Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Cocktails Week 2015

It's Memorial Day! The unofficial start of summer is as good as time as any to start thinking about what you want to drink this summer. Something icy and sweet? Something classic? Something new and interesting? I've got it all this week.

I'm starting the week with a few rounds of what is possibly my favorite cocktail, the margarita. I've got recipes for frozen versions--a simple, classic version I like to make at the beach and a smoky-sweet version from noted mixologist Dave Arnold from his book Liquid Intelligence. I also feature a pear margarita made with smoky mezcal.

Tomorrow, I'm heading to the islands--metaphorically, unfortunately--for a breezy summer escape via the Mai Tai, a classic tiki cocktail, and the Dark 'n' Stormy, the national drink of Bermuda. Wednesday, I'll have a couple of other classic drinks (Negroni and Vieux Carré). Thursday, I get a little experimental with the Green Tea and Cucumber Gimlet, which makes the classic gin/lime drink even more summery.

Today also launches a three-part series on stocking your home bar. I'm starting with an overview of barware and glassware. The series will continue later this week with bottles and books. Also, I'll take a look at the growing market for online liquor delivery with a closer look at BeerRightNow.

Sit back, pour a drink and enjoy. Cheers!


Frozen Margaritas

Smoky Pear Margarita

Stocking Your Bar: Equipment and Glassware

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