Drinks

Salute! It’s National Pasta Day!

Written on October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Cheers, it’s National Pasta Day! Besides eating bowls and bowls of the good stuff, we’re celebrating with an Italian cocktail to wash it all down: The Gin Martini.

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!

 

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Move Over, Punch bowl, the Pumpkin has Arrived

Written on October 3, 2013 at 10:01 am , by

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!

 

Orange Freeze

Pumpkin Ale

Tiki Time

We seriously can’t wait for our Halloween party… what are you planning for yours?

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Thirsty Thursday for Brunch Lovers

Written on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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.

Blood Orange Mimosas

Bailey’s Chai

The Original Bloody Mary

Clockwork Orange

And don’t forget, you’ll need the perfect pancake recipe to go along with your drink! Cheers.

 

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Herbs: They’re Not Just For Cooking

Written on August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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!

Basil

 Grapefruit-Basil Gin Fizz

Basil Gin Lemonade

Peach-Basil Margarita

Mint

Pineapple Mojitos

Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail


The Not-So-Usual Suspects

Rosemary Ruby Cocktails

Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

Thyme’s-Up Cocktails

 

 

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Dirty Pickle Martini

Written on August 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm , by

Cocktails, Anyone?

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

 

 

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It’s Tiki (Cocktail) Time!

Written on August 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm , by

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!

 

tiki cocktail recipes

Photo by Romulo Yanes

 

Get the recipes (adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed, by Jeff Berry):

 

Blue Hawaii Cocktail

Blue Hawaii

Zombie Cocktail

Zombie

Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai

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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Top 10 Favorite Beer Recipes

Written on August 5, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Sure, beer is great to drink, but it’s also an amazing cooking ingredient too! Don’t believe me? Check out 10 of my favorite beer recipes below in honor of International Beer Day.

 

1. Beer Can-Smoked Whole Chicken

The first time I heard of steaming a whole chicken on the grill with the aid of a beer can, all I could think was “That’s Genius!” If you’ve never tried this before, then I urge you to try it ASAP. It’ll be one of your new favorite summertime grilling techniques. I promise.

Beer Can-Smoke Whole Chicken

 

2. Beer-Braised Beef

This easy 7-ingredient recipe is perfect when you have extra cans of Guinness hanging around the house, say after St. Patrick’s Day.

Beer-Braised Beef

 

3. Beer and Cheese Soup

What’s not to love about this hearty soup that brings together two wonderful foods: beer and cheese? Keep this recipe on hand for Oktoberfest and as an easy staple when the cooler months start kicking in.

Beer and Cheese Soup

 

4. Beer Margaritas

One of our most popular margarita recipes of all time, this large-batch beer margarita is made in a pitcher and easily serves four people. Bottoms up!

Beer Margaritas

 

5. Beer Braised Chicken & Peas

Braising is a super easy technique that infuses chicken with moisture and flavor. In this easy braising recipe, tangy mustard and hoppy beer come together to give this dish an unforgettable flavor.

Beer Braised Chicken & Peas

 

6. Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay

The Chew host Carla Hall shared this amazing Maryland Crab Boil recipe with us in our September issue (on sale tomorrow). While any light beer will work, we especially love this recipe with a pale ale or IPA (India pale ale).

Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay

 

7. Buffalo Chicken Chili with Blue Cheese-Toppers

I’m usually not very impressed by food served in mugs–I’m thinking of you cup-a-soup–but this Buffalo Chicken Chili  with Blue Cheese-Corn Mug Toppers is an exception. For this recipe, feel free to use whatever type of beer is your favorite.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

 

8. Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitaz

When I’m not pairing margaritas with my Tex-Mex food, beer is always my next choice. While the recipe recommends using a light beer, I’m sure the steak would be delicious marinated in a more robust darker beer or even a spicy michelada (which is now sold in cans by Tecate).

Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitaz

 

9. Beer-Battered Fried Chicken

Beer-battered and fried? You can dress up any ingredient–onion rings, jalalpeno poppers or cheese sticks–like this and I will be a fan, but beer-battered fried chicken might just be the best. While no specific type of beer is listed, I would recommend going with a light-colored beer to ensure that the end result will have a light, brown and golden fried crust. (A darker beer may make the batter appear dark and may turn even darker when fried.)

Beer-Battered Fried Chicken

 

10. Jambasta

This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael Ray was created for her dad who’s from Louisiana. “This is a combination of jambalaya–a local dish–and pasta, which he developed a love for with all of us Italians in the house!” says Rach. I think an amber ale or lager tastes best when combined with the andouille sausage and tomatoes, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Jambasta

 

 

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Healthy Helping: 6 Teas to Know

Written on July 26, 2013 at 9:30 am , by

Is tea really the new coffee? You can decide that on your own. But for those of you who are tea fans like myself, let’s take a look at how our bodies benefit from drinking different types of teas. Not a tea drinker? Then it might be time to convert! With the six different types of tea below, you’ll have no problem finding one that’s right for you!


1. Black Tea

Compared to other teas, black tea has the highest caffeine content and helps to maintain cholesterol levels, cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system.

 

2. Green Tea

Green tea is often popularized as one of the healthiest teas and with good reason too! Green tea has shown to prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

 

3. Oolong Tea

Often served in Chinese restaurants, oolong tea can be a healthy part of your weight loss plan. When it comes to skin disease like eczema, a study revealed that if drinking one liter of oolong tea can provide moderate improvement in your skin after a month.

 

Add a little glamour to your cup of tea with this Sparkling Tea made from black tea

 

4. White Tea

White teas are full of healthy antioxidants and are the best tea for your skin and complexion. As white teas are the purest and least processed of all teas, they have the most potent anticancer properties and need to be brewed carefully.

 

5.Herbal Tea

Herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger and lemongrass are rich in vitamin C. In addition, they help relieve stress, aid with stomach and digestive problems and strengthen your immune system.

 

6. Chamomille Tea

Chamomille tea comes from a flowering plant like a daisy and can reduce menstrual cramps, control your cold and help with sleep.

 

After a stressful day at work, try out this Relax Already Apple Tea made from chamomille

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Source: teavana.com and healthmeup.com

 

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Negroni Time

Written on July 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm , by

Cocktails, Anyone?

I’ve always been fascinated by people with a “signature drink.” Not the type of drink that they have named after them, but the type of drink that they order all the time. I’ve always wondered, first, how did they find or decide on this drink? And second, what did their drink of choice say about them? Perhaps one of the reasons I was intrigued by these drinkers and their single cocktail devotion was that I didn’t have a signature drink of my own–that is until I discovered the Negroni.

 

 

How to Make a Negroni

Photo by Judith Pena

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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

Written on July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

I drink iced coffee all yearlong, even when there’s snow on the ground. But buying iced coffee on the daily can get expensive, so I’ve taken to making my own coffee–cold brew, to be specific. So what the heck is cold-brew coffee, anyway? Well folks, pay attention, because I’m about to show you the way. (Oh, and since you don’t need electricity for this method, you can thank me the next time the power goes out and you can still get your caffeine fix!)

How to make cold brew coffee


So what’s the difference?

Cold-brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in room temperature or cold (ie. no heat here!) water over a long period of time and straining the liquid to create a concentrate. As no heat is applied, the bitter flavor components of the bean are not released, producing a less astringent and less acidic coffee that some even describe as sweet.

 

How do you make it?

 

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