This Retro Cocktail Is Always a Hit at PartiesRecipes
I was greeted in the kitchen by a giant honeydew melon sitting on the counter emitting a deliciously sweet aroma, which immediately made me think, we need to eat or drink this now! I took to the challenge and in my own cocktail quickfire, I reached for the glowing green bottle of Midori on the bar. Typically I use Midori, a melon flavored liqueur, for all sorts of fun Halloween drinks. But, today I was craving a classic cocktail, the Melon Ball. Here’s how to make it.
May 14, 2024
This Red Sangria Is the Best Make-Ahead Cocktail for SummerRecipes
Here at The Kitchn, we are firm believers in the power of sangria. Whether you serve it in the spring, in the summer, in the fall, or in the winter, sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail. Pull a pitcher from the fridge as guests arrive and no one needs much encouragement to start pouring glasses. It feels fancy and instantly festive, but sangria is also one of the easiest big-batch cocktails you can make. As the party host, it’s a no-brainer.
May 8, 2024
These Easy Pitcher Mint Juleps Are Always a Hit at My Derby PartyRecipes
Do you love a mint julep as much as I do? This classic cocktail always seems to have the right amount of minty sweetness, just enough fizz, and a strong bourbon flavor. It’s a near-perfect sip on a hot porch in summertime. Kentuckians in particular have strong opinions about what should and should not go into a julep cup. Most would agree that a classic julep should start with mint muddled with a bit of sugar.
Apr 26, 2024
These Pitcher Margaritas Are a Hit at Every PartyRecipes
Pitcher cocktails are smart party choices; they easily serve a crowd and don’t require you to be constantly shaking and stirring. These pitcher margaritas are even wiser than the rest, seeing as this recipe isn’t even a recipe — it’s a ratio. Just follow a ratio of three parts tequila, two parts orange liqueur, and one part lime juice.
Apr 10, 2024
This Is the Only Martini Recipe You'll Ever NeedRecipes
The classic cocktail is so easy to stir up at home.
Jan 9, 2024
How To Make LimoncelloRecipes
It has taken me far too long to discover how amazing — and how astoundingly easy — it is to make my own limoncello. I had this hazy idea that limoncello must be a closely guarded secret kept by a sect of weathered Italian grandfathers with wooly driving caps and secretive, knowing smiles. Just me? Well, it turns out all you need to make truly incredible limoncello are some good lemons, a bottle of stiff vodka, and just a little patience.
Jan 3, 2024
We're Sipping Classic Irish Coffees All WinterRecipes
Irish coffee is one of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats — though we also enjoy it on Black Friday (staying home, skipping shopping) and on both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. So when Sheela Prakash shared her uncle’s rules for making the very best Irish coffee I had to give his method a try. It turns out, just a few key points make for a better Irish coffee that is perfect for celebrating the everyday.
Jan 3, 2024
28 Best Vodka Cocktails Because It's 5 O'Clock SomewhereRecipes
Just like whiskey, rum, and gin, you’ll find a bottle of vodka in just about everyone’s liquor cabinet. It’s a staple spirit that’s incredibly versatile in cocktails, whether you’re simply enjoying it with tonic water or shaking it into some sort of fruity concoction. If you have a bottle waiting to be turned into happy hour drinks, look no further. We’ve gathered all our best vodka cocktail recipes and dropped them all in one place.
Dec 8, 2023
My Grandma's Holiday Punch Is the Star of Any PartyRecipes
A hot and fruity Mexican Christmas punch.
Dec 8, 2023
This German Mulled Wine Is the Coziest, Most Heartwarming Holiday DrinkRecipes
Look to the people who survive winters with only a few hours of sunlight each day for the coziest winter drink.
Dec 5, 2023
This Eggnog Recipe Is Super Popular in Puerto Rico for a ReasonRecipes
It's tropical and coconut-y.
Dec 5, 2023
This Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Will Make You So CozyRecipes
And it's so easy!
Dec 4, 2023
The Old Fashioned Is a Classic Cocktail for a ReasonRecipes
It's simplicity at its finest.
Oct 23, 2023
The One Thing Everyone Gets Wrong About This $20 Costco Fan-FavoriteGroceries
Our superfan puts the rumors to rest.
