Serious Eats: Drinks
5 Cocktails to Make This Weekend
We may have had a long weekend last weekend, but somehow that makes the week feel somewhat...longer, right? Luckily, it's Friday again and time to pull out the ice cube tray. What'll you fix yourself to drink this weekend? These five drinks will hit the spot, we promise.
This cocktail, adapted from one by Rob Gourlay of San Antonio, is the perfect drink for straddling seasons: it features berries at their peak, but introduces brown liquors to add a little richness and cut the first cool breeze of fall. If you've never tasted Averna, get on it: this stuff is a deliciously rich and easy-drinking amaro, flavored with herbs and citrus with a touch of sweetness to balance a little bitterness.
This bright, fresh whiskey drink from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in New York is made with rye and spiced with a fresh ginger syrup, which packs much more of a punch than any ginger beer we know. Loads of tart lime juice keeps the drink refreshing.
Fresh Tomato Martini
It turns out that one of the best ways to get real tomato flavor into a drink is to infuse your booze with a ripe specimen by whirring the spirit and tomato together in a blender. No need to wait—your tomato vodka will be ready as soon as you can strain it. Here, it's mixed with good dry vermouth and a little white wine vinegar for tartness.
This drink from Freemans restaurant in NYC makes a great brunch cocktail. Made with a little bourbon, fresh lemon, and a touch of elderflower liqueur, it's just the thing for improving less-expensive sparkling wine.
Basin Street Blues
Your bottle of Pimm's doesn't have to go back in the cupboard until it's summer again. This cocktail starts with a one-to-one mix of Pimm's and Nardini Amaro, which has a rich chocolatey flavor and wonderful peppermint bite. The cocktail, which is served at Domenica in New Orleans, is rounded out with fresh lemon and orange juice.