Summer heat calls for refreshing aperitifs that fizz and sparkle, but as the days gracefully and gradually dim and mellow, a cocktail with a hair more heft is just the trick. Today's tipple, an elegant option whose complex flavor comes from a combination of ginger, green tea, and cognac is perfectly tailored to this transitional period. While light in body, it proudly proclaims "I am a cocktail" on first sip, but won't quite knock you off your feet as a negroni or old-fashioned might. Embrace Summer's sunset by trying the recipe for yourself.
Today marks National Mojito Day, a holiday we wholeheartedly support because, let's face it: there's no drink more refreshing than the classic mojito. The light, fizzy, tart, herbaceous cocktail was originally created in Cuba and made with yerba buena, a type of spearmint. These days, different variations and flavors of the mojito can be found all over the world.
The ingredients for the classic version are simple — rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint — but the resulting cocktail is absolutely sublime. Keep reading to get the recipe just in time to celebrate today.
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.
"Pimm's Cup" is fun to say and even more fun to drink. But what exactly is Pimm's No. 1? Like Southern Comfort or Fernet-Branca, this type of liquor is synonymous with its brand; Pimm's No. 1 is just that, and nothing else.
This gin-based booze hails from England and carries a lower alcohol content (25 percent) than most hard liquor. For that reason, it's one of my absolute favorite ingredients for daytime drinking, and the Pimm's Cup — featuring ginger ale, cucumber, lemon, and mint — is the ultimate delivery vehicle. You can throw back two or three yet not be knocked down like you might be by a bloody Mary. Get the Pimm's Cup recipe now.
Gatsby-goers, enjoy happy hour with a 1920s twist and English flair by serving up a classic Pimm's Cup. A gin-based tipple with low alcohol content, this citrus cocktail is only complete when topped with fresh lemon, cucumber, and a sprig of mint. In honor of The Great Gatsby remake, here are the simple steps needed to cool down your Gatsby fever and stay refreshed all Summer long.
Today's artisanal sweet blows York Peppermint Patties out of the water, even if we are longtime devotees of the chocolate mint candy. Hailing from a family mint farm in Oregon, Seely Peppermint Patties ($8 for five) are a close cousin to their drugstore analogue, but have a snappier, slightly thicker shell; delicately textured fondant; and a bright and bracing mint flavor that makes them an all-in-all win.
A word of advice: order up a pack or two of these winning sweets before the Summer heat makes shipping chocolate a poor choice. If you play your cards right, you'll have enough to tuck a few away in the freezer for a frosty treat perfect for cooling down on balmy days.
With the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, mint juleps are probably on your radar. But if bourbon isn't your thing or you're just looking for something different, boy have we got the liquor list for you. From piña colada mojitos to twists on classic cocktails, here are nine refreshing drinks with mint to get you in the racing (and sipping) spirit.
Headed to the horse races this weekend — or just looking to cool off? Then settle in with a frosty mint julep. It's a drink that's perfectly balanced: it's sweet, clean, and potent all at the same time. Although it involves crushed ice, it's an easy cocktail to make at home. Watch the video now to see how it's done.