While some cocktails are beloved for their crowd-pleasing nature — like the margaritas and dark and stormys of the world — others stand out for their assertive, potentially polarizing flavors. The aviation, a classic Prohibition-era cocktail, might not appeal to all, but its fans are of the ardent sort. Gin, lemon juice, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur, and cherries (no, not the glowingly red sort) mingle into an elegant, lavender-hued beverage that you'll likely either love or hate; the only way to find out is to try it for yourself!
With a hue like a sunset captured in a glass, this aperitif is all but destined for sipping while day fades into night. Adding to its cocktail-hour allure, it's only a hair more complicated to make than a gin and tonic. After adding a splash each of zippy limoncello and bittersweet Luxardo Aperitivo to the classic combination, swirl it all together with a swizzle stick (or a spoon) and plop in a grapefruit twist — that's it! The result: a drink that's only complex in taste. Keep reading for the intoxicating recipe.
When we received these bright Icy-Cools Reusable Ice Cubes ($9) and red-and-white Kikkerland Biodegradable Paper Straws ($6), I sought out a clear cocktail with plenty of flavor that would highlight the festive red, white, and blue colors.
I came across the 1930s Pegu Club Cocktail from The Savoy Cocktail Book. The original cocktail contains orange curaçao and lime juice, but we substituted those ingredients with Dry Soda drinks, since they offer the essence of orange and lime flavors without using the juices, which would cloud the cocktail. "Fourth" plays off the Fourth of July holiday but also the four ingredients that make up the cocktail.
Wish you had a sparkler in hand this holiday? Twinkle with this cocktail instead.
During the Summer, there's nothing like classic English cocktails: gin and tonics and Pimm's Cups, for example. The problem is, tonic water and ginger ale are not diet-friendly. Most contain corn syrup and all the calories you'd expect from a sugary soda.
This gin and tonic variation substitutes zero-calorie soda water for the tonic and a splash of elderflower liqueur to complement the juniper flavor of the gin, giving it a clean and refreshing finish. The next time you are in need of a G and T, opt for an elderflower gin cordial instead — it's free of corn syrup and falls under the 200-calorie mark.
Learn how to make this cocktail after the break!
If you can get past the petite hostess who fiercely guards the door at Alembic (one of the 50 best bars in the US), you're in for a real treat. The care put into each drink is apparent at first sip, whether your poison of choice is a classic Sazerac or a more esoteric find. Little lush that I am, I've tried nearly every cocktail on its menu but keep gravitating back to this sprightly spin on a classic favorite: the Southern Exposure. So when I discovered that the recipe was in print, I squealed with glee and immediately added the requisite ingredients to my shopping list.
Reminiscent of a less sweet gin-based mojito, this beauty of a cocktail is set apart by an ingenious ingredient: celery juice. And while I won't be abandoning this hipster haunt anytime soon, knowing that I can faithfully re-create one of my favorites at home is immensely satisfying.
Many people have an aversion to gin; it's a travesty, because gin is an incredibly nuanced and versatile spirit. Erick Castro, owner of San Diego's Polite Provisions and former West Coast ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth gins, agrees: "The reason people don't like gin is because the most common gin drinks — the martini and the gin and tonic — don't appeal to everyone."
Castro wants to start a gin revolution with this amazing-tasting cocktail, the Southside. This classic concoction is a straightforward mixture of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint, and he believes it has the power to change the way gin is seen — much in the way the mojito changed people's perspective of rum. After sipping this refreshing, light beverage, I'm getting behind Castro's cause. To do so too, give the drink a try.
Summer's just around the corner and we're celebrating the best way we know how: by making a seasonally inspired cocktail. A combination of fragrant strawberries, herbaceous gin, spicy ginger, and earthy basil makes for a nuanced cocktail we'll be sipping all season long, and after you try your first taste we strongly suspect you'll follow suit. Watch the video to learn how to construct this winning drink, then print out the recipe.
Honey isn't only good stirred into tea; it's also wonderful for sweetening cocktails. In this drink, it adds a lovely floral quality as well as provides a subtle sweetness. With only four ingredients — honey, orange juice, lemon juice, and gin — this libation is fairly simple, but it's sophisticated and perfectly balanced. For those who dislike gin, I recommend trying a different spirit; vodka would be fine, but also a sweeter whiskey or bourbon would be delicious. Ready for the easy recipe? Keep reading.
Spring may have sprung, but if you're not seeing ripe stone fruits and berries just yet, then fret not: you can still get your fruit fix with this easy jam cocktail idea, which comes courtesy of Madam Geneva in New York City. Grab a bottle of your favorite gin and a jar of jam from your fridge, watch the video, and print out the recipe.