DIY Cocktails

How to Make Flavored Syrup

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Flavored syrups are a simple way to add flair to your cocktails. But you don’t need the store-bought variety. You can take your favorite fruit, herbs and even vegetables and turn them into a cocktail syrup. It’s as easy as boiling water! And who says the syrup is just for cocktails? Mix it with club soda or sparkling water for an easy homemade soda.

Here is the basic formula and instructions:

Ingredients

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Delft Blue

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It’s Mixology Monday time again, and this month we are hosted by Adventures In Cocktails with the theme – “Niche Spirits”. So that means no basics: no vodka, tequila, gin, rum, brandy or whiskey.

We said, “Hey, how about a nice Genever Cocktail from our new book – DIY Cocktails?”

Genever, AKA “Holland Gin”, is the Dutch predecessor from which the more ubiquitous “London Dry” gin evolved.

Ingredients:
2 parts Bols Genever
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American Dad

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If your Dad is a fan of classic whiskey cocktails, this new creation with a strong, traditional flavor may be the one to mix him for Father’s Day.

Using the ratio for a Manhattan as inspiration, I started with a rye base and played with the sweet/dry balance that the vermouth usually offers. Amer is a French aperitif with flavors of bitter orange and gentian root. (AMERican Dad, get it? Ha?) Dry vermouth is often … Read more

Father’s Day Food & Drink recipes

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Celebrate Father’s Day by eating and drinking … with Dad, of course!

Here are some recommendations for food and drink to help you say, “Thanks for being my Dad!” After all, he doesn’t need another tie or coffee mug.

Cocktails

    Manhattan or Martini — Traditional, strong and the best! If that sounds like your father, one of these may be the drink for him. Garnish with easy homemade cocktail cherries!
    Blood & Sand

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7 Gifts To Make Dad Glad He Had You

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Hopefully dad appreciates you just the way you are, but these items can’t hurt in helping him love you just a little bit more …

Highland Park 50

With only 275 bottles produced, this prestigious edition is set to become an exclusive collectors’ item.

Bottled at 44.8% ABV, Highland Park 50 Years Old is a vatting of five refill oak casks distilled in 1960.  This higher proof brings out richness of this special whisky.

Each … Read more

Grapefruit-Rosemary Mojito

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It’s grilling weather where I am, so I was looking for something I could sip on the deck while cooking over the coals. The rosemary bush in my yard and the giant red grapefruits I bought at Whole Foods called to me, so I put them together in a variation on one of my absolute favorite warm-weather concoctions: the Mojito.

I ran out of sugar to make simple syrup, so for my second one I … Read more

Lemon Lavender Cocktail

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This light and refreshing drink is perfect for weddings, garden parties … or any time you want to toast something beautiful. My latest creation is a champagne cocktail made with limoncello, gin, a hint of lavender and, of course, champagne.

It’s a subtle cocktail that will please lots of different tastes.

If you want a more pronounced lavender flavor and aroma in the drink, after you muddle the flowers with the lemon and limoncello, leave … Read more

La Estrella

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This is the time of year before summer  gives us the kind of good weather that makes for lazy afternoons on the deck or at a backyard barbecue. For laid-back sipping, I like this refreshing and light cocktail that’s like margarita’s mellow cousin.

I used the beautiful Rio Star red grapefruits that are available right now, along with fresh lime, mint, tequila and triple sec. Estrella means star in Spanish, so I gave the drink … Read more

Strawberry Pisco Sour

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When Pisco Portón sent me a bottle of its spirit, the first thing that sprung to mind was, “It’s Pisco Sour time!” As I reached for the simple syrup in the fridge, right next to it, I saw a jar of strawberry syrup I made. That gave me an idea.

The floral and light fruit notes in the pisco seemed like a natural match for strawberry. In keeping with the light spring tone of the … Read more

How to Make Cocktail Foam

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If you want to get fancy, cocktail foam is a fun way to add another layer of flavor and texture to your cocktail. Jamie Boudreau shows you how to do it in this video, with a recipe for the Mexican Cloud topped with elderflower and lemon foam.

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