Wanna Make Martinis at Home? Start Here. — Party Drinks

Famed cocktail author David Wondrich once said of the Martini, "Where mystique and simplicity collide, you get religion." Such is true of this classic cocktail that requires only two ingredients, but divides families in its rules of preparation. Seemingly every Martini-lover, home bartender, and professional bartender has something to say about how Martinis should be made. If Martinis are new to you or you simply want to improve your home Martini, here are the three things you need to get started.


How To Make a Classic Whiskey Sour — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

A whiskey sour is yours for the making year-round. It's refreshing enough to keep up with a spritz during the warm summer months, and so appropriate during the colder seasons of the year. Even if you're not a whiskey fan (which breaks my heart), you might still find yourself swooning over a well-crafted whiskey sour. It's that good! The secret is using fresh ingredients.

It's such an easy cocktail to make at home, and perfect for entertaining guests. There's nothing better than hearing that ooh! from your guest when you hand them a coupe glass filled with whiskey sour goodness.

To get started, you'll need some bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and one small egg (optional, but more on this in a bit).


Why You Should Stop Walking by the Hotel Bar — The Hotel Bar

The school I went to in Italy was attached to a hotel. That may sound strange, but with professors coming to teach from all over the world, perhaps they thought it simply made good business sense. Of course, it was the students who took most advantage of the lobby bar. We'd pop in for a quick espresso before class or convene for a spritz post-exam.

While it was far from the most luxe hotel bar on the planet — a bit dusty and outdated — it makes me happy just thinking about it. Then again, pretty much any hotel bar makes me swoon.


Yes, You Should Put Apple Cider in Your Hot Toddy — Delicious Links

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Today is National Hot Toddy Day and so we are under obligation to imbibe this classic warm cocktail. And while a traditional hot toddy will suffice, this extra-special version — with spiced tea, orange peel, bitters, and apple cider — is really the way to go.


Recipe: Sparkling Midnight Thyme Rosé — South Indian New Year’s Eve

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This holiday, ring in the new year with something a little different than your standard glass of Champagne. This rosé cocktail perfumed with rose and thyme comes to us from cookbook author Asha Gomez. She starts with your favorite rosé and then swirls in a fragrant thyme simple syrup and a dash of rosewater for a warm and aromatic take on this year's most beloved wine.


10 Easy Ways to Turn Club Soda into a Cocktail — Tips from The Kitchn

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Keep a few bottles or cans of club soda tucked away in your fridge and know that if a friend drops by or you just had a bad Wednesday, an easy cocktail can be whipped up in no time. The bubbly water can turn just about any bottle of booze from your collection into a cocktail that's fit for whatever the occasion. Here are 10 of our favorites.


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