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Perfect Pitcher Drink Recipe: Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer
The 10-minute happy hour can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. For me, the fastest and most delicious way to enjoy happy hour is to use what I have on hand — not to go searching for something I don’t. This week blueberries and lavender were at my fingertips, thus resulting in a gorgeous pitcher perfect for the centerpiece of my weekend party, and a fairly impressive happy hour requiring little effort.
Jan 29, 2020
Pitcher Drink Recipe: Spiced Rye & Honey Cocktail
As our wardrobes change from flip flops to socks, fall cocktails typically turn golden brown (just like the leaves!) and pick up some warm spicy notes to keep us toasty. This pretty pitcher drink is a serious sip that captures all of the above. It’s a great choice for any fall gathering and it was a perfect match for the menu we planned for The Kitchn’s Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors! Sangria and fruity Champagne pours aren’t the only cocktails that can be served in a pitcher!
Jan 29, 2020
Pitcher Drink Recipe: Spiced Pear & Ginger Cocktail
Thanksgiving is arguably the most highly anticipated culinary day of the year. While some people may resort to beer and football on this day, I personally enjoy leading the charge in the kitchen. I like to ease those pre-dinner jitters and possible family tensions by making a shareable, seasonal punch that gets everyone into the holiday mood. Here’s a fall-inspired cocktail that you can share and enjoy all morning while you’re prepping Thanksgiving dinner.
Jan 29, 2020
Valentine’s Cocktail Recipe: Rosé Champagne Cocktail
Every Valentine’s Day, my husband and I celebrate with a bottle of Brachetto d’Acqui, an intoxicating, purply-red sweet sparkling wine from Italy that goes perfectly with a box of chocolates. This year we decided to switch it up and and enjoy our bubbly as an aperitif well before dessert. For that to be a success we needed something on the drier side.
Jan 29, 2020
This Refreshing Watermelon Margarita Is All We Want to Drink This Summer
And it's just 3 ingredients.
Jan 29, 2020
White Cranberry Margaritas Will Melt Away All Your Holiday Stress
This is the perfect winter cocktail.
Jan 29, 2020
The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Fig Leaf
For fans of sweet vermouth, the Fig Leaf cocktail is the kind of drink that ought to be in your regular rotation. Unlike the majority of cocktail recipes, in which the spirit is the most plentiful ingredient, the build of the Fig Leaf is heavy on the aperitif wine rather than the booze (in this case, light rum). This drink falls into the category bartenders often call “reverse cocktails.
Jan 29, 2020
18 Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes for the Rest of Winter
It's been a long season, right?
Jan 25, 2020
I Tried 7 Hot Chocolate Mixes and This Is the Only One I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
"One mix tasted almost burnt, and another didn’t even really taste like chocolate."
Jan 21, 2020
I Tried 4 of Whole Foods’ Newest (and Healthiest!) Groceries — Here’s What I Thought
Prebiotics! Kombucha! And more!
Jan 3, 2020
Winter Citrus Sangria Will Be Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition
No movie marathon is complete without it.
Dec 23, 2019
7 New Year’s Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2020
You may want something a little more special than beer and sparkling wine to ring in the new decade.
Dec 20, 2019
Memorize These 5 Ridiculously Simple 3-Ingredient Pitcher Cocktails
Snapshot Cooking
Grab a bottle of vodka and get mixing.
Dec 20, 2019
I Tried 11 Bloody Mary Mixes and Now These Are the Only Two I’ll Buy
Taste Test
These two can come to brunch. The rest are not invited.
Dec 18, 2019
This Spicy Pineapple Cocktail Will Transport You to the Tropics
You've been warned: It's dangerously sippable.
Dec 17, 2019
If You Love Amaro, You Need to Try Cardamaro
The drink of Italian grandpas is the drink you need to try and share with all your friends.
Dec 17, 2019
The (Not Mulled!) Cider Cocktail I’m Serving This Entire Holiday Season
"I love to make the cocktail in big batches for guests to enjoy as soon as they step into the door."
Dec 12, 2019
To Give Hot Chocolate a Major Upgrade, Try Adding Miso
Yep, the stuff you put in soup. But hear us out: It's *really* good!
