Cocktail

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.

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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.

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Pretend Spring Is Here with This Pineapple & Thyme Cocktail — Delicious Links

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It's not technically spring until March 20, but already I'm dreaming of warmer weather. There's quite a bit of snow outside where I am after yesterday's blizzard, but I'm keeping things sunny with this pineapple cocktail.

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What Are Bitters Anyway? — Ingredient Intelligence

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Maybe you've recently perused a cocktail menu and noticed the many varieties of bitters in the lists of ingredients. Or perhaps you've noticed small bottles labeled "Angostura bitters" while browsing your local liquor store (the distinctive label that looks too big for the bottle might have caught your eye)? And maybe you're wondering, "What exactly is this mysterious ingredient, and does it belong in my home bar?"

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5 Ways to Use Bitters Beyond Your Cocktails — Tips from The Kitchn

Even if you don't shake or stir up many cocktails at home, you may have a bottle of aromatic bitters tucked away in the back of your liquor cabinet for that occasional Old Fashioned or Manhattan you or a dinner party guest craves. While bitters are most at home in cocktails, their complex flavor makes them ideal contenders for not only other drinks, but also foods.

Here are five smart ways to take bitters beyond the bar cart.

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The Drive-Thru Daiquiri: A Weird Yet Wonderful New Orleans Tradition — Travel Bites

Visiting New Orleans as a Midwesterner, everything is new: the swampy heat, the "For Sale" signs that also specify "Haunted" or "Not Haunted," the casual spookiness that is embedded in everything from the omnipresent graveyards to the ready-made voodoo dolls.

Oh, and the drinking laws.

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