Cocktail Recipes & Ideas
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The Kids Are Asleep and the World Is on Fire: A Love Letter to Uncool White Russians
Personal Essay
"I took a sip and melted into the couch. Never had I felt so held by a beverage."
Sep 25, 2020
These Are Our Favorite Holiday Sangria Recipes of All Time
These big-batch cocktails make entertaining so much easier.
Sep 17, 2020
15 Easy Rum Drinks to Make at Home
Make happy hour feel like vacation.
Sep 1, 2020
This Is the Quickest Frozen Strawberry Margarita You’ll Ever Make
You're just two ingredients away from the easiest boozy thirst-quencher.
Aug 17, 2020
Keep This Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade in Your Fridge at All Times
It's the ultimate summer pitcher cocktail.
Aug 9, 2020
Memorize This Recipe for the Perfect Aperol Spritz
Cheers to summer — and pretending our front stoop is an Italian piazza.
Aug 9, 2020
10 Easy Gin Drinks to Make at Home
If you have a bottle of gin on your bar cart and you're not sure what to make, start here.
Jul 27, 2020
I Discovered Pimm’s as a Student in London and Now It’s My Go-To Summer Cocktail — Here’s Why
It's Pimm's o'Clock, and everyone's invited!
Jul 20, 2020
Take a Beach Vacation at Home with a 3-Ingredient Piña Colada
Tiny umbrella not required, but encouraged.
Jul 13, 2020
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ice (Yes, Ice)
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about ice.
Jul 16, 2020
The Income Tax Cocktail
Yes, believe it or not, there really is a drink called the Income Tax cocktail. And what better day than Tax Day to give this gin-based classic a try?
Jul 14, 2020
Here's How to Make the Best (Boozy) Dole Whip at Home
You'll be wishing upon a star that you found this recipe sooner.
Jun 30, 2020
Summer Travel Is Canceled, but These Vacation-Inspired Cocktails Are Not
With summer travel on pause, these cocktails will help you enter vacation mode at home.
Jun 30, 2020
Biscoff Simple Syrup Is the Cocktail Flavor Booster You Didn't Know You Needed
Mix it with a mini-bottle and crisp ginger ale for an air travel-inspired cocktail.
Jun 29, 2020
This Frozen Guava Piña Colada Will Whisk You Away to the Beach
Mimic vacation vibes with this refreshing sipper.
Jun 29, 2020
Make a Bottomless Batch of This Cruise-Inspired Cocktail
It's an easy way to re-create vacation vibes.
Jun 29, 2020
Aperol and Rosé Combine in This European Vacation-Inspired Spritz
Bring a little slice of Europe home with this effervescent sipper.
Jun 29, 2020
I'm a Sober Bartender, and the Word "Mocktail" Has to Go
The Sober Bartender
Introducing my guests to the new way of drinking (or not drinking) has helped make me a better bartender.
Jun 23, 2020
A Summery Strawberry Punch for Juneteenth
It's loaded with strawberry flavor, slightly sweet, and the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat.
Jun 19, 2020
The 5 Best Red Wines for Sangria
Most recipes just call for "dry red wine" — we're taking the guesswork away.
Jun 4, 2020
Does Liquor Ever Expire? Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Q: True or False? Spirits are completely shelf stable. Unlike wine, which can sometimes develop an off taste during storage, or rapidly go downhill once it’s been opened, liquor will keep indefinitely.A: Well, yes and no. Read on to learn how to get the most out of your favorite bottle.
Jun 13, 2020
This Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Is the Best Way to Cool Down This Summer
A true three-ingredient delight.
Jun 10, 2020
What’s the Difference Between Whiskey and Bourbon?
I recently took a two-part cocktail class where we learned all about bitters, shrubs, and syrups. At the beginning of the class, we were asked to introduce ourselves and mention our liquor of choice. My answer: anything brown. Once the class got going, my vodka-loving tablemate mentioned she’s never understood the difference between whiskey and bourbon. Turns out: it’s really quite simple.
Jun 4, 2020
17 Summery Brunch Cocktails Worth Sipping
There’s something about summer that lends itself to long, super-relaxed weekend brunches. The kind of brunch where it feels more than okay to sip on an extra cocktail and linger more than usual. Maybe it’s the hotter days, or maybe it lets us feel like we’re on vacation, even when we’re not. This weekend, move past your go-to mimosas and bellinis. We’ve got 17 cocktails (and mocktails!) that need to part of your summer brunch plans!
