Beverage

Cocktail Recipe: The Kneecap Night Cap — 10-Minute Happy Hour

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Everyone has their take on what a nightcap should be. Some even say it should always be brown — that's right, they say your G&T is better off as an aperitif than your last sip of the evening. (That being said, a nightcap is much different than last call!)

For this week's happy hour, a simple combination of two delicious ingredients will have you pouring the perfect nightcap in no time.

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Recipe: Fire Cider — Drink Recipes from The Kitchn

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Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and hot peppers infused in vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It's worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails.

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White Russians and The Big Lebowski — The Celluloid Pantry

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A rich and satisfying after-dinner drink blended from vodka, coffee liqueur, and light cream, the White Russian could almost be said to have it all. A one-stop source of alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and milk fat, the only legal substance it lacks is nicotine.

The Coen brothers' cult comedy classic, The Big Lebowski (1998), is a trippy, California-noir, loosely inspired by The Big Sleep (1946). But here, in the place of a hard-boiled, hard-drinking detective, we find the bowling-obsessed, bathrobe-wearing slacker, Jeffrey "the Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), who slurps down White Russians instead of rye.

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Winter Party Recipe: Fish House Punch — The 10-Minute Happy Hour

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Fish House Punch is a famous tipple dating back to 1732. I first came upon it in Dave Wondrich's book Punch, and was recently offered a cup at a New Year's Day celebration. When I asked the bartender what was in it, he replied, "What isn't in it?"

With thoughts of Long Island iced tea whirling through my mind, I hesitantly raised the glass to my lips. To my surprise this cup of punch was strong, but balanced and warmed me right to the core; a lovely treat on a 12-degree day.

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A Whiskey & Winter Citrus Cocktail Recipe: The Blinker Cocktail — The 10-Minute Happy Hour

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In the winter I crave two things: juicy Florida grapefruit and rye whiskey. Until the Blinker, I had no idea how good they could be together.

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Recipe: Sunshine Smoothie with Coconut, Clementine and Turmeric — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I am perpetually delighted by the fact that citrus comes into season at the very moment when we could use an extra boost of sunshine and vitamin C. And though citrus fruits aren't the most common of smoothie ingredients, I really think they should be. Here's a bright and fresh smoothie filled with clementines, coconut, and turmeric. Like a healthified Orange Julius, it makes a fabulous, filling breakfast or replenishing post-workout meal.

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