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

3 Lost Cocktail Recipes of the Prohibition Era

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For booze lovers living today, Prohibition may sound like one of the most terrible times in American history. But as Matthew Rowley explains in his new book Lost Recipes of Prohibition, the law — which went into effect in 1920 and lasted nearly 14 years — was anything but watertight. If you knew the right people, or the right place to be, you could certainly get a drink. Read More

How to Use Matcha in Your Cocktails

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For years, the wellness world (not us, obviously) has been going crazy about matcha. This finely milled green tea powder — the ingredient upon which traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were built in the 12th century — has been hailed for its health benefits, with claims ranging from improved mood to increased metabolism to prevention of disease.

Now if you know anything about us, you know we’re not exactly the first ones to run out and try the latest superfood. We will, however, be the first in line to try a new cocktail trend. So when we recently discovered the new book Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide, we have to admit it didn’t initially turn our heads — that is, until we realized that cocktails were part of the mix. Read More

Cocktails for the Boozy Bookworm: 4 Recipes From New York’s Literary Bar Scene

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pull up a barstool next to Ernest Hemingway, or down gin with the likes of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald? Well, that’s exactly what author Delia Cabe explores in her new book, Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink. Traveling around New York City to the spots that played host to the some most renowned writers of 20th century, Cabe presents a historical celebration of these writerly watering holes and their signature concoctions.

For all you boozy bookworms, we bring you four recipes featured in Cabe’s recently released collection. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as she takes you on a journey through the bars and taverns that fostered some of the century’s favorite writers, granting you a deeper understanding of their cultural place in New York City and the world as a whole. Read More

5 Boozy and Nostalgic Treats to Cool You Off This Summer

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When Mother Nature decides to crank up the heat, it can be tough to choose between a frosty drink and a cooling popsicle or ice cream cone. After all, there’s something about summer that takes us back to the days of our youth, when there was nothing more exciting than hearing the twinkling sound of the ice cream truck driving down the block.

Few things are better than an ice-cold treat on a scorching summer day, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your spirits in favor of refreshing sweet eats. We’re adults, after all, and we can have our liquor and eat it, too. In honor of the beginning of the warm-weather season, we’ve rounded up five our favorite recipes that blend sugary, childhood nostalgia with all the benefits of being a grownup (ie: booze). Read More