Drinks In Recipes
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Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Super Greens Smoothie
Because you know, drinking your greens always feels good.
May 1, 2019
5 Smoothie Kits for a Week of Make-Ahead Breakfasts
By nature, smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast that are both nourishing and convenient to enjoy when you’re on the go. But there is a way to make them even easier. The key to a smart smoothie routine isn’t just the pairing of ingredients you load in the blender — it’s knowing the best way to get a jump-start on your favorite breakfast drink by making smoothie kits in advance.
May 1, 2019
These Drink-and-Dessert Combos Are Perfect for Halloween
Bite-sized sweets and boozy treats.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Avolada Beer Cocktail
Think of this as a green version of a traditional tomato-based Michelada, made with avocado tomatillo salsa and served in a pitcher with chilled beer mugs rimmed with salted coriander. It’s especially refreshing when served with crispy tortilla or corn chips. The best salsas for beer cocktails are the small-batch kind found in the grab- and-go refrigerated cases in the deli section of the grocery store.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Zesty Mango-Peach Shandy
This light yet complex fruit shandy made with mango peach salsa, a bit of sugar, and freshly squeezed lemon will have you thinking twice about what beer can do in a cocktail. Serve this number with fresh wedges of mango and chili powder to up the heat! The best salsas for beer cocktails are the small-batch kind found in the grab- and-go refrigerated cases in the deli section of the grocery store.
May 1, 2019
Michelada: a Mexican Cocktail That Combines the Tang of Bloody Marys With Your Favorite Beer
For when you need something fresh, festive, and fast.
May 1, 2019
7 Smoothies That Will Give You an Energy Boost
Low-energy bouts are a reality we all face and are constantly battling, due to our busy schedules. While a piece of chocolate or a shot of espresso can be a quick fix, there’s an even better answer: a wholesome smoothie that not only boosts your energy but also assists with the hunger that so often comes with an afternoon slump.
May 1, 2019
10 Simple Infused Waters That Will Help You Hydrate
While we all know the importance of drinking plenty of water each day, we also know how hard it can be to do — it’s not exactly the most exciting beverage to enjoy. Since water is such a blank slate, however, it’s pretty easy to make it a whole lot more fun. Rummage through your fridge for some fresh fruit and herbs to add flavor and color and you may never be bored with a pitcher of water again. Here are 10 of our most favorite infusions.
May 1, 2019
This Sparkling Cucumber Basil Lemonade Is So Refreshing
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. I’m obsessed with fancy lemonade — the kind with fresh ingredients and bright flavors that cools you off and looks good in your glass. It’s the perfect refreshment to enjoy while you kick back and enjoy a shady spot in hot weather.
May 1, 2019
10 Rumchata Cocktails That You Need to Make This Winter
If you’ve ever thought about bottling up the resulting milk from a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and then adding alcohol to it (because why not?), I have a very special liqueur to tell you about. Rumchata is exactly what it sounds like: Rum mixed with cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar (so kinda like a horchata). If that sounds dreamy, you’re correct.
Dec 1, 2018
This Frozen Mimosa Is What Brunch Dreams Are Made Of
By now you’ve probably heard of frosé, or frozen rosé — but have you heard of frozecco? Essentially a frozen mimosa, with orange juice, Prosecco, and ice, a glass of frozecco is the perfect thing to serve at brunch this weekend. If you want to sip frozecco this weekend, you’ll need to get a head start the day before to allow the Prosecco to freeze. Simply pour Prosecco into a 13×9-inch baking dish and place it in the freezer overnight.
Sep 8, 2017
The One Thing You Need for Better Iced Tea
If you haven’t mixed up a pitcher of iced tea yet this summer, I urge you to do so immediately. Cold and refreshing, iced tea is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer evening. And I’ve got just the thing to make your next batch the best you’ve ever made. Can you guess what it is? Flavored ice cubes! Sweetened ice cubes with lemon slices and fresh mint, to be exact.
