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

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