This Is the Best Spiked Seltzer to Sip All Summer

If there’s one thing I look forward to doing most over the summer, it’s sitting outside—be it on a beach, rooftop, grassy knoll, or, heck, even my fire escape—while sipping an ice-cold beverage (usually something with a little kick, if you know what I …

If there's one thing I look forward to doing most over the summer, it's sitting outside—be it on a beach, rooftop, grassy knoll, or, heck, even my fire escape—while sipping an ice-cold beverage (usually something with a little kick, if you know what I mean).

My go-to is a dry rosé (usually this well-priced bottle by La Vieille Ferme) or a pitcher of something herby, citrusy, and refreshing, like a Pimm's Cup or this Bowery Punch.

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Your Dirty Martini Is Due for an Update

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Psst, did you hear we’re coming out with a cookbook? We’re coming out with a cookbook!


One hundred and thirty-three years ago, the martini made its publishing debut. In an overhauled edition of Bartender’s Manual, Harry Johnson shared a recipe calling for equal parts of Old Tom gin and sweet vermouth, plus a few dashes of gum syrup, bitters, and Curaçao, strained into “a fancy cocktail glass.”

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7 Summer-Ready Sips Starring Oranges

We’ve teamed up with California Citrus Growers to pull back the peel and share all the citrus-y wonders of oranges from the Golden State. Here, we’re showing you some of the refreshing sips you can make this summer using juicy, sweet-tart California Va…

We’ve teamed up with California Citrus Growers to pull back the peel and share all the citrus-y wonders of oranges from the Golden State. Here, we’re showing you some of the refreshing sips you can make this summer using juicy, sweet-tart California Valencia oranges. And psst: Did you know that they’re an excellent source of both vitamin C and folate? Pretty sweet.


With summer finally upon us, warmer weather is here to accompany what's shaping up to be a gorgeous and lively few months—and with that comes the arrival of fruity drinks to keep you refreshed throughout. This season, we're turning to the wonderfully tart and sweet nectar of Valencia oranges (they're the best for juicing of the bunch) to complete all of our summer sips. Think: bubbly mimosas, fizzy sherbet coolers, cooling green tea-orange sparklers, and zingy orange and mint gimlets.

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Margarita Floats.

These margarita floats are super refreshing and delish for summer! Served on the rocks with a scoop of sorbet or sherbet, they are icy perfection. A chili lime rim takes this fun cocktail over the top. These margarita floats are going to be your new favorite summer cocktail! Get ready for happy hour because these […]

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These margarita floats are super refreshing and delish for summer! Served on the rocks with a scoop of sorbet or sherbet, they are icy perfection. A chili lime rim takes this fun cocktail over the top.

These margarita floats are going to be your new favorite summer cocktail!

margarita floats

Get ready for happy hour because these are THE BEST.

Frosty, icy margaritas with a chili lime rim! Then a floating sherbet or sorbet scoop that melts and creates a slightly creamy, summery flavor bomb that you will just love. These are SOOOO good and can I just say that I’m pretty thrilled that I can drink them now?!

YES.

rainbow sherbet

So it’s funny because sherbet is not something I would normally choose for dessert. Max really enjoys orange sherbet, but I always tend to gravitate towards creamier ice creams, chocolates, peanut butters, all those rich and decadent flavors.

(Side bar: I made an exception for the Jeni’s frosé sorbet – it is absolutely UNREAL and got me through the first trimester.) 

scoop of rainbow sherbet

But when I thought about making a margarita float, and keeping the drink icy, the rainbow sherbet was the only logical solution! I knew it would complement the margarita flavor so well. Especially this orange/lemon/lime version that I find at ALDI. You can really choose any sherbet flavor that’s available to you, but if you happen to find this swirl version, it’s fantastic! 

dropping sherbet into a margarita

It’s no secret that margaritas are probably my all-time favorite cocktail. I first shared my at-home classic marg over a decade ago. It’s mostly lime, of course, but has a slight splash of grand mariner, based off of my favorite margarita at a local restaurant that no longer exists. I find the extra hint of citrus, combined with the ice and the salt, makes for the perfect flavor explosion.

