The Kentucky Derby may be over, but its famous cocktail, the Mint Julep, lives on– it’s National Mint Julep Day! So in honor of this fresh and strong cocktail, we’re sharing our best recipe. T-G-I-Saturday, right?
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)
Add the sugar, the mint leaves and a few drops of the bourbon to a chilled glass. Muddle or crush the mint with a spoon to create a thick paste.
Add a handful of crushed ice to the glass. Place a straw so that it reaches the mint paste at the bottom of the glass. Pour the remaining bourbon over the ice.
Add more crushed ice, making a mound that reaches to the top of the glass and leaving about 1 inch of the straw peeking above the rim.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
For a fun twist on the Mint Julep, try our Rye Julep, with a hint of grapefruit!
The classic Italian cocktail is getting shaken and stirred into all kinds of delicious treats. During Negroni Week, June 1-7, participating bars and restaurants around the country are serving up fresh takes on the tipple and donating at least $1 from each sale to a charity of choice. Check out some of our picks for places to get your Negroni on. Cheers!
The Negroni pie at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch stars a custard of Campari, gin and vermouth. (butterandscotch.com)
For a dessert of pillow-soft Negroni marshmallows, hit Cambridge, MA’s Ames Street Deli. (amesstreetdeli.com)
Gin-flavored ice cream meets vermouth, Campari and Cheerwine in the Cheergroni float at Chuck’s in Raleigh, NC. (ac-restaurants.com/chucks)
The Negroni pop at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe blends the cocktail’s spirits with grapefruit juice. (humphryslocombe.com)
Serve yourself! To make a classic Negroni, stir equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled rocks glass (strain to serve if you wish). Garnish with orange peel.
By Erin Meister
It turns out that whiskey is such a beloved spirit, it doesn’t just get a national holiday—it gets a global one! Today we’ll celebrate World Whiskey Day by imbibing one of the most versatile and delicious liquors out there. And, since it wouldn’t be a true holiday without a sweet ending, we’ll put a splash of whiskey in our dessert, too. Cheers to that!
Partygoers will be pumped to chip away at this spread
From the April issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine
Cocktail: Classic Margaritas
Mocktail: Watermelon Agua Fresca
Food: Classic Nachos
Dessert: Mexican Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes
With just a week and a half until the Superbowl, it’s time to start thinking about the snacks and drinks you’ll be serving (or bringing!) during the game. This year, instead of picking up a few six packs of your favorite brew, incorporate it into a show-stopping cocktail that might even steal the spotlight from the halftime show. We’ve got a recipe for any type of beer drinker, from the traditionalist to the trend-setter. They’re bound to score a taste bud touchdown!
For the (almost) beer purist: Lager & Lemon-Limeade
If the weather outside is frightful, you need a cocktail to warm you up from the inside out. While we love a good hot toddy or mulled wine, we appreciate a creative spin just as much. So this winter season, sip on something spectacular, and then serve it to your friends! They’ll never know what hit them.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and stress levels were high.
You needed a quick cocktail; a drink– on the fly!
You’ve wrapped all the presents, boxes and bags,
So now it’s time to settle, sit down and relax.
Just four ingredients?! Nuh-uh, no way.
A true Christmas miracle, just like Santa’s sleigh.
Mix Bailey’s with rum, and a pinch of nutmeg,
To make it a true nog, don’t forget the egg!
So mix up a drink, you’ll need it– trust us
It captures the true Christmas spirit, without all the fuss.
Baileys Spiced Nog
2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 pinch nutmeg
Mix Baileys, Captain Morgan and egg. Pour into a sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.
More Festive Cocktails
It’s hard to know what will make you smile more:
these cute and quirky stoppers or the fact that there’s wine left!
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Never overlook bottles again with a Glasses Bottle Stopper. $14, givesimple.com
Toast your favorite team (Rach says Go Jets!) using NFL Football Helmet Bottle Stoppers. $20, fanatics.com
A Wine Splash Bottle Stopper ironically keeps spills at bay. $7, perpetualkid.com
If you like it then you should put your name on it with a Gold Monogram Wine Stopper. $34, cwonder.com
An etched glass Spinning Globe Wine stopper saves your favorite imports. $19, wineenthusiast.com
Proud pooch owner? Top a bottle with a labrador Mariposa Bottle Stopper. $23, gracioushome.com
A Vintage Pool Ball Bottle Stopper is your ace in the hole. $30, winevineimports.com
What’s funnier than a Rubber Chicken Bottle Stopper. $12, shopplasticland.com
After you’ve had a hoot, stop up bottles with Woodland Park Owls Bottle Stoppers. Kate Spade, $30 for two, bedbathandbeyond.com
Take off and leave the wine for later using an Aviator Bottle Stopper. $20, zgallerie.com
Use a Chalkboard Bottle Stopper to mark the date your bottle was opened. $8, crateandbarrel.com
A Stopped Up! Bottle Stopper keeps bottle plugged tight. $11, pangeaoutpost.com
The holidays, though delicious, exciting and a helluva good time, can be stressful. Sometimes, you just need a relaxing night in with a good book and a stiff drink. You need a Gimlet.
4 ounces gin
2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice, such as Rose’s
1 lime wheel, for garnishing
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin and lime juice for about 1 minute. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the lime. Makes 1.
More Four-Ingredient Cocktails
The holidays are all about luxury and indulgence, and the same should go for the cocktails you serve. This Coffee Mate is the quintessential cocktail to serve at a late night gathering around a fire. Your guests will think you’re a master mixologist when you tell them the secret ingredient: brown-sugar simple syrup!
2 oz. unsweetened plain almond milk
1 oz. cognac
1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
1/4 oz. brown-sugar simple syrup
To make the brown-sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and water in pot; heat until sugar dissolves. Cool. (Can be used in oatmeal, coffee and other fun holiday cocktails!)
To make the Coffee Mate, shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.