I'm definitely prone to focus too much on the utilitarian side of tea. I sip English Breakfast to wake up and turn to my favorite echinacea infusion not because I especially enjoy the taste, but because I've convinced myself that if I drink enough of it, a winter cold won't last as long. But tea also offers a myriad of flavors: there's rich, earthy pu-ehr, grassy and bittersweet green teas, malty black teas, smoky and bacony Lapsang souchong, not to mention the wide range of herbal options available. In an infusion, a syrup, or a straight-up brew, tea goes way beyond function and brings delicious and complex flavors to these 3 super-simple cocktails.
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In the past year or so, we've seen more and more fancy bars around the country touting an Irish whiskey-based cocktail selection. But even if some of the finest drinks at Tradition in San Francisco and Dead Rabbit in NYC feature whiskey from the Emerald Isle, home mixing with Irish whiskey tends not to get more ambitious than a simple Jameson and Ginger. (What? You forgot the ginger?)
Drawing inspiration from his travels and La Condesa's food menu, bar manager Nate Wales incorporates lesser known ingredients into the drinks. He uses sotol in a spin on the Salty Dog, and mixes up his own fermented pineapple spirit for an unusual margarita. Here are 5 recipes so you can make these drinks at home.
Looking for a bit of crisp-weather cocktail inspiration, I convinced a few bartender friends to share their recipe secrets so I could test them out at home. In the slideshow, you'll find 10 of my favorite bourbon cocktail recipes, from classics and twists on the classics to originals from bars in New York City.
Stepping outside my apartment one morning this week, I noticed the air smelled crisp and autumnal. Summer doesn't officially end until September 22, but plenty of things that herald the fall season are already upon us: the first day of school; the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah; and of course, apple-picking season.
Why wait for dessert to get your stone fruit fix? We asked a few bartender friends from around the country for cocktail recipes that capture the fresh, ripe, uncooked flavor of peaches, nectarines, and plums. Here are our 6 favorites to help you celebrate stone fruit while it's still in season.