Pretty Pink Gin and Cranberry Martini

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just getting together with friends, this pretty pink, gin cranberry martini is the perfect drink to serve! It’s easy to make and tastes great. Plus, it’s sure to impress your guests because it…

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just getting together with friends, this pretty pink, gin cranberry martini is the perfect drink to serve! It’s easy to make and tastes great. Plus, it’s sure to impress your guests because it’s a gorgeous cocktail! We like to think of this drink as a party cocktail. It’s […]

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Gracias Madre Offers a Taste of the Margarita’s Past & Future

If there’s a way to distill the LA experience down to one moment, it’s this: sitting on Gracias Madre’s sunny patio in West Hollywood, sipping on a margarita while looking out for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

“Anytime anyone says that they came strai…

If there’s a way to distill the LA experience down to one moment, it’s this: sitting on Gracias Madre’s sunny patio in West Hollywood, sipping on a margarita while looking out for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

“Anytime anyone says that they came straight here from the airport, I’m always like, ‘Welcome to the most California restaurant there is,’” Gracias Madre beverage director Maxwell Reis jokes. “We’re on the street where celebrities go if they want paparazzi to see them. People are camping out at a two-top in the patio trying to spot famous people. It’s hilarious.”

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Jackson Hole Isn’t Just for Skiing—It’s for Sloshies Too

One visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming is all it takes to discover that “sloshie” is a state of mind. The valley is filled with mountain peaks, ski resorts, rivers, wildlife, parks, and a tiny Western town with a big personality—and home to arguably the wo…

One visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming is all it takes to discover that “sloshie” is a state of mind. The valley is filled with mountain peaks, ski resorts, rivers, wildlife, parks, and a tiny Western town with a big personality—and home to arguably the world’s most exceptional frozen beverage. While it appears to be a fruity, colorful concoction housed in a slushie machine at countless spots around the valley, it isn’t the average, barely boozy, watered-down drink associated with all-inclusive resorts and beach bars. As the name implies, it’ll get you sloshed. I learned that the hard way, many years ago, when I gulped down two sloshies in one sitting before hopping on a raft to float down the Snake River.

The sloshie was conceptualized in 2012 at Creekside Market— they filled a drink machine with freshly squeezed grapefruit juices and a sizable amount of vodka. From there, “The Hound” was born and locals still frequent this spot for a cold, tangy, frozen drink to pair with whatever outdoor adventure they’re up to. Until 2002, you could legally drink while driving in Wyoming (for passengers, until 2007), meaning locals were already accustomed to having a cold one in tow.

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The Magic of Miami’s Modern Daiquiri

Along South Beach’s signature, neon-clad streets, neighboring sidewalk cafes peddle menus to tourists hoping they’ll stop and sit. Frozen daiquiris in varying pastel shades dot the tables. Some are served in large glass goblets, while others skip the g…

Along South Beach’s signature, neon-clad streets, neighboring sidewalk cafes peddle menus to tourists hoping they’ll stop and sit. Frozen daiquiris in varying pastel shades dot the tables. Some are served in large glass goblets, while others skip the glassware altogether and pour the pre-prepared cocktail directly from the machine into flimsy plastic cups dominated by an oversized straw.

Perhaps it’s Miami’s party-heavy vacation reputation coupled with the south Florida humidity and heat that have made the frozen daiquiri a signature cocktail here. Despite Cuba being the birthplace of the daiquiri clásico—a three-ingredient drink that’s been called the “granddaddy of rum cocktails”—it’s been outshined by the sugary slushy in the century since.

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Rocket Fuel Is Fire Island’s Signature Cocktail

Few things delight me as much as discovering a new place through local drinks. As a tri-state native, my parents took me to Fire Island a few times as a child and I’ve spent a handful of debauched gay weekends there as an adult. Despite more than a pas…

Few things delight me as much as discovering a new place through local drinks. As a tri-state native, my parents took me to Fire Island a few times as a child and I’ve spent a handful of debauched gay weekends there as an adult. Despite more than a passing familiarity with this part of the world, I was surprised to learn that Fire Island has its very own signature cocktail: The Rocket Fuel.

It can vary, but at its core, the Rocket Fuel is a blended drink made from amaretto liqueur, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and high-proof dark rum, which is, of course, floated over the top. Think of a slightly nutty Piña Colada and you’re close to what a Rocket Fuel tastes like.

