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Drinking in Season: Lavender French 75

Thank goodness spring is finally here. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, I mean, what more could you want? Perhaps a tasty cocktail, that's what. With all the action going on outside, I decided it was high time to create a floral-inspired cocktail. Lavender, a relative to the mint family, is the perfect starting point. More

Spring Sangria

Spring has officially sprung and I for one could not be more excited! With all the things to look forward to, sangria is pretty high on my list. Since we're still easing into the season, I thought it was worth taking a different look at the classic summertime beverage. More

Beyond Sangria: 5 Wine-Based Cocktail Recipes from Ardesia in NYC

Ardesia in Hell's Kitchen has an impressive cocktail list—and there's not a spirit to be found at their bar. That's right: since their liquor license is wine and beer only, they can't serve gin, bourbon, or vodka, but bartender Damon Gravina has crafted a collection of complex and delicious wine-based cocktails that put sangria to shame. For inspiration, he looked to some of the flavors inherent in wine: fruit and spice, to start. From there, he experimented with vermouth, bitters, and a variety of infusions. More

Lychee Bellini

I think it's best to use a dry sparkling wine to pair with the fruit, or the cocktail ends up cloyingly sweet and tasting like a bad hangover waiting to happen. I used a dry sparkling brut rosé from Alsace, France (Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes), which imparts a lovely pinkish hue. A dry Prosecco would be excellent as well. More

Apple Sangria

This sangria has a secret ingredient to boost its fruitiness: a scoop of applesauce adds sweet apple flavor (and just a hint of texture). In the fall, you could garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick. More

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