Aug 23, 2017
This Green Matcha Sangria Will Blow People’s Minds
You’ve probably had a matcha latte before, and you’ve also probably (I hope!) had a glass of sangria, but have you ever combined the two? Before you write this unlikely pairing off as too weird, remember that Starbucks recently came out with a matcha lemonade. This cold, refreshing use of matcha for a summertime sipper inspired Shelly Westerhausen, of Vegetarian Ventures, to make matcha sangria. And I’m so glad she did.
Aug 8, 2017
Please Make These Raspberry Rosé Slushies ASAP
It’s summer, it’s Friday, and it’s unbearably hot outside, which can only mean one thing: you need a frosty drink. This rosé slushie is just the ticket. Blended with fresh strawberries and raspberries, it’s tart, sweet, and, most importantly, icy-cold. Similar to our frosé, this slushie recipe calls for freezing rosé in ice cube molds ahead of time. You’ll pour half a bottle into the trays and reserve the other half for later.
Jul 21, 2017
Put Those Cherries & Berries to Use with This Summer Sangria
It’s summer, which means berries and cherries are in season right now at your local farmers market. Grab a couple pints, then mix up a pitcher of this sangria. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for patio parties. What more could you want? Traditionally sangria is a bit heavier, with red wine and brandy, but this version calls for white wine and limoncello instead. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fruity, while the limoncello offers a tart, sweet note.
Jul 7, 2017
Cauliflower (Yes, Cauliflower!) Is the Secret to This Frozen Hot Cocoa
If you’ve never had the pleasure of drinking a frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3 in New York City, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. Essentially a frozen shake that tastes like hot chocolate, it’s delicious, but it’s sure to leave you with a sugar hangover. This recipe from My New Roots puts a healthy spin on this sweet concoction, so you can drink it for breakfast and not worry about crashing a few hours later.
Jun 15, 2017
I Tried Making Whole-Lemon Blender Lemonade and Here’s How It Went
I imagine that many of us have sweet memories from days gone by of making lemonade in the kitchen with our parents or grandparents. Even if you grew up in a “from concentrate” or “bottled beverage” family, there’s a good chance you’ve given it a whirl as an adult. But have you ever tried making whole-lemon lemonade? As in, blending a whole lemon, ice, and sugar? We did — here’s how it went.
Jun 13, 2017
Start Your Day with This Turmeric & Almond Milk
Have you tried turmeric milk? Somewhat of a complicated, controversial drink, it’s been hailed as a preventative tool and cure-all for a myriad of ailments, and also criticized for its cultural appropriation and overstated health claims. That’s why I was so happy to come across this recipe for turmeric almond milk from Chitra Agrawal’s cookbook Vibrant India (by way of Laura over at A Beautiful Plate).
Apr 20, 2017
Start Your Morning with a Matcha Mint Shake
Spring is finally here! To celebrate the return of growth and flowers and green things, let’s all make this verdant green matcha mint milkshake. But don’t be fooled by the name — there’s no actual ice cream in here, so it’s totally fair game for breakfast. In order to avoid watering down the milkshake, the author doesn’t use ice here — instead she pours a can of coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freezes it. So smart!
Apr 13, 2017
This Smoothie Is Packed with Veggies (but Tastes Like Chocolate)
If you’re trying to up your veggie intake, a great way to do so is to squeeze in a few at breakfast. That way you’re starting your day on a vegetable-filled note! Smoothies are the perfect vessels for this, as they can be super filling (if you’re smart about what you add!) and mask the flavor of things like spinach and, in this case, sweet potato and cauliflower. Yes, sweet potato and cauliflower!
Apr 6, 2017
You Need This Red Velvet Hot Chocolate in Your Life
It’s still technically winter, which means it’s still technically fair game to drink hot chocolate at every opportunity that presents itself. But once you’ve had your fill of standard hot chocolate, caramelized white chocolate hot chocolate, red wine hot chocolate, Nutella hot chocolate, and Mexican-spiced hot chocolate, promise me you’ll try this red velvet hot chocolate.
