Weekend Drinking Assignment: This Beer's A Peach!

At the peak of peach season, 8 juicy beers abound
Aug 15, 2014 1:00 pm

There is nothing like the abundance of ripe stone fruits that flood farmers markets and grocery stores during July and August. Now that we’re in the dog days, you really want something to cool you off. Everyone knows how well peaches lend themselves to pies and other baked goods, but personally I think they’re better in beer. However you like your fuzzy fruit, one sip of these brews will make you a firm believer in peach beers. The flavors are all there, it's just a lot less messy.

Break Out The Blender For This Frozen Pineapple Margarita

A little spicy chile-lime salt goes a long way
Aug 15, 2014 12:00 pm
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Photo: Alan Weiner

New taco spot alert for all food-lovers in Portland (so, pretty much everyone in Portland)! El Paso-influenced Stella Taco is officially open and slinging Oregon lamb neck barbacoa, juicy brined pollo asado and local brisket tacos to the hungry masses. Best of all, they have a daily special frozen cocktail. On today's menu: the sweet, tangy and utterly refreshing pineapple margarita. We'll have an Oregon lamb neck barbacoa taco with that, please.   

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

An icy, fruity anecdote to a hot summer night
Aug 14, 2014 3:00 pm

The Blood Orange Margarita at Stephen Starr's El Vez is so popular that it has been on the menu now for 11 years and is the only frozen drink offered. Perfect for providing relief on a sticky summer night, try pairing the cocktail with the restaurant's spicy guacamole. Or, make one at home and enjoy while grilling out as the summer winds down.

What Your Frozen Drink Says About You

That daiquiri in your hand? It means something.
Aug 14, 2014 1:00 pm

There ain’t no cure for hot like cold. And there ain’t no cold like frozen. And we hear that frozen things can be combined with drinking things. There’s just one problem. Most frozen drinks are all hat and no cattle, lulling you into a fantasy of ice and sugar with barely a smidge of the good stuff. Now we're not saying every frozen drink turns you into a Bravo Channel-watching wuss. But what columnist Dan Dunn is saying is that every frozen drink says something about you. 

Frozémonade Cocktail Recipe

An icy, tangy lemonade cocktail from Brooklyn
Aug 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The Frozémonade was created to be the antidote to hot, sticky, summer nights in Brooklyn. But really, this drink is inspired by the fun of playing around with the blender. The best drinks often come together like this in one moment, with the concept, ingredients and name falling into place. Got a bottle of rosé? Prepare to meet your new favorite cocktail. 

The Big Freezy: How New Orleans Came To Run On Icy, Boozy, Bottomless Daiquiris

Even fancy spots are warming up to the frosty sips
Aug 13, 2014 3:20 pm

The Sazerac can claim a more elite status, carrying the legal title of New Orleans' official cocktail. But, the frozen daiquiri is far more ubiquitious around town. The climate is just right for it — both temperature-wise (think steamy and swampy) and politically (liquor lobby-friendly). Lax open-container rules in the city and a state law that specifically allows "frozen drinks" in cars have created a frosty go-cup haven that shows no signs of thawing. Chris Shott takes a big sip of the iconic icy beverage and its regional history.

Meet The Frozen Brancolada: A Frozen Pina Colada That Takes A Detour To Italy

From Brooklyn cocktail lounge Donna
Aug 13, 2014 2:00 pm

This play on the classic pina colada punches you in the face with a nice amount of Branca Menta (a close cousin to Fernet Branca) with the usual juice suspects in the mix. Great for the backyard patio bash that needs a, well, punch in the face (in the best possible way).

Say No To Frozen Wine, But Yes To Frozen Beer

This bizarre Thai tradition has charmed NYC
Aug 13, 2014 10:30 am

I generally don’t recommend freezing wine. Mark Phillips, best known for his PBS wine series, advises freezing leftover wine in water bottles to make it last longer, but I don’t often feel like 750mL is too much wine to handle drinking in a day or two. One might expect me to feel the same way about beer, and although purists may blush, frozen beer has been my drink of the summer thanks to a small, but nearly perfect restaurant in Nolita called Uncle Boons. Read on.

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