May 26, 2020
The Most Popular Cocktail Recipe in Every State Right Now, According to Google
Does your state seem accurate?
May 14, 2020
This Mixology MasterClass Is Helping Me Take My At-Home Happy Hour to the Next Level
Zoom cocktail party, here I come!
May 14, 2020
I Used to Think Canned Cocktails Were Lame, Now They’re Actually … Delightful
Staying Home
It's like someone else making a drink just for you.
May 14, 2020
5 Reasons Why You Should Try a Margarita Without Orange Liqueur
What’s in a margarita — a good one? Tequila, of course. Agave syrup or another sweetener. Lime juice is critical. And triple sec, right? Not so fast. If you’ve never tried a margarita without Cointreau, triple sec, or another orange liqueur, may I gently suggest you do so? When it comes to margaritas, I’m a minimalist. Here are five reasons why orange rarely touches my margarita.
May 1, 2020
This Zero-Proof Cocktail Tastes Just Like a Pimm's Cup
And there are plenty of ways to make it.
Apr 28, 2020
5 Super-Simple Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas
Go beyond the margarita.
Apr 26, 2020
We’re Calling It: White Claw Slushies Are Going to Be Huge This Summer
Now the big question is what we're going to call this new drink. Clawshie, anyone?
Apr 23, 2020
Recipe: The Blush Wine Cooler
It doesn’t get more classic than sweet White Zinfandel when it comes to wine coolers, and quite honestly, they’ve never tasted better. Whether you’re a White Zinfandel lover, or despise anything labeled “blush,” there’s a reason this sweet pink stunner was the highlight of 1980s drinking culture, and it comes down to taste.
Feb 7, 2020
Recipe: Rosé Lemonade
Rosé season officially starts with that first balmy day in May. Come mid-summer, if you’re a fan of the pink wine, you’ve likely hit it a little too hard. Because when it’s hot and you could be sipping a crisp, cool glass, when is it not rosé o’clock? Let’s be completely honest here — rosé fatigue exists.
Feb 7, 2020
This Batch Cocktail Will Win “Best Pitcher” at Any Oscar Viewing Party
This party-worthy pitcher cocktail evokes red carpet glamour.
Feb 7, 2020
Coconut Eggnog Recipe: Puerto Rican Coquito
You’re either an eggnog person, or you’re not. I’m convinced that most people who say they don’t like it are holding a grudge not against its flavor, but against the fact that it has the potential to get you totally bombed and make your clothes no longer fit all in one go. For me, it’s that slick layer of fat that builds on the roof of my mouth if the eggnog is too fatty.
Feb 3, 2020
Summer Punch Recipe: Chicha Morada
What do you get when you combine purple corn, fruit, and spices? Chicha morada, a refreshing Peruvian punch that just might become your new summer beverage staple! Gloriously-hued chicha morada is an Andean drink made from purple corn, or maíz morado. Maize-based beverages have existed in the region since Pre-Columbian times, and this one has a fruity, tangy, spiced note from the addition of ingredients like pineapple, apple, lime, cinnamon, and cloves.
Feb 3, 2020
Summery Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Peruvian Pisco Punch
Pisco Punch made with a traditional Peruvian Pisco is the ideal big batch drink to celebrate a warm-weather happy hour. The key ingredient in the classic recipe is gum syrup (an emulsifier using gum arabic that may be difficult to source). When made from scratch, this ingredient wouldn’t exactly work for our 10-minute happy hour, but I easily fixed the problem.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Jamaican Sorrel Punch
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own. It takes time to realize the importance of some traditions and flavors in your life. That’s how I feel about sorrel punch, the drink my dad always insisted we make at Christmas, even though we very rarely got around to it.
Feb 3, 2020
4th of July Party Drink Recipe: Chilean Pisco Star-Spangled Punch
Pisco is mostly known for its role in the famed Pisco Sour cocktail. But this spirit has a personality all its own. We love Pisco in big batches of punch for all sorts of summertime soirees. So we’re kicking off the 4th of July with a Star- Spangled Chilean Pisco Punch perfect for toasting the occasion.Made from grapes Pisco’s characteristics vary depending on where they were grown and how they were aged, for example in stainless steel or oak barrels.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Chilean Holiday Punch (Cola de Mono)
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Pickletini
This weekend we were treated to a special dirty martini from our favorite pickle joint in town, Rick’s Picks. Just in time. In an effort to get you ready for summer, we’re going to kick off a week of original cocktail recipes, and we begin with a bang: it’s Pickletini time.This weekend we held a little book party here in the office for the launch of Maxwell’s new book.