Mar 9, 2017
This Meyer Lemon & Honey Lassi Will Brighten Your Morning
When you’re smack-dab in the middle of winter — when the days are gray and the sun sets much too early — sometimes you need something cheery and bright to coax you out of your warm, cozy bed in the morning. Or perhaps you need a little pick-me-up when the 3 p.m. slump hits you hard and you feel like crawling under your desk for a nap. This lassi, which makes use of in-season Meyer lemon zest and juice, is definitely the right drink for the job.
Feb 15, 2017
This 6-Ingredient Smoothie Tastes Like a Blueberry Muffin
I’m always impressed by Larabars. With only a few ingredients, the bars manage to magically taste like the flavor printed on the wrapper. Case in point? The blueberry muffin bars. Somehow dates, cashews, blueberries, lemon, and vanilla combine to taste like a blueberry muffin — and that’s the same principle behind this smoothie. Blend some dates, vanilla extract, cashew butter, blueberries, almond milk, and a banana together and voila!
Feb 9, 2017
This Matcha-Honey Hot Chocolate Will Knock Your Socks Off
Today is National Hot Chocolate Day. Why not stray from your standard hot chocolate and try something a little more unique? This recipe — with white chocolate, matcha, and honey — is a great place to start. Making this hot chocolate couldn’t be easier. Simply warm milk, honey, white chocolate, matcha, and salt together in a saucepan until the chocolate is melted, and then turn off the heat and stir in some vanilla extract.
Jan 31, 2017
You Can Make This Vibrant Pomegranate Juice at Home
If you’ve ever had pomegranate juice, you know how delicious the tart beverage is. Enjoyed on its own or blended into smoothies or cocktails, pomegranate juice is a bright antidote to cold, gray winter days. And the best part? You can make it yourself at home! All you have to do is remove the seeds (or arils) from five or six pomegranates (we have a great tip for doing this!) and then purée the seeds in a blender.
Jan 17, 2017
An Easy, Festive Sangria for This Year’s Holiday Party
Looking for an easy cocktail to whip up for your holiday party this year? This sangria recipe is your best bet. Not only does it look and taste festive, but it also can be made in a big batch, which means you don’t have to play bartender all night to your guests. Win-win! Seriously, making sangria couldn’t be any simpler.
Dec 20, 2016
The Midwestern Drink That’s Making a Comeback
Every year as the weather grows cold, small red, white, and green plastic tubs suddenly line the shelves of grocery stores in the upper Midwest. Anyone not from the area might read the labels with total confusion: “Tom and Jerry Batter,” they say, often surrounded by drawings of holly leaves and snowy winter scenes. But this batter isn’t for cake, and it has nothing to do with the cartoon cat and mouse — it’s the base for a classic punch.
Dec 16, 2016
You Totally Can (and Should) Drink This Hot Chocolate for Breakfast
‘Tis the season for hot chocolate! The rich, sweet drink is a dessert mainstay during the holiday season, but what if you’re craving some for breakfast? If you’re feeling adventurous, try this unique twist on the cozy classic. This recipe calls for two noteworthy ingredients: cacao and maca. Here’s what the author has to say about them: Instead of cocoa, I decided to use a combo of cacao powder and maca powder.
Dec 13, 2016
Recipe: Watermelon Mimosas
Watermelon mimosas are just the thing you need for summer brunches. They are light, sweet, and bubbly to drink and beyond easy to make. Make quick watermelon purée — a wonderful way to use up excess watermelon and a refreshing drink all on its own — and mix with a nice dry Champagne or Prosecco. The watermelon purée in this drink is based on a classic agua fresca. Blend watermelon cubes with a little lime juice and strain it into a pitcher.
Aug 19, 2016
These Berry Slushies Are Drunk on Pinot Noir
Adult slushies are a thing, and I for one completely support their existence. In summer, when I’m looking for an ice-cold drink to beat the heat, a slushie is just the ticket. And a slushie with wine and fresh fruit? Now you’re really speaking my language. Now, these are not spur-of-the-moment slushies — you’ll need to plan ahead in order to make them a reality. First you have to pour a bottle of Pinot Noir into ice cube trays and freeze for a few hours until firm.
