Cocktail

Our Homemade Limoncello Is Wayyy Easier Than You’d Expect

There’s a lot to love about Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales—our most recent Piglet champion!—but one thing excited me most: vodka. Which, if you know me, doesn’t make any sense. Because I hate vodka. Or I thought I did. Kachka’s first chapter is all about vodka—or, more specifically, infusing it. Tarragon, horseradish, chamomile, cacao nib, cranberry, strawberry. From Morales’s perspective, the possibilities are practically endless: “Alcohol is the perfect vehicle to both preserve and amplify flavors,” she writes. Read More >> …

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How to DIY a Champagne Tower for Your Your Best New Year’s Yet

Let’s face it: even the most well-thought out and well-intentioned New Year’s Eve plans are probably going to have to scale back in some way this year. One day, we promise, you’ll be able to overpay for tickets to a NYE event, sipping watered-own cocktail after watered-down cocktail to make the most of the open bar before midnight rolls around. We can also promise (with almost 100% certainty) that such a New Year’s will make you yearn for the years you spent it cuddled up on the couch, eating frozen Trader Joe’s apps, and drinking all the sparkling wine your little heart desired. For now, though, your pared-down gathering can get a little gussied up. And by a little, we mean with minimal effort and maximum effect. What are we referring to? A champagne tower, of course. Is there anything more over-the-top New Year’s than a champagne tower? No, no there is not. And good news…

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2 Wintry Riffs on the Classic Negroni Cocktail

We’ve teamed up with NOLET’S Gin to share our favorite wintry riffs on the classic Negroni cocktail—from spice-infused to seasonal apple. To make these sippers really shine, we’re using NOLET’S Silver Gin, a floral and fruit-forward spirit crafted with real botanicals and over 330 years of Nolet family experience. It’s that time of year again—the time when many of us start to adjust to shorter days and settle into the longer nights. We’ll bundle up, hunker down, and grab a glass of something comforting. Oftentimes, that glass of something is a darker, browner spirit. But this season, I’m leaning on one of my favorite clear spirits, gin, to mix up a cocktail classic: the Negroni. Read More >> …

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24 Best Gin Cocktails to Shake, Stir, & Sip

Gin cocktails can range from refreshing sips featuring mint leaves, tonic water, and lemon simple syrup to the bold and bitter, like a Negroni made with dry gin, dry vermouth, and Campari. In this roundup of 24 essential gin cocktail recipes, we’ll start you off with the basics—a classic (and a frozen!) gin and tonic—before diving into the frothy, fizzy, and everything in between. From Our Shop The Homemade Gin Kit $50

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20 Best Bourbon Cocktail Recipes That Everyone Will Love (Promise)

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20 Best Bourbon Cocktail Recipes That Everyone Will Love (Promise)

When you picture bourbon and whiskey, what comes to mind? Bonfires and campgrounds, buffalo plaid, a cozy knit blanket, and maybe some softly falling snow, right? But bourbon is delicious 365 days a year—it all depends on the type of bourbon you choose and how you shake (or stir) it up for a cocktail. But before we dive in to our favorite bourbon cocktail recipes, let’s get a brief bourbon 101. For starters, what’s the difference between bourbon and whiskey? “All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon,” explains Ashley Barnes, co-founder and master blender for Off-Hours Bourbon. “Whiskey is the overall category, and bourbon is a subclass within that category,” she says. In order for whiskey to be classified as bourbon, Barnes says that it must be made with 51 percent corn, has to be aged in a new charred oak barrel, and must be made in the United States. Read More >>…

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Nonalcoholic Drinks Finally Taste Great—Here Are 12 of Our Faves

For too long, the options in the nonalcoholic section of restaurant menus or liquor stores were cloying “mocktails” and syrupy fruit sodas, or maybe a dusty bottle of barely-hoppy 0 percent ABV beer. Not the case these days. As sobriety, “dry” months, or even just saying “I’m not drinking tonight” become more socially acceptable than ever before, the beverages had to catch up. “Serendipitously, I removed alcohol from my life right around the time that alcohol-free mixed drinks were starting to be taken more seriously,” says Julia Bainbridge, author of the book Good Drinks, noting that over the past few years, bartenders have looked beyond the mocktail (“ick!”), and that people—whether they were sober or not—were interested in the results. “I knew I wouldn’t be writing the first book on nonalcoholic drinks, but I also knew my work could capitalize on this newfound acceptance and energy.” Good Drinks is a collection of nonalcoholic recipes that aren’t…

