Mexican-style horchata made with rice and almonds gets a southeast Asian-style lift from bright lemongrass and ginger.
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Lately one of my favorite ways to use blood orange juice is with whiskey. Both ingredients have a certain amount of sweetness, but the citrusy sourness of the blood orange helps liven up the richness of whiskey. Looking to add a little depth to the cocktail, I added a hint of honey syrup.
Grapefruit, with its slightly bitter punch, used to throw me for a loop, but lately I've taken a real liking to it, embracing the pungent flavor. One of the ways I eased into is by pairing it with another strong flavor like ginger. Together this duo is hard to beat—spicy, citrusy and bright. But turn the duo into a trio by adding a little bubbly over top, and you've got yourself a cocktail that will keep you on your toes.
I like to pair pomelo with herbal flavors, especially basil. The slight sweetness of both the pomelo and basil work really well together, but they're both able to hold their own and bring depth to a cocktail
A sweeter cousin to the common (and more sour) Eureka lemon, Meyer lemons are differentiated by their thin, smooth, slightly more orange-colored rind. With a more delicate, floral flavor, Meyer lemons are an easy way to make a common lemon-based cocktail a little more special.
When incorporating persimmons into seasonal cocktails, the first step is to make a purée. This slightly thick, bright orange liquid that has notes of sweet earthiness. To bring a little punch to the cocktail, I added lime and gin to create a persimmon sour. The final cocktail is a bold, orange-hued drink that is at first sour, then earthy and rich. It's the kind of drink that will keep you on your toes.
This recipe for a kumquat whiskey sour by Feizal Valli at the Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama is perfect for a little winter pick-me-up. It pairs the bright, zesty flavor of kumquats, fresh lemon, and lime juice with the rich warmth of whiskey. It's perfectly balanced and a little dangerous—it's so delicious, you're going to want more than one.
Looking for a little pick-me-up after the holidays, I decided a daiquiri—which is traditionally made with lime juice, rum and sugar—would be the perfect candidate for a little winter experimentation. The blood orange juice gives the cocktail a lovely red hue and brings a bright flavor to the drink.
I have three criteria for a tasty party drink: it has to be delicious, lovely to look at, and easy to make. That's where sparkling wine comes in, jazzed up with a bit of pomegranate juice and some ginger liqueur.
This mojito has been dressed up for a little winter partying with the help of muddled cranberries and a warm cinnamon and orange syrup, plus a dollop of dark rum for added richness.
Olive-sized kumquats have an edible peel that's sweet while the flesh is tart. A hearty muddling brings out the oils from their skin as well as the juice from their flesh, bringing that tartness that's key to a balanced margarita.
With December creeping in we're about to get into serious winter weather—you know, cold, snowy, let's-stay-inside kind of weather. This is when I reach for the warming whiskey. But just because you're stuck inside doesn't mean you shouldn't do it up.
We tend to associate the word "smoothie" with sweet beverages, but savory smoothies like this one are among my favorites. One step beyond a Virgin Mary, this Mary is virtuous because it includes whole celery stalks and tomatoes.
I'm the first to admit skepticism about the term "superfoods"—I think all whole foods (and pizza slices and cheeseburgers) are pretty super when you come right down to it. But I still can't resist a healthy and delicious smoothie packed with some of the most-touted superfoods, including blueberries, almonds, and raw cacao.
In a post-Thanksgiving food coma, it can be tempting to give up on pumpkin altogether for a while. But that would be a shame, because pumpkin has so much to offer in both the flavor and nutrition departments. This healthy smoothie hits all the right flavor notes for a pumpkin dessert, but it hits them lightly. It's a nice way to carry on with the spirit of the season while being good to your body.
Fresh cranberries have so much potential beyond that little dollop of sauce sitting next to the Thanksgiving turkey, but it often goes unexplored. Why not round out your cranberry season with this healthful smoothie? It has a mild cranberry flavor with hints of banana, orange, and spice and is an easy way to pack a little more cranberry goodness into your life before the season disappears.
Let's be honest. Sometimes when we say "smoothie," we mean dessert masquerading as breakfast. Not so for this lean green smoothie, which is packed with nutrients and nutrients only. Don't be fooled, though. It's also delicious. The mango flavor dominates, with the arugula, lemon, and ginger spicing things up just enough to keep it interesting.
The flavors of this drink—sage, grapefruit, lemon, and gin—balance bright and energetic with smooth and herbal. They're flavors that fit right in with this time of the year, perhaps even providing some inspiration for that yet-to-be-set Thanksgiving menu. And if you're not cooking, perhaps you may want to volunteer to make it for the host or hostess—they'll certainly appreciate it.
Pomegranate molasses is a gem of an ingredient that often gets overlooked. This sweet and tart syrup adds the perfect pop of flavor to cocktails—especially whiskey based ones.
Cranberries—a staple on the Thanksgiving dinner table—are a perfect ingredient for cocktails this time of year. Their ruby red hue brightens up any cocktail party and the juice brings a little life to familiar cocktails.