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A No-Heat, No-Filter Technique for Making Cocktail Syrups

So you've decided to try your hand at stirring up a few classic cocktails at home. Maybe you started with the Manhattan—a drink that requires only three ingredients, all simply dispensed from shelf-stable(ish) bottles. Then you probably moved on to sours and started juicing fresh citrus. But you're …

Make Meyer Lemon Bitters This Weekend

It may be twisting the knife to say so when half the country is trapped under ice, but here in Southern California we have a certain problem when February rolls around. It's the peak of citrus season. We're simply buried right now.<p>This might seem like less of a problem than, say, getting snowed in …

Jim Meehan's Tips for Developing New Cocktails

Jim Meehan opened <b>PDT</b>—the secret/famous cocktail lounge accessed through a phone booth in the East Village's Crif Dogs—in 2007. Since then, we've loved his drinks and his work on Food & Wine's annual cocktail guide. His <i>PDT Cocktail Book</i> is one of our home bar essentials. Meehan is schooled in …

Three Smoky Cocktails

It's been said that where there's smoke, there's fire. In the winter months, that adage and the sentiment it carries can turn an average cocktail into a warmer, fuller libation and offer a toasty fireside nostalgia. Some spirits, such as mezcal and scotch, already provide a smokiness, but those …

Scotch Whisky

The Brooklyn Cocktail Recipe

The Brooklyn may be less well-known that its neighbor, but it's equally delicious. The maraschino liqueur (we recommend Luxardo) adds a rich sweetness, which compensates for the fact that dry rather than sweet vermouth is used. Amer Picon is difficult to find in the United States, but an Italian …

3 Do-Ahead Pitcher Cocktails, Perfect for a Dinner Party

Make these 3 cocktails—Sazerac, Autumn Gin Sour, and the Evening in Kingston—by the batch to serve at your next dinner party<p>There’s nothing sadder than a host so busy muddling and shaking drinks that he misses his own party. Fortunately, there’s a solution: complex potables prepared in batches. “Do …

New Orleans

The Best Cocktail Books: Bartenders Pick Their Favorites

Welcome to the <b>Eater Library</b>, a new column in which Eater gets experts in their field to recommend the best guides to their craft. First up, in honor of <b>Cocktail Week</b>, bartenders discuss their favorite cocktail references. Some are traditional cocktail books — Gary Regan's <b>Joy of Mixology</b>, for example …

The Serious Eats Guide to Absinthe

More Spirit Guides<p>Guide to Tequila »<br>Guide to Mezcal »<br>Guide to Rum »<br>Guide to Cachaça »<br>Guide to Bourbon »<br>Guide to Tennessee Whiskey »<br>Guide to Single Malt Scotch »<p>There are so many misconceptions surrounding absinthe, and it's time to set the story straight. Today, I'll discuss some history and clear …

9 Easily Confused Cocktail Terms You Should Know

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a spirit and a liqueur? What on earth is a cordial? And why is that bartender over there so precious that he has to call his Manhattan perfect, anyway?<p>The world of cocktails and spirits has many terms that are so common, people often use them …

Cocktail Science: 8 Tips and Tricks For Getting the Most Out of Citrus

It wasn't that long ago that bartenders would reach for a suspect-looking bottle of store-bought lemon juice or sour mix any time a cocktail calling for citrus was ordered. The recent cocktail renaissance has brought back a much-needed appreciation for fresh juices.<p>But to really capture the complex …

How to Make (and Use) Apricot Liqueur at Home

After coming across many classic cocktail recipes calling for apricot brandy or apricot liqueur—and feeling underwhelmed by the most widely available retail options—I set out to make my own. My first instinct, especially at this time of year when apricots are coming into season, was to cover some …

Scotch Glossary: 10 Terms You Should Know

It's time for another entry in our cocktail-glossary series. Today, I'll be clearing up some terms related to Scotch whisky production. Having trouble remembering the difference between single-malts and blended Scotches? Not sure what so singular about single malts in the first place? Today's your …

Distillation Glossary: Pots, Columns, and a Bucket of Tails

Today we're continuing our cocktail glossary series with a look at some of the terms used in distillation, focusing on a set of basic terms used to describe the act of distillation and the two types of stills used to make virtually ever spirit available on the market. Not certain what the …

8 Great Cocktail Blogs You Should Read Now

You wouldn't know it from looking at my cocktail blog, A Dash of Bitters, but I used to be a somewhat active cocktail blogger, and I've been in the blogging game for a long time, since 2006. (Well, that's a long time for a cocktail blog, anyway.) I've seen a lot of cocktail blogs come and go. I've …

Cocktail Science: Does Your Cocktail Need Salt?