Dec 7, 2019
3 Tiny Tricks for Better Lemonade (That Don’t Cost Anything!)
The next time life gives you lemons, do this.
Dec 3, 2019
6 Sommelier-Approved Budget Wines for Thanksgiving
Great Thanksgiving wine doesn't need to break the bank.
Nov 18, 2019
New Guidelines Say Kids Should Only Drink Milk and Water Until Age 5. But Is That Really Practical?
A new campaign from a collection of large health organizations is working to get our kids to drink more healthfully, but are these guidelines helpful for parents?
Nov 4, 2019
The Non-Alcoholic Bottle Our Wine Expert Is Stocking Up on Before the Holidays
"In our culture, we mistakenly associate things like wine and spirits with sophisticated adulthood, which is obviously silly."
Oct 28, 2019
The High-Protein Throwback Ingredient I Add to Every Smoothie
It's gut friendly, it's tasty, and it's *not* Greek yogurt.
Oct 23, 2019
The $10 Grocery Item I Pick Up During Every Single Target Run
It's just $2.50 per can, which is a steal when you do the math.
Oct 23, 2019
This Easy Pumpkin Spice Syrup Makes Any Coffee Totally Extra
There's nothing basic about custom pumpkin spice syrup.
Oct 22, 2019
The Best New Groceries to Hit Supermarket Shelves This October
Grocery Spotter
We're especially excited about these plant-based dips!
Oct 17, 2019
The Most Exciting New Groceries Hitting Shelves This August
The Grocery Spotter
Including our first pumpkin-spiced find of the season!
Aug 22, 2019
The Best Thing to Make in Your Instant Pot This Summer Is Also the Easiest
Keep it in your fridge and enjoy some whenever it's hot out.
Aug 13, 2019
Alton Brown’s Tip for Better Lemonade Is Actually So Smart
This is so extra, and it's so worth it.
Jul 15, 2019
17 Easy French Recipes for Bastille Day (and Beyond)
Bastille Day is July 14, which is the perfect excuse to insert some Gallic flavor into your summer cooking. While we won’t be storming the Bastille anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we aren’t game for celebrating liberté, égalité, and fraternité in the best way. From drinks to main dishes to desserts, we have 17 easy French-inspired recipes for everyone who wants to Vive la Françe at the table.
Jul 8, 2019
Costco is Selling Big Bottles of Ready-to-Drink Margaritas for Just $7.50
Happy 4th of July to you!
Jun 28, 2019
This Is the Laziest Way to Make Lemonade — And It Will Change Your Summer
You'll never make it another way again.
Jun 26, 2019
7 Sangrias and Slushies to Drink This Weekend
Celebrate summer with something cold and fruity.
Jun 21, 2019
Wine Water Is a Real Thing You Can Buy Now, but Who Is It For?
Wine water is exactly what it sounds like: It’s water that tastes like wine, and it’s completely non-alcoholic.
Jun 20, 2019
10 Boozy Wine Slushies That Will Keep You Cool All Summer Long
Recipe Roundups
Transform any bottle of wine into the summer Slurpee of your happy hour dreams.
Jun 12, 2019
14 Champagne Cocktails to Cheers the First Day of Summer
Today is the first official day of summer. Before you finalize your beach trips and plan your attack for the commandments of summer cooking, let’s raise a glass to the next three months. On the longest day of the year, we propose a toast to the hot days to come. Something sparkly is definitely in order. This four-ingredient cocktail makes a great pitcher drink. It’s extra sparkly due to the Champagne and club soda. Don’t skip out on adding fresh fruit!
Jun 9, 2019
How To Make Layered Jello Shots
The 4th of July is almost here, so we decided it was precisely the right time to show you how to make jello shots. Summer is with us — seize the day, right? Wait, you say. Jello shots? Dorm room, frat party, neon green vodka bombs? No, no. What I’m about to show you today is jello shots all glammed up, and even, dare I say it, healthy. OK, healthier.
Jun 8, 2019
How to Make Creamy Mexican Horchata with Almonds and Rice
Do you love horchata? This sweet, creamy, rice-and-almond-based drink is not to be missed, especially now that summer is here and a cool, refreshing drink is always appreciated. While traditional horchata contains milk and sugar, it can also be made without dairy and lends itself well to sugar alternatives such as agave or dates. Read on for our classic Mexican horchata recipe with some extra ideas for non-dairy and sugar-free alternatives.
