Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (Miami)
This Miami restaurant and bar pays homage to classic Southern cooking and culture with a twist. Take the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade: This cocktail features Buffalo Trace bourbon, fresh-pressed lemon juice, blackberry purée, and cardamom. Used prominently in Indian cooking and mixed with coffee in the Middle East, here, cardamom imparts a rich, almost citrusy flavor.
Fire Breathing Dragon at the Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas)
With a heady mixture of Thai chile syrup, lemongrass syrup, and pink peppercorns, this dramatic drink topped with smoking, liquid nitrogen-charged raspberries is a hot choice at the swanky Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas' hottest new hotel, The Cosmopolitan.
Madame Curry at the Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas)
If you think curry only goes with chicken, think again. Mixologist Mariena Mercer of the Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas made an Indian spice-rich sip called the Madame Curry. The warming drink features a mix of Gran Centenario Reposado, mango purée, yuzu sour, and a curry spice blend containing curry powder, Chinese five-spice, and cayenne pepper.
Jalisco Spice at Red Star Tavern (Portland, Ore.)
"Featuring clove-infused tequila, this cocktail reminds us of the holidays but with somewhat untraditional ingredients," says Jessica Bray, bartender at the Red Star Tavern in Portland, Ore. "It literally smells like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using the Herradura Añejo was key because of the vanilla, bubble gum-type aroma it already has, and the clove was a perfect match for it. Using the cinnamon sugar and agave nectar sweetens it up just enough to take the edge off," says Bray.
Eastern Raspberry Sidecar at Mercato di Vetro (Los Angeles)
The Eastern Raspberry Sidecar offers a taste of the Far East with a blend of cognac, raspberries, lemon, and five-spice sugar. The five-spice blend is a mix of star anise, cinnamon, fennel seed, cloves, and Sichuan peppers mixed with superfine sugar to balance the beverage. Matt Erickson, vice president of restaurant operations, says, "We used the five-spice blend because it is complex enough to stand up against the bold flavors of the drink. Hennessey, unfiltered sak, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and crushed raspberries are all powerful flavors so we looked for ingredients that would balance the flavor profile and add a bit of silkiness."
Pink Kashmir at Gibraltar (Miami)
Black pepper — that ubiquitous spice that tops nearly every dish and even spawned a Saturday Night Live skit — imparts warmth and depth to nearly everything it seasons, including cocktails. Served at the upscale Gibraltar, located in the Grove Isle Hotel and Spa (on a private Coconut Grove island), this pink port-based beverage is accented with apricot nectar and gets an extra bite from finely ground black pepper.
Pedro's Martinez at Monkey Bar (New York City)
Made at Manhattan's swanky Monkey Bar, Bryan Schneider's mole-accented rum drink gets its savory, spicy profile from Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters, an original combination of cacao, cinnamon, and spice inspired by the spice-rich mole sauces of Mexico. "I'm usually not one for lengthy cocktail explanations, but I'm going to give you my spiel here because I think it makes a good background story," says Schneider. "The drink is a play on the classic Martinez cocktail, which calls for gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters. I'm subbing out the gin for Brugal 1888 rum, using a great quality sweet vermouth, the maraschino is being replaced by Pedro Ximenez sherry, and I'm finishing with a dash of mole bitters as well as one of angostura. The cocktail is also an homage to the former Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, who is from the Dominican Republic, so Brugal being a Dominican rum makes it that much more appropriate!"
Bloody Maria at Toloache and Toloache 82 (New York City)
This take on the classic bloody mary gets an interesting twist — a Oaxacan dried grasshopper and sea salt rim. The drink also features many of the same ingredients that can be used to make an authentic Mexican mole like chile de árbol, lime juice, onion, hot sauce, and sangrita.
Thai Swizzle at Gemma at the Bowery Hotel (New York City)
Launched in 1941, Mekhong is Thailand's first domestically produced spirit. Made from a mysterious mix of secret-recipe Thai herbs and spices, this golden spirit is commonly known as a whiskey, but would be more accurately described as a rum (made from 95 percent sugar cane/molasses and 5 percent rice). We may not know which spices are in Mekhong, but according to Gemma bartender Walter Easterbrook, "The Mekhong rum adds a touch of spiced ginger to the refreshing juices, while a dash of angostura helps to harmonize the flavor profile and create a delicious cocktail." Since the rum has rich notes of toffee, vanilla, pepper, and cinnamon, the Thai Swizzle delivers an exotic, highly spiced flavor profile that will keep your palate guessing.
11 Easy and Cheap Rum Drink Recipes
When you're looking for a cheap and easy drink to mix up, rum is the perfect base spirit. There are many great rum drinks that require just a few common ingredients, most of which are probably already stocked in your home bar.
