Written on November 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
A proper holiday party needs a few key items: good company, tasty finger food and a great signature cocktail. While having a fully stocked bar may be ideal, it’s just as special (and way more cost-efficient) to have one or two drinks that you can proudly say you mixed up yourself. Whether you like sweet and sparkly or stiff and tangy (or both!), here are a few holiday cocktail ideas to get you started:
Ginger + Lime Juice + Club Soda + Vodka = Fizzy Ginger Limeade
Pomegranate Juice + Prosecco + Tangerine Juice = Tangerine Pomegranate Sparklers
Rosé + Grape Juice = Blushing Rosé Punch
Written on November 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
As Thanksgiving approaches, the last thing you want is extra work. So why struggle with a corkscrew? We taste-tested dozens of twist-off wines under $20 that taste great with turkey and all the trimmings.
1. Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $15
This New Zealand white is fruity, crisp and so drinkable our editor-in-chief orders it by the case.
2. Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Chardonnay 2011, $12
Many chardonnays are too rich for Thanksgiving but this unoaked version won’t compete with the food.
3. Lorenza Rosé 2012, $17
Satisfy both red and white wine drinkers with this slightly dry and floral goes-with-anything Italian rosé.
4. Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir 2011, $19
You can sip this jammy, all-around staff fave straight through to the pumpkin pie.
5. Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red Syrah 2012, $10
The hint of spice in this syrah blend is a great match for herb-loaded side dishes.
6. Montes Twins Malbec 2011, $14
This blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon is full-bodied enough to please the “big red” lovers but still works with turkey.
Wine Cheat Sheet
Can’t find our picks? Ask your wine seller for whites and rosés that are crisp, citrusy and not too heavy. Request reds with a medium amount of fruit, easy on the oak.
By Elizabeth Jenkins
Written on October 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Whether you’re out for brunch or enjoying a lazy Sunday at home with friends, the French press has made its way to coffee tables and counters across America. But, is it really worth $20? Read on to see why we say: YES!
You can be your own barista
A French press uses water that’s at the boiling point (a temperature many electric machines can’t reach), which extracts more flavor from the coffee. Plus, you can customize how light or dark your joe turns out simply by adjusting the time the grounds steep.
You can take it anywhere
Without pesky plugs and not-so-eco-friendly filters in your way, this baby can easily travel with you on a camping trip or to a hotel — or it can sit on your desk so you don’t waste a single second between refills!
It’s not just for coffee!
Use a French press to brew loose leaf tea, make vinaigrettes (let herbs steep in the vinaigrette for a few hours, then plunge to strain) — or even press the lumps out of gravy!
Written by Lambeth Hochwald; Photography by David Lewis Taylor
Written on October 24, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! As the week winds down, we’re sure you’re thinking about happy hour, evening plans and watching football. What goes well with all three? A old crisp and refreshing shandy. While you can buy bottles of this beer concoction, it’s way more fun (and cost-efficient) to make your own. What exactly is a shandy? It’s a beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or apple juice.
Our recipe calls for 1 part lager (we used Corona) and 1 part either carbonated lemonade or ginger ale. Serve immediately and you’ve got a slightly sweet, extra fizzy and 100% delicious sipper to start your night (or day) off right.
What’s your favorite Shandy combo? Tell us below in the comments!
Written on October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
It may be one of the more classic cocktails around, but the martini’s dry flavors and mild bite are the perfect contrast to a bowl of saucy, succulent spaghetti. The best part: it’s a two-ingredient cocktail, plus an optional garnish of olives.
2 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce vermouth
Watch our how-to video for another take on this classic sip, then sit back, relax and you’ll feel like a true Italian in no time!
Written on October 3, 2013 at 10:01 am , by Lauren Katz
As we anxiously await the celebration of Halloween, we’ve got some serious party-planning on our minds. From costume ideas, to decorations, to the menu, everything must scream Halloween, and we mean everything. Not only will our drinks be holiday-themed, but the coolers in which we hold them will be, too. What’s big, round, hollow and full of booze? We know you’re thinking a giant punch bowl, but we’re thinking more like a pumpkin! Here are some awesome ideas to take your punch bowl from totally bored to an awesome gourd!
We seriously can’t wait for our Halloween party… what are you planning for yours?
Written on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
When it comes to brunch, mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and spiked coffee are pretty much expected. There’s nothing like a refreshing, fruit- or caffeine-filled spirit to wake you up after a long night out. In honor of National Pancake Day, we’ve put together a list of our best brunch cocktail recipes, so you’ll have something to wash those sweet cakes down with. Make one of these cocktails at your next brunch party; everyone will thank you.
And don’t forget, you’ll need the perfect pancake recipe to go along with your drink! Cheers.
Written on August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
As we all face the end of summer, now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all fresh herbs from your garden, local farmer’s market or even your go-to supermarket. Yes, basil makes a killer pesto, and mint is perfect with watermelon and feta, but our leafy green friends make just as big of a flavor statement when paired with vodka, rum, and gin. In honor of More Herbs, Less Salt Day, here are some of our favorite herb-inspired cocktails. Cheers!
The Not-So-Usual Suspects
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Written on August 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm , by Judith Pena
Inspired by one of my friends’ favorite shots–the Pickle Back, a whiskey shot chased with pickle juice–the Dirty Pickle Martini is crisp, sour and salty all at once. Though I prefer all of my martinis made with gin, the Dirty Pickle Martini is especially tasty when made with gin. Get ready to say “Cheers!” with this super satisfying and lip puckering cocktail.
Get the recipe: Dirty Pickle Martini
Written on August 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm , by Judith Pena
Paradise found: Author and cocktail kahuna Jeff “Beachbum” Berry shows you how to make three chilled-out classics that will transport you straight to the beach. Paper umbrella optional—but encouraged!
Get the recipes (adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed, by Jeff Berry):
Drink Tip! Stock your tiki cocktail cart with these two must-have tropical drink ingredients:
- Barrel-aged, oaky gold rum
- Orange-flavored curacao (If you can’t find curacao, use triple sec instead.)
Drink Tip! To get the supercool ocean-blue hue in your drink, add a couple drops of blue food coloring.
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