Cocktail Recipes & Ideas
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Tall, Cool Drinks for a Relaxing Long Weekend Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Memorial Day weekend’s almost here. These last lazy days of May call for something tall, cool, and refreshing. Something that’s quick and easy to mix so you can get back to that very important job of relaxing…Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite no-hassle patio drinks:Dark and StormyDeliciously spicy ginger beer is mixed with rich, dark rum and accented with a zippy wedge of lime.
Jun 5, 2019
Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cocktail: The Poinsettia
Keeping in mind all the multi-dish bustle that comes with Thanksgiving, this year I set out in search for a cocktail recipe that would be quick and easy to prepare (and replenish!); adjustable to suit a wide range of age groups and tastes (with and without alcohol); pretty and festive on the holiday table; and a good pre-dinner drink, but also something that could carry over to complement the flavors and textures of the Thanksgiving meal. Tall order?
Jun 5, 2019
Recipe: Elderflower Cordial Cocktail
After our recent brush with a British expat rhapsodizing over elderflower syrup in cocktails, we realized that while we love this IKEA staple in our soda water, we don’t often mix it into our cocktails. Here’s the classic British recipe for elderflower cordial and gin.
Jun 5, 2019
Recipe: Tribute Cocktail for the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
TGIF: Thank goodness I’ve fangsIf anyone deserves a drink this weekend, it’s the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra. Allow me to explain.The freedom-loving reptile became an instant celebrity when she escaped from the Bronx Zoo in late March. Tweeting as @BronxZoosCobra, she kept her followers entertained with witty reports of her exploits around New York City before she was finally apprehended and returned to her high-security enclosure six days later.
Jun 5, 2019
Whiskey vs. Whisky: What’s the Difference? Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Now that the days are getting shorter and chillier, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a nice warming glass of whisky – or should that be whiskey? Same thing, just different spelling, right? Well, that depends…Before we get going, let’s define the liquor in general:No matter how you spell it, whisky/ey is an umbrella term for a type of spirit distilled from a mash of fermented grains.
Jun 5, 2019
Summer Cocktail: The Cuke
When the air heats up and we’re trying to stay cool as a cucumber (pun intended!) we love this cocktail. It combines cucumbers, limes, mint, and one of our favorite gins, Hendrick’s.Called The Cuke, it was developed by Adam Frank as part of a New York Times summer drink contest in 2006. It’s light and fresh, and the perfect drink for sipping after working in the garden.
Jun 5, 2019
11 Grown Up Cocktails Without the Alcohol
Maybe you’re still eating light, or maybe you just don’t like drinking that much. Either way, it can be tough to find non alcoholic cocktails that have complex flavors and feel grown up. So as you plan your Valentine’s Day celebration consider these mixed drinks that skip the alcohol but are still every bit as festive:• Basil Lemon Syrup: a great starter for lots of drinks.
Jun 4, 2019
Straight Up, No Ice: 4 Steps to Drinking Whiskey Neat
There are lots of very excellent reasons why you might want to drink your whiskey neat, all on its own. It’s fun. It’s the best way to truly taste the whiskey. It wins you points with your friends, your date, and your bartender (especially if you happen to be a petite, innocent-seeming girl like me). Whatever your reason, I’m here to help.The best thing you can do for yourself right off the bat is to order up. Ditch the well liquor.
Jun 4, 2019
We Review Alaskan Polar Bear Heaters, the Crazy Cocktail from The Nutty Professor
“You going to drink this here, or are you going to take it home and rub it on your chest?” It’s the cocktail to end all cocktails. In The Nutty Professor (1963), nebbishy chemistry instructor, Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis), goes all Jekyll and Hyde when he mixes himself up a strengthening potion with some startling side effects.
