On Sunday while your team is facing off in New Orleans (or perhaps waiting it out to try again next year), skip a pitcher of beer in favor of these classier cocktails. The Long Bar at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa passed along a few theme drinks to turn your party into an at-home cocktail smack down between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. So while you’re watching all the action go down in the Superdome, be sure to have a cocktail shaker on hand. Not a fan of either team? We too are equal opportunity cocktail drinkers, so sip away.
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The holiday season evokes longings for warm spices, whether in pumpkin pie or hot mulled cider. Turn your attention to a unique way to get your spice fix: Alie and Georgia’s 5-Spice on Ice cocktail uses a blend of freshly crushed cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and Sichuan peppercorns infused in a simple syrup. The cocktail also gets a kick of intricate flavors from spiced rum, Angostura bitters and a muddled kumquat. Finally the cocktail is topped with a splash of fernet, an aromatic spirit made from cardamom, chamomile and saffron. It all makes for a deeply spiced drink that will pique your taste buds.
Bottoms up, folks.
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What do you get when you stir together homemade pumpkin puree, sweet dark rum and a spicy caramel syrup? Pumpkin pie in a glass. Watch now:
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For those who are like me and could consume a bag of kettle corn in about two seconds, try this boozed-up, unconventional way to get your kettle corn fix.
This liquid gold from Alie and Georgia tastes just like the seductively buttery, salty caramel corn we crave. They start with bourbon, a corn-based whiskey, for a bit of smokiness, and then they add butterscotch schnapps and simple syrup infused with fresh kettle corn. To top it all off, a coupe glass is rimmed with a sugar and salt mixture to mimic the salty-sweet duo of kettle corn. Smoky, buttery, sweet and salty — it’s hard to go wrong with this perfect balance of flavors.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Starting October 17 at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel, Sandra Lee’s Taverns, Lounges & Clubs will take you into the coolest bars in America for one-of-a-kind cocktails. Among the neighborhood watering holes and elegant cocktail lounges featured on the show, Sandra visits Chicago’s chic tapas bar Tavernita and Barcito to score a behind-the-bar lesson from master mixologist Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros.
He shares the story (and recipe) of his amazing cocktail creation, the “One-Thumbed Gypsy”:
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Unless you’re from the country of Moldova (or know someone from there), chances are you don’t know exactly where it is on a map. This Eastern European nation lies tucked between Romania and Ukraine, where its picturesque countryside attracts visitors who come for its bucolic vibe — those who actually know its geographic location, that is. While many may know Moldova for its wine, this former Soviet republic also produces vodka, a remnant of being under Russian rule for almost two centuries. And Moldovan vodka (or “vodca,” as they spell it) is ready to introduce its creators’ country to America, one cocktail at a time.
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Someone who proves him or herself as one of the world’s best athletes at the Olympics deserves to let loose. And while you’d think the best way to celebrate surviving two weeks of intense competition would involve hours of jacuzzi time followed by a two- to nine-month nap, a club in London feels otherwise.
The bar Chinawhite is handing out £2,012 cocktails to gold medal-winning Olympians instead. “The Golden Cocktail,” a mix of Hennessy Paradis Imperial Cognac and Luxor 24ct gold-leaf champagne, has several custom-made 18ct gold rings at the bottom of the glass. Though taking the edge off with a flavorful mix of booze is definitely our style, we prefer our cocktails to be a little more accessible. To that end, our own Classy Ladies Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark have invented an amazing cocktail based on another English tale of overcoming incredible odds. Watch them honor the dickens out of soda pop with their Grape Expectations Cocktail. Because everyone should be able to enjoy a weirdly innovative drink, regardless of their athletic prowess.
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Last week we posted a recipe for the classic Hemingway Daiquiri to celebrate National Daiquiri Day. This week a group of bartenders in Cuba mixed 270 liters of the late author’s favorite rum cocktail in a 6 1/2-foot glass, attempting to set the world record for largest daiquiri. It looks like our Thirsty Thursday column inspired history!
Whether or not they read our post, what they were actually up to was commemorating the 195th anniversary of the bar El Floridita in Havana, Cuba, where the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Old Man and the Sea enjoyed hitting back a few doubles after a long day of writing.
Here are some recipes for our most refreshing summer cocktails. Feel free to 2,000-tuple if you are looking to set some records of your own.
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Here at Cooking Channel, we love us some tequila. Not just because this blue-agave-born liquor is the star of the margarita — arguably our favorite cocktail — but because the sweet, woodsy or smoky spirit (depending on distillery and age) adds its fire to pretty much any mixed drink. This National Tequila Day, salt your margarita glass rims for a different sort of sipper (it’s the Mexican vessel of choice for any tequila-based beverage).
5 Ways to Get Your Tequila On:
1. Follow Chuck’s lead and turn those lemons into a minty-fresh spiked lemonade (shown above).
2. Mix up a two-tone sangria with a pineapple-tequila base and a red wine topper.
This sangria's twice as nice (though you may not think so tomorrow)
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