Aug 12, 2016
3 Fresh Ways to Make Homemade Lemonade This Summer
Do you crave lemonade in the summer? I do — especially if it’s homemade, so I can get the sweet-to-acid ratio just right. Luckily, the homemade version is so easy that it’s never a problem to have some around. Variations, of course, are welcome if not encouraged. Here are three that have been on rotation in my kitchen since June.
Aug 9, 2016
Recipe: Arnold Palmer Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs
There's something magical that happens when you combine iced tea with lemonade.
May 10, 2016
15 Wine Slushies You Need to Drink Outside This Summer
Frosé (frozen rosé) received a lot of attention the last couple years, but that’s just the beginning of your frozen boozy adventure. It turns out that you slushy-fy any of your favorite wines. Throw some frozen fruit, your choice of wine, and maybe some ice cubes into a blender, and pour it into an icy glass. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Here’s a few of our favorites right now.
May 2, 2016
This Golden Milk Cocoa Will Make You a Morning Person
Have you heard of golden milk? This warm beverage, which combines ground turmeric, milk, and coconut oil, is beloved by natural health enthusiasts for its anti-inflammatory properties. This recipe takes things one step further with the addition of cocoa powder. It’s just like hot cocoa — only way better because you can have it for breakfast. There’s one ingredient in this recipe I wasn’t familiar with: ashwagandha powder.
Feb 17, 2016
Freeze-Ahead Berry Smoothie: The Video
If your winter meals are starting to look a little beige, this vibrant berry smoothie is here to help. Grab some frozen berries, an orange, some Greek yogurt, and coconut water – let’s make something delicious for breakfast. This smoothie is easy to adjust based on your preferences. You can choose any type of berry for this smoothie, but I went with frozen strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Like your smoothie a little less thick?
Jan 26, 2016
Pomegranate & Orange Champagne Punch Is the Antidote to Winter
When you need a little pick-me-up — a punch (pun intended) of color and flavor to get you through the winter doldrums — just whip up a batch of this pomegranate and orange Champagne punch. It’s like a jolt of sunshine in the form of a drink. I mean, how beautiful is this punch? The pomegranate and orange juices, along with the extra-special ice cubes — with fresh mint leaves and pomegranate seeds inside! — make for a truly stunning drink.
Dec 18, 2015
Cheers to the Weekend with a Grapefruit-Rosemary Moscow Mule
Are you ready for a cocktail? This twist on a Moscow Mule — with fresh grapefruit juice and rosemary — might be just the thing you need to start your weekend off on the right foot. This recipe, which conveniently serves one person, has all the requisite Moscow Mule ingredients — fresh lime juice, vodka, ginger beer — but you add some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and rosemary to amp things up.
Nov 6, 2015
Yes, You Can Make Margaritas Inside a Watermelon
You’ve probably had a watermelon margarita before (if not, you’re missing out!), but what about a margarita made inside of a watermelon? Yes, this is a thing you can (and should) do. Grab a watermelon, some tequila, and an immersion blender — it’s margarita time.
Aug 27, 2015
Now You Can Have Your Sangria and Eat It Too
Sangria is a summertime staple, and rightly so — it’s cold, refreshing, and makes good use of in-season fruit. The next time you’re craving a pitcher of sangria (which, let’s be honest, will most likely be this weekend), try the Spanish classic in cupcake form instead. Red wine, fresh fruit, cake, buttercream — what’s not to love?
Jul 28, 2015
Raise a Glass to Summer with This Rooibos Peach Punch
It’s summer. It’s hot outside. And there’s a holiday weekend on the horizon. You know what that means, right? Time to whip up a refreshing cocktail. One that’s got just the right hint of flavor and zing. One that’ll cool you down and help you get a little buzz on. This rooibos peach punch is just the ticket. This cocktail is like an upgraded version of Snapple peach iced tea — with booze. I mean, how can you go wrong?
