Lately I've been accumulating lots of bits and ends from my cooking: a leftover knob of ginger here, a bundle of beet and carrot tops there, and a mound of watermelon rinds left over from my first gorging session of the watermelon season. While the beet and carrot tops will eventually find their way into a stock or maybe a pesto, the inch of ginger and the watermelon rinds inspired this fizzy cocktail.
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Watermelon rind finds a new life as a tender-crisp cocktail garnish in this sparkling sweet and spicy cocktail.
Rambutan possesses a pleasant sweet-tartness that becomes much richer when you take it on a quick trip to the grill, where the sugars caramelize beautifully. The resulting slightly nutty flavors pair wonderfully with tequila, while fresh lime and grapefruit juice highlight the floral and tart elements of the rambutan in this drink.
This sweet-tart rambutan cocktail, made with blanco tequila, is a perfect summer escape.
If you're going to celebrate Independence day by a grill or on the beach, then you're going to need ice cold refreshments. Pull out your blender to prep a pitcher or two of frozen cocktails made with sweet summer fruit, or mix up a batch of sangria to bring along. Don't forget a booze-free option to keep the heat at bay, and be sure to stock up on ice to keep the party going. Here are 20 recipes to get you started.
When I start to think about making a punch, I get really excited. I'm not talking garbage-pail college drinks, but the real thing, historically made with an oleo-saccharum, which is just a fancy phrase for a mix of sugar and citrus peels that's packed with concentrated and complex flavor. This refreshing version calls in earthy gunpowder tea, gin, and both lemons and limes.
This summer punch bursts with tangy citrus and a touch of the unexpected, thanks to celery bitters.
Set side by side, rhum agricole stands tall compared to its cousins in the category. Where many mass-produced rums are heavy and a little one-note, rhum agricole is all about freshness and complexity, with an intriguing grassy and vegetal side from fresh sugarcane. Want to taste? Here are four great bottles to get you started.
If you think Pop appreciated the paperweight you got him for Father's Day last year, just wait till his eyes light up when you set a bottle of primo hooch and a chunky pair of tumblers on the table and wordlessly pour out two fingers. Nearly every dad who drinks would prefer a tasty dram to a new necktie on the third Sunday of June.
I set out to design a bourbon cocktail that Dad would want to drink for Father's Day and all summer long: something refreshing and a little savory, thanks to spices he never would have expected to find in his patio pitcher.
Five-spice syrup amps up the flavor in this refreshing bourbon pitcher cocktail.
"It's just a Paloma variation with a cordial instead of a grapefruit soda," Zac Overman, the bar manager of Seattle's Sitka & Spruce tells me. I consider his cordial a lesson in patience. Do a little work now, wait a bit, then reap far greater rewards than any instant-gratification solution would have provided.
This summer refresher from Zac Overman at Seattle's Sitka & Spruce is the perfect example of delayed gratification. Put in some advance work to make a rich, almost buttery sweet-tart grapefruit cordial and you have the makings of a whole pitcher's worth of drinks at a moment's notice.
These new twists on the classic Bloody Mary are so delicious, I may just try extra hard to guarantee some hangovers this summer, just to drink 'em away with one of these beverages come morning.
Summery chilled gazpacho is dosed with gin and spiced up for this light and refreshing take on the traditional Bloody Mary. Served with a garnish of pickled shrimp, it's the perfect excuse to have your brunch and drink it, too.
Smoky mezcal replaces vodka in this jalapeño-spiked take on the classic Bloody Mary. Served with a crisp bacon swizzle stick, it's the kind of savory, spicy cocktail that's equally at home on the brunch or dinner table.
Thai dipping sauce goes cocktail in this fish sauce-spiked Bloody Mary, seasoned with spicy sambal oelek, cilantro, and lime. It's topped with a glug of beer for some effervescence and garnished with a sprinkle of crunchy fried shallots.
It may or may not be full-on summer weather this Memorial Day, but it's always warm enough near the grill. And whether you're charring veggies, chicken, or steak, you're gonna get thirsty. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for Memorial Day cookout drinks, both boozy and alcohol-free.
Julie Reiner, co-owner of Brooklyn's Clover Club and Manhattan's Flatiron Lounge, shares her thoughts on great bars, terrible bars, how to throw an excellent cocktail party, and the best new and vintage cocktail books.
Right now rhubarb is all over the farmers market, most of it destined for pies. And I'll be frank: this sweet and tangy base of this cocktail, made with rhubarb and some woodsy, spicy vanilla, does taste like a pie in delicious liquid form. That familiar pie flavor plays really well against two unexpected cocktail ingredients: Scottish ale and Peruvian pisco.