Jun 8, 2019
5 Dishes That Are Better with Cocktail Bitters
If you make cocktails at home, you know that a good bottle of bitters is one of the essentials to have on hand. Bitters are a concentrated mixture of alcohol, herbs, aromatics and spices — maybe you’ve heard of Peychaud’s or Angostura? The herbal notes that bitters bring to the table help to round out the flavors of many cocktails, and I even use a little in my seltzer water in the afternoon as a pick-me-up.
Jun 8, 2019
20 Smoothie Tips, Hints, and Recipes
Smoothies are a fast, easy breakfast, and many of us are devoted to our morning shake of fruits, vegetables, and yogurt. If you would like a few tips to help build a better smoothie, look no further. We’ve rounded up our best ideas and tips covering everything from blenders to protein powder, plus inspiring recipes with fruit, greens, and even whole grains. There’s a raspberry rosewater smoothie with yogurt and honey, and another with fresh coconut and kale.
Jun 8, 2019
Seven Days, Seven Hot Toddies: Part 1
When the temperature dips, there’s nothing like a hot toddy to lift your spirits and warm your insides. Some people even believe them to have medicinal properties. This week, I embarked on something I’m calling the Toddy Project — a different hot toddy a day, every day for a week. Let’s see how I got on. Can’t get enough hot toddies? Check out Part 2 and Part 3 for even more delicious hot drinks.
Jun 5, 2019
Beer Pairings: Best Beers to Drink with Spicy Foods Beer Sessions
There are two ways to go when you want to pair beer with a spicy plate of jerk chicken or chili-spiked seafood. You can cool the burn or you can kick it even higher. Whichever way you go, we have a few suggestions.To tame the heat, you want a beer that balances out the spicy flavors in the dish. Beers that emphasize malts over hops do this job nicely. Light lagers are great – there’s a reason why most Mexican beers are lagers, after all!
Jun 4, 2019
What’s the Deal with Bottle-Conditioned Beers? Beer Sessions
Advertising a beer as “bottle-conditioned” might sound like a clever marketing ploy – after all, couldn’t every beer sold in a bottle technically be thought of as bottle-conditioned? Well, it turns out that this particular feature is more than just fancy words!Bottle-conditioning simply means that the beer is sealed into the bottle with a little yeast and extra sugar. The yeast consumes the sugar and carbonates the beer within a few weeks.
Jun 4, 2019
Recipe: Watermelon Mint Frosé
Long live frosé.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry Mojito Pitcher
There's a better way to add herbs to your cocktails.
May 29, 2019
Yet Another Thing France Does Better
Love, cheese, bread, tying scarves, protesting — the French seem to have it all down to an enticing and enviable science. Now add day-drinking to that list. Having a drink en terrasse or outside at a café or bar is a near daily activity in France (no matter the weather), and the secret to doing so in daylight hours without stumbling home before the sun sets and the dinner bell rings lies in the aperitif.
May 24, 2019
How To Chill Drinks Fast (& Keep Them Cold) This Weekend
Keep these easy hacks in mind all summer long.
May 17, 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 Martini). We like to leave ours til last, savoring the crisp, subtly sweet onion flavor with that final sip. But store-bought pickled onions can often be a letdown – squishy and flavorless duds.
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: Strawberry Yogurt Lassi
It’s not officially summer quite yet, but the recent temperatures here in New York say otherwise. I decided to take advantage of the early days of strawberry season and cool off with an icy strawberry lassi. A lassi is a traditional Punjabi drink made with yogurt. The most traditional forms are salty, rather than sweet, and are believed to aid digestion. Sweet lassis often feature mango, sometimes with rosewater.
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
Barritts Ginger Beer for Those Dark and Stormy Cocktails
We loved Nora’s post earlier today about the Dark and Stormy, largely because we’ve been drinking these quite a bit this summer.We lucked out and found the authentic ingredients — Gosling’s rum and Barritts ginger beer — conveniently stocked together in our local liquor store. But just in case some of you are thinking about Dark and Stormies for the first time this weekend, here’s a photo of that retro Barritts can you’ll be looking for.
