Tag: cocktails

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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Spike It: Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops

by in Drinks, Recipes, July 15th, 2016

Strawberry Margarita Ice PopsI was that kid. You know, THAT kid. The kid who only wanted to eat the “red” popsicles and drink the “red” juice and steal the “red” gummy bears from the bowl. I didn’t want grape — ever. In fact, if we had a box of some sort of treats and the variety included grape, I’d eat all the others and leave the grape in there for someone else.

Except nobody ever wanted it, because grape was the worst. The absolute worst.

I didn’t even want the blue raspberry flavor, and that was huge in the ’90s. I was all about the red: cherry, strawberry, watermelon or whatever. That’s the one I loved the most.

In my opinion, strawberry was always the best “red.” I think cherry was more popular among my group of siblings, neighbors and friends, but I didn’t care about that. Strawberry was the only one I wanted.

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Easy Cocktails for the Long Weekend: Daiquiris, Sangria and More

by in Drinks, June 30th, 2016

Fireworks Red, White and Blue DaiquiriFill your fridge, stock your bar and dust off your cooler. The long weekend is almost upon us, and no emergency trips to the store should come between you and your holiday schedule: sip, dip, repeat. Add a refreshing twist to your weekend plans with these can’t-miss summer cocktails. Whether you’re feeling patriotic or just seeking something new, we’ve rounded up the very best drink recipes to celebrate summer.

Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris (pictured above)
Three distinct flavors come together to create the patriotic striations in this layered frozen drink. The red layer is made by blending watermelon and strawberries with rum, while the white layer is created with coconut sorbet and lime. Blue curacao and passion fruit liqueur provide the blue layer’s bold hue.

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Spike It: Red, White and Blue Mojitos

by in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016

Red, White and Blue MojitosI love a good festive cocktail! Short of adding a fiery sparkler, I wanted to make one of the most adorable and delicious red, white and blue beverages we could all serve at our 4th of July barbecues. And I’ve found it.

(FYI: Calories don’t count when you drink cocktails with friends. Let’s make it a thing.)

While margaritas are usually more my speed, I find that mojitos are a more-versatile alternative and tend to be appreciated by all. Tequila is quite a polarizing liquor, and people have strong opinions on it (and let’s be real — memories of bad experiences in college with it), but rum and sugar and lime and mint is a favorite almost everywhere. It’s milder. Not as edgy. A little friendlier. A touch lighter so you can have two cocktails and still be able to walk home. You know?

So what better way to celebrate summer than with a red, white and blue boozy glass? So much fruity flavor in one drink — these could not be more fun.

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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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