May 30, 2019
Ramos Gin Fizz and Dead Reckoning
A delicately floral-scented cocktail with a smooth, creamy finish, and the heady kick of gin, the Ramos Gin Fizz is the perfect drink for a Southern femme fatale. Invented in 1888 by Henrico C. Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, the formula for this drink was a closely-guarded secret for many years. But when the saloon closed in 1920 under Prohibition, Henrico’s brother, Charles Henry Ramos, shared the recipe with the public in consolation.
May 30, 2019
Tell Us Your Favorite Drink and We’ll Tell You What Decade You Belong In
Now would be a good time to start working on that time machine.
May 30, 2019
What Household or Kitchen Items Would Make a Good Punch Bowl for a Party?
Q: I am looking for a DIY punch bowl for our wedding. I don’t really want to buy (and store) a punch bowl I will rarely use. I have some huge stainless steel bowls and a ladle, but I don’t think they’re heavy enough, and they’d scooch and slosh around when in use.Sent by ChrisEditor: Chris, what about a heavy Dutch oven? Colorful Dutch ovens, surrounded by fruit or flowers could look cheery and pretty.
May 30, 2019
SaloonBox Wants You to Try a New Cocktail Every Week
The subscription box trend shows no sign of dying down. In fact, there seem to be new ones launching all the time. Add to that roster this new cocktail kit — SaloonBox on Kickstarter. As people who love a good cocktail, but don’t always have the spirits necessary to make some of the more inventive drinks in our cocktail books, this subscription looks right up our alley. Even better? It’s a weekly subscription! For $35 each week, you’ll get a new SaloonBox in the mail.
May 30, 2019
The Polar Ice Tray Will (Finally) Give You Perfectly Clear Ice Spheres
If you are a cocktail connoisseur at all, you’ve probably heard someone wax poetic about how important quality ice is for your drinks. Cocktail bars go through a lot of ice, so it makes sense for them to spend the time or money to get clear ice cubes. But at home, it’s generally more of a hassle than it’s worth. That’s where this new Polar Ice Tray on Kickstarter comes in.
May 30, 2019
Bar Tour: Pravda Infuses Russian Mystique Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Something’s brewing in NYC’s Nolita. Hidden away down a narrow flight of concrete steps off Lafayette St. is Pravda, an atmospheric Russian bar-bistro. Infused with the rich, warm tones of well-worn wood and old leather, and accented with earthy reds, Pravda’s Old World style doesn’t end with the decor.
May 30, 2019
20 Drinks, Cocktails, and Punches for New Year’s Eve
For something as festive as New Year’s Eve, serving a drink that fits the mood is extra important. And while you can never go wrong with sparkling wine, sometimes you want just a little bit more, right? That’s where these cocktails, drinks, and big-batch punches come in. They run the gamut from classic to quirky and can serve just a few or a whole crowd, depending on what you have in store for the holiday. Fancy up your New Year’s Eve festivities by serving a great cocktail.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Bomb Pop Cocktail Pitcher
The ice cream truck may have shunned the streets of the deep-woods neighborhood I grew up in, but my parents made sure that my brother and I didn’t miss out on the joy of a Popsicle on a hot summer day. They kept a second freezer in the basement, and though I’m sure it was used for important things like storing meat, vegetables, and the odd set of important documents, it was reliably stocked with what seemed to be a never-ending supply of Flav-Or-Ice Pops.
May 29, 2019
How To Turn a $5 Bottle of Wine into a Wine Cooler
A classic combination of wine and bubbles, the wine cooler exists for moments of summer when pure, unbridled refreshment and the glory of wine collide.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry Mojito Pitcher
There's a better way to add herbs to your cocktails.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail
A one-ingredient upgrade makes it party-ready.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Boozy Caramel Milkshake
This is not a drill.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Easy Michelada
It's the perfect thing to drink alongside your favorite game-day apps.
May 29, 2019
Throw a Laid-Back Cocktail Party with This Easy-to-Make Menu
If you lean on make-ahead and store-bought items, a festive gathering can come together in next to no time.