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How Cindy’s Coquito Became My Go-To Holiday Drink

We teamed up with LG Studio to share the holiday-ready drink we’ll be sipping throughout the season: Puerto Rican coquito. Creamy and dreamy, this classic Christmas beverage stars rum, condensed milk, and of course, coconut. For added presentation points, serve it with a sphere of Craft Ice™ from the LG Studio InstaView refrigerator, along with a sprinkle of grated cinnamon. Having been born and raised in South Florida, a frosty, snow-filled Christmas was never really in the books for me. Swap out crackling fireplaces and sledding for breezy palm trees, not to mention tons of humidity, and you’ve got yourself a Miami winter. So it’s not changing leaves or chilly temps that mark the beginning of a typical holiday season in my mind—it’s the parties. Read More >> …

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The Whisky-Tea Highball I’ll Be Sipping This Thanksgiving

We teamed up with Johnnie Walker to share a cocktail that’s a twist on the old-school highball. With a mix of smoky flavor, ginger, and spice, it’s a cozy special-occasion drink you can sip throughout the holidays and beyond. For me, Thanksgiving has always been about gathering with and giving to others. I’ve been hosting and cooking a Thanksgiving meal for over 10 years now, no matter the size of my home or the state of my kitchen. My first was in a teeny East Village apartment, where I stirred gravy and cooked cranberry sauce over a hot plate that the landlord had dropped off after five months of no heat or gas. Read More >> …

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A Citrusy Bourbon Cocktail to Serve & Sip on Thanksgiving

We’ve partnered with Basil Hayden’s®—makers of smooth, spicy-sweet Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that’s perfect for mixing into cocktails or drinking neat—to celebrate special moments with friends and family. Throughout the season, we’ll be highlighting delicious ideas for enjoying bourbon with your closest loved ones at small, intimate gatherings, from low-key backyard hangouts to special holiday dinners. Here, we’re sharing the cocktail our Resident Bartender Elliott Clark will be serving up to his closest pals this Thanksgiving: a perfectly balanced bourbon sipper, starring Basil Hayden’s and hints of citrus. Read More >> …

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A Complete Guide To What Every Single Dress Code Really Means

From formal to festive—and everything in between. …

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The Story of Argentina’s Most Popular Hangover Cure

What do you get when you combine a storied Italian hangover remedy and a beloved American cure-all? Argentina’s go-to cocktail, but of course. Read More >> …

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5 Impressive Garnish Ideas That Bring the Cocktail Bar Home

We’ve partnered with Drinkworks to share totally doable, yet impressive ideas for dressing up all types of cocktails, from a spiced cranberry punch to a classic Old Fashioned. (Psst: These sips are ready at the push of a button when you’re using their countertop Drinkmaker!) When I make cocktails at home, for no one but myself, there’s not much presentation to it: a glass, ice, and maybe a squeeze of lime or slap of mint (slapping your herbs is actually the most effective way to release their flavor). Read More >> …

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Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail is a classic party appetizer that needs to be at your next gathering! This party favorite is easy to throw together and can be made in advance.  Every holiday party needs Shrimp Cocktail! It’s a simple and delicious appetizer that everyone know and loves. For more yummy appetizers at your party, try Easy… …

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17 Classic Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make

It’s 4 o’clock somewhere, right? When it comes to cocktails, the classics are time-honored for a reason. Take, for instance, the gin martini, or the Old Fashioned—not to mention margaritas, mojitos, and real, classic daiquiris (not the strawberry slushy kind, delicious though those might be). There’s a reason millions of people search for these recipes a month: They just work.
It helps, then, to have at least a handful of staple cocktail recipes up your sleeve, not just for when you have friends over for dinner, but also for yourself. Because is there anything better than mixing yourself up a cocktail from scratch? Whether they’re IBA “official” or not, these are the 20 classic cocktails we think everyone should know how to make (or at least try!). Read More >> …