Salt—it's not just for margaritas any more. Bartenders have long understood that a few drops of bitters go a long way toward 'rounding out' the rough edges of a drink, and now they've figured out that a tiny amount of salt can create the same magic. Today, we look at some of the hows and whys as we …

10 Lesser-Known Cocktails You Should Be Drinking

So you've been doing the cocktails-at-home thing for a while, and now it's time to stretch your legs a bit and try some new drinks. This week, I've gotcha covered with a collection of ten delicious historical cocktails that go beyond the basics—the Martinis, Daiquiris, Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, …

5 Cocktails to Make This Weekend

If you're planning on drinking outside this weekend, we recommend that you get your pitcher ready. Here are a few options for easy summer mixing, whether you're hosting a big crowd or just soaking up the sun with a friend or two.<p>Fresh Cantaloupe Margaritas<p>Sometimes it feels like berry season …

Ask a Bartender: What's One Drink We Should Be Making at Home?

On an average night, most of us don't have time for complicated syrups or infusions. But what simple cocktails <i>should</i> we be trying out? We asked our gang of bartenders what straightforward drinks they recommend. Here's what they had to say.<p>"Honestly, I think everyone at home should be making a damn …

Cocktails From a Low-Stocked Bar: A Guide to Substitutions

Oh man, it's been one of those days. Your computer isn't working correctly, but your IT guys doesn't want to help you. Your boss wants that important document fifteen minutes ago, but what can you do? Your mom is leaving passive-aggressive voicemails because you haven't called her in the last 24 …

5 Cocktails to Make This Weekend

We may have had a long weekend last weekend, but somehow that makes the week feel somewhat...longer, right? Luckily, it's Friday again and time to pull out the ice cube tray. What'll you fix yourself to drink this weekend? These five drinks will hit the spot, we promise.<p>Philly Smash<p>This cocktail, …

The Best Dive Bars in Seattle

More Seattle Drinking<p>Where Bartenders Drink in Seattle »<br>5 Great No-Frills Spots to Drink Beer in Seattle »<br>Where to Drink Cocktails in West Seattle »<br>Where to Drink on Seattle's 12th Avenue »<p>Seattle dive bar enthusiasts (or, as they might prefer to be known, "drinkers") recently received the …

A Guide to Defunct Cocktail Ingredients

More Cocktail 101<p>25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know »<br>The Serious Eats Guide to Absinthe »<br>Savory Cocktails in Theory and Practice »<br>A Buyer's Guide to Vintage Cocktail Books »<br>How to Make Cocktails for a Flask »<p>When you start looking through vintage cocktail books, one thing you'll quickly notice are …

What Else Can You Make with Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate?

Cold-brewed iced coffee has been all anybody wants to talk about (or, of course, drink) for the past few months, but now that we're heading into the colder weather, there's a hint of desperation in every glass of the stuff poured out: How much longer will we get to collectively hang on to …

Cocktail 101: How to Make Shrub Syrups

Whether raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, or gooseberry, berries seem to fly through our local market, gone before you even know to miss them. I decided last year to preserve them for my future pleasure.<p>Now, this ain't Home Canning 101, so there'll be no jams, jellies, or marmalades here. I'm a …

3 Good Drinks from Harry Craddock's 'The Savoy Cocktail Book'

Harry Craddock may be the only bartender ever immortalized by a wax statue in Madame Tussaud's, though he's not the only barkeep who deserves such an honor.<p>Craddock was born in England in 1875. As a young man, he moved to the United States. He worked in Cleveland and Chicago, before moving to New …

Cocktail Science: Simpler Simple Syrup

What could be simpler than simple syrup? Grab some sugar, add water, put it on the stove, and—<b>stop</b>. You've already gone to more trouble than you need to. Here's why.<p>Ready for the forehead slap?<p>Slap.<p><b>You don't have to heat simple syrup.</b> The science is simple, really. Sucrose (granulated sugar) …

5 Cocktails to Make This Weekend

If you feel like turning to brown spirits as the weather begins to chill, don't forget about aged tequilas and rums. These richer styles of our summer standards can be just the thing to warm the soul (and belly) when you've gotten a little bored with your regular fall tipples.<p>Decolletage<p>This drink …

5 Great Pomegranate Drinks to Make at Home

Pomegranate is one of the best cocktail ingredients we know, offering tartness and tang to balance a drink's sweetness, deep flavor that stands up to booze, and even a little tannic texture to make your drink more interesting. Here are five of our favorite pomegranate cocktail recipes—they're just …

A Better Whiskey Sour: How to Make Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Bourbon Renewal

Portland, Oregon's <b>Clyde Common</b> is home to the <b>Bourbon Renewal</b>. When we asked bar manager <b>Jeffrey Morgenthaler</b> to recommend a fall drink that was easily made at home, this was near the top of his list.<p>Made with bourbon, fresh lemon juice, crème de cassis, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters, …