As many bartenders know, one of the secrets to a tastier drink is playing with fire.
The quest for perfect ice is older than mankind, and slightly younger than the quest for perfect whiskey. One of those problems can be solved for you with a stroke of genius.
Hong Kong bartender Rajendra Limbu is bringing the intoxicating effects of high art to the more pedestrian world of alcohol with cocktails that take influence from Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and Piet Mondrian.
Even though all cocktails should be simple, I’ll excuse a little flair for this awesome ice ball cocktail because it’s just too much fun. An ice cube sphere looks like it’s frozen with a drink inside until it’s hammered to break open the liquid goodness. It all works perfectly because the former ice sphere that held…
While the clear intentions of vodka and gin were an easy sell for my cocktail glass, I admit it took me a little longer to dabble in the dark liquors. Mostly because I was confused. Was rye like bourbon? But what the hell was scotch? And apparently they’re all whiskey? If only I’d had this book.
I had to make a tough call the other day when serving drinks on a cold November evening. Every cocktail I considered was fruity and frivolous—not appropriate for dinner guests huddling in depressing post-time-change darkness. Then I remembered: Liquid antibiotics.
I was traipsing around a conifer forest, looking for the perfect white fir. I wasn’t hunting for a Christmas tree. I had just been taught to see the wilderness as my own personal liquor cabinet, and I was searching for ingredients for my next cocktail.
“There are no Halloween cocktails,” someone once said on Twitter, and they might be right. I tried to find a pumpkin one that didn’t taste like baby food and I failed—no pumpkin spice martini for you. Fear not, I wouldn’t leave you out in the cold: A Corpse Reviver is the perfect Halloween treat.
Gin is a divisive drink. It has been for centuries. Responsible for an early booze-fueled crisis in England, the botanical-infused distilled spirit was once seen as scourge on society. Three hundred years later, it’s become the elegant answer to vodka and, increasingly in the US, an artisanal concoction.
Long before humans had figured out beer, we learned that you can make a damn tasty crunk-juice by stewing rainwater in a beehive. Mead was the drink of ancient Greek philosophers, Asian hunter-gatherers, and Celtic berserkers. It’s also the secret behind some of the best summer cocktails.
The perfect warm weather drink is an elusive unicorn. Light and tasty? Refreshing and boozy? It’s hard to achieve all of these things in a single glass. Luckily, I have the answer. It’s time to give your summer cocktails a makeover with the zany fruit-essence flavors of LaCroix sparkling water.
It is the annual Peeps dilemma: To diorama or dip in dark chocolate? This year, the most polarizing sweets on the planet have become the most polarizing beverage in the dairy case. Yes, there is Peeps milk. It is real and kind of gross but I’m still going to drink it on Easter morning. With booze. And you can, too.
Have you ever felt like making boozy eggnog is a total crapshoot? Half the time you get a smooth and delicious cocktail, and half the time it's a lumpy, curdled mess. What gives?
Look, cocktails are great. You know it, I know it. But after you pour one and then it just sits there, being all delicious. How mouth-wateringly boring, right? Well, in honor of tonight's revelry, we've got a handful of morphing cocktails that bring a heavy dose of eye-candy. They should pair nicely with the heavy…
Not only it gives me great pleasure to watch this bartender preparing a Rum Martínez but it whets my thirst to no end. And to top it all, it is made with my favorite rum: Zacapa Centenario 23. I just want this magic potion right now.
If you've ever been to a fancy cocktail bar, you've probably noticed drinks served with giant spheres of ice. If you want to recreate that experience at home, it's surprisingly cheap and easy.
The surreal strength of IBM's famous supercomputer, Watson, is now available to the public (for a fee). And to mark the occasion, the company threw a little party last week and served a very blue cocktail. Naturally, I whipped up my own slight variation when I got back to the office. I call it the Big Blue Hurricane.
Vampires and zombies, ruined castles and gloomy dungeons: the scary tropes of Gothic horror, which first terrorized the world 250 years ago with the publication of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, still colonize our imaginations today. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by mixing yourself a Silver…
Listen, friends don't let friends drink green beer. We're talking about cheap light beer, plus green. Yum. Is this what your Irish grandfathers and grandmothers worked their fingers to the bone for? No! It's possible to make a drink that pays homage to The Emerald Isle without compromising your dignity in the process.…