bouillabaisse from Marseilles and Our Man Flint (1966)
Secret Agent Derek Flint (James Coburn) is the kind of man who likes to unwind after a long day by stopping his pulse while lying rigid between two chairs, who travels to Moscow not to watch ballet, but to teach it, and whose lighter has 82 different functions—”83 if you wish to light a cigar.” So it should come as no surprise that he knows a thing or two about French cuisine.
Mar 13, 2007
The Celluloid Pantry: Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks with a Twist and Groundhog Day (1993)
If you had to choose just one drink for all time, what would it be? For me, it wouldn’t be sweet vermouth.But in Groundhog Day (1993), disgruntled weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray, right) chooses just that. Caught in an endless time loop, he relives the same day repeatedly until he gets it right.The first “day” he sits down at a bar with his producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell, left), he orders a “Jim Beam, ice, water.
Jan 30, 2007
The Celluloid Pantry: Lobster Wrangling and Annie Hall (1977)
“Annie, there’s a big lobster behind the refrigerator. I can’t get it out… Maybe if I put a little dish of butter sauce here with a nutcracker, it will run out the other side.” Lobsters bring out a strange range of emotions. Here, in one of the many memorable moments in Annie Hall (1977), we get a dizzying, scuttling display. The scene is a scant 1 min.
Aug 1, 2006