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.
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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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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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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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Though we really do love a four-ingredient cocktail, sometimes four ingredients just won’t cut it. Don’t worry: We’re not going to drive you crazy with all sorts of mixologist-level ingredients, but we are going to request you gather just five easy-to-access cocktail ingredients (plus ice — always a freebie) to whip up a fabulous and refreshing Grapefruit Vesper for your next party or get-together.
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce gin
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce sauvignon blanc
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 cup ice
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, gin, grapefruit juice and sauvignon blanc. Add the honey and ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Makes 1.
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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.
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Tequila will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometime we’re looking for a spirit that’s a little more complex. Meet mezcal: tequila’s close cousin, also originating from the agave plant. While tequila can be fruity, earthy or oaky, mezcal takes on more of a smoky flavor, due to the slow-roasting of the agave hearts in hardwood fire pits in order to produce it. But the fancy knowledge stops there: Mezcal can be used in a wide array of simple yet delicious drinks that are perfect for your Thirsty Thursday. One of our favorites, The Smokin’ Dog, only requires four ingredients!
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 soda. Garnish with grapefruit twist. Makes 1.
Nothing’s better on a Thursday night than a killer margarita. Throw a sombrero on, pretend you’re chilling in Mexico and your stress will slip away in only a matter of time. While the store-bought stuff is easiest to whip out of your cabinet when you’re in need of a staycation in your kitchen, we’re here to tell you that this simple four-ingredient homemade version is so much tastier! Cheers to hoping we just persuaded you to go homemade with your margs every time.