Jan 29, 2020
Trend Spotlight: The Pickleback Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
There’s a new drink combo that’s been springing up on bar menus across the country: The Pickleback. Yes, that’s right – a shot of whiskey accompanied by a “back” of pickle juice. This week, with side-by-side measures of skepticism and curiosity, I gave this unlikely pairing a shot.A Little BackgroundOver the past few months, the Pickleback’s generated a lot of Internet buzz.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Jalapeño Bloody Mary with Quick Pickled Vegetables
There are lots of ways to heat up your drinks, from fresh cracked peppercorns to wasabi and my personal fave — freshly grated horseradish. Add the endless array of fresh peppers (habañeros, serranos, thai bird chilies, etc.) and the even wider variety of hot sauces out there, and you’re choices are endless. Flavored and infused spirits are in the spice game, too, from vodka to tequila.
Jan 29, 2020
Non-Alcoholic Recipe: Kiwi-Banana Smoothie “Cocktail”
The idea of a “dry January” may sound blasphemous to some of us who relish our Friday happy hour. But if you’re like me and want to take a break from booze after the holidays, here’s a non-alcoholic sip that’s still fun to drink! If your evening ritual includes the clink of ice cubes for a cocktail or pouring a glass of wine, taking alcohol out of the equation may seem challenging.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Spiked Iced Soy Chai Tea
Our Mother’s Day tradition is breakfast in bed for Mom, made a la’ my little chefs and husband. Usually a glass of champagne or mimosa dons the breakfast tray along with a piping hot latte. This year I was thinking back to when my babies (yes, I have twins) were born and all the little things that got me through those first tough years. Things like a hot cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine were indulgences, and I have very fond memories of chai tea.
Jan 29, 2020
Drink Recipe: Hibiscus Ginger Punch
Most punch recipes cater to a single crowd: drinkers or non-drinkers. This one is delicious either way. Whether you fizz it up with champagne or mineral water, hibiscus ginger punch will put a colorful sparkle in your celebrations. When I started dreaming of a festive punch, I initially considered cranberry or pomegranate but, frankly, I was a bit tired of these ingredients, which appear in every other beverage this time of year.
Jan 29, 2020
My Trip on The Whiskey Trail, Plus Recipe: Sparkling Sweet Tea Pitcher Cocktail
Let’s start with the oldest distillery and one of our forefathers — George Washington. Did you know he made whiskey? And even better, you can visit the same spot where he toiled in colonial times at the gorgeous Mount Vernon in Washington D.C. This unique facility is the only one of its kind — it’s still operating exactly as it did in the 1800’s.
Jan 29, 2020
Become Everyone's BFF with This DIY (Easy-as-Pie!) Apple Pie Moonshine
This big-batch moonshine is flavored with all the seasonal spices.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
On cool fall days, there’s nothing like a splash of spiced creamer for your coffee or after-dinner cocktail. And if you’re still riding the iced coffee train on the last of these lingering warm days, this creamer will be must-have too. This homemade pumpkin spice creamer, spiked with bourbon and flavored with pumpkin purée and spices, turns coffee into an after-dinner treat.
Jan 29, 2020
Simple Cocktails with Fresh Apple Cider Straight Up Cocktails
Sweetly tangy, and satisfyingly robust, fresh-pressed apple cider is springing up in greenmarkets and grocery stores everywhere right now. Equally delicious drunk cold straight from the fridge, or warmed over the stove with a dash of spice, this seasonal treat is something I really look forward to every fall.All this got me thinking: a liquid ingredient this good has got to have some serious cocktail potential.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe Recommendation: Hot Buttered Bourbon and Cider
I grew up drinking Mexican hot cocoa on Christmas eve, but an allergy to chocolate forced me to seek a different beverage tradition. Enter my new, grown-up favorite: hot buttered bourbon and cider.A twist on the more common hot buttered rum, this bourbon and apple cider recipe is warming, sweet, spicy, and oh so decadent. Not only has it become a personal favorite, but it always has our holiday party guests clamoring for a second – or third! – mug and the recipe.