May 29, 2019
The Drive-Thru Daiquiri: A Weird Yet Wonderful New Orleans Tradition
Visiting New Orleans as a Midwesterner, everything is new: the swampy heat, the “For Sale” signs that also specify “Haunted” or “Not Haunted,” the casual spookiness that is embedded in everything from the omnipresent graveyards to the ready-made voodoo dolls. Oh, and the drinking laws.
May 24, 2019
The Traveling Cocktail: 5 Tips for Drinking Well on the Road
We recently returned from a quick trip to Montana by train. The plan was to not bring computers, read as much for pleasure as we could, snowshoe every day, and drink copious mugs of hot chocolate. We did pretty well on the plan, adding to it at the last minute a few flasks of cocktails we whipped up at home for the overnight train ride. What we learned? You can drink well on the road. We like to have friends over and make drinks, so I realize our home bar might be a bit more robust than most.
May 24, 2019
50 Cocktails from 50 States: Have You Tried Your State Cocktail?
If you’ve been in a cocktail rut, we’re about to bust you out of it. In what just happened to be perfectly timed with The Kitchn’s Cocktail Week, yesterday New York Magazine unveiled 50 cocktail recipes, one from every state (plus D.
May 24, 2019
Drinking in Lebanon: Don’t Forget the Nuts!
I just returned from my first trip to Lebanon, where I spent a week eating and drinking all over the country. Whether in a restaurant or someone’s home, no matter where I stopped for a drink, I was always offered a bowl or two of mixed nuts. This, I learned, was no coincidence.“If you go somewhere in Lebanon for a drink and they don’t give you nuts, you should leave,” 961 Beer’s Mazen Hajjar advised during my visit to the microbrewery.
May 24, 2019
Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari Mojito
What do you collect when you travel? I have an acquisitive soul; linens and tiny ceramics and jewelry get squirreled away in my bags on every trip. But I’ve found that the best souvenirs of travel are the lightest to carry. When I travel, I look for new things to learn, like the soufflé I picked up in Paris, and the duck magret in Nice. My husband and I have also acquired cocktail recipes quite often in our travels, and I hardly need to tell you that these are my favorites.
May 24, 2019
This Imaginary Beach Vacation Is the Break You Need Today
Even though it’s been a pretty mild winter as far as Michigan is concerned, I’m more than ready for a warm escape. And in the event you’re also itching for sun and sand, and that you didn’t jaunt off somewhere tropical this holiday weekend, — or worse, you didn’t even get the day off from work! — you deserve a virtual break (at the very least). And cocktails — fruity frozen drinks and sparkling refreshing ones, too.
May 24, 2019
The Ultimate Hawaiian Cocktail Is (Surprise) from California
Think “tropical beach vacay” and likely what comes to mind is toes in the sand with an umbrella-clad drink in hand. Think Hawaii and that drink is probably a Mai Tai. Back in the 1960s, when the tiki craze was at its zenith, the Mai Tai was basically shorthand for the Aloha State, rivaled only by Hawaii 5-0 and Don Ho. Now, tiki is back in a big way, and Mai Tais have never tasted so good.
May 24, 2019
Every Hotel Bar Is a Good Bar (If You Believe)
The school I went to in Italy was attached to a hotel. That may sound strange, but with professors coming to teach from all over the world, perhaps they thought it simply made good business sense. Of course, it was the students who took most advantage of the lobby bar. We’d pop in for a quick espresso before class or convene for a spritz post-exam. While it was far from the most luxe hotel bar on the planet — a bit dusty and outdated — it makes me happy just thinking about it.
May 24, 2019
A Genius Cocktail Tip for Parents on Vacation
When you’re traveling with kids, you’re at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you’re probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it’s time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.
May 24, 2019
I Visited the Birthplace of Piña Coladas and Learned to Make Them Like a Pro
Outside Barrachina in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, a bronze plaque reads: “The house where in 1963 the piña colada was created by Don Ramon Portas Mingot.” In the decades since Don Ramon’s discovery, the drink has exploded in popularity: The restaurant now serves approximately 2,200 piña coladas a day. I stopped into Barrachina on a recent visit to Puerto Rico. And, while undeniably touristy, the restaurant is the type of place where everyone’s having a good time.
