Champagne, cava and prosecco all sparkle, but they’re not the same. Get to know them a little better with this handy cheat sheet.
The Champagne region in northern France
Can be toasty and dry (i.e. not sweet); available in a range of colors, from light golden to pink
A special occasion. Champagne uses high-quality grapes and takes longer to age, so it’s often the most expensive of the three. Save it for the times when you really want to celebrate.
The Catalonia region in northeast Spain
Earthier, fruitier and often less expensive than Champagne
A weekend party with friends. The crowd-pleasing flavor and budget-friendly price makes this sparkling wine great for a group. And who says you have to start the party with bubbles? Spaniards sometimes serve cava after a meal.
The Veneto region in northeast Italy
Light, crisp and apple-y; usually the sweetest and least expensive of the three sparklers
A leisurely Sunday brunch. You can sip prosecco on its own, and it also makes a great cocktail mixer. Thanks to its super-affordable price and low alcohol, bottomless mimosas can be had by all!
No matter which bubbly you choose, you can whip up a killer cocktail for your New Years Eve party. Here are some of our faves:
The dog days of summer are upon us, and while we’re all about keeping hydrated, sometimes you need something stiffer. These cocktails are refreshing, delicious and super seasonal– you may even forget how hot it is after all!
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
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.
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.
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If you thought Shandies were just for summer and tailgating, think again: we’ve got a recipe perfect for cold, snowy nights by the fire. A Winter Shandy is just what your holiday party or night in needs. It’s light enough to casually sip among friends, but the warm and spicy hints of orange and pumpkin will make you feel as cozier than a cashmere sweater. Wanna know the best part? Each serving is less than 150 calories!
5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer
2 ounces lemonade
1/4 ounce warm orange marmalade
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a chilled highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice. Makes 1.
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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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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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