Jun 29, 2015
This Blood Orange Punch Is the Perfect Way to Celebrate Negroni Week
Happy Negroni Week! Yes, you read that right — an entire week devoted to the slightly sweet, slightly bitter darling of the cocktail world. The festivities end on June 7, so you officially have two more days to celebrate. This big-batch version of a negroni, served in a punch bowl, will certainly do the trick.
Jun 5, 2015
Summer Treat: Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes for Cold Drinks
Dark chocolate ice cubes are a great way to sneak some chocolate into your hot weather routine. These beauties would be perfect as a addition to your afternoon iced coffee or plunked into a glass of cold milk. Add them to chocolate milk if you want to get really crazy. The kicker? These ice cubes are so easy to make! You only need three ingredients: cocoa, water, and agave. These would also make for a totally acceptable summer snack if you’d rather not add them to your drink.
Jun 30, 2014
Recipe: Vanilla Nectarine Agua Fresca
I have two goals on hot summer days: stay hydrated and eat as much fruit as I can. Agua frescas are the perfect solution to both goals. Lately I’ve been whipping up these fruit juice blends every week, and so far, this vanilla nectarine version has to be my favorite. It’s the drink-child of fresh peach ice cream and takes about two minutes to make.
Jun 17, 2014
Recipe: Spicy Ginger Lemonade
The allure of lemonade is in its balance between sweet and tart, but since I can’t leave well enough alone, I’m always tweaking it by introducing a third flavor. Lately I’ve been loving the addition of heat, especially in the form of a spicy ginger syrup. The kick from a homemade fresh ginger syrup amps up the addictive quality of this warm weather beverage. It’s that sweet-sour combination that comes through first, while the heat settles in at the end of the gulp.
May 27, 2014
Winter Recipe: Caramelized White Chocolate “Hot Chocolate”
By now, we’ve all met our quota of eggnog, peppermint, and pumpkin-spice inspired hot chocolate (not to mention a lifetime supply of plain cocoa), but we still need something sweet to warm us up on a wintery night. I’ve got a soft spot for white hot chocolate, which is as comforting as a glass of hot milk can be, but equally snooze-inducing. To mix things up, I decided to caramelize the white chocolate beforehand.
Jan 7, 2014
Recipe: Grapefruit Honey Ginger Soda
Though it may be chilly outside, I think the beginning of the year is an excellent time for a glass of homemade grapefruit ginger soda. I came up with this recipe when my partner swore off commercial soda, and after months of holiday indulgence, the light and tangy fizz is most welcome. The soda is sweetened with honey, not sugar, and the ginger provides a note of warmth for winter. This recipe is for a syrup that you can mix with carbonated water (store-bought or homemade).
Jan 6, 2014
Holiday Recipe: Hot Amarula Thai Tea
If there is one must-add to your holiday bar setup this year it’s Amarula. This cream liqueur, made from the Marula fruit, is rich and creamy and delicious in all sorts of holiday inspired cocktails. In Africa, where the Marula fruit trees are plentiful, elephants walk for miles following the sweet scent until they find this sun-ripened fruit to feast upon. Lucky for us there’s no need to trek hundreds of miles to have a sip.
Dec 3, 2013
Summer Recipe: Sweet Cherry Syrup (No Cherry Pitter Required!)
A handful of sweet, juicy cherries epitomizes great summer eating but sometimes that dark, sweet flavor needs to be shared, needs a friend, needs to mingle. Cherries and lime? Friends. Cherries and shaved ice? Best buds. Do I even need to mention how close cherries and bourbon are? That’s why it’s best to take at least a pound or two and reduce them to their purest form.
Aug 14, 2013
Drink Your Melon with This Cocktail! Melon Stand Cocktail
The Fourth of July weekend included our annual summer kick-off: a backyard campout complete with too much food and lots of leftovers, including a big bowl of the sweetest watermelon. I couldn’t have been happier to juice it, strain it and quickly transform into a perfect summer sip for this week’s 10-minute happy hour.
