Tag: cocktails

Chefs’ Picks: Digestifs

by in Restaurants, June 18th, 2017

Manhattan Special
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

An after-dinner drink is a cultural ritual celebrated the world over. But what exactly qualifies as a proper digestif? Although the category has traditionally been defined by straight spirits, modern mixologists are shaking things up a bit by serving cocktails. But to fit the bill, a post-meal elixir can’t just look pretty; it also requires a certain degree of practicality. It must relax the mind while easing a bloated belly. Consider these recommendations from a few of the country’s foremost drink experts. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Frozen Cocktails

by in Restaurants, May 26th, 2017

Tic Tac Taxi
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” For chefs, that saying rings truest during steamy summer months, when nothing revives their spirit at the end of a long shift like a frozen cocktail. Take a cue from the pros and dive into their picks for the coolest frosty beverages across the country. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Apres Ski

by in Restaurants, February 19th, 2017

Red Tail Margarita
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, there’s no better way to wind down in alpine environs than by taking part in that festive tradition known as apres ski, which typically involves socializing over bites and beverages. Here four ski town chefs divulge their favorite apres-ski dishes, drinks and destinations. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Aperitifs

by in Restaurants, February 5th, 2017

Sbagliato Cocktail
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Though the ritual of the pre-dinner drink is quite common in France, Italy and other parts of Europe, aperitifs have largely been underappreciated in America. However, these oft-overlooked beverages are growing in popularity here. A classic pre-dinner drink should be light (meaning slightly lower in alcohol content) with a flavor profile designed to stimulate appetite. Often an aperitif involves effervescence; sometimes bittering agents. The term can refer to an aromatized wine on its own, or a cocktail including it as an ingredient. Read on to find out which picks the pros recommend for sipping before supper (or brunch). Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Cold Busters

by in Restaurants, January 8th, 2017

Ginger Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup
With cold and flu season comes the need for healing soups, teas and tonics. Chefs, in particular, know that eating the right kinds of foods can stave off those dreaded sniffles. Pros from across the country share their tried-and-true remedies for conquering colds. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Warming Cocktail

by in Restaurants, December 31st, 2016

Revived Corpse Cocktail
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Winter’s chill provides the perfect excuse to cozy up with a warming cocktail in hand. Get inspired by these pros who’ve shared their go-to drinks for warding off the cold-weather blues. Read more

Usher in Fall with Warming Cocktails

by in Drinks, September 30th, 2016

We understand that the transition from endlessly sunny summer days to cooler fall temps can be rough. Fortunately, we’ve also got the cure for summer nostalgia: crisp air, a cozy sweater, a roaring fire and one of these luxe warming cocktails.

If you ask us, the fresh lemon, orange and OJ in Bobby Flay’s Mulled Red Wine Sangria (pictured above) totally counts towards your daily recommended servings of fruit.

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End-of-Summer Swigs You’ll Want to Make by the Pitcher

by in Drinks, August 25th, 2016

Mojito LimeadeSummer is sadly on its way out, and the only logical reaction we have to this conclusion is to raise a glass. But don’t do it alone — toast the season’s end with a crew, and serve any one of our favorite big-batch drinks.

Grab your pitcher by the handle to house Bobby Flay’s zippy, refreshing and crowd-sized Mojito Limeade. Once it’s poured into everyone’s glasses, this triple dose of lime (muddled in with the mint leaves, stirred into a minty syrup, and poured in with the rum and club soda) will electrify the senses.

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Spike It: Frosty Coconut Margaritas

by in Drinks, August 23rd, 2016

Frosty Coconut MargaritasI’m getting on the frozen-margarita train! There is a time and a place. Luckily, for us that time and place is right now.

My first-ever margarita was on the rocks with salt — this was how my mom always ordered them, and I didn’t even want to try a frozen one. I thought that a frozen margarita probably came from one of those frozen-concentrate tubes in the freezer. I wanted the real thing; hence my love for rocks and lots of salt. But then! A few years ago I had a frosty mojito and it was to die for. It tasted legit, not like a fake store-bought mix blended with ice. I started making them at home, and then one day, when it was super-hot and we had friends over, I decided to try it with a margarita.

Here’s what makes this magical: frozen coconut-milk cubes! Instead of making ice, a day before (or whenever … I think it’s lovely to have these on hand for a spur-of-the-moment frosty cocktail), pour some coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. These cubes not only prevent the drink from being watered down by lots of ice, but add some extra creamy coconut flavor. It’s reminiscent of a really good pina colada, but with tequila and lime, and minus the pineapple.

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All the Ways You Can Spike Fresh Watermelon

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

Watermelon SoursWith watermelon’s innate sweetness and plentiful water content, you can do a lot more with its pink-hued flesh than just nibble it straight from the rind. On its own, one bite of the fresh, juicy summer fruit is more refreshing than any drink you’d ever sip. Kick back this summer with our favorite watermelon cocktails (and one spiked treat), in all kinds of cooling frozen and iced creations.

For the most-refreshing party trick in the book, carve your watermelon into a cocktail keg and fill it up with a big batch of Watermelon Sours (pictured above). Featured in Food Network Magazine, this swig is a mix of fruity liqueur, gin, sour mix, lime and sparkling rosé for effervescence.

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