It is screaming hot outside and, for those of us who don't have the option of bobbing around in a pool or ocean all day (so....all of us, probably), we need to figure out as many ways as possible to keep our cool. The good news is that with summer heat comes sweet, juicy summer berries. Here are 3 drink recipes that put blackberries to good use.
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Maybe blender drinks aren't the most sophisticated cocktails, but once you're sipping something chilly enough to bring on the brain freeze, do you really care? Here are six chilly recipes we love.
Ever pour yourself a nice, frosty glass of iced coffee only to discover it tastes a little...off? It might not be you, and it might not be the coffee—it might, in fact, be the ice itself.
Watermelon has a great affinity for tart lime and delicately flavored spirits; here are a few of our favorite recipes for summer watermelon drinks.
If Campari is the uncompromising, complex, and bitterly bracing quaff, and Aperol the sweet and heady nectar, then Luxardo's new Aperitivo strikes an interesting balance in between.
We're looking to grill anything and everything that isn't nailed down in an effort to make up for lost time. Why not start with these cocktails, made with sweet grilled fruit and spicy toasted chilies?
We examined 5 commercially available bottled cold-brew coffees and tasted them looking for not just taste, but technique, suitability in milk, and their ability to transcend those terrible typical qualities of flat, dull, stale flavor so often found in cold brew methods.
There's pretty much nothing wrong with a perfect Pimm's Cup, and we tend to divide the year into Pimm's Cup Season and sad, cold Non-Pimm's Cup Season. But if you have a whole bottle of Pimm's No. 1 and you've drunk a Cup or four already, you might start to wonder what else you can make with it.
As the crisp days of fall and the last sunsets of summer fight for your affection, there's always time for one last stab at hot-weather refreshment (or if you're in Los Angeles, and it's still 100°). And though you've heard of cold brewed coffee, and Japanese-style iced coffee, there's yet another—faster!—way to brew cold. And goodness knows with winter rolling right in, time is of the essence.
When Pok Pok NY's Alex Mirkin is jonesing for something citrusy, he shakes up a Hunny. Though he likes to steer clear of references to the classics, once its vinegary froth settles, the Hunny's not a far cry from a margarita; a bittersweet margarita with a subtle X factor.
The last weeks of summer may be drawing to a close—seriously, how is it already the end of August?—but I'm not quite ready to quit the season. Cue the frozen drinks, which don't need to be sipped on a beach to be enjoyed properly.
This recipe from Adam Bernbach of Estadio in Washington, D.C. is a decidedly grown up take on the frozen drink. Campari and lime temper the sweetness from the strawberries, and gin cuts through with a touch of herbs.
Far be it from me to rain on your coffee parade—especially this time of year, when all you want is a tall, frosty, sweet glass of caffeinated delicious—but it's time for a gentle intervention, friends: Please stop ordering iced cappuccinos.
The vinegar adds sharp intensity to the flavor of the fruit, allowing the combination to come alive in your mouth, hitting both sweet and tart notes.
Created by Rob Gourlay at the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, this cocktail takes a minimum amount of effort to produce maximum flavor—something we can all appreciate when the heat gets oppressive. I used black raspberries, red raspberries, and blueberries, but you can use any combination you like.
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.
Whether or not you're relaxing on a sandy beach, cocktails with rum just seem appropriate for warm-weather drinking. These are a few of our favorite recipes: a tart and fresh raspberry cocktail from Kenneth McCoy of Ward III in New York, a deeply tropical pitcher of pineapple punch, and six other delicious summer sippers, tested and tasted for you at Serious Eats Headquarters.
When the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and full of vibrant colors this time of year, I'm always drawn to the deep, dark hue of blackberries. They feel like the mysterious, moody fruit in a gang of do-gooders.
In this series, we're discussing drinks everyone should know how to make. Whether you're relaxing by the pool this summer, putting up your feet on your back deck, or sidewalk-dining in Torino, a refreshing beverage takes the edge off summer's heat. Here are five classic drinks that refresh and delight.
Brad Stanton from Vancouver BC's celebrated Hawksworth Restaurant and Bar shares five refreshing summer cocktail recipes for your next patio party.