May 3, 2019
Brewing Beer at Home: Siphoning and 2nd Fermentation Beer Sessions
A week after brewing our first batch of beer, it was time to transfer it from the primary fermentation bucket into a clean carboy. We’ve never actually siphoned anything before, so this was quite an adventure!1. The End Goal – It’s not completely necessary to transfer the beer into another container at this point. Some sources say that the beer can start to develop off-flavors from the dead yeast or evaporate too much due to the bigger surface area.
May 2, 2019
Brewing Beer at Home: Bottling the Homebrew Beer Sessions
We’ve brewed the beer, let it ferment, and now we’re finally ready to get it into bottles. We’re so close to having homebrew we can almost taste it! And in fact, we did sneak a little taste – for purely scientific reasons, of course. Take a look!1. Fermented Homebrew – This beer has now been fermenting for three weeks – one week in the primary fermenter and two weeks in the secondary.
May 2, 2019
Porter vs. Stout: What’s the Difference? Beer Sessions
Can you tell whether this photo is of a porter or a stout? We can’t! These are both dark beers with a similar range of malty, roasted, and bittersweet flavors. They also both have a reputation for being fairly heavy and for making us feel quite toasty while sipping them. So is there any difference at all between a porter and a stout?This mystery has bothered us for quite some time, so we dove into research and discovered some interesting facts!
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Beer Sessions
This beer is absolutely unlike anything else we’ve ever tasted. In fact, when we first tried it a few years ago, we hated it! But now that our taste in beer has grown up a bit, we decided to give this spicy, fruity beer another shot.Beer Details – Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company in Downington, Pennsylvania. This is a Belgian-style tripel ale, meaning that it is brewed with triple the amount of malts typical of Belgian ales. (9.
May 2, 2019
Tale of Two Beers: 2007 and 2009 Widdershins Barleywine Beer Sessions
A few weeks ago, we got very lucky. Not only did we manage to snag a bottle of the 2009 Widdershins Barleywine, newly released from Left Hand Brewing Company, but we also stumbled across an old bottle of the 2007 Widdershins lurking at the back of a shelf. A vertical tasting was most definitely in order!The idea of aging beers is a relatively new concept to us and a lot of other folks.
May 2, 2019
Quick and Dirty Guide to Lager Beers Beer Sessions
When we’re standing in front of a wall of beer at the store, we often have trouble remembering our dopplebocks from our imperial stouts and our pilsners from our pale ales. As much for our benefit as for yours, we wanted to do a few round-ups of common beer styles for handy reference. First up: lagers!Lagers are on one branch of the beer family tree, with ales on the other. Lager beers are made with a particular kind of yeast that ferments at cooler temperatures than ale yeast.
May 2, 2019
Beer Labeling: What Does “Imperial” Mean? Beer Sessions
Browse through the beer section of any well-stocked store and you’ll notice the word “imperial” showing up in front of many of your favorite beers: imperial stout, imperial pale ale, imperial pilsner and who knows what else. That word might actually mean something different than you think!The term “imperial” was used in the 1800’s for beer (usually stout) that was brewed in England but then shipped to Russia – specifically the imperial court of Russia!
May 2, 2019
Beer with Dinner: The Basics of Pairing Beer and Food Beer Sessions
We’re probably going to catch some heat for saying this, but we find it infinitely easier to pair food with beer than with wine. Between the roasted malts and the herbal hops, craft brews have so many nuances of flavor that it seems like there’s gotta be something in there that you can match to your dinner. Here’s where to start!The very first rule of pairing beer and food is that anything goes. Seriously!
May 2, 2019
After-Dinner Tipples: Digestifs Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
It’s been a full week of dinner coverage here at The Kitchn. How about a little glass of something to round off the meal? We’ve posted about apéritifs before, those appetite-stimulating lead-ins to an evening meal, but today we’re going to be looking at the very last course in the alcoholic beverage menu: the digestif. As the name might suggest, digestifs were originally believed to aid digestion.
May 2, 2019
Beer Review: Founders Breakfast Stout Beer Sessions
When we reviewed their Dirty Bastard Ale a few months back, several of you professed your love for another one of Founders offerings: their seasonally-available Breakfast Stout. Well, it’s now out in stores and we finally had a chance to try it. Hoo boy, you really weren’t kidding about this beer!Beer Details: Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout, 8.
