Handcrafted Cocktails

By Bonnie Rush | Handmade and homegrown drinks

Pomegranate Aperitif

Saba is wine-grape juice that’s been reduced until syrupy and concentrated. If you can’t find it, use a few drops of aged balsamic vinegar.<p>Ingredients<p>6 Servings<p>1 cup pomegranate juice<br>• 2 tablespoons saba<br>• 2 cups Lillet Blanc<br>• 4 dashes celery bitters<br>• Club soda<p>Preparation<p>Whisk pomegranate juice and saba in …

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Agricole-Guava Cooler

<i>Rhum agricole</i> has a grassy flavor that's delicious in this cocktail from San Francisco's rum-loving Smuggler's Cove.<p>Servings: Makes 1 drink<p>Related …

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Make the lavender syrup<p>Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar …

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Make a Martini Like a Pro With Audrey Saunders

</head><i>This is Cook Like a Pro, in which experts share tips, tricks, and techniques that elevate a good dish to an unforgettable one.</i><p>The Pro > Audrey Saunders<p>Owner / Pegu Club / New York City<p>The hardest things to master are often the simplest. Take the martini. Put gin and vermouth in a glass and …

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Yum, We Love . . . Mint Juleps!

I went up the street to the local produce market yesterday to pickup a little fresh mint. And by a little I mean, my hand-basket was overflowing. In …

Lemon Thyme-Peach Lemonade

• In a large pitcher combine the sugar and lemon thyme sprigs; muddle with a wooden spoon. Add water, lemon juice, and peach nectar. Stir until sugar …

Mumbai Mules {with Coriander, Cumin and Saffron} • The Bojon Gourmet

<i>An unconventional take on the Moscow Mule, this savory-sweet, vodka-based cocktail gets a kick from toasted coriander, cumin, cardamom, and saffron</i> …

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February is a time for soft romance and the anticipation of spring, so for this month’s inspiration board and signature cocktail, I wanted to keep …

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar.

Please pretend this is a Jem valentine.I think I say this every year, but it’s only because I think of it every year. If I had to be in first or …

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Mixology Monday: A Winter Pear Cocktail

Halloween was skipped this year. Not on purpose, but Christopher and I found ourselves on a flight crossing coasts on the 31st. By the time we landed …

Easy Christmas-Brunch Cocktail: Blood Orange “Pomosas”

Written by Kelli Hall<p>What’s the last thing I want to do on Christmas morning? Cook up a complicated brunch for our family drop-ins. My solution: easy …

Make It in a Mug: The Pear Moscow Mule

Is it just us, or is everything just a little bit better when served in a mug? From soup to nuts, from cocoa to cocktails, we’re snubbing the …

Spicy Orange-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Ours was good. It was easy and fun. I made this Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust and it was SO GOOD and much …

Red Nose Punch

Beer and bourbon make for fast friends in this tart and tangy festive punch, delicately spiced with cinnamon-infused simple syrup.<p>makes ABOUT 3 QUARTS<p>…

South Side

Ingredients<p>makes 1 Servings<p>8 fresh mint leaves, slapped<br>• 3 oz. dry gin<br>• 1½ oz. fresh lemon juice<br>• ¾ oz. simple syrup<br>• Club soda<br>• Lemon peel<p>Preparation<p>Combine mint, gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a highball glass. Fill glass with ice, then top off with club soda. Garnish with lemon peel.<p><b>Recipe by</b> Andrew …

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Saint-Florent Cocktail

An easy-drinking aperitif made slightly more potent with the addition of gin.<p>Ingredients<p>8 Servings<p>honey syrup<p>¼ cup clover honey<p>assembly<p>1½ cups gin<br>• ¾ cup fresh lime juice<br>• ½ cup Aperol or Cappelletti<br>• Angostura bitters<br>• Champagne or sparkling wine<br>• 8 lime wheels<p>Preparation<p>honey syrup<p>Combine honey and 2 Tbsp. …

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Three): The Poisoned Apple

Written by Kelli Hall<p><i>With Apples, Tequila, and Pomegranates</i><p>If pressed to pick my poison, tequila is always my drink of choice. This potent potion …

Horse's Neck

Though ginger has been consumed for millennia, ginger beer dates to 1700s England, when the root was fermented to make a mildly alcoholic drink. Most …

Kentucky Buck

"Bucks" are a family of drinks that consist of ginger beer plus a spirit and citrus—a category that includes this fruity refresher as well as the …

Apple Daisy

Today's mixologists, with their muttonchops and handlebars, have a historical influence: the Victorian male. These guys took their mustaches …

Adonis

When mixing cocktails, sommeliers reach for aromatized wines (infused with herbs) like vermouth. "I love the Adonis cocktail, but I also love Dolin …

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Wine Spritzer

A good rule of thumb, regardless of batch size, is three parts wine to one part club soda.<p>Ingredients<p>Makes 1 Servings<p>3 oz. aromatic white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Gewürztraminer)<br>• 1 oz. club soda<br>• dash of orange or lemon bitters<br>• 1 Orange or lemon twist<p>Preparation<p>Pour wine into a …

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The Best Bloody Mary

This is the best Bloody Mary recipe because you make your own mix (which means you can customize it to your heart's content). And hey, don't forget the Guinness.<p>Ingredients<p>Makes 12 Servings<p>1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped<br>• 1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely chopped<br>• 1 large golden beet, …

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Cranberry Rum Punch

“This makes you feel like you’re on vacation no matter where you are.” —Alison Roman, senior associate food editor<p>Ingredients<p>6 Servings<p>2 cups fresh cranberries<br>• ½ cup sugar<br>• 1 cup white rum<br>• ½ cup fresh lime juice<br>• Mint sprigs (for serving)<p>Preparation<p>Bring cranberries, sugar, and 2 cups water to a boil in …

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BLACKBERRY RUM FIZZ RECIPE

The end of summer means saying goodbye to the season’s darkest and most flavorful berry. And, there’s no better way to say goodbye to something than …

Sexy Fig and Lemon Fizz

Peach Sangria with Elderflower

On a hot summer eve, what could be more refreshing than an icy glass of Peach Sangria. This has been my saving grace, perking me up, after days of …

Pineapple Mojitos

Chef Jose Enrique’s family comes from Cuba, where they were famous for their pineapple soda—it was once the country’s most popular soft drink after …

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