May 24, 2019
Jeffrey Morgenthaler Has Some Rules About Making Cocktail Videos
Just like there’s no crying in baseball, there’s no smiling in cocktail video making. At least not according to Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. We’ve long been fans of Morgenthaler and his site full of useful information for bartenders new and old. And this tongue-in-cheek video is no exception. In addition to no smiling, a few of our other favorite rules are: All drinks must be shaken. That’s what the people want to see!
May 24, 2019
Warm Up to St. Patrick’s With an Irish Whiskey Skin
During these brisk/balmy, lion/lamb days of March, the turn of season alternately calls for something light and fresh – and also with a hint of warmth. Mellower than Irish Coffee, and good for whatever ails you, the Irish Whiskey Skin is a bright and zesty pick for St. Patrick’s Day. You can spot a Whiskey Skin from across the room, thanks to its very distinctive garnish: a long, ribbon-like strip of lemon peel.
May 24, 2019
Glühwein Is the Taste of Christmas in Germany
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. When the sun starts to set at 4 p.m. and the grass is frosty in the morning, it can be difficult to look on the bright side (there are so few hours of sunlight, after all!). But there’s a silver lining to this dark and chilly season: mulled wine.
May 24, 2019
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4 French Cocktails (and a Rob Roy!) to Celebrate Season 2 of Outlander
If you’re like us, then the first season of the Starz hit series Outlander – set in the Jacobite Scottish highlands – had you stocking your bar carts with scotch whisk(e)y and obsessing over all things tartan. This season (which premiers on April 9th), the series takes us inside the palaces & inns of 18th-century Paris, brimming with lavish parties, formal feasts and elegant silk couture.
May 24, 2019
Nigella Lawson’s Favorite Cocktail Is Perfect for Summer
It’s finally, finally starting to feel like spring out there, and that means it’s almost outdoor-dining season. Or maybe we should call it Nigella Lawson season, because her new show, At My Table, features one of the most gorgeous alfresco dining setups I’ve ever seen, with a walled garden full of twinkly lights and a heavy wooden table big enough to seat 20 if they squeezed in.
May 24, 2019
New Print From Pop Chart Lab: Famous Cocktails of Fictional Characters
The Dude’s White Russian. Alex’s Moloko Plus. Jay Gatsby’s Gin Rickey. If you have a soft spot in your heart for the signature cocktails of your favorite characters in film and literature, this new infographic from Pop Chart Lab is for you.The Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature illustrates 49 drinks famously imbibed by beloved fictional characters of film and literature, all contained in a clever chart that could also serve as a handy cocktail recipe guide.
May 24, 2019
This Is How I’m Drinking Less Alcohol
It’s been a month since I decided to cut back my alcohol intake, and I owe you an update. Unlike those around me, who were eliminating alcohol completely for Dry January, my strategy was less rigid. The plan was to consider each opportunity to imbibe and make a conscious decision as to whether or not I truly wanted a drink. Not surprisingly, my “make a decision in the moment” approach wasn’t as measurable — or as effective.
May 24, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Piña Colada Recipe on Pinterest
Have you tried this?
May 24, 2019
The 10 Cocktails Teachers Wish They Had While Grading Papers
Pass that appletini over this way.
May 24, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Sangria on Pinterest
Have you tried this?
May 24, 2019
Our Editors Reveal the Cocktail Mixes That Will Make Your Life Easier
Bartenders have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to make cocktails that’ll make you say wow — we’re talking gadgets, gizmos, syrups, bitters, and garnishes up the wazoo. But if you want to make a fancy cocktail at home, your supplies are probably a bit more limited. It’s okay if you’re not in the mood to break out a cocktail shaker, measure your booze, or serve the resulting drinks in something other than a Solo cup.
