Written on July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Judith Pena
…and getting caught in the rain. – Rupert Holmes
Before I ever had my first Piña Colada, I knew they were something special, based entirely on their oft-repeated mention in Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)“–a 1970s rom-com in song form with an undeniable sing-a-long and body swaying quality. Think about it, have you ever been in a bar and not heard people sing along with this tune? I think not.
Fun fact: In the original song lyrics, Holmes said “Humphrey Bogart,” but ended up changing the lyrics to “Piña Coladas” to conjure the idea of escaping to an island vacation. (Can you imagine if he hadn’t changed the lyrics to Piña Colada? We would probably have never heard the song.)
So today–and all summer long–we celebrate the Piña Colada (“strained pineapple”), a Puerto Rican concoction made of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. While the creation of the drink has been debated, it is widely believed that bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marero created the exotic sipper in 1954 to delight the bar’s wealthy tourist clientele.
Now, less than 100 years later, we can find this tropical flavor in all types of different forms beyond the beverage–from cakes to ice cream and even lip gloss to body wash. So let’s think outside of the “glass” this year, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day with jelly shots! Find out how to make them after the jump!
Written on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by Judith Pena
Let’s be honest, I’ll drink bubbly anytime, but I find it especially satisfying when a celebration is afoot. So what could be more fitting than pairing the palatial fireworks of sparking wine with an Independence Day celebration? Nothing. Get the tasty recipe below.
Go red, white and blue with this champagne cocktail from our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection. You’ll enjoy drinking this sparkler all monthlong with its all-American kicker, a homemade bourbon simple syrup!
Get the recipe: Star-Spangled Berry Cocktail
Written on July 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Knocking back a cold beverage outdoors is one of summer’s great joys. Chill out with seven new drinks that are perfect for picnics—or wherever your day takes you.
1 COCKTAIL RX MOJITO Be the toast of the town at your next potluck with a batch of mojitos. Just add rum and ice to the disposable shaker and you’ll be slinging cocktails like a pro. ($7.99 each; serves 8)
2 MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE FROZEN POUCHES Keep your freezer stocked with these bags to toss in your beach tote—by the time you’ve applied sunscreen the slushies will be thawed just enough to slurp! ($1.99 for one 10-oz. pouch)
3 STACK WINES These classy, stackable pop-top cups come in four varietals. Think concerts in the park. ($12.99 for four 187 ml cups)
4 FETZER WINE ZIPZ GLASSES Major League ballparks like Turner and Citi fields are selling these plastic “goblets” of red and white wine. Bring one to your next sunset toast. ($4.99 for one 187 ml glass)
5 KAHLÚA ICED COFFEES Brunching with friends? These small cans are a fun replacement for traditional iced coffee (and can fit in your purse). ($9.99 for four 200 ml cans)
6 LEINENKUGEL’S SUMMER SHANDYS It’s lemonade. It’s beer. It’s both! This adults- only seasonal blend is sweet, tart and ideal for your next weekend excursion or concert tailgate. ($14.99 for twelve 12-oz. cans)
7 BUD LIGHT STRAW-BER-RITAS Who says camping means bringing the bare essentials? Pack these beer-margarita concoctions on your next trip into the woods for a no-blender-required happy hour. ($12.99 for twelve 8-oz. cans)
By Ariana R. Phillips
Photo by Levi Brown
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Written on June 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
I love our Get Fresh column because, even though I freely confess to a dependency on Lay’s potato chips, I’m also a fresh fruit and vegetable enthusiast, especially in the summer. So I encourage you to check out (and tear out) “Get Fresh with Watermelon” in our July/August issue, which is full of fun facts and helpful tips.
What we didn’t have room to include is the recipe for my favorite watermelon cocktail. My sister, Anne, and I concocted it for our Sisters’ Secrets to Confident Entertaining newsletter long before I became editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray, but you guys are my priority now, so I’m sharing!
—Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief
Makes 2 drinks
2 ounces fresh watermelon juice*
1 ounce vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake 10 to 15 times to chill. Pour, with ice, into a glass rimmed with a mixture of half sugar, half salt.