Jan 29, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: Red Wine, Blackberry & Ginger Cocktail
This may be the easiest of this week’s boxed wine pitcher recipes to craft, as it’s based solely on purchased ingredients. If you have a box of light, fruity, or even sweet red wine, this recipe is the one for you. Basing a cocktail on this style of wine assures a vibrant, deeply hued sangria-like flavor profile. Fruity, fresh, and tart, with a swift kick of ginger — this blackberry and pomegranate cocktail may also be the most crowd-pleasing of the pack.
Jan 29, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: Red Wine, Spiced Apple & Bourbon Cocktail
From a citrus and white wine cocktail to a peppery rosé cocktail, we’ve covered a lot of ground this week, as far as flavor profiles go. We’ve also covered the major boxed wine styles. We’re finishing up our series on boxed wine-based pitcher cocktails with a dark, brooding drink based around a bold, red wine. A fiery touch of bourbon makes this cocktail perfect for both lovers of red sangria and Manhattans.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Wassail Punch
Ever wonder what wassailing means? It’s the medieval precursor to modern-day caroling, where the singers are offered a drink from the wassail bowl after they carol. Wassail itself is a hot mulled cider punch. Our version simmers apple cider and orange juice together with traditional mulling spices, fresh fruit, honey, and slices of spicy fresh ginger for a sangria-like twist on regular mulled apple cider.
Jan 29, 2020
Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
Sangria isn’t just for summer. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to stir up a big seasonally-inspired pitcher — perfect for kicking off the holiday season. Since we’re celebrating, I decided to add a little class to the pitcher this week with a bit of VS Cognac and some bubbly wine. The cognac that I chose perfectly compliments the apples with its notes of caramel and vanilla, and it makes your cider into a cocktail suited for the adults at your gathering.
Jan 29, 2020
Good Question: Good Wine For Sangria?
I recently dined at Mochica and was impressed with their fantastic sangria. Unfortunately, I tried replicating the recipe and couldn’t come up with a good alternative. Although I have looked online for a variety of add-ins (apples, pineapple, grapes, etc.), I think my problem is with the wine itself.Any tips on a good wine I can use to make my own sangria?Thanks,RuthRuth, there is no set recipe for Sangria.
Jan 29, 2020
Pitcher Drink Recipe: 4-Ingredient Sparkling White Peach Sangria
Great sangria can be refreshing, and it's perfect for a summer party.
Jan 29, 2020
Perfect Pitcher Drink Recipe for Summer: Sparkling Watermelon Sangria
Throughout the summer, our CSA membership has pushed my culinary prowess to extremes. Finding ways to continually interpret items such as spinach, Swiss chard and summer squash into new and exciting versions has been trying to say the least. Canning and preserving have eased the plethora of said veggies, and incorporating herbs and berries into Happy Hour has been advantageous — not to mention delicious. Here’s the latest: sparkling watermelon sangria. Here’s the story.
Jan 29, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: White Wine, Rum & Apple Cider Cocktail
Watch the video to learn how to make this boxed wine cocktail.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Peach Lambic & Rye Sangria
Beer, wine, and cocktail lovers alike unite in their affection for this big batch drink. At first the idea of beer sangria may not appeal to the traditional sangria sippers, but fruity lambics are a game changer. Lambics are the most wine-like beers out there. They are fruity, Belgian wheat beers, often higher in alcohol than other ales. With flavors like raspberry (framboise), cherry (kriek), and peach (pêche) you have plenty to pick from when whipping up your next batch of sangria.
Jan 29, 2020
Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria
When I entertain, I make drinks that can do double duty as delicious offerings and gorgeous centerpieces. Whether placed on my bar or in the center of the dinner table, this seasonal cranberry sangria is perfect for your next holiday gathering. Cranberry sangria is typically made with red wine, but I’ve been on a white cranberry juice kick lately.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Breakfast Sangria
Brunch season is heartily upon us, and what’s a holiday brunch without a festive drink? Here’s a gorgeously simple sangria that isn’t much more work than a pitcher of mimosas, but much prettier. I call this a breakfast sangria for two reasons: Number one, it’s a citrus-driven sangria with all the breakfast fruit you can eat. Oranges and grapefruits make for a pretty pitcher on the breakfast table, clear and colorful. Number two: this is a light drink!
