Your Weekend Drinking Plans: Cocktails, Homebrew, and More...
Now, listen. It's Friday afternoon and your weekend drinking plans are looking...well, I'm not judging...but a little bland. It's time to mix it up a bit. Time to put aside the sixpack and try something new. Here are five ideas.
Try a Rhode Island Classic
Rhode Island is known for coffee milk, but also for their awesome coffee milkshakes. (If you want to sound legit, call it a 'coffee cabinet.') It's easy to make a potent coffee syrup at home, then whip it into a milkshake with whole milk, coffee ice cream, and brewed, chilled coffee. That'll get you buzzing...
Infuse Bourbon with Tea
Rich Pu-erh tea is ideal for dressing up a classic whiskey cocktail like an Old Fashioned. The tea adds a lovely depth and earthy backbone to bourbon, and all you have to do is let it steep at room temperature for a few hours, then you'll be ready to whip up the simplest cocktail.
Make Your Own Pumpkin Beer
Ok, this is more of a drinking investment for your future, not a drink you can drink right now, but it's a wise investment, we promise. There are loads of great pumpkin beers available from every corner in the country, but none of them come with the satisfaction of making your own. One key tip for the ultimate pumpkin homebrew: the flavors come out the best if the pumpkin is cooked and caramelized. Our recipe (which even a beginner can master) also has 14 ounces of dark maple syrup, which gives it a fantastic rich flavor to balance the pumpkin pie spice.
Put a Cocktail in a Flask
Maybe you're gearing up for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, or perhaps you just want to bring the party with you wherever you go. Did you know you don't have to stick to straight firewater in your flask? A graduated measuring cup comes in handy here, and you'll want to add water so the drink is properly diluted, even without ice.
The Green Ghost is a delicious—and wonderfully easy—cocktail that dates to 1937. The ingredients: gin, luscious Green Chartreuse, and a little fresh lime. Easy-peasy.