Isla Bonita Punch from Serious Eats
The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix up a pineapple cocktail or to to conjure memories of sunshine. Here are a few to try:
Fever Pitch ~ Cachaca, basil and Green Chartruese combine with pineapple for an herbacious cocktail that’s topped with a nice egg white foam and dash of celery bitters.
Low Calorie Piña Colada ~ A regular Piña Colada has more than enough calories to make it a meal. This lighter version lets you enjoy the flavor and experience without feeling like you have to skip dinner.
Mulled Pineapple Cocktail ~ Who says pineapple cocktails are only for summer weather? This warm, spiced cocktail claims both winter and pineapple proudly.
Isla Bonita Punch ~ A fizzy, vanilla-laced pineapple punch is just what your winter party needs …. right?
Algonquin Redux ~ Rye whiskey, pineapple, Dolin Blanc vermouth and bitters make for a sophisticated cocktail that blends a classic flavor profile with a little pineapple magic.
Honey Tangerine Smash from Food Fanatic
The weather may be gray, but your cocktails can look (and taste) bright — thanks to tangerines! Tangerines are in season, so go get some and put them in your cocktail tonight. Here are a few to try:
Tangerita ~ Using another citrus in your Margarita is a fresh new twist on an old classic. It’s a little bit sweeter without going into “too sweet” territory.
Chamomile and Tangerine Sparkling Cocktail ~ Add sparkling wine to a make-ahead concoction of chamomile-tangerine syrup, gin and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a fun picnic cocktail.
Rosemary Tangerine Cooler ~ Heating the sugar, rosemary and tangerine in a skillet or on a griddle before muddling with rum gives a deeper flavor to this deceptively simple cocktail.
Tangerine Gimlet ~ This recipe doesn’t merely swap in tangerine juice for the usual lime. With two kinds of bitters, mezcal on top of the traditional gin and a little ancho chile heat, it’s a sunny drink for a rainy day.
Honey Tangerine Smash ~ Get some bourbon and smash up some tangerines in it! Easy, fun and delicious.
It’s getting cold! So it’s time to get cozy with a hot toddy. Here are some fun variations on the basic hot toddy to warm you up from now through winter.
Gingerbread Hot Toddy ~ This warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The gingerbread syrup would make a great latte too.
Honey-Bourbon Toddy ~ Honey, bourbon and cinnamon are the perfect ingredients to sip by the fire this fall.
Chit-Cha Toddy ~ Oolong tea joins forces with rye whiskey and ginger liqueur to keep the cold (or a cold) away.
Cider and Tequila Hot Toddy ~ This fruity twist on the toddy is great for people who don’t like whiskey (or who do and also like tequila).
Pumpkin Toddy ~ Pumpkin and maple syrup along with apple brandy and rye make a seasonal hot cocktail you can’t resist.
The Concord Crush from Will Cook for Friends
Grapes usually make their way into our cocktails through wine, Pisco, vodka or other grape-based alcohols. But the fruit itself is full of flavor. And it’s grape season. Take that grape and smash it, juice it or infuse with it!
Here are a few grape cocktails to try.
Napa Valley Mojito ~ Grapes and sparkling wine are the perfect pair in this brunch cocktail (that you can drink any time).
Green Grape Pisco Sour ~ The Pisco Sour is rich, light and airy all at the same time. Adding grapes adds more flavor while keeping the luxurious feel.
Grapes of Wrath ~ Concord grapes, mezcal and sherry take the lead — with help from Barolo Chinato, a spiced fortified red wine that enhances the drink’s graped-up flavor.
Concord Crush ~ A grapey Gimlet with a splash of elderflower liqueur. Ooh, la la!
Grape Negroni ~ Grape-infused vermouth is an ingenious way to add the flavor of Concord grapes to this Negroni-inspired cocktail.
Blueberry Whiskey Buck from Vintage Kitty
I always have blueberries in the fridge or freezer. They’re great for a snack, so why not for a cocktail? Blueberries pair well with many herbs, spices and liquors — which makes them perfect for the cocktail shaker and muddler.
Low-Calorie Blueberry Tarragon Cocktail ~ Fresh blueberries are a great balance of tart and sweet, with tarragon adding a complexity that makes it taste like you added some fancy liqueur to the mix without adding calories.
Blueberry Mint Julep Spritzer ~ All those words sound like deliciousness to me! It’s still warm out and this is a great way to stay cool while enjoying a cocktail.
Blueberry Whiskey Buck ~ Ginger beer and blueberries are a surprisingly fun combination in this any-time drink.
Blueberry Ginger Bellini ~ Add champagne to the great flavor mix of blueberry and ginger and you’re all set for brunch.
Blueberry Gin Sour ~ A silky egg-white foam is the perfect complement to a classic sour that’s souped up with berries.