Not too sweet, not too tart, it’s just wonderful.

 margarita floats

So it makes sense that the orange/lemon/lime sherbet would be ideal with those flavors! If I could only choose one, I’d probably choose lime or lemon first. If you can find a sorbet, go with one of those and drop it right down into your cocktail!  (more…)

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Our All-Time Favorite, Thirst-Quenching, Crowd-Pleasing Punch Recipes

When the punch bowl comes out, it’s time for a party. Every celebration—from a summer cookout to a winter holiday party—requires a boozy big-batch beverage. So grab a ladle, raise a glass, and drink up! Ahead, we’re sharing 30 of our best punch recipes…

When the punch bowl comes out, it's time for a party. Every celebration—from a summer cookout to a winter holiday party—requires a boozy big-batch beverage. So grab a ladle, raise a glass, and drink up! Ahead, we're sharing 30 of our best punch recipes. Some are extremely seasonal, like Apple Rye Punch and a Mulled Wine Punch, whereas others are drinkable 365 days a year. And when you're craving a tropical getaway, we have a drink that will mentally transport you to a cabana somewhere far, far away (looking at you, Pineapple Daiquiri Punch).


Our Best Punch Recipes

1. Apple Rye Punch

When the leaves start to change but you're not quite ready to drink hot chocolate or straight whiskey by a crackling fire, sip on what we like to call a transitional beverage. For this autumnal punch, mix together regular apple cider with rye whiskey, maple bitters, and hard cider.

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frozen strawberry daiquiris

Of course, violins are not made small enough to express the woe that is ordering a sub-par drink at the kind of resort with palm trees, beaches, and a daily agenda of luxuriating as lazily as possible. But, have you ever ordered a good strawbe…

Of course, violins are not made small enough to express the woe that is ordering a sub-par drink at the kind of resort with palm trees, beaches, and a daily agenda of luxuriating as lazily as possible. But, have you ever ordered a good strawberry daiquiri at a bar? I have not. As neither the holiday weekend nor strawberry season are over yet, this seems as good a time as any to make it right.

frozen fruit for sweltering days

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How to Make Homemade Iced Coffee

How to Make Homemade Iced Coffee
Learn how to make your favorite cup of iced coffee at home for the perfect summer drink! This easy homemade iced coffee recipe is cheaper than the coffee shop, easily adaptable, and comes together with minimal hands-on …

A glass of iced coffee with milk before stirring on a coaster.

How to Make Homemade Iced Coffee

Learn how to make your favorite cup of iced coffee at home for the perfect summer drink! This easy homemade iced coffee recipe is cheaper than the coffee shop, easily adaptable, and comes together with minimal hands-on time.

READ: How to Make Homemade Iced Coffee

12 Best Coolers to Keep Your Drinks From Sweating

There’s no worse feeling than an ice-cold drink sweating it out or your favorite dip going down to room temp before you can finish them. And if you’re planning to see friends and family for backyard hangs or picnic dinners, it’s the last thing you need…

There’s no worse feeling than an ice-cold drink sweating it out or your favorite dip going down to room temp before you can finish them. And if you’re planning to see friends and family for backyard hangs or picnic dinners, it’s the last thing you need to ruin the good vibes.

A good cooler can help prevent those dreaded drops of condensation and keep drinks and snacks chilled for hours—long after the last bottle’s open. Take your pick of classic soft- or hard-sided coolers, hands-free backpacks, or even upgraded koozies for canned wine, bottled wine, and beer. Whichever your flavor, rest assured that your drinks won’t be warm before you can finish them.

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Is Hard Coffee The Most Chaotic Drink on Record?

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.

“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.” —Hunter S. Thompson, wh…

Tenth Helpings is a humor column from our culture critic, Ella Quittner, illustrated by Olivia de Recat.


“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.” —Hunter S. Thompson, who died 13 years before the advent of canned hard coffee

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How I Enjoyed Eating When I Lost My Sense of Smell & Taste

When I caught the coronavirus in December 2020, I was fortunate to experience only mild symptoms (which I combated with bed rest, Tylenol, and plenty of fluids). Unfortunately, by day eight, my sense of smell and taste went from normal to nothing—in a …

When I caught the coronavirus in December 2020, I was fortunate to experience only mild symptoms (which I combated with bed rest, Tylenol, and plenty of fluids). Unfortunately, by day eight, my sense of smell and taste went from normal to nothing—in a matter of hours. What was initially an inconvenience swiftly became a powerful experience that now influences the way I live and work.

I am a food stylist: On a daily basis, I source groceries, prepare recipes, and arrange food on set for magazines, websites, cookbooks, and advertising. Thankfully, the food’s appearance on camera tends to be more important than taste in this profession, but my palate is still important to my work.

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