Rum is also an incredibly versatile and affordable liquor. These recipes may be simple, inexpensive, and quick, but they are certainly not boring. They're filled with flavor and span the spectrum of cocktails, from tall fruity drinks to piping hot winter cocktails.
The featured ingredient of the blackberry sidecar recipe is Brockmans Gin. It is one of the best gins you'll find to pair with any berry. The cocktail mixes the gin with fresh blackberries, lemon juice, triple sec, and plum bitters. It's a joy to drink and a fun, modern spin on the classic sidecar cocktail.
Navy GrogGrand Republic Cocktail Club
- .75 oz Brugal Dry
- .75 oz Brugal Anejo
- .75 oz The Kraken Dark Rum
- .75 oz Velvet Falernum
- .75 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- .5 oz lime juice
- 3 dash Angostura bitters
- 3 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Method: Shake with ice and strain into a beer glass over cubed ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg and pineapple wedge.
22 of Our Tastiest Tequila Cocktails
Tequila is a quintessential ingredient in a number of delicious cocktails. The distilled spirit comes from the agave plant, and it's a must-have ingredient in so many different types of drinks. From classic tequila-infused creations, such the ever-popular margarita, to more unique iterations, our tequila cocktail recipes are sure to please.
For the margarita fans among us, you'll be pleased to know that we have plenty of options to choose from in the slides ahead. While the classic rendition is always great, try something new in the form of the Yellow Watermelon Margarita that's pictured here. This seasonal drink is a brighter, fruitier version of the tried-and-true recipe, and it'll make you reconsider everything you know about the cocktail. Another unique option is our Smoky Serrano-Mint Margarita which is packed with surprising flavors. Charred serrano chile is muddled with sugar and freshly picked mint for an unexpected but entirely refreshing sip. Another cooling option? Our Frozen Margarita, which is the perfect thing to cool off with by the pool. With just six ingredients and one step, the recipe is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
But it' important to remember that margaritas aren't the only tequila-filled cocktails out there. If you're a martini fan, then you'll love our Silver-Tequila Martini. It's made with dry vermouth, grapefruit, fresh pink grapefruit juice, and silver tequila for a delicious drink. For a sweeter option, try our Strawberry, Basil, and Honey Punch&mdashserving 12, the recipe makes enough for a crowd. Fresh strawberries, basil leaves, lime juice, and honey come together with silver tequila for a boozy beverage everyone is sure to love.
From multi-step concoctions to options that are simple and new to you, explore our tastiest tequila recipes to find the perfect drink to add to your next happy hour.
The Perfect Cocktail for Each Zodiac Sign
Have you ever wondered why some people gravitate towards, say, a dirty martini over a gin and tonic? Well, it might have more to do with your astrological sign than your taste buds&mdashaccording to The Mandarin Oriental, at least.
The iconic hotel group&rsquos Las Vegas location launched an annual Zodiac Cocktail program, which delivers mouth-watering concoctions inspired by the current sign of the Zodiac. "The program is based on capturing the seasonal offerings during the Zodiac cycle to surprise our guests with unique cocktails,&rdquo says Michael LaPenna, the hotel&rsquos Property Mixologist. &ldquoWith the ever-growing responsiveness of cocktail programs in today&rsquos society, consumers are seeking relatable and personalized services. Our Zodiac program brings the personalized service feel, with the uniqueness of a craft cocktail program.&rdquo
Perhaps the best part of the program is that the property will be serving a Zodiac Cocktail free of charge to each patron who presents proof of his or her birthdate, given that it falls within the proper cycle.
But even if you&rsquore not headed to Sin City anytime soon, you too can impress your friends (or just treat yo&rsquo self) with a Zodiac-themed cocktail. For your entertaining purposes, we&rsquove included the recipes to each cocktail, ahead.
The 20 Best Fall Cocktails to Sip by a Bonfire This Autumn
These crisp cocktails are so perfect to enjoy on a cool fall evening.
We like pumpkin spice lattes as much as the next person &mdash but sometimes you want your fall drink to have a little more kick. So the next time you're about to reach for a boring old beer, try making one of these creative fall cocktails instead. Sure, it's a little more work than opening a bottle of wine, but these seasonal drinks put all of fall's best flavors into on glass. You know what that means &mdash apples and cinnamon galore!
Whether it's your halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner or a tailgate for the big game, you can bring these delicious cocktails to just about any of your favorite fall activities. From hard apple ciders to spiced punches, even if you're spending time outdoors, these boozy autumn drink recipes will warm you up any day. After you've enjoyed a filling fall dinner and a slice of your favorite easy fall dessert, pour a tall glass of these refreshing fall cocktails.
