Cocktail of the Week

Blood And Sand 2.0 Cocktail Recipe

An updated classic with help from Nashville smoke
Jul 31, 2014 3:00 pm

Not every bar gets to hand-pick their own spirits straight from the distillery to make their house cocktails. At Pinewood Social, a recently opened restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee bar and bowling alley in Nashville, TN, barrels of Corsair Distillery's well-known "Triple Smoke” whiskey are selected and custom crafted for beverage manager Matt Tocco, and bottled at cask strength. He uses it in un updated version of the classic Blood and Sand cocktail. The recipe, after the jump.

The Crusade Punch Recipe

A bowlful of American heritage to liven up a party
Jul 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Punches, which could be credited as being the Founding Fathers to the cocktails we know today, were an American fixture that kept us cool through warmer months some 200 years ago. When it comes to serving large groups, nothing compares to the ease of whipping up a boozy punch; it’s just a matter of knowing the right technique. An original crowd-pleasing recipe from Brooklyn's The Drink, after the jump.

Passion In The Jungle Cocktail Recipe

A tart, fruit-driven concoction from the Yucatan
Jun 27, 2014 2:00 pm

What makes this juicy rum drink memorable is its surprisingly tart profile. The same pucker also makes it the perfect contrast to Mayan spices found in the Yucatan, where our intrepid cocktail correspondent Brian Quinn first encountered it. See how it's made here.

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.

Father's Day Drinking: Don Lockwood Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon and scotch make for a brown Father's Day
Jun 12, 2014 4:00 pm

“Dignity, always dignity” was the motto of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) in the 1952 classic Singing In The Rain and while most dads might not be the swashbuckling sort, they certainly deserve a day of recognition before getting back to the grindstone. This drink, crafted by Abraham Hawkins of Dutch Kills, certainly befits the occasion. The simple recipe, after the jump.

Stick A Straw In This Sherry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

This classic tipple made the drinking straw popular
May 29, 2014 4:00 pm

The mid-1800s was a Golden Age for cocktails, and America loved the Sherry Cobbler. Glasses full of crushed ice, fruit and a low-impact spirit delivered relief instantly via a relatively new invention known today as the straw. These attributes helped make the Sherry Cobbler the most popular beverage at the time. The recipe for the easy-to-make cocktail, after the jump.

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. 


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