“This clarified milk punch is a bit of a bear to produce, but it’s worth the work!” promises bartender Chad Arnholt. While citrus juice is typically added to warm milk to make it curdle, Arnholt uses chopped kiwi, which is also high in acid. He then strains out the curds, leaving behind a wonderfully rich and luscious golden drink. Slideshow: Party PunchesRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
A shandy meets a gin sour in this fragrant aperitif from L.A. bartender Tina Ross. For the white ale stirred in at the end, she recommends one with orange and coriander flavors such as Avery White Rascal or Blanche de Bruxelles. Slideshow: Aperitif RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
It’s time to break out the gin! These delicious and refreshing gin cocktails are made for summer and feature light and fresh ingredients like citrus, jasmine and cranberry. From gimlets to martinis to mojitos, these crisp gin drinks are perfect for your summer party or sipping pool-side.
3 DIY Gifts for Cocktail-Lovers
New York City mixologist and cocktail book author Greg Seider makes most of his bitters, syrups and infusions from scratch. Here, three easy recipes for cocktail ingredients that you can bottle up as gifts for the cocktail lovers in your life.
Any gin enthusiast should have a firm grasp on the classics, and it doesn’t cost much to educate yourself on the distinguished English gins that bartenders have revered for decades.
The original, 1916 Aviation included crème de violette, a violet-flavored liqueur that tinted the drink a pale sky blue (hence the cocktail’s name, some say). Later, the liqueur became impossible to find in the US, and a version without it became the standard. Ironically, at least three new brands of the liqueur have launched within the last decade. Slideshow: Classic CocktailsRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
How to Taste 50 Gins
© Antonis AchilleosTasting 30 or 40 wines in the course of an afternoon is no big deal for me anymore, but when faced with tasting 50 gins (for “An American Gin Renaissance” in the November issue), I had to take my time. I found that at most, I could taste about six different gins in one sitting—the alcohol was too strong, the juniper too palate-walloping. Read more >
The Best-Ever Gin and Tonic
Prime Meats © Simon WatsonLike many people, I used to think that a gin and tonic was one of the world’s most simple and refreshing drinks, consisting of two ingredients: gin…and tonic. OK, maybe a third ingredient, too: a lime wedge. Although there’s certainly a beauty in such simplicity, I have recently learned that I was being way too closed-minded about one of my favorite drinks. In fact, by making this beverage infinitely more complicated, it can attain supreme excellence. Read more >