Written on May 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Everybody’s favorite bombed squad is back this month in The Hangover Part III and, as usual, hurting the morning after. So we give them (and you!) hangover remedies as wacky as the Wolf Pack itself. –David Farley
Photo by Levi Brown
(Pictured from left to right)
In Mongolia, hangover relief is in the eye of the beholder–if you happen to hang out with livestock. Pop a pickled sheep’s eyeball in some tomato juice, swirl and gulp. Whatever you do, don’t chew! (Don’t worry, folks–the eye above is fake!)
Mexico’s go-to hair of the dog is a michelada, a frosty mug of beer typically spiked with tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, lime and a kick of spicy heat.
Waking up wrecked in Poland can make you quite the sourpuss: Among the most trusted local hangover cures is pickle juice. Straight up.
Written on May 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm , by Judith Pena
As the saying goes there are few things as American as Apple Pie. So join us today, May 13th, as we celebrate this traditional dish and salute some of our favorite tasty variations for National Apple Pie Day.
This quintessential American dessert is always welcome whether it’s a
casual 4th of July picnic or a fancy Thanksgiving dinner.
Get the recipe: Classic Apple Pie
Written on May 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by Judith Pena
For whatever reason, the majority of chick literature I’ve read is set in England where the women seem to drink two things regularly: tea and Pimm’s No. 1. So what’s the deal with this Pimm’s No. 1? I wondered. Is it light like a vodka or dark like a whiskey? Is is sweet like a Moscato or more bitter like other international aperitifs? And what the hell is a Pimm’s Cup? Well folks, with the weather warming up, it’s high time to get to the bottom of this spirit and say cheer’s as the British do!
Now, on to the fun part: The cocktails!
Get the recipe: Pimm’s Cocktail
While Pimm’s No. 1 can (and should) be enjoyed all year-long, most people tend to enjoy it most in the spring and summertime and I can see why!
- At only 25% alcohol by volume, this is the type of spirit you can drink all day without feeling–how do I put this lightly?–rundown.
- The combination of sweet, bitter and spicy continually refreshes your palate so you don’t get bored.
- You can make a (lazy) Pimm’s Cup in less than 30 seconds, unlike other more involved cocktails like mojitos or juleps which require muddling or sangrias which need time to infuse.
Traditionally, a Pimm’s Cup simply consists of one part Pimm’s and roughly three parts lemonade, lemon soda or ginger ale in a tall glass over ice with a slice of cucumber. While the classic–some may say lazy–version of the cocktail is delicious, I challenge you to take it up a notch and add other ingredients like cucumber, ginger, lemon, lime, orange, mint and strawberry. (This list could go on, but I’ll stop there.)
Even though this may be more work, you’ll find it’s worth the effort as each new ingredient reinvents the cocktail and gives you something to snack on afterwards–hello Pimm’s-infused cucumbers! For instance, in my personal favorite combination, muddled cucumber imparts a cooling and refreshing sensation, ginger adds a hit of natural spiciness and lemon brings in a necessary hint of acidity and brightness. So refreshing! However you choose to enjoy your Pimm’s Cup though, make sure to say “Cheers!” to “Pimm’s O’Clock!”
Written on April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm , by Judith Pena
Once, in a moment of utter confusion, I asked my friends “So, when is the Cinco de Mayo happening?” to which they responded with only laughter until I figured out what I said wrong. “I meant, the party, people. When is the Cinco de Mayo party happening?!” With the “fifth of May” quickly approaching, we’re doing a round up of margaritas for this day of celebration!
Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While only a minor holiday in Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Americans widely observe the day by celebrating Mexican heritage and culture through parades, music, food and parties (like the aforementioned)! So what cocktail would be a better choice to cheers with than a margarita featuring Mexico’s very own homegrown spirit, tequila? Take a look at a few of our favorite recipes below.
Written on April 20, 2013 at 11:30 am , by Judith Pena
When I was younger, the idea of drinking tomato juice and alcohol, separately or together, seemed like some sort of method of torture. Somewhere along the way though–perhaps after a few college hangovers–I discovered how refreshing an ice cold, slap-you-in-the-face spicy and spiked tomato juice, also known as a Bloody Mary, can be.