Extra credit: Tint the sugar-salt mix with a couple of drops of red food coloring.
*To help you with portions: We bought a watermelon wedge that weighed about 2 1/2 pounds. That yielded about 4 cups of chunks. Puree those in the food processor (if you’re not using a seedless melon, please remove the seeds first), strain the mixture through a sieve, and you get about 1 1/2 cups of juice—enough for six cocktails. For kids and designated drivers, the watermelon juice, with or without a squeeze of lemon, is great straight up or mixed with seltzer.
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Categories: Drinks, Every Day Scoop | Tags: Cocktails anyone?, Every Day with Rachael Ray, get fresh, Lauren Purcell, Purcell Sisters, Rachael Ray, Thirsty Thursday, Watermelon, Watermelon Quencher
Written on June 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm , by Allyson Dickman
Buy wine because of a funny label and you kind of expect to forgo flavor for a few laughs. But after tasting the kookiest of the crop, we found the bottles that don’t require the trade-off!
MAD HOUSEWIFE CABERNET SAUVIGNON A not-too-sweet companion for pizza night—or girls’ night. $10
FRENCHIE 2009 NAPOLEON RED An intense, oaky red blend that made us think about our favorite steak recipes. $30
MIDDLE SISTER DRAMA QUEEN PINOT GRIGIO A crisp, fruity find that got nabbed for one editor’s seafood dinner. $12
WELL HUNG MERLOT-VERDOT A smooth, earthy sip that’s definitely not your mother’s merlot. $20
CHATEAU SMITH 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON A robust red that may induce serious burger cravings. $20
(OOPS) CHEEKY LITTLE WHITE SAUVIGNON BLANC A citrusy hit, emptied before the tasting was over. $11
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Written on June 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Judith Pena
Pink cocktails are my guilty pleasure. They simultaneously appeal to my inner girly-girl and taste a-maz-ing, and yet, I rarely order them in public. After bartending many years ago on the opening night of the first Sex and the City movie and making over 200 Cosmopolitans, I don’t think I (or any other bartender for that matter) can look at a pink drink in the same way. That being said, I do make an exception for watermelon cocktails. Juicy sweet and irresistibly fresh, watermelon–in juice or puree form– is like putting summer into a glass. So when there’s a watermelon cocktail on a menu, you better believe I’m gonna order it, but since that can get expensive, here’s a few of my favorite watermelon drinks that you can make at home.
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This lovely libation from our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, and her sister, Anne, will put smiles on everyone’s faces. Use a couple drops of red food coloring to tint the sugar-salt mixture for a colorful cocktail rim.
Two kinds of plums and a half of a watermelon is all you’ll need for this thirst-quenching sip. Use a melon baller to scoop balls out of the watermelon, then plop ‘em into your pitcher. How easy is that?!
From our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection, this June-inspired sparkler combines slightly sweet watermelon, botanical-infused gin and savory rosemary to create a crisp, clean and ultra-refreshing concoction.
Mint and lime heighten the cooling and refreshing factors in this 4-ingredient cocktail. Make it by the pitcher for the easiest signature party cocktail ever!
Written on June 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
June is National Iced Tea Month, but today is the day to make your own! Sweetened, sparkling, or frozen, the decision’s yours! It’s summer, and it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good ole glass of iced tea. Below are our top five suggestions to making your glass extra special! -Nicole Witko
Fun Facts About Iced Tea:
- The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree.
- Attempting to salvage the hot summer day in St. Louis in 1904, Richard Blechynden poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of taking tea was forever changed.
- In 2003, Georgia state representative, John Noel, tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools’ Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
- Americans consumed over 55 billion servings of tea (over 2.5 billion gallons) in 2007 with approximately 85% of the tea consumed as iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.
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You can’t go wrong with the classic Southern recipe! Try out this sweet and tasty delight.