Oct 11, 2023
Hot Chocolate and Whiskey? Yes, Please! Hot Cocoa & Kilbeggan WhiskeyRecipes
On one of my very first forays into journalism, I was tasked with interviewing some local Atlanta lifestyle celebrities about comfort foods and one interview in particular has stuck with me. Recently it once again popped into my mind giving me the ideal drink idea for our 10-Minute Happy Hour. At the time Lee May was a garden journalist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
Aug 24, 2023
Costco Is the Secret to Summer's Easiest SangriaRecipes
Big-batch sangria that won't break your budget.
Aug 22, 2023
Milk and Booze! How To Make Sweet Milk LiqueurRecipes
Say hello to the newest addition to our liquor cabinet! This rather improbable combination of vodka and milk makes a liqueur so smooth and perfectly sweet that you’ll want to sip it straight. To make one, simply mix vodka or grappa with an equal amount of milk and sugar. We love the idea of making our own liqueurs, and we’ve been wanting to try this milk liqueur ever since we saw it in David Leite’s most recent book The New Portuguese Table.
Aug 11, 2023
The Best Non-Alcoholic Beer, Wine, and Spirits for Sipping and CelebratingTools
These will instantly improve your mocktail game.
Aug 8, 2023
3-Ingredient Honey-Bourbon Gold RushRecipes
The Gold Rush cocktail is about to become your new go-to drink.
Aug 7, 2023
How To Make Fruit VodkasRecipes
It’s no pretty jar of jam or row of canned tomatoes, I know, but I suspect that making your own fruit-flavored vodkas might just be the most fun way to preserve. It’s very easy and simple; choose some ripe fruits, cover them with vodka, and wait for a few days until the vodka tastes good.
Jul 29, 2023
How To Make Baked Boneless Chicken WingsRecipes
Boneless wings are the secret to breaking your drive-thru or chicken wing habit.
Jul 20, 2023
This 4-Ingredient Strawberry Margarita Comes in a Pitcher. Could It Be Any Better? No.Recipes
I love throwing parties. I hate how much work it is to throw a party. So over the years I’ve picked up a few shortcuts to make the job a little easier. My favorite of which is: pitcher drinksfridgeYou only need four ingredients: frozen limeade concentrate, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, and tequila. I’ve made lots of pitcher drink recipes over the years, but one of the simplest, and one of the best loved, is my strawberry basil margaritas.
Jun 18, 2023
12 Cocktails to Kick Off the WeekendRecipes
Is there any greater time of the week than Friday happy hour? The work week is finally done, but the weekend to-do list — filled with errands, events, and obligations — has yet to begin. It’s basically your free pass for the week. So why not mark this magic hour or two with a fabulous cocktail … or two? Here are 12 of our favorites that are sure to get your weekend off to a good start.
May 25, 2023
10 Easy Whiskey Drinks to Make at HomeRecipes
It doesn't take a lot of fancy footwork to make a really good whiskey cocktail.
May 25, 2023
10 of Our Most Popular Pitcher Cocktails of 2017Recipes
These big-batch drinks will keep the party going all night long.
May 25, 2023
Irish Cream Is Incredibly Easy to Make — and to CustomizeRecipes
Set your sights on the festive liqueur you'll want to keep around long after St. Patrick's Day has passed.
Mar 10, 2023
How To Make Pecan Pie: The Easiest Method for the Best ResultRecipes
The only pecan pie recipe you'll ever need.
Nov 3, 2022
I’ll Never Go Back to Regular Ice After Using This Game-Changing Ice MoldTools
You'll never go back to regular cubes!
Oct 18, 2022
Fuzzy Navel Wine CoolerRecipes
It’s time to give the classic wine cooler an at-home update, and it doesn’t need any bizarre ingredients or neon coloring agents. Like the original, this remake delivers sweet, ripe peach flavors accented by a dash of fresh orange. As it turns out, peach schnapps and OJ are the PB&J of the drinks industry.
Oct 2, 2022
How To Make a Classic Whiskey SourRecipes
A fast and fancy at-home cocktail you can serve all year long. Egg white included!
Sep 13, 2022
Sweet Tea and Bourbon Pitcher CocktailRecipes
Is there anything more Southern than sweet tea and bourbon? Well, what if you were to mix these two together to make the ultimate Southern sipper?
Sep 4, 2022
How To Make Homemade BittersRecipes
From the medicine cabinet to the bar, bitters have a long history of curing ailments and flavoring drinks. Though they may seem mysterious, at heart, bitters are simply bitter and aromatic herbs and spices infused or tinctured in spirits. Combining the various flavors is where the fun part comes in. Here’s a primer to making your own bitters at home, which you can use in cocktails, sodas, cooking, and even as digestive aids.