May 24, 2019
Please, Just Let Us Spritz in Peace
Yesterday a paper of record came after the Aperol spritz. Yes, for reasons unfathomable beyond “hates fun,” the New York Times decided to run an article with a headline declaring that the much-beloved drink was “not good.” The author of the piece describes it as “like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.” Which, first of all, in what possible way is a Capri Sun after soccer practice not a good thing?
May 10, 2019
Straight Up: DIY Cocktail Onions
There’s nothing like the briny crunch of a cocktail onion to complement a Gibson’s bracing coolness (in fact, garnished any other way, the drink would just be called a MartiniWe had a bag of raw pearl onions in the pantry, leftover from another recipe, and decided to try whipping up a batch for ourselves.
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: DIY Simple Syrup
With warm-weather-drinks season fast approaching (Mojitos, Caipirinhas, Mint Juleps!), now’s a good time to stock up on a key ingredient in many refreshing summer cocktails: simple syrup.Also known as bar syrup, sugar syrup, or gomme, simple syrup plays well in any chilled drink calling for a dash of sweetness.
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: Raw Egg Whites in Cocktails (and Ramos Gin Fizzes) Are Back!
Raw egg whites. They’re not just for your breakfast glass of Tiger’s Milk anymore. With the recent revival of certain pre-Prohibition cocktails, they’ve been finding their way back into some spectacularly elegant drinks.
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: Using Shiso in Cocktails (Mojitos and More)
I’ve always loved shiso‘s distinctive peppery-bright flavor. While the softly furred, frill-edged leaves have the texture, piquancy, and slight sweetness of fresh mint, their complex flavor also brings to mind the savory pungency of basil with gentle undertones of sultry cumin. This is an herb with personality – and potential.
May 3, 2019
Spring Cocktail Recipe: Rhubarb Basil Cocktail
With warmer weather inching its way into New York, I felt inspired to make a fresh spring cocktail. Well, I did some experimenting, and while my first inclination was to use strawberries, I found piles of rhubarb at the farmers market — and came up instead with this lovely pink concoction. Rhubarb definitely needs to be sweetened up from its natural state, especially for a warm-weather cocktail, so I cooked it down with some sugar and made a purée.
May 3, 2019
Recipe: Pineapple Basil Cocktail
We didn’t stop with rhubarb!There was plenty of basil and the liquor was flowing easily last night, so we came up with another cocktail — this time with pineapple and a hint of lime…Again, we tasted this cocktail using vodka and gin, but this time, gin won out. We’re not sure exactly why — maybe some mixologists have a reason — but it just seemed to give the pineapple more body. Because the juice we used was pretty sweet, we added some lime to tart it up.
May 3, 2019
Summer Cocktail: The Fresh Mango Sweet Escape
Mango! We adore our sweet and creamy mango lassi, spiked with cardamom, but we hadn’t thought about a mango cocktail. Then we received this recipe from the National Mango Board.They developed this cocktail with mixologist and Iron Chef America champion Tony Abou-Ganim, and it’s a blend of mango and vodka — perfect for a party but especially good for summer.
May 3, 2019
Even More Basil Cocktails: Strawberry, Lemon, and Vodka
It seems as if Elizabeth picked up on a trendHere are two more recipes for cocktails with basil. We’re especially intrigued by the idea of pairing strawberries and basil, especially Thai basil. We’d love to see what that licorice and anise taste would be like with sweet strawberries.This first recipe is from fondue restaurant chain The Melting Pot.
May 3, 2019
Limoncello! Limonada with Limoncello and Tequila
Limoncello is a heavenly concoction made up (of course) by Southern Italians. It’s blessedly simple: take the peel off a bunch of lemons, steep them with sugar syrup in a bottle or two of grain liquor for a few months, uncork and drink.We like ours straight or cut with just a little soda water, but here’s a twist: limoncello with tequila.This recipe comes from Corzo Tequila, like the one in our earlier roundup of basil cocktails with strawberry and lemon.
