A fresh and sparkling vodka cocktail for warm-weather sipping.
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A refreshing summer cocktail made with fresh peaches, rosemary, and bourbon.
Fresh summer berries are muddled with little simple syrup to enhance their sweetness, then paired with rye whiskey to give the drink a little pep.
Blackberries and lime form the backbone of this simple gin-based summer sipper.
A refreshing cooler of raspberry scented iced tea spiked with rum.
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.
Strawberry, rhubarb, and a hint of tarragon, paired with tequila, a little lemon juice and simple syrup, create a juicy cocktail that nicely balances sweet and tart.
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.
Perhaps it would be more appropriate to call this a beer mixer, because with only two ingredients, it's incredibly simple.
The pairing of cardamom and mint gives this cocktail a light, cool flavor that make it easy to sip.
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.
I like to pair pomelo with herbal flavors, especially basil. The slight sweetness of both the pomelo and basil work really well together, but they're both able to hold their own and bring depth to a cocktail
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.
This mojito has been dressed up for a little winter partying with the help of muddled cranberries and a warm cinnamon and orange syrup, plus a dollop of dark rum for added richness.
Apple cider plays the main role, but the addition of pumpkin purée provides a slightly thicker texture and hint of flavor, while vanilla vodka brings a warm, sweet undertone to the cocktail. A splash of spicy ginger ale livens this cocktail right up.
Pumpkin—a must have at any fall party—and homemade cinnamon-infused rum are perfect partners for this fall-inspired punch. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly combined in the punch bowl, a quick zest of freshly grated nutmeg over the top adds a warm, spicy flavor and scent.
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.
One of the true pleasures of summer is the arrival of stone fruit. I find apricots, with their vibrant blushing-orange color and sweet, fragrant flesh, irresistible at this time of year. Especially if we're talking cocktails.
I've taken to smashing a few blueberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then adding bourbon, lemon and simple syrup, then giving it a good shake. Once the whole thing has been strained into a glass, I like to lighten it a with a bit of seltzer and a squeeze of lemon peel.
In addition to their jewel-toned color, blood oranges have an intense fragrance and vivid sweet-tart flavor, which makes them perfect for cocktails. The addition of spicy cinnamon-clove syrup adds a hint of something unexpected to this late-winter cocktail.