Aug 30, 2022
How To Make the Ultimate Frozen MargaritasRecipes
It all starts with your summer secret weapon: homemade limeade concentrate.
Aug 21, 2022
Friday Cocktail Recipe: The Summer SageRecipes
You got the kids back to school. You survived the 105 degree late-August heat. And now — it’s time for a drink. This cocktail, with red plums, sage, and rye whiskey, is like a grown-up whiskey sour. Rye whiskey, a cousin to Tennessee whiskey (aka Jack Daniels) and bourbon, is a sort of forgotten American classic. Whiskey made from a rye mash has been around for hundreds of years — George Washington used to distill it at Mount Vernon.
May 17, 2022
Stocking a Home Bar From Scratch: Which 6 Bottles Would You Choose?People
All week long we’ve been helping ourselves to the liquor cabinet. It’s Cocktail Week, after all, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t try out some of these 3-ingredient cocktails or one of these party-friendly pitcher drinks. (All in a day’s work, friends! Thank goodness we have a hangover cure.) But now we’re taking a step back to revisit the basics. Tell us: if you were building a home bar from scratch, which bottles would you choose?
May 13, 2022
A Cocktail for Inauguration Day: Inaugural CheerRecipes
Inauguration Day is tomorrow! We’re very excited to watch this historic event, and of course we’re also excited about the food and drink that accompany a day of historic import, new beginnings, and a whole night full of gala balls. Here’s a special cocktail recipe that we received from mixologist Danielle Tatarin. This lovely layered cocktail includes wild hibiscus flower syrup, and it’s served in a champagne flute.
May 12, 2022
Recipe: Rhubodka (Rhubarb Vodka)Recipes
I love experimenting with home-infused alcohol. My friends Tim and Aaron turned me on to this homemade rhubarb vodka recipe. Rhubarb is in season right now, and although I love it in pies and jams, I wanted to try it in beverage form.This recipe is very easy to make, and my big jar of rhubodka is sitting next to the jars of Japanese plum wine I made a month ago, waiting to be ready for consumption.Rhubodka1 1.75-liter bottle of vodka – Tim says the bottom shelf cheap vodka is fine.
May 12, 2022
Trend Spotlight: St. Germain Elderflower LiqueurSkills
As the seasons change, so do our tastes in cocktails. As winter ends, we find ourselves pushing the warming, drink-by-the-fireplace libations such as cognac and bourbon to the back of the liquor cabinet and reaching for the lighter, fresher spirits. One such liquor we’ve been in the mood for lately is St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a new addition to the bar scene and currently a hot commodity.
May 12, 2022
How to Properly Salt the Rim of a Glass for Margaritas and MoreSkills
Here's how to get the perfect amount of salt on the glass.
May 4, 2022
Try This: Cucumber-Infused RumSkills
We’ve got a fridge full of cucumbers and a vacation coming up in a few days, which means we’re dutifully eating, drinking, and preserving these summer fruits as quickly as we can. Inspired by a recipe from the Two Hot Tamales, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, we also made a cucumber and rum infusion.Using a vegetable peeler, we peeled and sliced a cucumber into thin strips. One could also cut rounds or chunks, but we thought strips might be better for infusing.
May 4, 2022
Cocktail Conundrums: How Much Is Actually In a Dash?Skills
Like any cocktail enthusiast worth her margarita’s salt, I know the difference bitters make in drinks. In fact, my home bar is stocked with 14 different varieties, including a citrus trio I made myself. Despite my ardor for the botanical-laced infusions, I’ve often wondered if I’m measuring them correctly into my cocktails, because, what the heck is a dash, anyway? To figure this out, I set up a very scientific experiment in my kitchen.
Dec 31, 2020
Cooking By Feel: Does It Matter if You Use Red or White Wine for Cooking?Skills
Some recipes get pretty specific about the kind of wine they want you to use: an oaky chardonnay in this reduction sauce, a hearty Italian red for that braise. But does it really matter?We say, go for it. Switch it up! Experiment with flavors! Try something new! All wines will chemically behave in the same way, so there’s no danger that a recipe won’t work if you use a white instead of a red or vice versa.
Dec 31, 2020
Slow Cooker Spiked Mulled CiderRecipes
What's better than mulled apple cider? Mulled apple cider spiked with bourbon, brandy, or rum.