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Skip the Hurricane—Frozen Irish Coffee Is a New Orleans Staple Worth Sipping

If you ever find yourself in New Orleans’ French Quarter, perched on a stool inside Molly’s at the Market, a frozen Irish Coffee sloshing in your gut and feeling that kind of inner glow that translates to “Man, I wish I could stay here forever,” you wo…

If you ever find yourself in New Orleans’ French Quarter, perched on a stool inside Molly's at the Market, a frozen Irish Coffee sloshing in your gut and feeling that kind of inner glow that translates to "Man, I wish I could stay here forever," you would not be the first.

In fact, you'd be next in a long line of bar patrons, many of whom have had that exact wish granted while seated inside. As its name implies, Molly’s sits on Decatur Street near the French Market, and on busy days, customers can either head inside the doors or be served sidewalk-side from a window facing the street. But inside, behind the bar, urns contain the remains of longtime customers (yes, you read that right); they’re interspersed between top-shelf liquors, dangling patches, and baseball caps from first responders, years-old photos of patrons and bartenders, drawings, and satirical bumper stickers.

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How to Improvise a Cocktail, Rick Martinez Style

Whether he’s pairing coconut shrimp with a pineapple-habanero salsa or drizzling fried chicken with hot honey, Resident Rick Martinez is all about sweet heat—after all, that is the name of his show. In the latest episode, our host faces a somewhat daun…

Whether he’s pairing coconut shrimp with a pineapple-habanero salsa or drizzling fried chicken with hot honey, Resident Rick Martinez is all about sweet heat—after all, that is the name of his show. In the latest episode, our host faces a somewhat daunting task: Using ingredients from the local market, Martinez must improvise three spicy summer drinks. To complicate things even further? He has to make them in the comfort of his sparsely equipped AirBnB—meaning no fancy barware or tools allowed.

So, how did the Mi Cocina author approach this on-the-fly assignment? “One of my favorite ways to cook is to go to the market and let the market tell me what it wants me to make,” he explains in the video. “I don’t want to follow a recipe to make a drink.”

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Rose Sangria

Summer in France means a lot of things in France. En masse vacations, a blissfully empty Paris, price increases (which happen during August, when everyone is out of town – of course), and vide-greniers and brocantes, known elsewhere as flea markets, where people sell all kinds of things. If you’re lucky enough to take a trip to the countryside, the brocantes are amazing. But some…

rose sangria recipe

Summer in France means a lot of things in France. En masse vacations, a blissfully empty Paris, price increases (which happen during August, when everyone is out of town – of course), and vide-greniers and brocantes, known elsewhere as flea markets, where people sell all kinds of things. If you’re lucky enough to take a trip to the countryside, the brocantes are amazing. But some small towns in France also have little antique shops that are always worth poking around in. And when your other half has a station wagon, well, the possibilities are endless. (And sometimes voluminous!)

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12 Summery 4th of July Cocktails

We’ve all been there—it’s the 4th of July and you’re out in the sweltering heat in a full-body state of sticky. all you want is the first sip of a cold cocktail and a blast of A.C. While you probably have a cooler filled with cans of beer and hard se…

We’ve all been there—it’s the 4th of July and you’re out in the sweltering heat in a full-body state of sticky. all you want is the first sip of a cold cocktail and a blast of A.C. While you probably have a cooler filled with cans of beer and hard seltzer at your July 4th festivities, sometimes an easy, but ever-so-slightly-put-together cocktail makes the holiday feel a little fancier.

In between sips of margaritas and micheladas, swap in a big glass of ice water or sip on a lower-ABV drink. Read on for 12 delicious and firework-worthy cocktails to sip all-day this 4th of July.

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Rhubarb Gin Sour Cocktail

This rhubarb gin sour is a delicious cocktail to make when you’ve got lots of rhubarb on your hands! (if you have a rhubarb plant, you’ll know what I mean). We first make a rhubarb ‘syrup’ which is more of a puree, really. The r…

This rhubarb gin sour is a delicious cocktail to make when you’ve got lots of rhubarb on your hands! (if you have a rhubarb plant, you’ll know what I mean). We first make a rhubarb ‘syrup’ which is more of a puree, really. The rhubarb softens really quickly when heated with the water and sugar …

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