Did you know November is National Pomegranate Month? And while we love a good sprinkling of seeds in our fruit salad, on our burgers or even tossed with Brussels sprouts, sometimes we need something a little more potent… in the form of a cocktail.
The Pom Selleck is just the thing we’re looking for: It’s sweet and fruity with a hint of effervescence to round it all out. Make this drink after a long day at the office, for a cocktail or holiday party or on a game-day afternoon. It’ll wet your whistle any which way (say that 10 times fast)!
3 cups pomegranate juice
1 1/4 cups vodka
1 cup triple sec
1 lime, juiced
2 cups seltzer
Combine the pomegranate juice, vodka, triple sec and lime juice in a pitcher; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, add the seltzer and pour the mixture into tall, ice-filled glasses. Make 8.
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1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved
8 ounces vodka
4 ounces triple sec
1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.
Have a happy Halloween!
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Move over craft beers–the hard-cider market is going gangbusters (it grew 102 percent in 2013)! Here are four new arrivals and some fun uses–other than straight swigging!
Dark nights, cool breezes and changing leaves: It’s definitely fall, and there’s no better way to take the chill off than with a stiff cocktail. Our Sweet Ruby will do just the trick, warming you from the inside out with scotch and sweet vermouth. Don’t forget to add a splash of grapefruit juice to match your ruby red cheeks!
1 ounce scotch
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice
Twist of a grapefruit peel, for garnishing
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the scotch, vermouth and grapefruit juice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.
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Whether it was at a carnival, concession stand or movie theater, we all remember the thirst-quenching power of a frozen slushie. Even in the dead of winter, a frozen slushie was just the thing to make us feel happy, energetic and, of course, like a kid. Luckily, we’ve created a recipe that brings back those feelings of nostalgia with a grown-up twist perfect for game-day: Rum & Coke Slushies
2 12 ounce cans cola
1 cup ice
4 ounces dark rum
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Refrigerate 1 can cola. Pour the other into a shallow container; freeze until nearly solid, 6 to 8 hours. In a blender, puree the chilled and frozen colas with the ice, rum and lime juice. Makes 4.
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Oktoberfest is in full swing, but if you’re getting a little tired of boots full of beer, we’ve got a simple and delicious cocktail that will help keep you in the spirit: a Red Velvet champagne cocktail.
This velvety smooth sparkler is topped with stout beer then finished with a pinch of ground espresso and an orange twist as a garnish. Full of chocolately notes from the beer, this tasty concoction could be a stand-in for dessert.
Pink champagne or sparkling rose
Small pinch ground espresso
Fill 2 flutes three-quarters of the way with pink champagne or sparkling rose. Top with stout beer and garnish each with a small pinch ground espresso and an orange twist. Makes 2.
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The convenience of grabbing wine at the grocery store cannot be beat. But how to pick the best bottles? These three free apps come to the rescue. Cheers to that!
Best for Social Drinkers: Crushed Wine
If you want to know what your social network is drinking (and loving), then this app’s for you (seen above). With an interface akin to Instagram—instead of “liking” a pic, users can “cheers” your vino as a virtual vote of confidence—and posting capabilities on Facebook and Twitter, Crushed forgoes ratings systems in favor of sharing.
Best for On-Trend Imbibers: Delectable
Used by many sommeliers for sharing real-time recommendations (that means fresh insider info for you!), this app’s newest feature is label-image recognition. Snap a pic of the bottle on the shelf to pull up its origin, ratings and user reviews instantly.
Best for Frequent Quaffers: Vivino
Like Netflix for wine lovers, the Vivino app generates picks based on your preferences. The more wine you rate in its four-million-bottle database, the more spot-on its suggestions.
If you haven’t noticed, we love a good tailgate. But between all the sliders, wings and dip, it’s hard to find a place for a signature cocktail to really shine. Enter: the shandy, a refreshing mixture of beer and citrus that looks way more impressive than a six-pack but will still leave beer enthusiasts pleased. Typically made with lemonade, a shandy is a definite crowd-pleaser that doesn’t require much effort. Our Grapefruit Shandy is a twist on the classic that your friends probably haven’t had before. The best part? All you need are three ingredients!
3 12 ounce bottles Hefeweizen beer, chilled
3 12 ounce bottles grapefruit soda, such as Izze, chilled
1 grapefruit, sliced
In a pitcher, mix beer and soda. Divide among cups and garnish with grapefruit slices. Makes 6.
Not ready to let go of summer just yet? We’ve got good news: You don’t have to! Get one last sip of summertime sweetness in a cocktail that’s delicious, fresh and super easy to make. The best part? Strawberries are in season until late summer so they’ll be totally fresh in your festive sip. Whip up these Strawberry Suckers for your friends and family — they’ll thank you for turning back the clock, even if it’s just by a few weeks.
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces strawberry schnapps
1 strawberry, halved
Ice cubes (freebie)
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and schnapps and top with club soda. Garnish with the strawberry. Serves 1.