Cocktail

The Best Way to Make Cocktails Without a Cocktail Shaker — Party Tricks

The party problem: You wanna shake things up with fancy cocktails at your next party. However, you don't own a cocktail shaker and you're not really in a rush to run out and buy one either.

The party trick: Use a Mason jar instead.

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A Cocktail Carry-On Kit for Lovers of Rainbows & Flamingos — Travel Intelligence

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Carry-on cocktail kits are not new. In fact, this carry-on cocktail kit isn't even new-new (it's been around for about a year). But it's new to me, and I am very, very excited about it.

I say this as someone who isn't generally excited about carry-on cocktail kits or rainbow sprinkles or flamingos. I am stoic in the face of unicorns. But this tiny dose of fun has me doing a little happy dance.

Why, you might ask? It's a good question. And here is my answer.

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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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