Drinks

Join Us on November 20th for a Thanksgiving Q&A on Twitter!

The 10-day countdown to Thanksgiving starts today, and between buying your bird, making your pie crust and picking out that perfect wine, you’re bound to have some questions. That’s why we’ve gathered our test kitchen pros to host a Twitter chat and share their Turkey Day expertise!

 

 

Join us on Twitter on Thursday, November 20th at 3 pm EST for an hour-long session of turkey talk. Be sure to include the hashtag #RRTgiving on your tweets and one of our test kitchen pros will be sure to answer your question.

 

One hour. All the Thanksgiving knowledge you could ever need. And you don’t even need to bring a hostess gift. We’d say this is going to be the best party ever!

 

Looking for even more tips? You can download our booklet filled with 96 ways to ensure Thanksgiving success here.

 

 

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A Four-Ingredient Cocktail to Get Your Holiday Party Started

There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving and we’re in full dinner planning mode. But between the turkey and gravy, Grandma’s cornbread stuffing and Aunt Sue’s pumpkin pie, we have to find room for a cocktail! And that’s where the Double Orange Spritz comes in: This bright orange sipper is so simple to put together, you can even sneak away between hors d’oeuvres and turkey carving to make yourself another (no judgment!).

 

Ingredients

4 ounces chilled Campari

8 ounces chilled prosecco (or sparkling white wine)

4 ounces chilled orange soda or seltzer

Orange, sliced, for garnish

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

Divide Campari bewteen 2 ice-filled glasses. Top with prosecco and soda. Garnish with slices. Serves 2.

 

 

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A Sweet & Tangy Five-Ingredient Cocktail

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)!

 

Ingredients

3 cups pomegranate juice

1 1/4 cups vodka

1 cup triple sec

1 lime, juiced

2 cups seltzer

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

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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The Spookiest Four-Ingredient Cocktail

Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

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

 

Directions

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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Test Kitchen Challenge: New Riffs on Seasonal Lattes

 

 

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4 Hard Apple Ciders to Quench Your Thirst All Season Long

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!

 

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Four-Ingredient Blushing Cocktails

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!

 

 

Ingredients

1 ounce scotch

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice

Twist of a grapefruit peel, for garnishing

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

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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A Four-Ingredient Grown-Up Slushie

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

 

Ingredients

2 12 ounce cans cola

1 cup ice

4 ounces dark rum

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

 

Directions

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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A Four-Ingredient Oktoberfest Cocktail

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.

 

Ingredients

Pink champagne or sparkling rose

Stout beer

Small pinch ground espresso

Orange twists

 

Directions

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 Best Personal Sommelier Apps for Your Smart Phone

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.