May 3, 2019
Rye Cocktail Recipes: The Basil Gimlet & The Flash
Rye is a cocktail bar on Geary Street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco (the slowly gentrifying part of the Tenderloin, otherwise known as the Tender Nob). They’ve quickly won a following and great word of mouth for their expertly mixed drinks infused with herbal flavors and fresh ingredients.Here they share with us a few of their most popular cocktail recipes, including The Flash, a basil gimlet (more basil!Each of these make one serving.
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: Will You Help Save the Daiquiri?
A tart, cool thirst-quencher that merges the rich warmth of rum with the zippy tang of lime, the Daiquiri is the perfect cocktail to put even the most office cubicle-weary of us in an island mood.But sadly this sultry, storied favorite of both JFK and Ernest Hemingway is well on its way to becoming an endangered species: The Daiquiri needs your help.
May 3, 2019
Cocktail Inspiration: How To Infuse Vodka
Last weekend, we gave you enough cocktail recipes to keep you busy all summer long (you can get the full roundup here).If you want to spike those drinks with something special, why not try infusing your own flavored vodka?One of our favorite infused vodkas is jalapeño, which we’ve enjoyed many times in bloody marys at a standby New York brunch spot.Ginger or lemongrass infused vodka could make a lovely, simple martini.
May 3, 2019
Summer Drink: Pastis
All over France in the summer, people sit in outdoor cafes and drink a tall glass of pastis mixed with water. A quintessential French experience, pastis is a liqueur made from anise.When absinthe was banned at the beginning of the 20th century, pastis was developed as a substitute, as it was made with the same anise and herbs as absinthe, but without wormwood. Before serving, pastis is often diluted with water; a general rule of thumb is one part pastis per 5 parts of water.
May 3, 2019
2-in-1 Recipe Review: Wine-Marinated Grapes and Sweet Wine Refresher
When we came across a decade-old Bon Appétit recipe for Wine-Marinated Grapes, we were intrigued. But when we learned the recipe would yield a ready-made cocktail as well, we simply couldn’t resist.A big bowl of cool, slightly boozy grapes is exactly what we’re craving this hot and steamy weekend.The grapes marinate for at least three hours (up to a day) in a mixture of dry white wine, sugar and lemon zest, and then they’re ready to go.
May 3, 2019
Three Cocktails for Russia Day
Did you know that today is Russia Day? This is a rather recently established Russian national holiday that celebrates the sovereignty of the united Russia. In honor of this Russian holiday, we have a few cocktails that are cool and refreshing – even for those of us who are not Russian!
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: How to Make the Best Ice Cubes for Summer Cocktails
With the mercury tickling the top of the thermometer this week, today at Straight Up, it’s All About Ice.All ice cubes are not created equal. And while you might not know it, these little frozen blocks do much more for a cocktail than simply chill it. For the full scoop on ice, read on…Why Some Melting Is GoodContrary to popular belief, a little melt can do wonders for a drink.
May 3, 2019
Straight Up: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails that Impress
Infused syrups. Muddled fruit. Zippy garnishes. Stylish glassware. Why should drinks made with a shot of the hard stuff have all the fun?Move over, Shirley Temple. “Soft” cocktails are growing up.This is the philosophy of the folks behind the bar at New York’s Eleven Madison Park. Here, alongside the usual booze-laden summer classics, is an intoxicating array of alcohol-free composed drinks.
May 3, 2019
Top 5 Intriguing Cocktail Names Straight Up Cocktails
Half the fun of cocktails is all the fascinating lore behind them. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite cocktail names – and the colorful stories they bring to the table with them: Harvey Wallbanger. There’s something kind of 1950s, Alfred E.
