Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday: Citrus Season!

Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, oh my! Citrus fruits are especially fresh between January and March, and rather than throw segments over salad or yogurt, we’ve got a more fun idea: Create delicious cocktails with them! The tangy juice cuts through light alcohols or sparkling wine and adds an inherent sweetness without any additional sugar. The result: A refreshing and colorful cocktail that’s perfect for brunch or happy hour. Try these drinks this year:

 

Blood Orange Mimosas

Lemon Liqueur

Grapefruit Vesper

Cheers to a delicious citrus season!

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Thirsty Thursday: Be a Fizz Whiz!

It’s the day after New Years and if you bought a few too many bottles of bubbly, have no fear. While you’re more than welcome to mix champagne into Sparkling Bourbon Cocktails, Sparkling Negronis or Passion Fruit Fizz Sours, may we recommend you try something totally different by mixing it into sauces, sorbet and more! Try a few of our simple, sparkling ideas!

 

Vino-grette: Whisk equal parts leftover bubbly, OJ and EVOO with some grainy mustard, balsamic vinegar, sliced scallions and chopped basil. Season, then toss with greens.

 

Bubbly Cheese Fondue: In a saucepan, bring one part bubbly to a simmer and whisk in two parts shredded cheese until melted and smooth. Rub the inside of a fondue or other heavy-bottomed pot with a cut garlic clove. Transfer cheese mixture to the pot and season with ground nutmeg and salt. Serve with cubed bread.

 

Champ-pan Sauce: In a skillet, cook sliced onion in butter until translucent; add chicken and mushrooms and sauté until cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and add bubbly to the skillet. Stir in heavy cream, butter and chopped tarragon. Simmer until thickened; drizzle over chicken.

 

Spiked Sorbet: Make a simple syrup by boiling equal parts bubbly and sugar in a pan until reduced by half; refrigerate overnight. In a food processor, blend frozen berries and mangoes with a splash each bubbly and the simple syrup, scraping the bowl frequently. Freeze, stirring every 15 minutes, until firm.

 

Written by Daisha Cassel

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Drink to Your Luck!

They say how you spend your New Year’s Eve will tell you how you’ll spend the rest of the upcoming year. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want a New Year’s Eve full of good food, friends, and of course, luck! We’ve found a way to fulfill all of your hopes and dreams for the new year: Make, share and drink cocktails that’ll bring you good luck!

 

In Spain, eating 12 grapes as you count down the seconds to the new year is a common good luck tradition. Rather than stuff your mouth full of grapes, try this Sparkling Grape Cocktail.

Europe in general considers eating 12 round fruits before New Years good luck. So drink up your luck with this Pink Grapefruit Martini, too.

Pomegranates are considered good luck in Turkey, because their red, bloodlike color denotes life and fertility and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity. The fruit is also eaten during the Jewish New Year to ensure that one’s merits increase as abundantly as the pomegranate’s seeds. Get your fix of prosperity by way of Tangerine-Pomegranate Sparklers.

Cheers, and happy new year!

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Thirsty Thursday: The best way to spread Christmas cheer….

…is by mixing up a cocktail that looks and tastes like the holidays! This time of year we see a lot of red, green and white, and there’s no reason why your cocktail shouldn’t match your decor. Shake up one of these drinks that even Santa won’t be able to refuse.

 

Make a pitcher of Candy Cane Vodka, serve over ice, or use it to spike hot chocolate and eggnog!

 

Pucker up! The tarragon garnish on these Blueberry Tarragon Sparklers resembles a mistletoe.

 

Santa might need to find a designated driver for his sleigh after sipping on one of these Tipsy Santa Cocktails.

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Because the holiday gatherings deserve better than the stuff in the carton, we’re sharing our favorite recipes for Eggnog! Just start with our classic recipe for Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog, then can change it up…two different ways!

 

 

 

Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog


Chocolate-Hazelnut Eggnog

Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In Step 1, whisk 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread and 6 tbsp. cocoa powder into the egg yolk-sugar  mixture; substitute brandy for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. To serve, moisten the rims of 8 glasses with water, then dip them in 1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts Fill the glasses with ice and then the eggnog. Garnish with dark-chocolate shavings.

 

Coconut Eggnog Floats

Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In step 1, substitute 1 cup canned cream of coconut for the 1/2 cup sugar and spiced rum for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. Pour into glasses and top with scoops of coconut sorbet or ice cream. Sprinkle with large flakes of toasted coconut. Serve with spoons.

 

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Thirsty Thanksgiving

Not only is it Thanksgiving, but it’s also Thirsty Thursday! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give you some quick, last-minute cocktail ideas that pair perfectly with your holiday meal. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

 

To wash down all that heavy turkey and stuffing, try a refreshing Rum-Spiked Ginger Beer Cocktail.

 

A Cran-Limoncello mirrors the flavors of homemade cranberry sauce.

 

With flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, a Gingersnap goes great with pumpkin, apple or pecan pie!

 

From everyone at Every Day with Rachael Ray, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Signature Party Cocktails

A proper holiday party needs a few key items: good company, tasty finger food and a great signature cocktail. While having a fully stocked bar may be ideal, it’s just as special (and way more cost-efficient) to have one or two drinks that you can proudly say you mixed up yourself. Whether you like sweet and sparkly or stiff and tangy (or both!), here are a few holiday cocktail ideas to get you started:

 

Ginger + Lime Juice + Club Soda + Vodka = Fizzy Ginger Limeade

 

Pomegranate Juice + Prosecco + Tangerine Juice = Tangerine Pomegranate Sparklers

 

Rosé + Grape Juice = Blushing Rosé Punch

 

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Thirsty for Some Shandy?

Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! As the week winds down, we’re sure you’re thinking about happy hour, evening plans and watching football. What goes well with all three? A old crisp and refreshing shandy. While you can buy bottles of this beer concoction, it’s way more fun (and cost-efficient) to make your own. What exactly is a shandy? It’s a beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or apple juice.

 

 

Our recipe calls for 1 part lager (we used Corona) and 1 part either carbonated lemonade or ginger ale. Serve immediately and you’ve got a slightly sweet, extra fizzy and 100% delicious sipper to start your night (or day) off right.

 

What’s your favorite Shandy combo? Tell us below in the comments!

 

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Salute! It’s National Pasta Day!

Cheers, it’s National Pasta Day! Besides eating bowls and bowls of the good stuff, we’re celebrating with an Italian cocktail to wash it all down: The Gin Martini.

It may be one of the more classic cocktails around, but the martini’s dry flavors and mild bite are the perfect contrast to a bowl of saucy, succulent spaghetti. The best part: it’s a two-ingredient cocktail, plus an optional garnish of olives.

 

2 1/2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce vermouth

 

Watch our how-to video for another take on this classic sip, then sit back, relax and you’ll feel like a true Italian in no time!

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Some Brew-tiful Cocktails!

It wouldn’t be a proper tailgating and football season without a few good drinks, beer being one of the most popular. But why not add beer to your favorite cocktails for a truly tailgating-inspired drink? These recipes call for just five ingredients or less, and use beer, which, come on, you probably already have on hand.

 

Linebacker Limeade

 

Beer-Berry Homers

 

Vikings Cooler

 

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