Winter Punch Recipe. It's a bit unclear how it happened, but well over a decade has passed on this site without a punch recipe.
Punch, in theory, is a wonderful thing. One of the most communal beverage experiences, everyone ladling from a single bowl, it's brilliant. A good bowl of punch magnetically draws a party close, becoming the best sort of centerpiece. Pretty, festive, and ready to drink - it's too bad so many punches go off the rails. It's also funny that while I have opinions about punch, I never have a great answer when friends ask for a favorite punch recipe.
Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Bourbon Eggnog. When I was kid, eggnog was a staple at every Christmas party.
My mom's punch bowl was always filled to the top with the creamy cocktail. Like with most classic cocktails, it's fair game to finesse them to fit your taste. This year our nog gets a good ol' Kentucky-inspired makeover. My mom always made her eggnog with spiced rum, but I've been on a bourbon kick as of late, so I switched up tradition. I did, however, keep the vanilla extract — it kicks up the bourbon, which I like.
How To Make Limoncello. It has taken me far too long to discover how amazing — and how astoundingly easy — it is to make my own limoncello.
I had this hazy idea that limoncello must be a closely guarded secret kept by a sect of weathered Italian grandfathers with wooly driving caps and secretive, knowing smiles. Just me? Well, it turns out all you need to make truly incredible limoncello are some good lemons, a bottle of stiff vodka, and just a little patience. Limoncello is smooth and sweet with an intense lemon flavor. It can be sipped on its own, mixed into sparkling water, or shaken into cocktails.
Drink Recipe: Hibiscus Ginger Punch. Most punch recipes cater to a single crowd: drinkers or non-drinkers.
This one is delicious either way. Whether you fizz it up with champagne or mineral water, hibiscus ginger punch will put a colorful sparkle in your celebrations. When I started dreaming of a festive punch, I initially considered cranberry or pomegranate but, frankly, I was a bit tired of these ingredients, which appear in every other beverage this time of year. Instead, I turned to a holiday tradition from Jamaica, where a drink called "sorrel" is made from hibiscus blossoms. Throughout the world, dried hibiscus or roselle is steeped in water to make crimson-colored tisanes, juices, and punches, and in Jamaica especially the hibiscus is combined with ginger for a tart and pleasantly spicy beverage.
Watermelon Mimosas. Blood Orange Gin Sparkler Recipe. For a good part of the year I have rosemary floating about the kitchen.
It's typically crowded in a wide-mouth jar, standing stick-straight, quietly waiting to be called upon. Sometimes it sits on the windowsill here, other times it migrates to the island, or, on rare occasions, the dinner table. A Jam Cocktail Recipe: Lemon Verbena & Raspberry Jamtini. Jam's ability to glam up a piece of toast is, of course, a foregone conclusion.
But have you ever thought about adding a dollop of this sweet, sticky fruit spread to your cocktail? You should! Pitcher Cocktail for Your Labor Day Party: Sparkling Cojito. I refuse to believe this summer is coming to an end.
So for this week's taste of happiness in less than 10 minutes, join me in mixing up the perfect coconut-infused, island-inspired pitcher drink for any Labor Day soiree. A Cojito is a simple spin on the classic Mojito. Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari Mojito. What do you collect when you travel?
I have an acquisitive soul; linens and tiny ceramics and jewelry get squirreled away in my bags on every trip. But I've found that the best souvenirs of travel are the lightest to carry. When I travel, I look for new things to learn, like the soufflé I picked up in Paris, and the duck magret in Nice. My husband and I have also acquired cocktail recipes quite often in our travels, and I hardly need to tell you that these are my favorites. Two summers ago I picked up a new one, a very summery cocktail from an unexpected place. Captain Palmer Cocktail. How To Make Fruit Vodkas. It's no pretty jar of jam or row of canned tomatoes, I know, but I suspect that making your own fruit-flavored vodkas might just be the most fun way to preserve the season!
This is also perfect for when you're not in the mood for a big preserving project, but want a quick way to make sure that handful of juicy berries, plump purple figs, or last peaches doesn't go to waste. Because a bottle of jewel-colored, summer fruit-infused vodka will never go to waste. Trust me on this. I had always thought of fruit-infused vodkas as a Big Project requiring specially sourced liquor and months of waiting. Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary Recipe. I've learned a lot of things in the past year, working on QUITOKEETO.
I've learned - it's preferable to be on the ground floor (and not on a third floor walk-up) when you're accepting a delivery of mortars & pestles that collectively weigh over a ton. I've learned to always pack cleaning supplies and trash bags when going to the airport to pick-up pallets of honey or maple syrup. Pre-Made Drinks in Jars: Spiked Blueberry Basil Lemonade. In the past couple of weeks, thousands of parents packed lunches, stuffed backpacks, combed down cowlicks and put up proud posts on Facebook of smiling little ones headed back to school. For us, this meant our annual back-to-school party to kick off the new year, complete with water ice, tug-of-war, fireworks, and of course, a crowd-pleasing bar set-up —one suitable for both kids and parents.
We started our summer with a Honey Bourbon Lemonade, so it seemed fitting we bid our last days of summer adieu with one more batch of fresh-squeezed lemonade. For this happy hour, we invited the whole gang and hosted a big party, which called for a very big batch of drinks. Classic Mamie Taylor Cocktail. Every week I write the 10-Minute Happy Hour to allow each of us permission to make a moment. No overly involved dinner party or stress-filled gatherings touted here. Just 10 minutes and you get to take a beat and toast the week behind or the weekend to come. Following suit, the newly released book Storied Sips, page after page, highlights how a simple cocktail can "strip away the mundane, gild an evening ... and add a little flair.
" It's a perfect book for you to enjoy with this week's cocktail, and a must-read for drink-lovers. Like many other drink books, this one has cocktails along with their stories and recipes. Perfect Fall Drink Recipe: Courvoisier's "Lady C" Cognac Cocktail. Before last week, I may have thought convincing a non-Cognac drinker to choose a Cognac-based cocktail for happy hour to be a difficult task.
Au contraire, mon frère! A recent visit to Courvoisier poured up a perfect fall drink that leaves even skeptics thirsty for more. This week's happy hour has a rich French flair you can enjoy right at home. Meyer Maple Leaf Cocktail Recipe – QUITOKEETO. Fall Camping Cocktail Recipe: Smoked Maple Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy. Some happy hours, like this week's, aren't conducted in a standard bar or kitchen. Here in the northeast, the fall foliage is at its peak. It sounds geeky but truly, the images are of the kind that inspire great artists, poets and philosophers.
Seeking an infusion of inspiration and some fresh air, my family packed up our gear — including some suitable fall libations — and hit the trail for a weekend in the wilderness. Camping isn't for everyone. Yes, you can go glamping (a new trend in prettying up the grungier, grittier camping experience) but where's the challenge in that? Perfect Fall Cocktail Recipe: Classic Rob Roy Cocktail. Dragonfruit Vodka Tonic – QUITOKEETO. Dragonfruit Vodka Tonic We brought the fixings for these to finish off a long Friday at the studio.
The dragonfruit steeped all day in the vodka, resulting in that wow super fruit color and flavor. 1 oz dried dragonfruit 2 cups vodka For each drink: Plenty of ice cubes 2 ounces dragonfruit vodka 2 ounces tonic water 2-4 ounces sparkling water (or plain/grape kombucha!) Lemon Thyme Gin Sparkler – QUITOKEETO. Golden Raspberry Lillet Cocktail – QUITOKEETO. Halloween Cocktail Recipe: The Bloody Manhattan. Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria The 10-Minute Happy Hour. Strawberry Mojito Pitcher.