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Strawberry Sake Cocktail

One sip of this drink and there's no question what season it is—it's time to take advantage of as many strawberries as you can. This cocktail, with its sweet, refreshing flavor is the perfect way to enjoy one of summer's most iconic fruits. More

Ramp Gibson

A little bit of pickled ramp brine brings an earthy, slightly sweet onion flavor to this classic cocktail. Make sure to use a fresh bottle of vermouth, and store your vermouth in the fridge for no more than a month. More

Drinking in Season: Blood Orange Flip

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. More

Persimmon Sour

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. More

Drinking in Season: Concord Martini

Since the grapes have such a strong flavor and color, I created a simple martini that really allowed it to shine. Fresh concord grape juice is paired with a hefty serving of vodka and a splash of white vermouth to make a cocktail that is 100% adult. Each sip starts with the vivid, sweet flavor of the grapes and ends with the warm, sharp taste of vodka—a perfect balance. More

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