5 Recipes You Need for World Negroni Week 2017

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Since 2013, Campari and Imbibe Magazine have teamed up to present the annual Negroni Week, a celebration of the one of the world’s greatest cocktails and an effort to raise money all across the globe. What began with about 100 participating venues has turned into more than 6,000 bars and restaurants all across the world donating sales to charity, collectively raising more than $900,000 for causes ranging from supporting sustainable farming to ending childhood hunger to research for autism.

This year, Negroni Week takes place from June 5-11, 2017, with bars scattered across countless countries on six continents serving up both classic concoctions and new variations of the iconic drink. You can visit NegroniWeek.com to find a participating bar near you and learn about which charity they’ve chosen to support. Of course, even if there isn’t a venue in your area, you can still celebrate Negroni Week all on your own. Below, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite Negroni recipes, from the perfect classic to creations with a twist. Read More

All About Mezcal: What to Know and How to Drink It

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Recently, here at Cocktail Builder, we’ve been obsessed with everything mezcal — from finding new recipes that highlight and balance the spirit’s signature smoke to swapping it into cocktails that are classically made with its agave-based cousin, tequila.

Despite the similar obsession across the United States — sales have doubled over the last four years thanks in large part to its growing availability and appearance on craft cocktail menus all across the country — mezcal remains one of the most misunderstood spirits on the market. First of all, the notion that high-quality mezcal can and should come with a worm in a bottle couldn’t be further from the truth. What else do you need to know? Here, we break down the top facts about the spirit, provide tips for drinking it like a pro, and share three of our favorite mezcal-based cocktails. ¡Salud! Read More

5 Big-Batch Cocktails for Your Memorial Day Party (Or All Summer Long)

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Though the first day of summer doesn’t officially hit until June 20, Memorial Day Weekend is widely considered to be the beginning of the lazy, hazy, crazy season. The weather’s heating up, coats are coming off, and people all across the country are planning their first outdoor barbecue of the year.

Of course, no cookout would be complete without some booze, and that’s where we come in. When throwing a summer party, we can’t recommend enough pre-making a batch of cocktails the morning of or even the night before to serve right when your guests arrive. After all, who wants to be the person stuck in the kitchen mixing and muddling when everyone else is soaking up the sun and chowing down on ribs in the backyard? So, in honor of Memorial Day, and all the other parties taking place over the next few months, we rounded up five of our favorite big-batch cocktails that take the stress out of entertaining. Read More

Tiki Cocktails 101: How to Master the Mai Tai

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Of all the styles of cocktails — sours and Champagnes, fizzes and flips — perhaps no other has received a worse reputation than the tiki drink. First popularized in Hollywood in the mid-1930s, tropical-inspired sips were all the rage among sweltering LA locals for several decades. Come the ‘60s and ‘70s, however, bartenders who didn’t specialize in tiki recipes cheapened the drinks with processed juices and overly sugary syrups, making them more synonymous with tacky hotel bars and cruise ships than with craft cocktail lounges.

It wasn’t long before tiki went the way of the dodo, with many well-established bars eventually closing their doors. However, thanks to a man named Jeff “Beachbum” Berry — perhaps the world’s biggest tiki aficionado — the trend saw a resurgence in the mid-2000s and continues to grow to this day. Now, instead of cloying concoctions that are almost certain to give you a headache, tiki cocktails are back and more balanced than ever, having finally earned their due as a style worth respecting. And you no longer have to walk through a bamboo door toward a waiter wearing a Hawaiian-print shirt to get a tropical drink. Tiki creations can be found at many craft cocktail bars, listed right alongside other classics like the Manhattan and Negroni. Read More

World Cocktail Day 2017: 7 Recipes From Across the Globe

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May 13th is an important day for cocktail lovers — or at least it should be. Why? Because the date marks the publication of the very first definition of a cocktail all the way back in 1806. According to the New York tabloid The Balance and Columbian Repository, the libation was defined as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.”

Since the 200th anniversary in 2006, the day has served as the final culmination for World Cocktail Week beginning on May 6, when bartenders from around the globe come together to promote the appreciation for the craft and culture of cocktails. In honor of the event, here are seven global cocktails you need to know, one from each continent. (Yes, even Antarctica is on the list.) Read More

May Cocktail of the Month: The Barbacoa

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Thanks to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, it’s no surprise that the sale of tequila begins to rise at the beginning of May. As tequila has become the national liquor of Mexico and the foundation of the holiday’s signature cocktail, the spirit has become synonymous with May itself.

But we think there’s another Mexican spirit that, while recently gaining popularly, has yet to achieve the same kind of acclaim that it deserves, and that’s mezcal. Tequila’s agave-based cousin — once linked to the idea of a gimmicky bottle with a worm at the bottom — has been on the rapid rise, doubling in sales over the last four years. Though it’s become one of the fastest-growing spirits in the United States, due to the availability of higher-quality brands, it can still only stake claim to a small amount of the market. Read More

5 Essential Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

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When we think of reasons to drink during May, Cinco de Mayo is unsurprisingly the thing that comes to mind. Though the holiday originally began as an observance of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, it’s taken on a significance beyond that — at least in the United States.

Today, Cinco de Mayo is all about celebrating the Mexican-American community — which makes up roughly 11% of the US population — and the culture they’ve created. The holiday wouldn’t be complete without tequila, the national liquor of Mexico, nor a few of the most famous tequila-based cocktail: the margarita. Read More

Zima Is Making a Comeback! 9 Cocktails to Make with the ‘90s Classic

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We’re not entirely sure when it first happened, but the 1990s have become the quintessential decade for nostalgia. As we live in an age overrun by internet trolls, exploding technology, and horrifying news events around every turn, many argue this nostalgia is due to millennials longing for their childhood memories — a simpler, more innocent time filled with unironic AIM screen names, Nintendo 64, and Saved by the Bell. Well, rejoice, ‘90s kids, because another classic from the decade is set to make a comeback: that fizzy, citrusy, slightly boozy beverage known as Zima. Read More

5 Bottles of Booze to Splurge on With Your Tax Refund

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Now that your taxes have (hopefully) been taken care of, were you lucky enough to get a refund? If you just so happen to have a few hundred or maybe even thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, might we make an obvious suggestion? Booze.

We don’t know about you, but it’s not often we’re able to treat ourselves to lavishly expensive bottles of liquor. So when that moment does arrive, we make sure to take advantage. Below are five bottles of booze we’ll be splurging on with our tax refund.

End up owing the government money this year? We’re sorry. You deserve for someone else to buy you a drink. Read More

National Beer Day Is April 7th! 5 Beer Cocktails Every Imbiber Needs

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As if we needed an excuse to drink beer (we don’t), April 7th marks National Beer Day in the United States. Unlike a lot of other booze-related holidays — International Gin & Tonic Day, National Cosmopolitan Day, and World Whisky Day, just to name a few — National Beer Day wasn’t invented just for any old reason to drink. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) We’ve actually got history to thank. Let us explain. Read More