If you're only familiar with cheap rums sold by the handle, you might think the category is pretty one-dimensional, best consumed with Coca-Cola, shot by shot or hidden under layers of fruit juice. But the truth is, rum is one of the most complex and interesting spirits, worthy of far more attention than simply mixing. Here are nine outstanding options to get you started on your sipping journey.
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Made with London Dry gin, fresh tangerines, white balsamic, and a touch of chamomile, this tangy Valentine's Day cocktail can be prepped in advance for a no-stress cocktail hour.
The base for this cocktail gets premixed in a bottle that can be packed away for a surprise picnic or easy pre-dinner drink. Just pop open some bubbly to top it all off!
You've got your wings, your dips, and your big pot of chili ready. But what about the drinks?
The best gin I've had in years isn't made by an American or British distillery. It's Spanish, an ultra-premium gin flavored with basil, thyme, rosemary, and, for a killer dose of savory, oily richness, arbequina olives. It's a gin that makes the case for sipping yours neat.
This beer cocktail is somewhat similar to a michelada, but with a secret savory ingredient: steak sauce. Fresh citrus and muddled bell peppers round out the drink.
This refreshing beer cocktail has a savory twist: no, there's no meat in it, but the secret ingredient is steak sauce.
While we can happily find a good bottle of bourbon for twelve bucks or ten or even eight on sale, it's startlingly difficult to find good gin for less than $20. I know—this month, I scoured and I searched and I hunted, and I tried 15 of 'em. Here are the best gins that'll run you less than an Andrew Jackson.
Rye cocktails often pair the whiskey with another bottle as a helper: sweet vermouth in the Manhattan, a little pastis or absinthe in the Sazerac. But if you don't really want to add another type of booze to your liquor cabinet, you can still enjoy a rye drink at home. Here are nine recipes to get you started.
Any party drink can be festive, but there's something special about hoisting a little bubbly as New Year's Eve rolls around. And while we love drinking Champagne by the flute, these sparkling cocktails work well with more affordable Cava and Prosecco.
Whatever cocktail you drink will help warm you up from the inside, but this time of year, we like the speed the process with a festive mug of something hot and boozy. Here are our favorite recipes for hot toddies, spiked cider, and cocoa with all the trimmings.
Blended Scotch can be a very good buy, and it's great mixed with nutty sherry, spiced chai, and Angostura.
This holiday season, bring Scotch to the punch-bowl party with these nine star ingredients!
There have always been grenadines and margarita mixes for sale at the grocery store, but this new school of syrup makers are creating products that are so high-quality, that now, it's possible to easily make drinks at home that taste on par with what you will find in fancy cocktail bars.
We'll drink cocktails any time of year, but it's especially festive to celebrate the holidays with a communal bowl of punch or a big batch of eggnog. These delicious prep-ahead options take the stress out of hosting a party, and fill your guests with plenty of winter cheer.
We asked bartenders from around the country about the best bottles, books, and gadgets to give whiskey lovers, gin fanatics, tequila fans, and other lovers of cocktails and spirits.
These spirits and liqueurs take a bold flavor stance with inspiring results. If you're looking for a boozy gift this holiday season, these are the best new bottles you can buy.
Christmas morning brunch drinks, how to make punch without a recipe, and more ideas for boozing your way through the holiday season.
Punches tend to bring together an element of sour, a bit of sweetness, something boozy, and something weaker to carry the flavors through (and make sure people can drink cup after cup). That stretching element here is earthy, smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, which provides unusual depth without stealing the spotlight. The fact that you can (and should) do the majority of the work ahead of time is another holiday hosting bonus.
If you find yourself hosting a party this holiday season, surprise and delight your guests with this smoky tea punch.