Cocktails are the focus of this week's New York Times Dining Section. After two weeks of cover-to-cover turkey tips, this week provides some bubbly, boozy relief. Perhaps this Special Drinks Issue is The Time's early homage to Repeal Day?
Knock It, Then Try It: Pete Wells takes us to the cocktail test kitchen and shows just how much power the title of a recipe has. I'd rather serve a Stray Dog than a Pernod and Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, wouldn't you? Plus a slide show with recipes for Horseradish Pomegranate Margarita, Malta Fizz, and The Love Unit.
All but Lost, Rye is Revived as the Next Boutique Find: Rye is ready for its close up, says Eric Asimov.
• The Weighty Responsibility of Drinking for Two: Julia Moskin looks for medical research about why pregnant women should avoid alcohol, as well as soft cheese and fresh orange juice. "What were the real risks of having a glass of wine on my birthday?" she asks.
• Stand-Up Party Food Without a Punch Line: I was hoping for an easy holiday punch recipe, but this week, the Minimalist makes some snacks to go along with all these cocktails: Polpetti, Grilled Chicken Wings, Gougères, and Asian Corn Fritters
• Specialty Tonic Waters, Subtly Sweet: A tonic water tasting, including one flavored with "Sicilian lemons, African marigolds and hand-pressed Tanzanian orange oil".