by Samantha Lande in Restaurants, March 23rd, 2016
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, March 15th, 2016
3 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
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Restaurants, March 2nd, 2016
When 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.
by Sofia Lyons in Drinks, February 22nd, 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
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, January 21st, 2016
Celebrate National Margarita Day by honoring this beloved tequila, Triple Sec and lime cocktail with an assortment of recipes. Traditional margaritas aren’t for you? No worries. Check out our favorite variations — some sweet, some spicy and all packed with flavor.
Margarita (pictured above)
The touch of sugar from simple syrup balances out the tartness of freshly squeezed lime juice in this refreshing recipe.
by Sara Levine in Restaurants, December 30th, 2015
Since I was about 3 years old, my mom instilled a belief in me: Fridays were for shopping. Every Friday we’d meet my aunt, cousin and grandma for lunch, then head to the nearest mall, where we’d stay for hours (seriously hours) and shop till we dropped. It was probably only about three hours or something, but three hours in kid years? May as well be two weeks.
I just know we were there for a loooong time.
Our snacks at the mall usually came down to two options: Pralines ‘N Cream ice cream from Baskin-Robbins (my grandma’s No. 1 choice) or Orange Julius drinks (preferably a pina colada for me) all around. It was totally dependent on the mood, as those are fairly different options, right?
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, December 17th, 2015
Shaken, stirred … or steeped? French press coffee is served after dinner at many restaurants across the country, but a select few spots are steeping cocktails to serve in these press pots, too. Turns out, manual coffeemakers work perfectly for booze infusions like fresh fruit, herbs and spices. These three restaurants and bars prove that coffee tools don’t have to be one-beverage wonders.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2015
Words cannot explain just how excited I get about hot chocolate season. I’d never been a huge fan of hot beverages until recently, when I fell down the coffee hole fast and hard. But I always could get down with hot chocolate. And it had to be chocolate — not cocoa. Cocoa could work in a pinch, and I vividly remember drinking it from the packets on freezing cold days after playing in the snow with my brothers for hours on end. But the chocolate. Like sipping chocolate … that’s what dreams are made of.
It all started with Serendipity 3 in New York City, and if I’m being real, then it actually started with the movie Serendipity. I was completely fascinated by the adorable boutique-y cafe in the movie that served what only appeared to be ridiculous frozen hot chocolate.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, December 3rd, 2015
Whether you’re having a sweet-as-can-be cookie exchange, a Secret Santa party or a mix-and-mingle cocktail affair, the holidays are a time to let loose and be merry. In the spirit of the season, pour your friends and fam boozy seasonal cocktails, from eggnog martinis to steamy hot toddy swigs, that’ll warm your clan up in a jiff.
If for no other reason than sheer quantity, parties are better with punch. Serve a big batch of this crowd-ready, fizzy Holiday Party Punch, made with a blend of sparkling cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, and let guests serve themselves from an old-fashioned punch bowl.
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, December 3rd, 2015
The trend pendulum swings — first toward one extreme, and then toward the other. At least that’s true when it comes to what’s cool in cocktails.
One minute bar culture is all about fancy ice cubes — “premium ice,” they call it. “As with diamonds, cocktail ice is judged by its clarity, density, size and cut, all of which add to the quality and aesthetics of the experience,” Christopher Jones wrote a few months ago in a Wired.com piece looking at the “obsessive world of artisanal cocktail ice.”
Any other eggnog fans out there? The creamy texture and interesting flavor tend to leave people either loving or loathing the holiday beverage. But! I happen to fall on the eggnog-lover side of things. Shocking, I know. My adoration for the drink goes so, so far back. Every Christmas my gram used to make her annual trip to our home with her infamous pumpkin rolls and loaves of fruitcake delicately bagged and tucked in her luggage. The day Gram came was one I looked forward to … basically from the day she boarded her flight back home.
According to my sweet gram, any and all desserts during the month of December could not be consumed without a glass of eggnog. My perfect equation was a thick slice of pumpkin roll and a cup of eggnog with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. This was quintessentially holiday season for me. Occasionally, I’d swap out one of her perfect sugar cookies and dip it in the nog.
Now here I am, many years later, continuing Gram’s tradition of enjoying my holiday treats with a glass of eggnog. What’s even better: making a boozy holiday dessert cocktail with it. Take your favorite eggnog, blend with some sugar cookies (I used this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite!) and bourbon. I think my gram would be awfully proud.