Cocktails

Happy Hour #InASnap: Bourbon-Apple Sidecars

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Relax this evening with a drink that’ll quench your thirst and put a smile on your face (queue Pharrell’s “Happy”). The best part? This four-ingredient cocktail won’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen (but don’t tell your guests — this drink is so impressive, they’ll think you’re a master mixologist!).

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Mint Julep

No cocktail party is complete without a signature drink, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with a zillion different mix-ins. Keep it simple (but still impressive!) with a four-ingredient cocktail. It’s contains just enough flavors to make your guests think that you’re a master mixologist. This week’s pick? A Mint Julep because this classic sipper never goes out of style. We love it for summer because it’s minty-fresh, sweet and just strong enough!

 

Ingredients
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1/2 cup (4 ounces) gin
Crushed ice

Directions

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.

 

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Four-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktail

No party is complete without a signature cocktail. But that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impress guests with our four-ingredient sipper. Your friends will think you’re a master mixologist (trust us) when you make this Bourbon Cocktail!

 

 
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Four Ingredient Cocktails: Vanilla Pear-tini

 

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Here’s an idea that’s a lighter, fruity twist on a classic martini: a cool and creamy Vanilla Pear-tini!

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Cocktails: Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Do you like to add herbs to your cocktails? How about a light and refreshing Blueberry-Tarragon Sparkler?

 

 

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What We’re Drinking: the Beers Knees

There’s never a bad day to be part of our magazine’s food team, but it’s a particularly good day when you can kick back, relax and have one of the country’s best bartenders make you a cocktail. A few weeks ago, Ryan Magarian — the Portland, Oregon-based cocktail guru and co-founder of Aviation American Gin, — visited the Every Day with Rachael Ray test kitchen and whipped up some of his favorite warm-weather cocktails. We loved all the drinks, but the Beers Knees, a gin and wheat beer concoction, is the one we’ll be sipping all summer. Lucky for us, Ryan shared the recipe, so you can make this bubbly, citrusy drink for your next backyard cookout, concert in the park, beach barbecue– or wherever summer takes you.

 

 

 

Beers Knees

1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Honey syrup*
3 oz Hefeweizen (Ryan is partial to Widmer Hefeweizen, a local brew)

 

Pour gin, lemon juice and honey syrup in a pint glass, fill with ice & shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Collins glass (with or without ice). Top with Hefeweizen. Garnish with a lemon wedge

 

*To make honey syrup; stir equal parts honey and heated water and stir until the honey dissolves; let cool

 

 

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Bar Coach: Master the Muddle

You don’t need to buy a cocktail muddler to make smashing good drinks. Chances are, you have a tool that can crush herbs already on hand. Three to try: the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula (the fatter the better), the handle of an ice cream scoop or the flat end of a tapered rolling pin. Now that you’ve got the gear, here’s how to use it (like in our brand new Cucumber-Basil Smash!):

 

 

 

1. Place the ingredients you want to muddle (usually fresh herbs and sugar) in the bottom of a pint glass, shaker or sturdy pitcher (for big batches).
2. Using the muddler, press down on the mixture in the bottom of the glass and gently twist. Stop as soon as the herbs release their aromatic oils. (You’ll smell ‘em!) And go easy with the squishing! The idea is to release the fragrance of the herbs without ripping the leaves, which can unleash bitter chlorophyll into your cocktail.

 

Here are some more cocktail ideas for you to muddle up!

 

 

Almond-Coconut Mojito

Pink Grapefruit and Basil Mojito Mocktail

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail

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Drink Up! It’s Mango Season

Drink Up! It’s Mango Season

It’s officially mango season, and we couldn’t be happier! Not only are mangoes super healthy (they’re jam-packed with nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin C, just to name a few!) and ever-so versatile (chile-rubbed mangoes? mango slaw?), they also make the perfect natural sweetener to a number of boozy (or virgin!) beverages. Check out some of our top picks below, and get blending!

 

Frozen Mango Daiquiri

 

Mellow Yellow Margaritas

 

Keep these Mango-Ginger Mocktails virgin, or replace the ginger ale with ginger beer!

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Behind the Scenes: Making Mezcal Cocktails

In our May issue, we explore tequila’s rival sibling, mezcal, a smoky, slow-roasted, double-distilled liquor also made from the agave plant. We tasted tons of mezcal cocktails from the country’s best bartenders and adapted two favorites–plus created one of our own! Go behind the scenes and explore our mezcal cocktail-making process. Then, get our fabulous cocktail recipe that was the result of one tasty testing session. ¡Salud!

Test Kitchen Associate, Charles Grayauskie and Test Kitchen Director, Janet McCracken doing some delicious research.

 

Lots of different ingredients go into making the perfect cocktail! The green Vida bottle (left) is actually many bartenders’ go-to mezcal: easy to find across the country and very easy to drink.

 

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From our test kitchen, The Smokin’ Dog–our own riff on the Greyhound!

 

6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)

1 oz. mezcal

Splash of club soda

1 grapefruit twist

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

Cheers to National Spanish Paella Day!

It’s National Spanish Paella Day — you know, that rice and seafood dish stemming from Spain. And what goes better with a great paella than a great Spanish cocktail like Sangria to wash it all down? ¡Salud!

 

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