Friday Happy Hour: 24 Ways To Cook With Your Booze Of Choice

Wine, beer, vodka, gin, whiskey, sake and friends
Jun 27, 2014 12:00 pm

If you can name a booze, we can tell you how to cook with it WHILE DRINKING IT without becoming so inebriated that you can no longer cook with it. Catch the drift? Whether it's beer, wine, sake, rum, that Grand Marnier you never use or even that super-obscure bottle of apple brandy that you also never use, there's a delicious savory dish just waiting for its own little tipple. Check out our 24 favorite ways to incorporate beer, wine and liquor into dinner tonight.

Third Base Cocktail Recipe

Proof cheekily-named cocktails can be a good thing
Jun 20, 2014 3:30 pm

Cocktails have never shied away from lewd or obnoxious names, and I might even consider ordering a Slippery Nipple, Screaming Orgasm or Bosom Caresser if they were even remotely palatable. The newly crafted Third Base at Brooklyn’s Extra Fancy disproves the stereotype of the morally repugnant cocktail genre, however. The recipe for the gin-based drink, after the jump.

How To Properly Make An American Gin & Tonic

There's a recipe. And, no soda gun involved.
Jun 12, 2014 2:00 pm

"We tested over 50 different tonics and found that Fever Tree works the best,” admits Brooke Arthur of the ideal tonic to mix with Aviation Gin. Arthur, a Los Angeles-based bartender, serves as the company’s cocktail guru and is of the strong opinion that a good G&T takes a good recipe (as in, no soda guns are allowed).

Cardamom Blush Cocktail Recipe

Quite possibly the perfect summer wedding cocktail
May 22, 2014 4:00 pm
Photo: Brian Quinn

The exotic, floral drink begins with a traditional sour recipe and adds small amounts of three intense flavors: cardamom spice, rose water and Peychaud's bitters. Many would remember cardamom as something found in Indian dishes or Turkish coffee, but its sweet aroma lends itself well to the Lillet Rosé and as a compliment to the rose water. The perfect summer wedding cocktail recipe, after the jump.

Tea Time, Meet Happy Hour: Camomila Cocktail Recipe

Iconic Italian flavors reshape a classic cocktail
May 16, 2014 2:00 pm
chamomile tea cocktail
Photo: Natalie B. Compton

A16 Rockridge in Oakland, CA shapes their Italian-inspired cocktail program to reflect the seasonal ingredients of the Bay Area, playing with unique flavor interactions to create seasonal twists on tried and true craft cocktails. Through the power of lemon, honey and chamomile tea, one standout on the menu, titled Camomila, turns the classic sour into a sophisticated, fresh take on spring. The technique and recipe, after the jump. 

Tom Collins With Elderflower And Hops Cocktail Recipe

Bottled cocktail mixers are making their comeback
Apr 10, 2014 4:00 pm

If you're someone who doesn't want to take on more than opening a bottle and pouring out your evening's tipple, then Charleston company Bittermilk will serve you well, adding new life to your everyday vodka, gin or bourbon on the rocks. A look at a revolutionary pre-batched modifier and how to use it in a Tom Collins, after the jump.

5 Ways Craft Distillers Are Unearthing Old Recipes For The Good Of Mankind

Sweet, bitter and herbal elixirs...from the past
Apr 10, 2014 2:30 pm

If you have an old-timey palate, but a passion for local booze, keep an eye out for these sweet, bitter and herbal elixirs inspired by Old World recipes, but made right here in the U.S. of A.

How This Man With The Glass On His Nose Predicted The Great American Gin Evolution

Meet Aviation Gin's co-founder Ryan Magarian
Apr 1, 2014 2:00 pm

Simon Ford catches up with Aviation Gin co-founder Ryan Magarian to discuss how the idea for the company was conceived, its unique characteristics and the ongoing evolution of gin. Ryan also provides two simple cocktail recipes. The full interview, after the jump.


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