Written on June 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm , by Judith Pena
When the summer hits its peak and its so hot and humid that I’m sticking to my car seat, I always crave the most quintessential thirst-quenching summer drink–an ice cold, lip-puckeringly sour and slightly sweet lemon- or limeade. While sure, water is probably the best choice to hydrate, it’s the citrus fruit’s bracing acidity that delights my palate and makes these beverages so crave-worthy. To get into the Thirsty Thursday spirit, we’re ditching the innocent lemonade stand version and going for the more liquored-up libations. Check out the two classic cocktails featuring lemon and lime and leave a comment saying which concoction you’d prefer. Cheers!
Battle of the Citrus Cocktails:
Lemon versus Lime
|Clean with an intense and bright acidity.||
|Sweet with a subtle, floral acidity.|
|Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup
or Sugar, Club Soda
|Gin, Sweetened Lime Juice (or Lime Juice
and Simple Syrup), Lime Wheel
|Created in the 1800s by Stephen Price of the Garrick Club in London, this drink was originally called a “John Collins” after the club’s pleasant headwaiter, John Collins. However, with the rise of English old tom gin–such as Hayman’s or Ransom–the drink’s name eventually morphed into the “Tom Collins,” paying homage to it’s signature ingredient.
|First described in 1928 as a cocktail of gin, lime and soda, author Raymond Chandler described the drink as 50-50 Rose’s lime juice and gin in The Long Goodbye.|
Written on May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm , by Judith Pena
When I was little, I used to
steal eat blackberries off of my neighbors’ bushes. Perhaps it was the act of rebellion or how glossy and shiny those just-picked black beauties were, but no other berry has come close to becoming my favorite since then. So in honor of peak blackberry season–which runs from June to August–we’re mixing up these berry delicious cocktail coolers!
Blackberries are a great summer cocktail ingredient. Not only do these berry beauties add a dash of color to your concoction, but they’re also loaded with antioxidants and can satisfy your sweet tooth without adding any extra sugar. (For example, 1 cup of blackberries has 7 grams of natural sugar and is only 62 calories.)
While I’ve always considered the classic Bramble cocktail–gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry liqueur and berries–to be my go-to berry (cocktail) beverage, I’ve recently switched over to this Blackberry Cooler Cocktail. Indeed super similar to the bramble, this cooler cocktail–hah, get it?! Well at least I’m laughing–adds cooling mint leaves and elderflower liqueur. To make this cocktail even prettier, add in other colorful citrus fruits or berries and top with a dash of soda to add a hint of effervescence. Yum-o!
Get the recipe: Blackberry Cooler Cocktail
Written on May 17, 2013 at 11:37 am , by Judith Pena
No one wants to get stuck playing bartender at their own party, but as the hostess with the mostest you still want a “signature shindig cocktail.” Ugh, what a dilemma. Enter our solution–drumroll, please–the party pitcher! Not only are these big-batch cocktails (and mocktails) perfect for any soiree, they’re also super-customizable and allow your guests to help themselves, freeing you up to have fun and par-tay! Take a look at five of our favorite concoctions below. Oh and did we mention that they’re all make-ahead too? Cheers!
Colorful and fruit-filled sangria pitchers are always a hit at parties, especially when they look as gorgeous and colorful as this one. Play around with different combinations of fruit and infuse for up to 6 hours before serving for optimal flavor.
Get the recipe: Tropical White Sangria
We had to include the Original Bloody Mary since some of the best parties start before noon–hey, no judgment! Impress your guests with an assortment of garnishes like celery, pickles, olives, fruit, shrimp or even oysters!
Get the recipe: The Original Bloody Mary
This tequila-spiked cocktail is the perfect solution for a taco night sans the hassle of margaritas. Add in other tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit to make this Pineapple-Lime Cooler even cooler!
Get the recipe: Pineapple-Lime Cooler
Hey party people, this punch is for you! Dating back over 300 years, classic punch recipes have be known to feature dozens of ingredients from booze to fruit juices. We kept it simple though and cut off our ingredient list at five–sweetened tea, bourbon, peach nectar, lemon juice and sliced peaches.
Get the recipe: Bourbon & Peach Sweet Tea Punch
Don’t leave the kids out of the party pitcher fun with this refreshing non-alcoholic agua fresca (Spanish for “fresh waters”). Popular in Mexico and Central America, our special recipe features one of our favorite summertime fruits, watermelon.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca