Watch Cooking Channel

Archive for the ‘Cocktails and Mixed Drinks’ Category

Thirsty Thursday: Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita for National Margarita Day

As the Olympics draw to a close and we honor our nation’s athletes, let’s not forget to celebrate another important national event; that is, National Margarita Day. Pull out the tequila and get mixing, because February 22 marks a national holiday that pays tribute to our favorite frosty cocktail.

Celebrate the coveted mixture of tequila and triple sec by whipping up this seasonal and spicy Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita. Since citrus is in season, ruby red grapefruit makes a wonderful partner with smoky chipotle powder. In a cocktail shaker, mix grapefruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur and a pinch of chipotle powder for a stunning orange hue. Shake with ice, and pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with chipotle salt and a grapefruit garnish. This cocktail is sure to get your margarita celebrations off to a good start!

Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita for National Margarita Day

Thirsty Thursday: Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Want to enjoy a decadent dessert on Valentine’s Day without all the fuss of whipping up a cake? Now you can have your cake and drink it too with this Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail. Fall in love with this clever dessert cocktail that color-coordinates with the holiday. And since anything chocolate is a must on V-Day, this chocolatey beverage is ideal whether you’re in love or just want an alcoholic way to consume red velvet cake.

Chocolate liqueur, vodka, tangy buttermilk and chocolate sauce are shaken over ice and poured into a cocktail glass rimmed with frosting. Nothing quite says Valentine’s Day like this boozed-up dessert in a glass.

Bottoms up, folks.

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Red Velvet Cupcake Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

Thirsty Thursday: A Cocktail for Snow Days

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Who said snow days can’t be fun for adults too? When you’re stuck inside from inclement weather, there’s really no better time for this Rum Hot Toddy. A warm cocktail in hand can turn a freezing-cold day into a comforting and toasty afternoon. It’s all about perspective (and booze), really.

A toddy is the perfect cold-weather beverage, and for centuries this classic cocktail has been a folk remedy for the sniffles, the flu and winter blues. While normally made with whiskey or bourbon, this version is made with rum. Simply infuse hot water and rum with lemon, honey and cinnamon for a soothing and restorative pick-me-up that is sure to keep you warm on snowy days.

Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: A Cocktail for Snow Days

Thirsty Thursday: A Beerly Legal Cocktail for the Super Bowl

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Super Bowl weekend is upon us, which means this weekend is all about this team vs. that team, crazy commercials, halftime shows and yadda yadda yadda. We get it. The Super Bowl is a pretty big deal when it comes to American entertainment. But Game Day also means it’s time to throw on a pot of chili, make some football-shaped foods and slug back a few (or more) beers!

Kick off your party with a Beerly Legal Cocktail that’s simple to prepare for a crowd and refreshing enough to quench your thirst after all those finger foods. This beer-based cocktail is a simple mixture of tangerine juice, an orange aperitif and your favorite brew. For this year’s Super Bowl showdown, don’t let the drinks be an afterthought. Mix up this football-friendly cocktail.

Thirsty Thursday: Spicy Bloody Bull Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Whether it’s hot wings or spicy chili, you can’t go wrong with zesty, sinus-clearing foods for the Super Bowl. Add some zippy, homemade cocktails to your Big Game spread this year as well. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the halftime entertainment, it only seems fitting to make a Bloody Bull Cocktail, a beer-based beverage topped with a spicy, red-hot tomato juice.

To begin, whirl tomato juice, jalapeno, horseradish, lemon juice and garlic together in a blender. Then rim pre-chilled glasses with a toasted fennel spice rub, and pour your favorite beer into each glass. Top with the spicy tomato mixture and stir.

This zesty, jalapeno-kissed beverage may pack a punch, but it goes down easy.

Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Spicy Bloody Bull Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday: #tbt with an Old Fashioned Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

This Thursday we are throwing back (#tbt) to a classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, a perennial classic dating back to the 1880s. And it’s no wonder this recipe has stood the test of time ,with it’s ideal blend of sweet, aromatic and smoky flavors coming together in one smooth sip.

Start by muddling an orange slice with a maraschino cherry, a dash of Angostura bitters and a sprinkle of sugar in a glass to break up the cherry and fully release the oils in the orange slice. Add bourbon, and then finish with a splash of soda water to mellow the bite of the bourbon. Serve this ever-classy cocktail on the rocks for a chilled beverage that will elevate any evening.

Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: #tbt with an Old Fashioned Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday: Wine Fruit Spritzers

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

We might need to detox from all the rich holiday food, but who says we can’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions and also enjoy a cocktail with a weekend winter brunch? After all, winter is full of seasonal fruits, so it’s time to start using fresh juices to brighten things up and give us a break from heavy winter meals.

These Wine Fruit Spritzers will give you a chance to mix and match wine with fruit juices and tasty, seasonal garnishes. Start with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and pair with your juice of choice, such as pink grapefruit, blood orange or pomegranate. Top this tipple with club soda to soften the sweetness, and garnish with fresh fruit. It’s an entirely refreshing brunch beverage that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Bottoms up, folks.

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Wine Fruit Spritzers

Thirsty Thursday: Choco Mocha Mint Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

‘Tis the season for a warm chocolatey drink spiked with some Christmas spirit! The holidays (and all those ugly-sweater Christmas parties) really wouldn’t be complete without some festive libations. So put on your puffy-painted sweater and join in the reindeer games by whipping up this Choco Mocha Mint Cocktail. Think of it as Irish coffee’s holly-jolly cousin.

Chocolate liqueur and peppermint schnapps add a touch of sweetness to this warming coffee-based cocktail. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and adorn with crushed candy canes or a fresh mint leaf for the perfect festive touch.

Here’s to some holiday cheer! Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Choco Mocha Mint Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday: Gin and Cranberry Sauced

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Let’s talk about cranberry sauce for a moment. It’s the wonderful sauce that anoints turkey. It’s the ruby-hued, sweet relish that adds texture, color and diversity to the holiday plate. It’s an excuse to have a little something sweet for dinner. For those who could consume a bowl of cranberry sauce like it’s a bowl of cereal, here’s a boozy way to get your fix.

For this Gin and Cranberry Sauced cocktail, add gin, lime juice, bitters and, of course, some cranberry sauce to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float a sprig of rosemary on top, and the opulent fragrance will make you think of Christmas. It’s hard to go wrong with these well-balanced sweet, tart and herbal flavors.

Bottoms up, folks!

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Gin and Cranberry Sauced

Thirsty Thursday: Candy Cane Martini

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

It’s time to embrace the holiday “spirit” as our calendars count down the days until Christmas. Celebratory and decadent cocktails are the hallmark of a good holiday party, so put down that ‘nog and whip up a unique wintry concoction that will light up Rudolph’s red nose.

This Candy Cane Martini is a sweet and refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh ginger and mint leaves, and it is the perfect, festive way to kick off the holiday season. The crushed peppermint candy that rims the chilled glasses puts the final, Christmasy touch on this winter wonderland cocktail.

Here’s to some holiday cheer! Bottoms up, folks.

Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Candy Cane Martini

c