Tangerine Cocktails

Honey Tangerine Smash from Food Fanatic

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.

Hot Toddy Recipes

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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.

Grape Cocktails

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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 Cocktails

Blueberry Whiskey Buck 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.

Flaming Punches

Volcano Bowl Flaming Cocktail

Volcano Bowl Cocktail from Kitchen Riffs

Setting things on fire is a sure way to make sure your party is memorable. These flaming punches are fun to look at as well as fun to drink. The recipes may be elaborate, but they’re also damn impressive. Oh, and be safe and blah blah blah I am not liable for anything you do blah blah. Now on to the fun recipes for setting your booze on fire!

Flaming Skull Punch ~ The classic tiki combination of fruit, spice gets a boost from amaro, an ingredient not usually found in tiki drinks. (Fire and tiki are BFFs, however.)

Flaming Brandy Punch ~ Brandy, wine, citrus and spices just taste better after they’ve been set on fire.

Volcano Bowl ~ This three-rum tiki punch with grapefruit and maple syrup comes from Beachbum Berry so you know it has to be good.

Black Barrel Rum Punch ~ Drink like a pirate! In this case, pirates added maraschino liqueur, citrus and tea to their rum and then torched it. Sounds right to me!