Tipple Tuesday: Watermelon Refresher

Tipple Tuesday: Watermelon Refresher

Keeping with last week's theme of local in-season ingredients, this week's tipple was inspired by the beautiful watermelons available at last week's farmers' market. Notes Be sure to wait until the watermelon is ripe and flavorful before you use it for this cocktail, otherwise you won't taste it. I used IKEA's elderflower syrup. You could use 2:1 simple syrup instead, but the elderflower gives it a wonderful flavor. The fresh mint is a must, but you could substitute lemon juice for the lime juice depending on your preference. A floral…

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Tipple Tuesday: Blackberries Three Ways

Tipple Tuesday: Blackberries Three Ways

I like strong warming drinks in the winter, but when the heat rolls in I prefer light refreshing drinks made with in-season ingredients. Blackberry season is in full swing right now, so here are three refreshing drinks made with fresh blackberries. All three have different liquors and flavors, but each is refreshing in its own way with a wonderful blackberry base. One is made with gin, one with rye whiskey, and one with vodka and St-Germain. Each of these drinks contains simple syrup. If you need a refresher on how to make it, I've…

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Tipple Tuesday: Maraschino Cherries

Tipple Tuesday: Maraschino Cherries

Most maraschino cherries are bright red, sickly sweet, and drowning in red dye and corn syrup. Not something you want to put in your cocktails. Luxardo cherries are another story, but they are pretty expensive as far as garnishes go. Since cherries are in season right now, I thought I'd pick some up and make enough maraschino cherries to last until this time next year (or to give out as host gifts with a bottle of rye around the holidays...) Homemade Maraschino Cherries 3/4 cup raw sugar 1/2 cup water 1…

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Tipple Tuesday: Simple Syrup

Tipple Tuesday: Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a staple of cocktails, an essential sweetener that helps balance out drinks. Syrup is easier to mix into drinks because it is already in a liquid form. Sugar doesn't dissolve well into alcohol, but dissolves relatively easily in water. (That's why you'll find bars that use a sugar cube in an Old Fashioned putting a few drops of water in the glass before muddling the cube.) Besides for cocktails, I also use it to sweeten my iced coffee. Here's two ways to make it: Hot Water Method There are two…

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Tipple Tuesday: Starting A Home Bar

Tipple Tuesday: Starting a Home Bar

This post is for people who want to put the days of drinking handles of Kamchatka and Ten High behind them. You've probably had a few craft cocktails at cool bars and are hooked. You want to learn more and start making them at home, but don't really know where to start. This post isn't for those who consider themselves knowledgable about liquor and mixing drinks. If you are one of those people, check out the other posts in the Tipple Tuesday archive. If you are ready to step into the world of…

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Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin With Rose

Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin with Rose

"Infusion" is one of those words that sounds more complex than it really is. Infused spirits are all the rage right now at cocktail bars, but you don't need to go out to enjoy them. You can make your own infusions with your preferred ingredients at home. There are three main ways to do infusions: Classic immersion method: Mixing the ingredients in a glass gar and letting them sit for a few days to a few weeks in the dark at room temperature. Better for fruit and herbs. Heat infusions…

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Tipple Tuesday: Mount Gay & Tonic

Tipple Tuesday: Mount Gay & Tonic

It is hot here in NY, and by looking at the map, it is pretty hot in most of the US. I can't think of a better time to sip our favorite simple, refreshing summer cocktail, the Mount Gay & Tonic. You can make it in under a minute and it is so good that you'll keep the ingredients around precisely for hot days like this when you don't have the energy to make anything else. Before we get to the recipe, here is a fun fact: Mount Gay is…

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Tipple Tuesday: Mayan Mule

Tipple Tuesday: Mayan Mule

Put down your tacos and skip the transformation photos. Have a drink instead. The Mayan Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule. Instead of the flavorless vodka, we use Reposado tequila, which has a nice balanced of agave and wood. This cuts the lime and ginger beer, making a balanced drink. For making crushed ice, I highly recommend the Neat Ice Kit by Studio Neat. (Thanks for ours, Sean!) It is the best way to make perfectly clear ice at home. It contains an ice mold, wooden muddler, steel chisel,…

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