Jan 29, 2020
Winter Citrus Sangria Will Be Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition
No movie marathon is complete without it.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Sujeonggwa (Korean Persimmon Punch)
Persimmon season has mostly waned, but if you thought to dry some of the fruits to keep in your pantry, here’s a most delicious way to use them. You can also use the dried persimmons found at many Asian markets. Sujeonggwa is a Korean punch or tea, made by simmering ginger and cinnamon sticks and then adding sugar and dried persimmons. Although it’s served chilled, the warmth imparted by the ginger and cinnamon make it wholly appropriate for winter days.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Strawberry & Limoncello Rosé Sangria
Sparkling rosé wine is my choice over and over in the spring and summer, for both casual sipping and for sangrias. This week I chose a demi-sec rosé champagne. Demi-sec translates to “half dry,” which is another way of saying “semi-sweet,” so expect a little inherent sweetness here. That touch of sweetness also makes rosé perfect for an icy pitcher drink. When making sangria, you need four things: wine, a spirit, usually sugar, and fruit.
Jan 29, 2020
Good Question: Know a Great Holiday Punch? Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
This Good Question comes from reader, Kristen, just in time for party season: I’m throwing my first holiday party for some close friends and colleagues soon and was wondering if any readers or contributors at The Kitchn know of a great holiday punch to make for my guests. Thank you!Kristen, there are so many great recipes to chose from! Delicate champagne punches, fruity tropical punches, hot, spiced rum punches, to name just a few.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Summer Berry Sangria
It’s the time of year when farmers market stands are bursting with gorgeous berries and their sweet smells fill the air. Don’t resist. Go ahead grab a pint of each! If you can keep yourself from eating them all before you get home, make yourself a pitcher of this sangria — the first in a series this month of sangrias inspired by the farmers market. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries have this sangria screaming summer!
Jan 29, 2020
Witches’ Brew: Halloween Punch for Everyone
Growing up, we had a close family friend who would turn out the creepiest witches’ brew, and it’s something I looked forward to every year. She served hers in a big black cauldron surrounded by mouse traps, severed heads, and creepy crawly bugs. Kids would squirm while she asked if they wanted witches eyes, teeth, veins, and earthworms in their drink. This version includes a spiced syrup, which brings a fall ginger and clove flavor to the drink.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Mardi Gras Milk Punch
Mardi Gras season is upon us down South (with Fat Tuesday quickly approaching), which really just means an excuse to party hard and eat more food. Well, more than usual.To be quite honest, I think the true reasons for Mardi Gras actually fall upon deaf ears. As I child, I just assumed Mardi Gras was a big party consisting of floats, masks, and moon pies. It wasn’t until later I found out what one actually had to do to earn those famous beads (the horror).
Jan 29, 2020
Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling Cherry Rosé Sangria
In my book, summer calls for a spritz, and while this sangria is hot pink and bubbly, don’t be fooled — it’s anything but delicate. It’s loaded with fresh cherries straight from the farmers market, spiked with cherry liqueur, and finished with cherry bitters. This sangria is as pretty on the palate as it is in the pitcher. A dry rosé wine, not a blush or white Zinfandel, is the base here.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe Review: Cajun Lemonade Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Looking for something cool and refreshing, with all the summery herbal flavor of a Pimm’s Cup, but with a little extra kick?How does a tall glass of spicy, spiked Cajun Lemonade sound?I came across this intriguing-looking drink while browsing through Food & Wine’s Cocktails ’09.Billed as a “salute to the flavors of New Orleans,” this mildly spicy lemonade is a riff on Napoleon House’s famous version of that warm-weather favorite, the Pimm’s Cup.
Jan 29, 2020
Kid-Friendly Cocktail Recipe: Basic Lemon Raspberry Rum Punch
I was inspired by this request from readrer Kristi Kinkade, who said, “My family has numerous parties during the summer. I’d like to be able to make one beverage that’s great for kids, and just by adding alcohol would be great for adults.” Well here you go: A sweet and sour lemony base that makes the perfect grown-up cocktail… and also happens to be just as great for the kids.This is what is known as a shrub or sherbet.
Jan 29, 2020