Recipe: Classic Mojito — Recipes from The Road

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Walk into any bar in Miami and, chances are, you'll find a mojito on the menu — or, at the very least, a bartender who can make you a mojito. This classic cocktail, made with fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, rum, and seltzer, is about as Miami as it gets. Perhaps that's because it's also the ideal antidote to the Florida heat.

There are plenty of variations — Thai basil and lemongrass make this already refreshing sipper even more so, a splash of Campari adds bitterness for a more complex cocktail, and muddled grilled pineapple is a slightly sweeter take — but we're partial to the original.

The recipe isn't complicated, but there are a few things worth paying attention to — and they'll make the difference between a meh-jito and an amazing one.


How To Make a Chai Latte — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

I fell in love with the idea of chai through the cartons of this drink mix from the grocery store. The milky sweetness partnered with the astringent black tea drew me in, but the warm spices that lingered between sips kept me drinking. It wasn't long before the sweetness of those chai drink mixes became too much for me and I started experimenting with chai lattes at home.

This chai latte gives you complete control over your chai latte experience, from the tea and the spices, to the sweetener and type of milk. The result is a creamy cup of black tea subtly spiced and fragrant with cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger, and just the right amount of sweetness, so near perfect that you'll skip the coffee shop chai (or the carton) and come home to make a pot of this at tea time.


Recipe: Sweet Potato Latte — Recipes from The Kitchn

In Korea, sweet potatoes are more than just root vegetables — they're a celebrated food staple and vessel of the country's culture and kinship. Whether you're using it in soups, snacks, or desserts, or simply eating it steamed and plain, there are many ways to enjoy this comforting tuber.

When I lived in Korea for the second time, as an adoptee returned to teach English for four years, one of my favorite ways to enjoy the Korean sweet potato, or goguma, was in latte form. This beverage consists of only three ingredients: Korean sweet potato, milk, and sugar — not an ounce of caffeine in sight — but it's delightful.

After moving back to the United States, my nostalgia for Korea brought me all around New York in search of the goguma latte of my memories. At the time, I was never able to find it. So I decided to make it myself. And while the drink has popped up, rather unreliably, at a handful of cafes since then, I continue to make it myself, because it's the process that I love.


Recipe: The Most Classic Cocktail, Miami-Style — Recipes from the Road

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Going to Miami and not having a fruity, frosty drink would be like going to the movies and not having popcorn. Order that piña colada! Then, follow it up with a local twist on that most classic of cocktails.

I'm talking about the Old Fashioned, which is as simple as cocktails get (not to mention delicious). It's just sugar, bitters, and whiskey. The idea behind the Miami-version of this cocktail is just as simple. Just swap out your whisky for the Sunshine State's favorite spirit: rum.


5 Reasons to Feel Good About Drinking Guinness Today — St. Patrick’s Day

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Today is St. Patrick's Day, which means it is also a day when many pints of Guinness will be consumed. And when we say many, we mean roughly 13 million pints over the course of 24 hours. Clearly no excuse is needed to drink a pint of Guinness today of all days, but there are, in fact, many reasons to feel good about raising a glass of the dark-and-creamy stout in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Here are five.


Recipe: Leprechaun Lemonade — Recipes from The Kitchn

Leprechaun lemonade is a sweet mixture of lemonade flavored with blue raspberry drink mix. It's also how this electric green drink gets its color. This super-quick treat is a fun way to celebrate St. Paddy's day with kids (or adults who want to hold off on the alcohol). Dress up the glass with colorful straws and a few green ice cubes and you'll be feeling lucky without a green beer hangover.


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