May 3, 2019
Recipe Review: Melissa Clark’s DIY Maraschino Cherries
Last summer I spotted Melissa Clark’s ultra-simple and delicious-sounding recipe for homemade maraschino cherries in the food section of The New York Times, and was intrigued. I made a mental note of it – and promptly forgot.Then, the other night, while out for cocktails, a friend mentioned she’d made her own maraschinos. But the conversation soon bobbed and wove in a different direction (we were at PDT, and there were taxidermied animals everywhere!).
May 3, 2019
Culinary Cocktails: The Spicy/Cool Flavors of India Straight Up Cocktails
Cool slabs of watermelon and cucumber. Fiery slivers of hot pepper. Dark dollops of sour tamarind. Bright dashes of orange juice and muddled cilantro. These are some of the unexpected flavors and textures featured in the cocktails I sampled at the New York, New Indian restaurant, Tabla, this week.The best part? Each deliciously different drink was simple enough to make at home.
May 3, 2019
Escape to Bermuda with Dark and Stormy Cocktails Straight Up Cocktails
Whether you’re catching some rays at a beach-side getaway, or enjoying a relaxing “staycation” at home, nothing beats the August heat like a tall, cool Dark and Stormy.And, best of all, the national drink of Bermuda is almost as easy to make as it is to sip.A simple highball-style cocktail, the Dark and Stormy is made with one part dark rum to four parts ginger beer.
May 3, 2019
End-of-Summer Cocktail: Whiskey Peach Smash Straight Up Cocktails
As summer cools and mellows into fall, it’s time to begin shifting the way we eat – and drink. Why not celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a cocktail that mixes the best of both seasons?A warm/cool, tart/sweet concoction of muddled peach, mint, and lemon, shaken together with whiskey and a touch of simple syrup for balancing sweetness, the Whiskey Peach Smash is the perfect sipper for this transitional time of year.
May 3, 2019
Cocktail Basics: All About Bitters Straight Up Cocktails
What a difference a drop makes. Warm, rich, spicy, and astringent, bitters can transform a cocktail, balancing its flavors and adding new dimension and depth. An essential ingredient in classics such as the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Sazerac, and Champagne Cocktail Originally marketed as medicine, bitters go way back to the early days of American cocktails, when pharmacist Antoine Peychaud added a dash or two to the alcoholic libations served up at his apothecary shop in 19th Century New Orleans.
May 3, 2019
All in the (Cocktail) Family: Sours Straight Up Cocktails
Margaritas. Daiquiris. Sidecars. It wasn’t too long ago that I realized some of my favorite drinks had something in common. Each is a member of a certain tart and delicious extended cocktail family: the Sour.The perfect combination of citrusy freshness and mellowing sweetness, backed by the rich warmth of alcohol, Sours are one of the earliest cocktail types on record (Brandy Sours were big in the 1850s), and their modern cousins (Cosmos, anyone?) are still holding their own.
May 3, 2019
Good Question: How Can I Tell When Figs Are Ripe?
Here’s a good question from reader Betsy. She writes:I was very happy to receive some gorgeous figs in my CSA this week. How do I know when they’re ripe? They’re a light purple color with light-colored stripes (and they’re still a little green). Should I let them ripen on the counter or in the fridge?Betsy, we love figs! It’s wonderful you get them in your CSA box.Figs do not ripen very well once they’ve been picked, however.
May 3, 2019
Where To Buy Fresh Durian
A reader saw a post I wrote a few months back on how to open a durian fruit and asked, “Where can you buy fresh durian?”Well, the answer is pretty easy; if your town has an Asian supermarket or an Asian neighborhood like Chinatown or Little Saigon, you’ll find it there. It may be in the freezer section, however. Most markets freeze durian because it helps preserve their shelf life and cut down on the strong odor.
May 3, 2019
Cocktail Basics: DIY Grenadine Syrup Straight Up Cocktails
Sugar + Water + Pomegranate Juice + HeatThe formula for this home bar staple is simple. A deep garnet-colored syrup with the distinctive tart/sweet flavor of pomegranate, grenadine is really just a slightly fancier cousin of simple syrup that has earned a name all its own.
May 3, 2019