To help ring in 2013 with a splash, I decided to try some new bubbly cocktails that were low on prep time but big on flavor. These three sparklers are delicious, exciting, and a unique way to countdown to the New Year. …
‘Tis the season for throwing holiday parties, and excellent cocktails add a level of sophistication to any festive gathering.
Creating your own cocktails, as opposed to using pre-made concoctions, will maximize both the hospitality offered to guests and the quality of the cocktail in hand. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all night as the bartender.
Check out these easy-to-prepare mixable matches for your next fête:
Double Cross Vodka with Fever Tree Tonic Water, Fever Tree Club Soda, Employees Only Bloody Mary
The silky, sophisticated expression of Double Cross Vodka will work wonders with the crisp and complex Fever Tree Tonic Water in a refreshing Vodka Tonic. Don’t like the bite that tonic offers? Make a smart and simple Vodka Soda with fresh lemon. Brunch parties will be perfect for the hedonistic pair of Double Cross and Employee’s Only Bloody Mary for a proper eye-opener….
We’re back delivering to the Hamptons and Memorial Day is coming up, kicking off the start of summer. That means our favorite time of year is back: cocktail hour with friends and drinks by the pool (or, in my case, drinks on a Brooklyn roof while imagining drinks by the pool). Experimenting with cocktail recipes is the most fun you can have with a blender, and the best part is: they’re almost impossible to mess up. Seasonal fruit, juice, and quality wine—where can you go wrong?
So in anticipation of the season, I ordered our freshest fruits and my favorite wines, invited a friend with discerning tastes (just kidding, he’ll drink anything), and started mixing things up in the kitchen!
I’m not really one to follow recipes closely—which I think stems from a problem with authority, even in the form of recipe directions—so I added basic drinks to our One-Click Recipe section and new Facebook Recipe Finder. That way you can get some ideas while substituting your fruit and alcohol faves….
Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! Armed with green garb and greener beer, many spend their St. Patty’s Day bar-hopping from pub to pub with a steady regiment of shots and Irish Car Bombs.
What about those who decide that gallons of beer and whiskey aren’t for them? How about a duo of easily prepared cocktails for a relaxed take on March 17th?
Following are two cocktails with rather different expressions. Both use Irish Whiskey and are suitable any time of the day and will pair easily with the typical fare of corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and bangers and mash….
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!) February 21st marks Mardi Gras this year, but those who embrace the Carnival season celebrate from mid-January until midnight on the “Fat Tuesday” prior to Ash Wednesday… the dawn of Lent.
For me, I fell in love with New Orleans through her food. From spicy gumbo to addictive sweet beignets, there was so much to enjoy!
Mardi Gras is a great excuse to enjoy a Southern-style dinner, with N’awlins-inspired cuisine on the plate and a breezy cocktail in the glass. Here are some recipes to help you bring a touch of New Orleans to your table!…
Can you believe we’re already a week into December? With the holiday season already upon us, I’m sure you’ll be serving (and enjoying!) a drink or two.
When I have a party, I always have a favorite red and white wine on hand, a bottle of bubbly, and one signature cocktail and mocktail. I also love to have apple cider and eggnog on hand because the taste and smell just evokes memories of the holiday.
For cocktails, I loved these ones developed by Tom Smith of Union Square Wines: The Gingered Apple and The Kentucky Toddy. They were perfect for Thanksgiving and are still wonderful now in the colder months.
Here are a few more beverages that are sure to make you the toast of the party!…
Holidays means two things for most of us: feasting and family! As far as feasting, the panoply of dishes at the holiday table usually has hosts and guests alike wondering what they should offer to drink.
While I believe wine is best for the meal (and all your wine concerns can be quelled with one of our holiday six-packs….merciless plug, I know!), following are two cocktails that will certainly make cocktail hour and dessert a delicious success.
As far as family is concerned, these offerings should put a smile on the faces of friends and family alike and calm the nerves so often associated with entertaining for the holidays! Both the Gingered Apple and Kentucky Toddy can be served before or after your holiday dinner.
“The Gingered Apple” brings together the sweeter tones of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and Red Jacket Orchards All Natural Apple Cider with the savory elements of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dolin Dry Vermouth, and Regan’s Orange Bitters. The resultant cocktail is a balanced expression of autumnal yumminess! If you’re looking for a lighter expression of the ingredients it is best to shake in your cocktail shaker. If a stronger drink is desired, simply add ingredients to shaker, fill with ice, and stir instead of shaking to avoid dilution….
With Summer in the rear view and the chill of Autumn slowly creeping in, our cocktails, along with food and wine, take a turn for the heartier. And as the first of our Fall “holidays” approaches, I present two Halloween cocktails for the occasion: both treats with no bartending tricks necessary.
Whether you are a seasoned Trick-or-Treater who refuses to give up the tradition or are gearing up to take the kids around, these concoctions should add autumnal flair to the evening and throughout the season….
Our open letter to the summer heat wave from the blog team at FreshDirect.
Dear Summer Heat Wave,
We fought valiantly, but now we’re ready to surrender.
After so many days of sweltering streets, stifling subway platforms and sizzling sidewalks, we’d throw in the towel, but we really need it to wipe the sweat from our brows.
Heat Wave, can we interest you in sitting down to discuss a little clemency over a cool, refreshing drink? We’ve plucked out five rejuvenating summer drink options from our One-Click Recipe collection that sound like exactly what we need right about now. (See below.)…
Most imbibers leave the mixing to the bartenders and mixologists, and with good reason.
We city-dwellers are spoiled by having some the most creative minds in the world masterminding cocktail recipes at the city’s finest establishments.
That doesn’t mean cocktail enthusiasts can’t take a few tips from the pros and create surprisingly dashing and delicious drinks at home! …