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17 Classic Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make

It’s 4 o’clock somewhere, right? When it comes to cocktails, the classics are time-honored for a reason. Take, for instance, the gin martini, or the Old Fashioned—not to mention margaritas, mojitos, and real, classic daiquiris (not the strawberry slushy kind, delicious though those might be). There’s a reason millions of people search for these recipes a month: They just work.
It helps, then, to have at least a handful of staple cocktail recipes up your sleeve, not just for when you have friends over for dinner, but also for yourself. Because is there anything better than mixing yourself up a cocktail from scratch? Whether they’re IBA “official” or not, these are the 20 classic cocktails we think everyone should know how to make (or at least try!). Read More >> …

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The Wine & Sorbet Slushies I’ll Be Sipping All Spring

We’ve partnered with Sofia Wines to share simple, springtime recipes that are best enjoyed outside—and with a glass of wine. If the winter holidays are for turkey and sugar cookies, and long summer days are for lobster rolls and hamburgers, then spring is for lemony shrimp scampi…and rosé. Super dry or fruity-sweet, with bubbles or without, sipping on a glass of your favorite rosé on a crisp, sunny afternoon is the epitome of the season. Read More >> …

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These 8 Wow-Worthy Cocktails Are All Winners in My Book

We’re revealing the finalists and grand prize-winning entries for our partner Cointreau’s Hollywood-inspired cocktail contest! The lucky winners will receive a trip for two to the Cannes International Film Festival in France. Here are the nominees. If you happened to watch the Academy Awards this past Sunday, you might have seen the dazzling red carpet couture, watched Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s live performance of “Shallow” in complete and total awe, and laugh-cried with Olivia Colman as she gave her “Best Actress” speech (I know I did). Of course, my Oscars night wouldn’t have been complete without the requisite snacks and a special cocktail inspired by one of my all-time favorite movies. Read More >> …

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The One Ingredient That Will Punch Up Your Holiday Bar

Welcome to Nifty, Gifty Holidays, our guide for all the little, magical ways we make the season sparkle. Today, we’re getting ready to ring in the New Year with a simple but special cocktail. If you’re like me, you prefer to stay in on New Year’s Eve. In New York City especially, pricey restaurant menus and crowded bars are far less appealing than house parties or cozy get-togethers at home. But not going out can sometimes feel not really special. Over the years, I’ve landed on a few reliable ways to make any casual gathering (even just for two) still feel fun and celebratory. Really good snacks is one way—think deviled eggs, pigs in blankets, cheesy dips—but you probably could’ve guessed that. Games is another (a few faves: Catch Phrase, Joking Hazard, Codenames, Five Crowns, and charades, of course.) And a fancy drink is the last. Wine, beer, and straight liquor are solid bar standbys,…

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The *Even* Simpler Simple Syrup Your Cocktails Have Been Waiting For

We’ve partnered with Agave In The Raw to share recipes, tips, and stories that highlight delicious, and even unexpected, ways to use naturally sweet agave nectar. Given a choice, I will always go for a cocktail. Nothing against beer or wine, of course; I’m more than happy to pop open a bottle. I just tend to prefer the complexity and creativity of a mixed drink. Read More >> …

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A Refreshing, Lemony Session Cocktail Perfect for Slow Summer Sipping

Everywhere you turn this summer, there’s no escaping the signature drink ruling the roost: the Aperol Spritz. It’s impossible to hit up a bar or friendly gathering without encountering the unofficial summer drink of 2018. And I can totally see why the Italian apéritif is so popular—the color alone screams PARTY!, doesn’t it? I love it as much as the next person does, but guess what? There’s another low-alcohol cocktail that’s captured my summer heart. Read More >> …

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5 Refreshing Spritzes for All Your Summertime Needs

Exhausted from a seven-hour flight seated next to a crying toddler, I followed my family around the streets of Rome like a zombie. My mom snapped what I assume will be Christmas card photos in front of the Trevi Fountain. My sister dragged us to the Pantheon before zipping over to the Borghese Gallery. My dad refused to let me nap because I “needed to acclimate to the timezone.” Sensing my impending crash, my sister suggested a break from the walking, directing our family to a rooftop bar. Read More >> …

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