May 2, 2019
For the Freshest Beer: Buy a Growler
Have you ever bought a growler of beer? These half-gallon glass jugs are a fun way to bring home fresh beer straight from the brewery, and since they can be brought back for refills again and again, they’re eco-friendly too. Here’s how it works:Brewpubs and breweries sell the jugs for a flat price and fill them up straight from the tap, usually for somewhere between $6-15. After it’s emptied, the growler can be brought back to the same brewery for a refill.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Difference? Pale Ales, IPAs, & Double IPAs Beer Sessions
If you like your beers bitter, hoppy, and crisp, the family of pale ales is the place to go. Curious what makes a pale ale pale? Or an India pale ale distinct? You have questions, and we have answers.You can think of these beers as a spectrum with more mild pale ales on one end and aggressively-hopped double IPAs on the other. There is a lot of variation within the spectrum and an exception to every rule, of course, but you can follow this as a general rule of thumb.
May 2, 2019
Beer Brewing for Apartment Dwellers: Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Smaller, More Accessible 1-Gallon Beer Kit
I’ve been mighty curious about these one-gallon homebrew kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop. They’re designed for apartment dwellers (check!) who don’t have a lot of space for brewing equipment (double check!) but who still want to brew great beer (triple check!). Talk about microbrewing!Nearly everything you need for a one-gallon jug of homebrew is included in the package: grains, hops, yeast, sanitizing powder, siphon canes and hoses, and the jug itself.
May 2, 2019
Brunch Recipe: Elderflower & Lemon Sparkling Sipper
I am plotting a Mother’s Day brunch and right now I have bubbly on the brain. I love having a little sip of something cool, bubbly, and sweet to start off a special weekend brunch. Here’s my current favorite: crisp, inexpensive Spanish cava with a touch of elderflower syrup. When it comes to refreshing, effervescent wines, there are many alternatives to pricey Champagne. I love prosecco, from Italy, and cava, from Spain.
May 2, 2019
Saison to Gueuze: Best Beers for Wine Lovers Beer Sessions
Now, we’re not trying to get into a “Which is better: beer or wine?” debate here. It’s just that we believe that there are some beers that you steadfast wine drinkers out there might really enjoy. Call them cross-over beers. As in, they cross the line between beer and wine. As in, come on over and we’ll pour you a pint.These beer styles draw on many of the same flavor profiles as our favorite wines: robust, fruity, and spicy; crisp, tart, and dry.
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
Good Foam, Bad Foam: What’s the Deal with Beer Foam?
Back in college, being handed a foamy beer was cause for exasperated eye-rolling. But glance through any beer review these days, and you’ll see effusive odes to creamy heads of foam and the delicate lacing they leave behind. What gives? The foamy head on a glass of beer offers a few different things for our beer-drinking experience. For starters, each one of those little bubbles is carrying a puff of aroma.
May 2, 2019
Try This: Cinnamon Water
When you dine at WoodSpoon restaurant in Los Angeles, the waiter often brings a carafe of ice water with a cinnamon stick inside. It’s an unusually refreshing beverage – and one that’s easy to make at home, too.Infused with delicate sweetness and spice, cinnamon water is both earthy and sophisticated. It’s delicious alone or with dinner, and we plan to serve it as a festive alternative to plain water at holiday gatherings.
May 2, 2019
Cocktail Recipe: The Original Hurricane
A Hurricane is a bit like a Long Island Iced Tea — you can order one almost anywhere, but you never know quite what you’re going to get. This year, for Mardi Gras, do yourself a favor and sample the original (and, in my opinion, best) version of this classic New Orleans cocktail. A true hurricane does not contain grenadine, pineapple juice, or vodka. It is not made from a mix. It is not served in a giant plastic cup.
May 2, 2019
The Champagne Cocktail
After many years waiting tables and working in restaurants my only brush with bitters was as the staff cure all for hangovers. After a late night we’d all belly up to bar for our daily drink of bitters and soda. It cured everything from a headache to indigestion. Then it was only Angostura but now with the cocktail craze comes the bitters boom, and yes a book dedicated solely to this aromatic flavoring agent.
May 2, 2019