Tag: cocktails

3 Recipes to Float Your Way to a Boozy Summer Dessert

by in Recipes, Shows, June 18th, 2016

Whiskey-Stout Chocolate FloatRemember those old-school root beer floats you had as a kid, the ones with inches’ worth of foamy soda on top and chilly scoops of vanilla ice cream at the bottom? The three floats the co-hosts of The Kitchen unveiled this morning aren’t like that. They’re better — and boozier. See how Marcela Valladolid, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee put their signature spins on this dessert-drink hybrid by checking out their next-level recipes below.

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5 Jelly Shots You May Not Be Ready For

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2016

If you retired jelly shots from your drink rotation the day you received your bachelor’s degree, you’re not alone. Yet, recently, the jiggly spiked concoctions have been getting the gourmet treatment from restaurant greats across the country. This renaissance of sweet, chewable booze has got us reconsidering the humble jelly shot as a key component to any good summer party. They don’t have to include neon, radioactive-looking colors either. With that in mind, here are five stunning jelly shots that we’re willing to bet are nothing like the ones you consumed back in the day.

Mint Julep Jelly Shots
The unofficial cocktail of the South gets pared down for size in Food Network Kitchen’s casual take on a classic mint julep. All of the essential flavors are here: mint, sugar and bourbon. Save your good silver cocktail cups for a formal occasion and stock up on disposable plastic shot cups in preparation for your next summer party.

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3 of a Kind: Baijiu

by in Restaurants, June 1st, 2016

Peking Coffee

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

In the not-too-distant past, most Americans had never heard of baijiu. Most probably still have not. But this ancient Chinese spirit — made from sorghum and/or rice — is actually the most heavily consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, due largely in part to an avid fan base in China. The potent liquor (many brands are 100-proof and higher) has recently begun making headway in the United States, particularly at top-tier cocktail bars. With varying flavor profiles that range from gentle (with rice and pear notes) to heady and slightly nutty, this celebratory liquor is joining vodka, gin and the rest of the crew as a popular spirit. Read more

10 Pitcher-Perfect Drinks for Memorial Day Weekend

by in Drinks, Holidays, May 27th, 2016

This weekend, whether you’re heading to the beach with your picnic basket or hunkering down with friends and family in your own backyard, you’ll want to ensure your food and drink supplies won’t run low. (But mostly, the drink supplies.) We suggest you leave the elaborate craft cocktails to the mixologists and focus instead on making big, refreshing, fruit-filled pitchers that won’t run dry after two or three pours. From sweet sangria to a tart, booze-free lemonade, here are our best big-batch drinks for your Memorial Day celebration.

Rose Sangria Spritzer
Round out a summer meal by serving this light spritzer alongside smoky grilled meats. Instead of the dry red wine typically found in sangria, try rose wine — a lighter option that emphasizes the sweetness of the fruit.

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3 of a Kind: Seaweed Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 18th, 2016

ApothekeSeaweed used to be known solely as something that washed up on the beach. Over the past couple of decades, though, the once-maligned oceanic annoyance has become a hip snack and cooking ingredient. Now creative mixologists are using its saline scent to liven up cocktails and give them sea-like depth. Read more

Our Best Sips for Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

With Cinco de Mayo just one day away, we’re already busy chopping cilantro and chiles for our favorite salsas and guacamoles to serve with big bowls of crisp, salty tortilla chips. But when it comes to the drinks menu, there are too many craveable Mexican-inspired cocktails to pick just one. From tart margaritas to fruity aguas frescas and spicy eye-openers like the michelada, Mexico’s many drinks are as vivid, flavorful and satisfying as the foods they accompany. Here are some of our favorite Mexican and Mexican-inspired refreshers for your Cinco celebration.

Margarita
No tricks here — just the staples of a classic margarita: Tequila, lime juice, orange-flavored liqueur, salt and sugar. Add a touch of homemade simple syrup if you like yours on the sweeter side.

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Spike It: Strawberry Kiwi Sangria

by in Drinks, April 7th, 2016

Strawberry Kiwi SangriaStrawberry kiwi is one of those throwback flavors that my ’90s-loving, Lisa Frank-Trapper Keeper-toting, denim-jacket-wearing, neon-hair-tie-sporting tween self went crazy over. If I’m not mistaken, it was surely one of the flavor trends that was everywhere — and as a millennial, I have it ingrained in my brain and scent memory forever.

Strawberry kiwi taffy, juice, candles or body lotion could be found in my life at any given moment back in 1995 — it was the scent to have. Right next to blue raspberry, of course, which could always turn your tongue and teeth the most-beautiful shade of sky. The artificial strawberry kiwi was sickly sweet, something that my young self adored and craved, in taste and smell. It was barely reminiscent of actual kiwi and strawberry, though; it was more like a bowl of kiwi and strawberry piled with sugar and set out to macerate for three days.

I didn’t hate it! In fact, I was nuts over it.

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3 of a Kind: Curry Cocktails

by in Restaurants, March 23rd, 2016

Curried Cocktail3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Mixologists approach drinks the way chefs tackle food — making sure the flavors are well-balanced throughout the entire drink. So much as chefs rely on a spice pantry to season food, bartenders are using spices to balance spirits, whether salty, savory, floral or spicy. Curry is one of the more popular flavors adding an unexpected twist to classic cocktails. Read more

Spike It: Boozy Cherry Cola Slushies

by in Drinks, March 15th, 2016

Boozy Cherry Cola SlushiesWhen I was growing up in Pittsburgh, it definitely felt like we were one of the few cities that were completely excluded from pro basketball season. And it still kinda feels that way, but we get a big boost from colleges and universities during the big basket tourney that tips off in March, which, for me, means time to make all the snacks!

Little apps, snack mixes, milkshakes, meat-lovers’ pizza and … wait for it … homemade slushies! You can even make them into shooters.

That’s what I’m talking about.

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3 of a Kind: New-School Hot Toddies

by in Restaurants, March 2nd, 2016

According to Colicchio & Sons’ beverage director, Patrick Bennett, the hot toddy — whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey — has an interesting history. While experts agree on where the cocktail originated, the why is debatable. With Scottish roots, the hot toddy is believed to have been designed as either a remedy for a winter cold or a way to make Scotch whiskey more palatable for women. Or perhaps it was the vessel in which it was served — a teacup — that ladies found so appealing. In any instance, it is a heartwarming cocktail that certainly will get you through the last weeks of winter. Here are three restaurants serving their own unique spins on the classic.
Photo by Randy Schmidt for Borgne

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