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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
When it comes to drinking cocktails in the summer, there are many spirits that come up again and again. Tequila? Absolutely, pass us a margarita. Rum? Of course — who doesn’t love a good mojito on a hot summer day? But bourbon? That’s often left to the wayside until the leaves start to change in the fall.
Is there anything more perfect than a cold Moscow Mule on a sweltering summer day? That ideal combination of smooth vodka, tangy lime juice, and spicy ginger beer makes for a cooling and refreshing sip that has drinkers coming back again and again.