Part of the fun when ordering a Bloody Mary is that everyone has their own special recipe or variation. From Mexican- to Asian- and Southern-inspired twists, you can find any variety of flavors in this boozy brunch staple. So whip up the original, first served at the St. Regis New York in 1934, then try four of our favorite variations from around the globe! Then, if you’re up for it, or still standing, make up your own version and share it with us in the comments!
Get the recipes:
1. The Original Bloody Mary
Serve this on its own, or tweak to make the zesty twists like the ones below.
2. The Capitol Mary
This briny version–spiked with Old Bay Seasoning and clam juice–from the St. Regis Washington, D.C., tastes like an appetizer-cocktail combo!
3. The Bora Mary
The St. Regis Bora Bora adds a sweet and refreshing tropical twists: watermelon juice!
4. The Downhill Snapper
Served at the St. Regis Aspen, this springy, citrus-and-herb-spiked drink is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden.
5. The West Paces Mary
Pickled okra juice gives a Southern spin to this tangy take from the St. Regis Atlanta.
Written on April 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm , by Judith Pena
Take a deep breath, people, we’re almost to the weekend! So take a moment to mentally prepare and engage in–what college students often call–Thirsty Thursday. Unlike some college students though, let’s keep it classy by kicking back and relaxing with our April-inspired Champagne Cocktail instead of multiple Pabst Blue Ribbons (no offense). Read more about it and get the recipe below!
In our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection, we used the classic “Gin and Juice” as inspiration for our custom-made April concoction. We promise that once you taste how the gin’s herbal notes pair perfectly with the rose and red fruit flavors from the pink champagne, you’ll swear we took the spring season and put it directly into a glass. Sip on this cocktail when you’re ready to ring in Spring, which we so are!
Get the recipe: Gin & Honey Champagne Cocktail
Written on April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
“I blend creamy almond milk into smoothies, stir it into my tea and pour it on my cereal. It’s easy to make your own—plus, homemade tastes fresher and is way cheaper!” —Katie Barreira, Senior Test Kitchen Associate
- To make 4 cups of almond milk, soak 2 cups raw almonds and 5 cups water in a bowl for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Mix the almonds and water in a blender on high until frothy and smooth, about 5 minutes. (It will seem like a really long time, but just keep blending!)
- Line a strainer with 4 layers of
cheesecloth; place over a bowl. Add half of the almond mixture; let sit 10 minutes, then squeeze out the liquid. Discard the solids; repeat with the rest of the almond mixture.
Try your delicious homemade almond milk in our tasty Almond Hot Chocolate!
Written on April 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
Think sidecars and gimlets are retro? They’ve got nothing on millenia-old mead, a honey wine that ranges from dry to dessert-like. But this drink of choice for Vikings and monks is having a major 21st-century moment: Craft meaderies offering tours and tastings are popping up nationwide. Five of the best await below, so get thee to a meadery! –Alexandra Pecci
Hit Maine Mead Works in Portland for free samples of artisanal meads (our fave: the Honeymaker Lavender, $14). If your timing is right (check the site), you can tour the continuous fermentation chamber, where the Middle Ages meet the 21st century. mainemeadworks.com
Londonderry, New Hampshire’s Moonlight Meadery, home to an amazing array of fruity and spicy meads (don’t miss the currant-infused Desire, $18), offers everything from a $5 four-mead tasting to the $50 romance package (eight meads, snackage and keepsake glasses). moonlightmeadery.com
Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar in Columbus, Ohio, serves up mead and mead- based cocktails (try the Wild Sweet Annie, with whiskey and ginger liqueur) plus live music. Most ingredients are Buckeye State–sourced, including the apples in the stellar Apple Pie mead ($34). brothersdrake.com
Redstone Meadery in Boulder, Colorado, offers free tours and tastings of up to 16 different meads. The Traditional Mountain Honey Wine made with orange blossom honey ($22) is our pick. And for half the year, there’s free live music on Saturdays. redstonemeadery.com
Sky River Meadery in Redmond, Washington, near one of the state’s wine regions, gives free tours—and the $5 tasting fee is applied to any bottle you buy. Consider the Solas, a rich, golden mead aged in whiskey barrels ($26). skyriverbrewing.com