Oct 24, 2020
We’re All Home Bartenders These Days, So Here are 5 Cool DIY Liquor Cabinets
Tips from The Kitchn
There are two super smart IKEA hacks in here!
Oct 9, 2020
Biscoff Simple Syrup Is the Cocktail Flavor Booster You Didn't Know You NeededRecipes
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 BeachRecipes
Mimic vacation vibes with this refreshing sipper.
Jun 29, 2020
Make a Bottomless Batch of This Cruise-Inspired CocktailRecipes
It's an easy way to re-create vacation vibes.
Jun 29, 2020
Does Liquor Ever Expire? Straight Up Cocktails and SpiritsSkills
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
What’s the Difference Between Whiskey and Bourbon?People
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
5 Reasons Why You Should Try a Margarita Without Orange LiqueurSkills
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
5 Super-Simple Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t MargaritasRecipes
Go beyond the margarita.
Apr 26, 2020
Recipe: Jamaican Sorrel PunchRecipes
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
Recipe: Chilean Holiday Punch (Cola de Mono)Recipes
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: Make-Ahead Eggnog French Toast CasseroleRecipes
Every single holiday season, without fail, this happens: I get a deep craving for eggnog, resist until I can’t resist any longer, buy a carton, pour myself a small glass, and find satisfaction in just a few sips. The problem is I leave myself with the majority of the carton left over after I’ve fulfilled my craving. What the heck do I do with all the rest? That’s when I end up scouring the internet for recipes using the remainder. Here’s the recipe I’ll now turn to.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Eggnog LattesRecipes
Skip the long line at the chain coffee shop when you’re craving an eggnog-flavored latte and settle for the real deal at home instead. With the help of a carton of store-bought eggnog and the slow cooker, you can make a big batch of eggnog lattes for a decadent holiday morning treat, or you can spike it with your favorite alcohol to sip after dinner while relaxing by the fire.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Coffee CreamerRecipes
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 CocktailsRecipes
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
Pitcher Drink Recipe: 4-Ingredient Sparkling White Peach SangriaRecipes
Great sangria can be refreshing, and it's perfect for a summer party.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe Review: Cajun Lemonade Straight Up Cocktails and SpiritsRecipes
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
The Best Drink Recipe to Close the Summer in Style: Bajan Rum PunchRecipes
With all the fabulous Latin American food this week on The Kitchn I’ve been craving an equally suited cocktail. With a little digging and, I’ll be honest, some taste-testing too, I found a great drink that stays with our Latin American theme and it’s perfect for toasting the end of summer this Labor Day weekend. If you’re into rum, rum drinks, or the history of booze in general you’ll love this sip.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Frozen White Wine Sangria with Stone Fruit & MangoRecipes
Sangria is one of the oldest forms of cocktails on the planet. We’ve been mixing wine, spirits, and fruit for thousands of years. There’s no wonder sangria has survived this long: it’s delicious. This particular sangria blanca is a twist on the southern Spanish classic, Zurra, a white wine-based sangria mixed with peaches or nectarines. Sangria is nature’s bounty in a glass. It conjures up summertime memories and it’s packed with fruit.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber SangriaRecipes
It's the only excuse you need to throw a party.
Jan 29, 2020
After-Dinner Recipe: Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage & PeppercornsRecipes
I am such a fan of the after-dinner drink. Sure, you’ve had your bubbly to start, and your red wine with the meal, but hopefully you’ve saved a little room for a digestif, a hot tipple to round off the meal and smooth your way into the evening. For our small, swanky Thanksgiving menu, I knew I wanted just such a drink, leaving something warm in guests’ hands as they lingered around the table, talking into the evening. And the right book fell into my lap the moment I needed it.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Black Magic SangriaRecipes
This is the Halloween cocktail you’ve been searching for. With no smoky special effects from dry ice or creepy eyeball garnishes, this deep, dark red wine sangria comes together without fuss yet feels just as celebratory as those other spooky drinks. It’s an understated take on the holiday — something that fits in at the big costume party but also feels right being sipped with friends from the neighborhood while the kids are out trick-or-treating.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Cranberry Pitcher MargaritasRecipes
The best cocktails don’t require a whole lot of effort, but win accolades with friends. This is one of those cocktails. It starts as a classic crowd-pleaser — the margarita — and then leans into fall with the help of plenty of tart cranberry juice. If you’re hosting Friendsgiving this year, this is the easy pitcher drink to serve while the turkey is roasting and friends trickle in with stuffing and mashed potatoes and pies.
Jan 29, 2020