Jul 12, 2013
Summer Cocktail Recipe: Sweet & Sour Cherry Sparkler
This week I was all set to share a spicy cocktail recipe, but then I came upon the sweetest bunch of cherries at the market. You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So when life gave me cherries I made a cherry-infused cocktail for this week’s 10-Minute Happy Hour! I love cherry pie, but making pie dough was no where near my to-do list this week. Instead, I went to the shaker, or shall I say jam jars, for some drink inspiration.
May 31, 2013
Cinco de Mayo Brunch Cocktail Recipe: The Bloody Maria
Where there’s brunch, there are Bloody Marys. So at today’s Cinco de Mayo brunch celebration, it just makes sense that we’ll be happily sipping Mary’s Mexican cousin: the Bloody Maria. The Bloody Maria is the same as a Bloody Mary, but tequila takes the place of vodka, giving this brunch favorite a simple and delicious makeover.
May 3, 2013
A Cooling Cocktail for a Spicy Meal: Coconut, Ginger & Cilantro Cocktail
At our house we entertain — a lot. Asian-inspired dishes like Thai curry, Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwiches, and sushi are often on the menu. Sriracha is our condiment of choice, and while we enjoy cold beer to tame its heat, the search for the perfect cocktail to pair with it has finally come to a very happy ending with this week’s drink. Cilantro is one of those flavors you either love or you vehemently despise. I happen to love it.
Apr 26, 2013
Bright, Fruity & Refreshing: 10 Thirst-Quenching Aguas Frescas
One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy fresh fruit is in an agua fresca, a beverage made with pureed fruit, water, a touch of sugar and maybe some lime juice or herbs. Here in Los Angeles, every taco stand worth its salt has a big jar or three of the brightly-colored drinks standing by, but you don’t have to be eating a drippy carnitas taco to enjoy the thirst-quenching, pure fruit flavor of aguas frescas. Especially not when they are this easy to make at home.
Jun 7, 2012
Drink Recipe: Caffè Shakerato con Gelato
For a summertime treat that’s a snap – or a shake – to create, consider the shakerato. This gelato-infused version makes a quick yet elegant after-dinner coffee and dessert rolled into one.We’ve written about our love for the caffè shakerato before – this Italian warm-weather drink typically consists of espresso, sugar, and ice agitated in a cocktail shaker until smooth and frothy.
May 25, 2012
White Coffee: A Soothing, Caffeine-Free Drink from Lebanon
One of the most pleasurable cups of coffee I’ve ever sipped wasn’t actually made from coffee beans at all – it was Lebanese “white coffee,” a soothing tisane made from sweet-scented orange flower water.The first time I had this beverage was at a Lebanese restaurant in Paris; everyone else at my table ordered coffee and when I declined, the waiter offered to bring me his favorite after-dinner drink.
Feb 29, 2012
For Valentine’s Day: The His & Hers Gin and Tonics
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and if you have a special someone in your life (or even if you don’t), you may want to make a few drinks. These gin and tonic variations are labeled ‘his’ and ‘hers’, but don’t let yourself be limited. I enjoy a nice manly cocktail every now and then – and the pretty pink ‘hers’ variation is so delicious that men might find themselves reaching for it by the end of the night.
Feb 10, 2012
Drink Recipe: Kumquat Spritzer
Need a wintertime pick-me-up? Let me suggest this dazzling concoction: a bright and sunny soda featuring freshly muddled kumquats and pink peppercorn syrup.Making soda is a fun way to play with seasonal ingredients, and here in my Los Angeles neighborhood, this drink is entirely of the moment. This is the time of year when gardens and markets pop with the color of ripe kumquats. While these citrus fruits may be small, they pack vivid flavor.
Jan 25, 2012
Drink Recipe: Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Soda
Pink grapefruit and pomegranate comprise the main ingredients in this gorgeously hued soda, and yet you might have a hard time picking out either flavor. What it does taste like is the holidays: merry, bright, a little spiced and very festive.To make the syrup for this seasonal fruit soda, you simply simmer grapefruit and pomegranate juices with sugar and star anise.
