6 Classic New Orleans Cocktails Every Drinker Should Know

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When it comes to drinking, there’s no city in America — and perhaps the world — that does it better than New Orleans. After all, this is a town where bars can stay open 24 hours a day and it’s totally legal, at least in the French Quarter, to carry a drink as you’re walking down the street.

New Orleans is also rumored to be the birthplace of America’s very first cocktail, the Sazerac. While this has been up for debate, what isn’t debatable is that the city has given rise to many of the world’s most enduring drinks. As cocktail historian and legendary barmen Chris McMillian has said, “As long as people have been drinking cocktails, they’ve been drinking them in New Orleans.” Here, we detail the six classic NOLA creations that any imbiber should know and love. Read More

Mulled Wine, Beer, and Cider Recipes to Keep You Warm This Fall and Winter

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When the weather starts to cool down, as it’s certainly doing in many parts of the world right now, few things can warm you up better than a steaming mug of mulled wine. Much like a classic hot toddy, this concoction uses spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to create that toasty feeling that we want in the fall and winter.

Though mulled wine isn’t nearly as popular in the United States, the drink has been a tradition in Old World countries for ages. In fact, wine was first recorded as spiced and heated as far back as 2nd-century Rome. The recipe has evolved over time to include other ingredients such as citrus, ginger, and brandy. Today, the drink serves as the perfect treat for warming up after a day out in the cold.

But it’s not just wine that can get the mulling treatment. Cider and even ale also pair incredibly well with these traditional spices. Here, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite recipes featuring wine, beer, and cider to keep you warm this season. Each is as delightful as the next and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up. Read More

5 Easy and Wickedly Delicious Halloween Party Punch Recipes

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Halloween comes but once a year, so when it does we do it in style. That’s right: We’re talking about award-worthy costumes, king-size candy bars, and pumpkins carved with the skills of Edward Scissorhands.

But of course, none of that is any fun if you’re sitting on the couch alone in your costume, getting sick on the aforementioned candy. This year, it’s time to step up your game by throwing a Halloween party to end all parties. Bust out the decorations, hit play on the spooky music, and whip up a batch of punch to get the energy going.

In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite boozy creations to serve on Halloween. These big-batch recipes are easy to make ahead of time so you’re not shaking drinks all night long. They’re also guaranteed to wow your guests with festive ingredients like black vodka, spiced pumpkin, and, yes, fake eyeballs. Read More

5 Football Cocktails Perfect for the Big Game

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If planning a game day party, there are four things any good host must serve: wings (either of the Buffalo or barbecue variety), chips, dip to eat with said chips, and lots and lots of booze.

To go beyond a typical party, however, try stepping up your game by swapping basic beer with football-ready cocktails. Not only will these thirst-quenching sips go perfectly with all that greasy food, but your effort and creativity are sure to make you the star of the tailgate party. Here, five of our favorite cocktail creations to serve for the big game. Read More

October Cocktail of the Month: The Pumpkin Beer Patch and Orchard

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Pumpkin Beer Patch and Orchard CocktailOctober is upon us and you know what that means: Everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. From carved pumpkins to pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, the squash is everywhere this season — even in our beer.

Early October also marks the conclusion of Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest, a multi-week event in which locals and visitors alike consume millions of liters of beer. Even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s festivities, you can still celebrate Munich’s beer culture — and autumn’s favorite fruit — with one very tasty ale-based libation. Read More

7 Sherry Cocktails for 2017 Sherry Fest

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Since 2012, New York City has been celebrating sherry — one of the world’s most historically important wines and one that’s been having a major renaissance in recent years. For three sherry-filled days, the annual Sherry Fest brings the world of sherry to a broader audience, highlighting the intricately complex and multifaceted fortified wine through dinners, classes, and tastings designed for both sherry aficionados and those just beginning to discover the age-old tradition.

Held during the last weekend of October, this year’s Sherry Fest will feature more than 150 sherries from the Spanish region’s finest bodegas. Whether your taste is for fresh finos, intense olorosos, or the lusciously rich style known as Pedro Ximenez, there’s sure to be a sherry to please every palate. However, even if you can’t make it to NYC in order to attend the event, you can still celebrate in the comfort of your own home with one of our favorite sherry-based cocktails. Read More

Top 5 Kahlua Mudslide Cocktail Recipes

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Who doesn’t love an ice-cold glass of chocolate milk? It’s a delicious sweet treat that takes us back to our childhoods, while (if only for a moment) allowing us to forget the worries of being adults. But we are adults, and there is a benefit to that: liquor.

When you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth, why not take things up a notch by adding a little booze? One of our favorite ways is by looking to Kahlua, and one of our favorite creations is the Kahlua Mudslide. This classic recipe of Kahlua, Baileys, and vodka can really only be described as coffee-flavored chocolate milk for adults. While the drink hinges on those three ingredients, there’s a variety of recipes featuring everything from ice cream to pumpkin spice. Here, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite variations. Read More

Storing Your Spirits: How Long Does Your Alcohol Really Last?

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to booze. Does sticking to one type of liquor really prevent a hangover? Not necessarily. Does mixing an energy drink with alcohol make you more drunk? Again, that’s a no. And there’s just as much confusion over the proper way to store your spirits and how long each of them lasts. Turns out, despite the notion that alcohol gets better with age, most liquors will go bad after a period of time. Some may simply develop an “off” taste, while others could legitimately make you sick. Here’s an overview of what you need to know for keeping your booze both palatable and safe. Read More

5 Ways to Use Blood Orange Juice in Your Cocktails

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Who doesn’t love orange juice? It’s perfect paired with breakfast or lunch (or even better, brunch), and goes spectacularly well with almost any liquor, liqueur, or bubbly. But you know what’s even better than the standard round or navel orange? The delectably sweet, tangy, gorgeously colored variety known as blood orange.

Hailing from Mediterranean climates, the blood orange gets its ruby-red hue thanks to pigments called anthocyanins that develop during hot days and cool nights. While uncommon in most citrus plants, these pigments are what give other types of produce their red- or blue-based hues, including cherries, raspberries, blueberries, cabbage, and eggplant.

On top of the vitamin C that’s also present in more standard varieties of oranges, these anthocyanins provide blood oranges with a host of health benefits such as fighting and preventing cancer cells, lowering the risk of heart disease, and preventing the buildup of bad cholesterol. What’s more, the saturated color is eye-catching in a cocktail, and the sweet, sour, almost berry-tinged flavor is devilishly delicious with nearly any spirit—even more so than your typical orange.

Don’t believe us? Try one of our five favorite blood orange juice-based cocktails below. Read More

Rosé Tequila: The Surprisingly Healthy Spirit You Need for the End of Summer

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It’s no secret that here at Cocktail Builder we love our tequila. And it’s certainly no secret that tequila’s popularity skyrockets during the summer. In these warm weather months, we’re constantly in search of a new recipe or even a new brand to keep our love affair fresh — and well, friends, we’ve found both.

Enter Código 1530 Rosa, a striking pink tequila that we guarantee will take over (if you haven’t already seen it all over Instagram). The creation first begins with the purity of Código’s blanco tequila — of course, made only in the Tequila region of Mexico. Next, the spirit is rested for a month in uncharred Napa Valley cabernet barrels made of French White Oak. The tequila rests just long enough to impart a pink color and soft finish without overpowering the agave’s delicate floral notes. Read More