Cocktail

Recipe: Taylor Bird Sazerac — Recipes from the Road

The Sazerac is a beautiful drink in its simplicity. It is unique and exact. It requires technique and style. And each ingredient tells the history of New Orleans — the French absinthe, the American rye, the Louisiana sugar, the Caribbean bitters. (Even the Italian influence can be seen in the lemon peel.) It's no wonder the Sazerac is the city's official cocktail.

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Recipe: Pimm’s Cup — Recipes from the Road

If you've ever been to New Orleans in the summer, you know that when the air is thick as molasses and you can't move without starting to sweat something fierce, there's only one thing to do: Find a bar to prop up at and order something tall and cold.

If you are lucky, you will find yourself in the vicinity of the Napoleon House, a French Quarter institution that is known for its traditional Pimm's Cup. Now, if Pimm's Cup makes you think of Wimbledon and jubilees (and possibly Mary Berry), you are not wrong. But Napoleon House has become the home away from home for this classic and deliciously simple British cocktail.

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Recipe: Arnaud’s French 75 — Recipes from The Kitchn

A French 75 is a wonderful thing. Fizzy, refreshing, and just boozy enough, it's a cocktail we can get behind. And we're in good company: Papa Hemingway was a fan, and so was Dickens (or so we hear).

But what if we told you there was a way to make this delightful sipper even better? Most French 75 recipes call for gin (London Dry gin to be specific), but Chris Hannah, the bartender at Arnaud's French 75, uses cognac instead — and we can report that it's absolutely delicious.

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How To Make a Classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

In the world of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is the person who walks into a room and doesn't need an introduction. They've been in the game for so long that everyone knows them. Everyone admires and respects them. As cocktail recipes pop up and disappear by the season, the Old Fashioned remains. It represents everything a well-crafted cocktail should be: balanced. It's simply the best, and you can have the best right in the comfort of your own home.

Making the best Old Fashioned at home is really easy. Simplicity is the name of the game here. Bourbon whiskey, a little sugar, and a dash of bitters, stirred up with quality ice and garnished with an orange peel — that's all there is to it! Let's break it down a little bit, starting with the ingredients.

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How To Make a Classic Martini — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

A Martini is one of the most iconic and classic cocktails around. It's also one that not a lot of people agree on when it comes to making it the best way. Gin or vodka? Stirred or shaken? Ice shards or double strained? Lemon twist or olives? Blue cheese stuffed? Dirty?

Point being, how you like your Martini is probably different than how your aunt likes hers. Despite this, you and your aunt can both agree that crafting a great Martini at home can make you feel as classy and sophisticated as they come!

Because there are so many options, it's always good to start with the tried-and-true classic recipe for a Martini before you get to customizing your own. As we dive into the recipe, let's take a look at how such an elegant two-ingredient cocktail can have so many people divided.

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This Is One Thing I’ll Never DIY — Spirits 101

I'm not ashamed to say it: I'd like everyone who comes to my apartment to think that I'm a domestic goddess. I'd like the table to be Pinterest-worthy, but also totally original. I want the pie crust to be so flaky, you can't possibly believe I made it from scratch. And I want the cocktails to be unique and plentiful. I don't mind fussing — bring on the fuss, even if it means spending all day in the kitchen.

That said, there's one thing I definitely won't be caught sweating over: making my own bitters. Sure, I know they're a staple of a bar that's making any sort of cocktail worth its weight in Instagram likes, but unless you actually own a bar that takes customers (do you? Can I come by?), I feel strongly that there's nothing you can make for a cocktail at home that you wouldn't be able to buy in a form that's just as great, if not better — especially bitters. Here's why.

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