Cocktail

Why Not All Brands of Tonic Are Equal

Tonic Matters: Why Not All Brands are EqualWhen we make a gin and tonic in our house, the question inevitably arises: do we use the good gin or the mixing gin? I usually land on the side of mixing gin because the tonic flavor often overpowers the nuance of our more expensive gin. The one thing we rarely consider? The brand or type of tonic we use. Tonic is just tonic, right? 

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Make the Best Gin & Tonic of Your Life: Advice from a Bartender in Oporto — 10-Minute Happy Hour

Make the Best Gin & Tonic of Your Life: Advice from a Bartender in Oporto

The deep love of a G&T continually proves strong, not just in the summer and most definitely not just stateside — the New York Times called 2013 the Year of the Gin and Tonic and Europeans love this little cocktail just as much as we do. Yet, on a recent trip to Portugal, I found their G&Ts to be quite different than what I was used to sipping. That’s when a local bartender dropped some knowledge on me.

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Got Cherries? Make Boozy Cherry Soda

Got Cherries? Make Fresh Boozy Cherry SodaI was pleasantly surprised last week at the farmers' market to discover cherries. Because I lived in California most of my adult life, this wouldn't have shocked me a few years ago. But here in Seattle, most of the summer produce is usually delayed in comparison. But last week, early season cherries arrived. Now: what to do with them? 

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari Mojito — Recipes from The Kitchn

Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari Mojito

What do you collect when you travel? I have an acquisitive soul; linens and tiny ceramics and jewelry just happen to get squirreled away in my bags. But I've found that the best souvenirs of travel are the lightest to carry. When I travel, I look for new things to learn, like the soufflé I picked up in Paris, and the duck magret in Nice. My husband and I have also acquired cocktail recipes quite often in our travels, and I hardly need to tell you that these are my favorites. 

We just picked up a new one, a very summery cocktail from an unexpected place. It's a fizzy concoction of mint, lime, rum, and a hit of grapefruit from my favorite neon orange bottle. It's a little sweet, a little bitter, and totally, totally refreshing. This is my cocktail of the summer, folks. 

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Welcome to Sangria Season! 5 Favorite Sangrias to Make Right now

Welcome Sangria Season! 5 Recipes to Try

What's better on a steamy summer evening (afternoon? morning?) than a chilled glass of sangria, punctuated with booze-soaked fruit? 'Tis the season for sangria — but why stop at the basics? Read on for five recipes to try one at a time...or perhaps all over the course of this weekend!

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Welcome to Sangria Season! 5 Favorite Sangrias to Make Right now

Welcome Sangria Season! 5 Recipes to Try

What's better on a steamy summer evening (afternoon? morning?) than a chilled glass of sangria, punctuated with booze-soaked fruit? 'Tis the season for sangria — but why stop at the basics? Read on for five recipes to try one at a time...or perhaps all over the course of this weekend!

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