35+ Christmas cocktails to to enjoy this festive season
Ho, ho, ho - it's Christmas! And aside from our bellies being constantly full from turkey and chocolate selection boxes, we also love the chance to get creative with our cocktails. And here are some of our favourite festive tipples.
Christmas cocktails are a sure fire way to get everyone into the festive spirit (quite literally), and we love any excuse to mix a few tipples for ourselves, friends and family. Whether it&rsquos Christmas pudding vodka or a gorgeous, spicy mulled gin, these Christmas cocktails will definitely put the fun into the festivities.
A wonderful way to celebrate the festive season! Try our spiced twist on a negroni this Christmas.
Gourds Gone Wild: 9 Pumpkin Cocktails For This Fall
Before you do the “pumpkin? seriously?” eye roll, just wait a second. Yes, businesses everywhere overload their offerings with pumpkin. (We would not be surprised if dentists started offering pumpkin flavored fluoride treatments.) But fall weather, or at least whatever fall weather is turning into with the whole climate change thing, does kind of turn us all into temporary gourd vampires. It’s the same collective seasonal madness that propels us toward shiny red hearts in February or rocket pops at the Fourth of July: for a few months out of every year, we collectively crave the very particular, very peculiar flavor of pumpkin, wherever we can get it.
One of the best, and generally least offensive, pumpkin delivery systems is the cocktail. We might insist on putting it in pies and lattes, but pumpkin also works beautifully in a mixed drink. Most often you’ll see it with bourbon or whiskey, and if you’re lucky you might get one of those creamy liquid-intoxicant-pumpkin-pie type of drinks, but we gathered as many different recipes as we could. You’ll find tequila, bourbon, vodka, and even cachaça mix well with pumpkin. And you’ll love it. Seriously, every time you see a jack-o’-lantern this year, you’re gonna be tempted to pour some liquor in and start drinking.
Pumpkin Pie Martini from WeAreNotMartha.com
Just because this website has the very prominent “not Martha” disclaimer doesn’t mean its not taking care to make a delicious cocktail (it’s a good thing). The most complicated part is making a pumpkin pie caramel syrup. But then you’ll have a pumpkin pie caramel syrup, so it’s pretty much a win.
Pumpkin Pie Caipirinha from PopSugar.com
We’ve lived our entire lives fairly confident we’d never see the words “pumpkin pie” and “Caipirinha” this close together, and yet here it is, a pumpkin-infused fall take on what’s arguably a strictly summer drink. Fresh ginger acts as a sort of bridge between the citrus, cachaça and pumpkin. Definitely a unique flavor profile, for pumpkin lovers looking for a new edge?
Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour from VinePair
Yeah, tooting our own horn a bit, but this is also a super simple, ultra sleek and fairly distinctive pumpkin cocktail. Instead of the canned puree, you’re gonna be using pumpkin butter. Just that, some gin, lemon, and egg white. (Don’t fear the albumen!!)
Apple Pumpkin Beer Cocktails from CookingandBeer.com
“It’s like pumpkin pie and apple pie got together and had a beautiful baby.” We couldn’t have said it better. Another easy prep recipe: just combine more bourbon, apple cider, and pumpkin beer. And seriously, stop hating on pumpkin beer.
Pumpkin Irish Cream from ArisMenu.com
What’s cool about this recipe is you can make a whole bunch of it at once. Oh, yeah, it also tastes like delicious, spicy fall creaminess in a glass — and a little bit healthier when you use almond milk. Definitely a good dessert drink option.
Spiced Pumpkin Punch from DomesticateMe.com
Pumpkin puree and bourbon work pretty well together, maybe no surprise. Here they’re mixed with honey and citrus and laced with fall spices before getting a final kick of ginger beer. It’d be tempting to figure out how to make this in mass, punch quantities (and then hog it all, clearly).
Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Cocktails from DishingUptheDirt.com
This recipe looks complicated, but you’re basically making a maple simple syrup with pumpkin puree and a bunch of spices. Then it’s just a quick dose of whiskey (she uses bourbon, though rye would be just as nice), a stir, and some soda water.
Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila from FloatingKitchen.net
Plenty of pumpkin cocktails use whiskey, generally bourbon, but in the right recipe, like this one, you can pair it with tequila, plus some spiced rum, plus, yeah, some pumpkin beer. It’s a whopper of a drink, so probably don’t knock this one back before trick-or-treating with the kids.
Pumpkin Margaritas from TheSkinnyConfidential.com
More tequila and pumpkin (hooray!). But what’s actually cool about this recipe is it doesn’t pack on as many calories as a lot of pumpkin cocktails do (though let’s face it, creamy pumpkin drinks are fantastic). But yeah, this one’s nice and fresh with a hit of pumpkin and some warming seasonal spice, so you can pretty much enjoy well before the leaves start putting on their show.
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Originally published August 2014.