Dec 14, 2011
Drink Recipe: Asian Pear Sparkler
With several of my family members and friends allergic to alcohol, I’m looking at the holidays as a time to invent seasonal, booze-free drinks that still feel special. This Asian pear sparkler is smooth and refreshing with an enticing undercurrent of warm autumn flavors. I love making drinks with seasonal fruit, simmering the juice with sugar, honey, and other ingredients to form a simple syrup that can be mixed with fizzy water and adjusted to each person’s preference for sweetness.
Nov 23, 2011
Cold-Weather Cocktail Recipe: Pumpkin Buttered Rum
pumpkin butter Alcohol always warms the body, and hot alcohol doubly so. Delight your guests, and warm your insides, with this tweak of an old recipe. Now, if you have never had hot buttered rum before, you may be a bit skeptical. Alcohol and butter? Believe and do not doubt. Butter adds a certain richness to this drink, as well as a bit of flavor. Imagine drinking a warm glass of boozy pumpkin pie. Don’t you love fall? Nancy Mitchell loves a hot drink on a cold day.
Nov 11, 2011
Homemade Concord Grape Soda from Saveur
I usually find sodas to be too sweet and syrupy for my taste. But homemade sodas? I can get on board with those. And when the arrival of Concord grapes at the market coincided with the arrival of this recipe in the October issue of Saveur, I was sold.Now, the Saveur recipe simply calls for a few cups of “pure Concord grape juice.” You can certainly buy this in bottles at Whole Foods and other stores, but with grapes in season, I figured why not go for the real deal?
Oct 18, 2011
Street Fair Food at Home: How to Make Frozen Lemonade
My first stop at any street fair during the summer is the frozen lemonade stand. Imagine lemonade, already a refreshing beverage, but frozen and shaved into a soft snowy mound directly in your glass. When the sun is beating down and there are funnel cakes and corn dogs yet to be found, there’s nothing better.Frozen lemonade is a bit different than its cousin, the Lemon Shake-Up. This is more like a granita, and in fact, it technically is a granita.
Jun 30, 2011
How to Make a Proper Pot of Afternoon Tea
Brewing up a pot of good quality loose leaf tea is a kitchen ritual that has saved my sanity more than once. There’s something about taking the time and care to do it right that soothes my soul and encourages contentment. Read on for my rather detailed step-by-step method for brewing a proper pot of black tea. But later in the day, I’m ready for a more refined experience and brewing up some good quality loose leaf tea is often just the treat I’m looking for.
Feb 11, 2011
Try This! Easy Homemade Ginger Ale
We have had an epiphany. And it’s called homemade ginger ale. You have to try this.We’ve made a version of this before using homemade ginger syrup, but this is a whole different ball game. This recipe from Crumpets and Cakes has you combine grated ginger, sugar, lemon juice, water, and a pinch of baker’s yeast in a 2-liter bottle. That little bit of yeast is all that’s needed to get this concoction nicely fizzy. After a few days, it’s ready to be sipped.
Aug 16, 2010
At-Home Frappuccinos — the Vietnamese Way Gourmet
Admit it, coffee purists. You fork over $5 for a Starbucks Frappuccino every once in a while. Or (West Coasters) an Ice Blended from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Sweetened coffee that’s whizzed into a morning milkshake is sometimes irresistible. One writer from Gourmet took a common Vietnamese drink and made a sweet, Frappuccino-like concoction that we wish we had in hand right about now…If, like us, you want the exact recipe, you’ll be disappointed.
Jun 4, 2009
Straight Up: What Is Cachaca?
A certain South American cocktail has been taking North America by storm. And suddenly a whole new market for a once little-known spirit has sprung up.The cocktail? The Caipirinha.The spirit? Cachaça.Of course, back in their birthplace of Brazil, cachaça (kah-SHAH-sa) – and Caipirinhas (kai-pee-REEN-yuhs) – are nothing new.
Jul 18, 2008