We spend a lot of time pretending to know what we’re talking about when we’re ordering cocktails. We feel comfortable saying this out loud, because we know you do it, too. No shame necessary.
Be the hit of your Memorial Day BBQ by showing up with a gallon-full of one of these.
Remember Zombies? No, not the non-blinking stoner kids from lecture hall—we’re talking those stupid-strong, spring break tiki drinks also known as “Skull-Punchers.”
Limoncello - Prep School with Daniel Neman, food writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Were you one of those people who resolved to drink less in 2016? Or maybe youre determined to avoid a hangover at all costs? Perhaps youre simply just not big on booze but hate sipping on ginger ale at the bar. Youre in luck! There is one nearly foolproof solution to this conundrum: bitters.
If you think of limoncello as a Lysol-scented, saccharine-sweet liqueur, think again. While many store-bought bottles are suspect, homemade is a whole other story.
Take the basic recipe for limoncello, swap out lemon for orange peel, and you have the somewhat less common (though no less delicious) citrus liqueur arancello. Well suited to sipping chilled as a digestif, it's a thoughtful gift for those who love to throw dinner parties, as it can serve as a sophisticated end to a meal.
They'll drink to this: In the comestible category, examples include homemade infusions, which is simply adding a flavor element to a neutral spirit. Everclear, a neutral grain alcohol that is a favorite of college parties everywhere, says on its website that virtually any flavor a gift recipient loves can be infused — cranberry, pumpkin, apple, even chocolate — in a variety of spirits.
Forget the Arnold Palmers and Long Island Iced Teas this National Iced Tea Day, and instead opt for a craft cocktail made using a homemade tea liqueur – a growing trend in mixology.
17 Boozy Crock Pot Cocktails, Crocktails, anyone?
Without bitterness, the sweet things wouldn't be as sweet. This applies to life, but it is a culinary truth as well. Bitter flavors are often regarded negatively; our most primitive selves associate the taste with something inedible. But any great chef will tell you that she is always striving for balance. Balance in the kitchen means using contrasting flavors to both intrigue and satisfy the palate.
My favorite cocktail at the moment are Mojitos. I just love the combination of tart lime juice and fresh mint. There is nothing more refreshing.
Relax, cocktail enthusiasts, and let the man explain. "Everclear was created to be used medicinally and to be infused," Kilgore explains. "It's been abused over the years, but that's not how it was intended. It's actually a clean slate for making infusions."
To make the good bitters, you'll need some funky roots & herbs, two kinds of alcohol, a few weeks and three containers with sealable lids, the largest of which should be able to accommodate at least two cups of liquid and room for some orange peels. I used Mason jars, but I'm sure you could use whatever you have on hand!
If you read my last post, I know what you're thinking: Blood Orange...again?! Well, admittedly, I look forward to January mainly for those beautiful little crimson jewels of citrus.
There is a fancy liquor store in town and they wanted 19 dollars for blackberry bitters…. WHAT?! So I decided that I don’t need their stinkin’ bitters. I will make my own. Guess what? It’s SO easy.
You can tell a lot about a man by his drink of choice. These days, I keep flipping between a gin & tonic and an old fashioned. At home, I’ve been drinking G&Ts just because I typically don’t have any bitters around the house.
White whiskey and moonshine are perfect for spiked punches because they have a fairly neutral flavor that won’t overpower any ingredients. The same goes for grain alcohol.
Homemade Peach Tea Vodka is an easy and fun DIY liqueur. Easily made by infusing Everclear with peaches and black tea, the perfect mixer for so many Summer cocktails!
One of my favorite trends in mixology right now is the creation of unique liqueurs by bartenders. I wish, back when I was a bartender, I had been half as creative as they are. I tended to stick with plain old gin/vodka/etc. and didn’t spend too much time “concocting”. Not to worry – I’m making up for it now!
I love watermelon everything, but I haven’t figured out the perfect way to create a cocktail that doesn’t overpower the light, sweet taste.
Equal parts light and flavorful, this cocktail is my absolute new favorite. The super-simple combination of sweet cantaloupe and tart grapefruit is brought to life with Everclear®.
After browsing the produce section, I knew raspberries would be a wonderful fruit to work with. And once you make a batch of this liqueur you are going to want to use it in a cocktail asap
Sipping on a small glass of limecello is a perfect ending to a great meal, but I needed a drink to share at a recent summer dinner party and these cherry limeades were just thing.
Now this is the kind of thing I like: a mango and Thai basil cocktail bursting with intense tropical flavor that I've decided to name the Siam Sundown. Want to make one yourself? Oh yeah, you do. Luckily, it's incredibly easy to do.
With the onset of this amazing Summer heat and visions of blue oceans crashing around in my head, I always have my go to beverage: a Moscow mule.
Can you believe that this strawberry schnapps only requires 5 ingredients? Super easy, I told you. You’ll need a cup of fresh strawberries, a high proof alcohol like Everclear®, water and sugar.
This curry leaf cocktail is sweet, slightly spicy and very aromatic. This beverage features fresh curry leaves, a popular herb in south Indian cuisine. Curry leaves belong to the citrus family, and so it only makes sense that they impart a bright lemony flavor to this cocktail.
A drop or two of bitters can brighten up a whole cocktail; I particularly like grapefruit bitters in bitter, stirred cocktails. When I'm making a Negroni, for example, I always add them—grapefruit peel has a very bitter finish, so it's a perfect match with a classically bitter drink.
Make It Your Own by Everclear
Spring is in the air and, with this super-simple infusion recipe, spring can be in your cocktail too! Check out the video to see how easy it is to create your own homemade hibiscus vodka in just a couple of hours. And share a pic of the infusion with us – we love to see the beautiful color it becomes!
Easy Citrus Flavored Vodka Recipe. Make this vodka infusion in just 5 steps! Use oranges, grapefruit, lemons or anything else. Whatever you use, make it your own with Everclear®.
The latest in our spring infusion series is this recipe for mint vodka. Give it a try, it only takes a couple of hours, and let us know what you think!