Move over, eggnog: there's a new holiday cocktail in town. At your next holiday fete, we urge you to get into the yuletide spirit with a candy cane cocktail that calls for only three ingredients. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, we'll show you how to create a candy garnish two ways: a superspeedy method and another that's sure to be the talk of the party. Watch the video to see how it's done, then print out the candy cane cocktail recipe for easy reference.
With its bright red color, there is a common misconception that grenadine, the syrup used to flavor many cocktails, is made with cherries. The thick, sweet liquid is actually made with pomegranate juice (the word grenadine is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade).
When I realized that the sweetener was very simple to make, I decided to whip up a batch and present it to my sister, who enjoys the occasional "cherry" coke. Homemade grenadine is a great hostess gift, especially for someone who is into mixing cocktails or who has a penchant for Shirley Temples. To look at the incredibly easy recipe, read more
Bone-chilling, wet weather calls for beverages that shake off the chills like this hot toddy, made with bourbon and sweetened with honey and brown sugar.
Many swear by its cold-healing capabilities. Whether or not that's true, the warming spices, zesty lemon, and sweet flavor surely ease the symptoms.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts, exhausted from all that shopping, or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!
Chances are that you have a cocktail and spirits aficionado in your life whose tastes run beyond the everyday. This year, show them you care with liqueurs, top-shelf liquor, exotic ingredients, or the requisite gear suited to their hobby of choice.
Every few months, I host a book club in my home, and find it a lovely occasion to try out a new cocktail. This time around, I couldn't wait to incorporate ingredients that evoke the holidays, like cranberries and the zesty Italian after-dinner favorite, limoncello.
This three-ingredient sipper couldn't be easier to pull together; it simply calls for seltzer, limoncello, and cranberry juice — no shaker required. Yet the payoff is in spades: "What went into this? Can I have the recipe?" friends asked me throughout the night. I assured them that even the most bar-challenged could make this drink. For a pretty garnish that's a hint of what's to come, toss in a few fresh cranberries, too. Keep reading for the recipe.
Over the Summer, a friend of ours schooled us on whiskey and bourbon. I don't often drink hard alcohol, and if I do, it is usually in the form of a margarita. I have never been a fan of whiskey. My theory being: why have Jack and Coke when I can have Captain and Coke?
But our whiskey and bourbon education was incredibly interesting to me. As a food blogger, I often see whiskey and bourbon popping up in all kinds of recipes.
Later in the Summer on a trip to Montana, we were excited to find out a nearby town had a distillery (Willie's Distillery in Ennis). Of course we stopped in, partook in a whiskey tasting, and left with a nice bottle for home. The first drink we made at the suggestion of the distillery was a whiskey and ginger beer. It was tasty, and the ginger flavor was a nice complement to the strong whiskey taste. It was also the inspiration for this drink, the whiskey-ginger-pom.
I wanted to use a seasonal fruit and thought pomegranate would be perfect. The tartness and beautiful color makes this more of a ladies' whiskey drink, but my husband loved it too.
For the recipe, keep reading.
After declaring I'd discovered the perfect Fall cocktail, I was worried I'd have nothing to look forward to. But, surprisingly, my success had the opposite effect: I was inspired to go in search of other tipples that glorify the season's bounty.
Right now, it's impossible to wander the farmers market without being smitten with frosty jugs of freshly pressed apple cider. The apple cidercar — a riff on the time-honored sidecar cocktail — is a fun way to incorporate Autumn's quintessential beverage into a spirited libation. Check out the recipe when you read more.
While you want Thanksgiving tipples to be memorable and festive, make sure to keep them accessible enough for the whole family (including your less-than-experimental sister-in-law). One way I like to approach this is by placing a contemporary twist on an otherwise standby cocktail.
Much like a pear essence cosmopolitan mellows out the cosmo, here, ginger and maple syrup add a Winter twist to the classic World War I-era sidecar. It won't rouse any raised eyebrows, but do prepare yourself for a table full of compliments. For a timeless cocktail with a hint of sugar and spice, read more.
This unusual cocktail caught our attention because, unlike other cocktails, it's a sparkler that doesn't call for Champagne. Instead, it makes use of cognac and sparkling apple cider — and what could be more seasonal than that? The result is soft, aromatic, and complex, a surprising outcome for a cocktail with only three ingredients.
This drink's not heavy on the alcohol. If you feel so inclined, fortify it by replacing sparkling apple cider with hard cider instead. To pour your guests a glass this holiday, read more.