Scotch really is one of the most expensive drinks out there. But even if you're watching your wallet, there are some great bottles to try.
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Stash a bottle of amaretto in your freezer and you'll be ready to make the ultimate Almond Joy-inspired boozy milkshake.
A lightly-spiked take on the classic Almond Joy candy bar in milkshake form. Toasted coconut flakes and rich coconut cream add tropical flavor, while amaretto liqueur adds sweetness and a little bit of booze.
Don't call it grandma booze; we love crème de cassis! Our favorite brands, plus how to use this forgotten liqueur in drinks.
It's whiskey o'clock soon, right? These simple cocktails call for no vermouth or liqueur: just one bottle of bourbon.
These days, you can find beer pairings for everything from cheeses to Mexican food and beyond. But what about pairing beer with, well, more beer? No, I'm not about flights, I'm talking about blending: one of the easiest and most versatile two-ingredient cocktails you'll ever meet. Here are four fall-friendly combinations to get you started.
A simple, two-ingredient cocktail made by blending strong, hoppy IPA and bright citrusy wheat beer.
Toasty, malty, and a little nutty, brown ale is a natural partner for hard cider. Combined in this simple two-ingredient cocktail, they produce a mouth-coating caramel richness cut with a sharp rinse of tart cider.
Tart and fruity Flanders red ale and dark, creamy stout make a rich and satisfying two-ingredient cocktail with notes of caramel, chocolate, citrus, and berry.
Sweet, rich pumpkin ale combines with deeply smoky Rauchbier for a savory, funky two-ingredient beer cocktail that's perfect for fall.
One more piece of the fancy-bar-at-home puzzle: the shrub. No, I don't mean some kind of house plant. The tart and tangy vinegar-based concoctions have made a comeback in the cocktail scene, and with the help of a new book from longtime Serious Eats contributor Michael Dietsch, you can whip up your own.
Apple juice is pretty weak in a cocktail, so instead, we reach for unfiltered apple cider and cook it down until concentrated. Then, the drink is spiked with apple brandy and hard cider for a punch of fall flavor.
This cocktail is an apple orchard in a glass, bursting with three layers of apple flavor from fresh sweet cider, 100-proof apple brandy, and fizzy hard cider.
So it's getting to booze o'clock, and you're ready for a drink, but you're new to the mixing game and you're not quite sure how to get started. You've come to the right place: after three and a half years of writing about cocktail technique on Serious Eats, I've gathered my tips, essential pointers, and the wisdom of a few stellar bartenders into one handy guide.
Everyone needs a little something to sip on for Labor Day, whether you're on the beach for the day or camped out in the backyard next to the grill. Here are 27 fresh drink recipes to help you bid farewell to summer, plus our beer and wine recommendations.
A sophisticated take on a blended fruit daiquiri, made with naturally sweet ripe peaches, flavored with white pepper and green tea.
Cool cucumbers and herbal Green Chartreuse make for a savory, intriguing spin on the frozen daiquiri that's wonderfully refreshing.
Chocolate is made from tiny beans nestled inside cacao pods, whereas Solbeso is distilled from the juicy, pulpy fruit surrounding said beans. When this fruit is transformed into liquor, it yields a citrusy-tasting clear spirit—a bit like tequila, a bit like pisco, a bit like rum—with thick floral flavors laced with nutty undertones. A totally new category of liquor that actually adds something interesting to the conversation instead of re-hashing tired concepts? Consider us on board.
The best way to capture the sweet, slightly floral flavor of a cantaloupe for drinks to come is an easy jar-and-wait infusion. After you've strained the mix, it stays bright and fresh in the fridge for months: you'll be thanking me when all that's at the farmers market is a pile of potatoes.
The Mexican street-cart staple of juicy fruit, lime, and chili powder is transformed into a refreshing cocktail (with just a hint of spice).