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.
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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).
If you don't like a restaurant's housemade gin & tonic, can you bring your own bottle of Canada Dry?
Crisp, tart, and fresh-fruit ripe, this beer cocktail made with berries, Duvel, lemon, and gin has just the right amount of fizz to keep things interesting. On a sticky, sweaty day, it's a pleasure to have a mixologist's cocktail that's easy to make.
This drink, chilled down with a bottle of Duvel, will knock a couple of degrees off a hot day's temperature.
In this easy 3-ingredient drink, elderflower liqueur amps up the floral side of bittersweet Suze.
Suze is a French aperitif with a delicately bitter gentian root flavor. Its mild sweetness and hints of citrus and wildflowers make it a wonderful partner for sparkling wine, especially with the addition of a little elderflower liqueur.
Some compare the South American spirit to grappa, because both are distilled from grapes. Others relate it to tequila, as it often has similar herbal, earthy flavors. The truth is, comparisons to other liquors often fall flat because pisco has its own unique personality. We tasted through 25 different piscos, exploring what makes the category so wild and wonderful. Here are our 10 favorites.
Frozen cocktails are on the rise this summer, and Chicago seems to be in the very center of the scene. Perhaps, as Paul McGee suggests, these frozen drinks are a reaction against fussy, expensive cocktails, the kind you need a password to access and a ten-minute wait to sip; perhaps they're just a fun way to cool down on a hot summer day.
I'm on a quest to find the best tequila for a margarita. Do you need to spend big bucks to make a great version of the drink? Are there affordable brands that make good margs? I convened a blind tasting of margaritas made from ten different tequilas to find out.
This ballpark-inspired cocktail is mixed in advance, chilled to ice-cold, and tossed ever-so-casually to your buddy as he or she walks in the door. No stirring and straining, no fancy glasses, no fiddling with garnishes or even ice.
This bottled cocktail was inspired by the flavor of ballpark peanuts. The touch of salt works as a great balance to the sweet and savory roasted nuts, which are quickly infused in rye whiskey.
The mixed drinks at one bar might be double what they cost at another cocktail-conscious watering hole. How are cocktail prices determined, and what goes into setting the prices for a full cocktail menu?
Are ice balls better in cocktails than standard kitchen cubes? Does clear ice melt slower than cloudy ice? In order test out the fancy new Wintersmiths iceballer, I looked further into all of these questions.
The slightly smoky side of Zucca makes it a perfect companion to Scotch in this delicious cocktail made fizzy with bitter lemon soda.
Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro, or 'Zucca' for short, leans toward the sweeter end of the bitter amaro spectrum, with a slightly smoky, earthy flavor that is the perfect companion for a little Scotch in this refreshing cocktail.