It’s January — a new year, a time for making resolutions, and unfortunately, a time that many of us get hit with the cough, cold, or flu. Yep, we’re in peak illness season, and according to the CDC, it’s only getting worse. While your doctor may prescribe a healthy dose of fluids to help get you better, we doubt they mean of the alcoholic kind. However, here at Cocktail Builder, we’re all about turning to […]
Like fashion and food, the landscape of cocktails is largely predicted by popular trends. Thanks to the resurgence of tiki drinks like the Jungle Bird, refined disco sips like the Harvey Wallbanger, and concoctions that questioned everything you thought you knew about a particular spirit (hello, Sherry cocktails!), 2016 was a fun time for liquor lovers. But with a new year comes new trends and new techniques. Here are three things to look out for […]
What’s New Year’s Eve without a little Champagne? This year, instead of toasting with a plain ol’ glass of bubbly, get fancy with one of these Champagne cocktails that crank the holiday spirit into high gear. With each having four ingredients or less, they’re as fun and festive as they are easy to make, leaving you plenty of time to actually celebrate instead of crafting cocktails until midnight.
It’s that time of year — the time when holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s call us to celebrate like no other time of year. It’s when families join hands, friends throw reunions, and companies host holiday parties both in and out of the office. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that seems to cause far too much stress, especially if you’re planning a menu. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to eliminate some of the […]
We’ve reached the peak of October and you know what that means: everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, the squash is everywhere this season. However, there’s a much more exciting way to consume the autumnal fruit. You guessed it: in a cocktail. While we still love other seasonal ingredients such as apples, cranberries, and pears, pumpkin adds a sweet and earthy flavor that’s unique and unexpected. If you, […]
For this week’s article, we partnered with Katie Stryjewski of Garnish. Check out her blog for fascinating cocktail history, as well as new recipes featuring your favorite spirits. When researching the stories behind classic cocktails, certain people and places seem to come up again and again, looming large in the history of mixology. One such place is Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. In 1911, a famous American jockey named Tod Sloane had a wild idea […]
Welcome to the ongoing installment of our travel series, where Cocktail Builder hops around the country to find the hottest cocktails from newly opened bars. (After all, who better to provide a little libation inspiration than some of the most sought-after bartenders in the nation?) Not only are we bringing you info on where to go and what to order, but we’re even giving you recipes to create these cocktails from the comfort of your […]
Fall has officially arrived and you know what that means: changing colors, warmer clothes, and swapping out summer’s light and refreshing cocktails for drinks that make us feel toasty inside. The following five cocktails, many made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, are essential sipping for autumn. They’re so delicious, you’ll almost forget you had to wave goodbye to summer.
Few things are better in fall than a crisp, juicy apple. And few places produce better apples than Washington State. While many minds might first go to New England when thinking of the fruit, Washington serves up more than 50 percent of the United States’ apples each year. There’s such a sense of pride in the industry, a cocktail created in its name has become a staple over the last 30 years. The Washington Apple […]
Forget those drunken nights doing Jägerbombs in college. And definitely forget the hangovers you surely had the next day. These days, the German digestif has found its way into craft cocktails that still pack a punch but are grown-up approved. When paired with spicy liqueurs, fresh juices, and sweet colas, Jägermeister becomes — dare we say it? — elegant. So, go on and bust open that green bottle. These sophisticated concoctions are sure to help […]