4 Wine Cocktails to Spice Up Your Summer
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When I got home last weekend, I could hear the sounds of a lovely summer evening floating in from my backyard: children laughing, glasses clinking, adults murmuring. Happy hour instantly becomes happier hour when cocktails are accompanied by a sunset, family, and friends.
Wine cocktails, in particular, are perfect for summer simply because they’re so refreshing. Winter blues melt away as soon as these fresh blends hit your lips. And as an added bonus, wine cocktails are quick to prepare and easy to reproduce as the night goes on.
Wow Your Friends With a Great Wine Cocktail
Cocktail parties are the same as dinner parties: The goal is to enjoy time with friends, not cook all night! Many summer wine cocktails require blending or cooling, so the more you can prepare the night before or earlier in the day, the more enjoyable happy hour will be.
Plus, wine cocktail recipes usually only call for about three to five ingredients, so you don’t have to break the bank purchasing a million grenadines, simple sugars, or fancy serving spoons. But spontaneous summer gatherings do happen, so be prepared by always having seltzer water, club soda, margarita mix, and ice on hand. Day-old fruit, which is perfect for a cocktail, is another staple.
To make a delicious wine cocktail, I suggest using fruitier wines such as moscato, riesling, or vignoles. You can even get away with pinot gris. But beware: Any wines with oak flavors will disappear in the cocktail. I once tried to create a chardonnay cocktail, and it didn’t quite work.
If you’re making wine cocktails for the first time, always start with a type of wine you like. If you start with something you enjoy, it won’t disappoint. You can use these recipes as a foundation, but I encourage you to get creative and play with the ingredients.
If you’re intimidated by whipping up fabulous cocktails, don’t be! Think of mixology like cooking: Once you understand the purpose and taste of each ingredient, you’ll become more comfortable substituting items to create a drink that you truly enjoy.
Wine cocktails are a perfect starting point for any summertime happy hour. Crank up your tunes, invite your friends, and enjoy a wonderful summer evening paired with delicious wine cocktails.
As winemakers, my team and I are always crafting new wine cocktails. Here are some of our favorites.
Andrew Meggitt joined the St. James Winery team in 2002 and has been enjoying life in the wine business for over 20 years. A three-year-long travel adventure around the world following university influenced not only his outlook on life, but also his perception of winemaking styles and methodology. Andrew creatively stretches the boundaries of traditional winemaking while integrating both old- and new-world techniques he learned while working in New Zealand and France.
Basic Red Wine Sangria
Sangria is a wine cocktail with roots in Spain. It delivers some serious party punch with a squeeze of fresh citrus and your favorite budget-friendly wine. Following a basic sangria recipe gives you room to improvise with your own tasty touch. Love berries? Throw some in. Tropical fruit fan? Add some pineapple to the pitcher. Prefer bourbon to brandy? Go ahead and substitute.
A crowd-pleasing sangria recipe generally calls for a bottle of red wine, brandy, citrus fruits, sugar, and soda for sparkle. You can use white, rose, or even sparkling wines if you prefer. Feel free to pick up an inexpensive wine since you don't need to draw out specific character components in the wine itself. Just make sure the wine tastes good enough to enjoy on its own.
While you can serve sangria right away (use chilled wine and pour it over plenty of ice), it tastes even better after the flavors meld together in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Plan ahead and you will have a fantastic sangria ready to share with guests.
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A great summer drink should be cold, delicious, and relatively easy to make.
Also a plus: flexibility. Because summer cocktails tend to involve &ldquomixers&rdquo&mdashfresh-squeezed juices, bubbly seltzers, and the like&mdashthe drinks on this list are very forgiving if you need to upsize them for a crowd. As in a party. Remember those?
In order to scale up each cocktail without the flavors going awry, just take the ratios specified in each recipe for one drink and then multiply. Eyeballing and tasting as you go along is totally fine, and encouraged even, although keep in mind that the more tasting you do the less able you are to figure out the nuances of the drink. (But summer is not a time for nuances anyway?)
You'll find plenty of the summer classics on this list&mdashfrom margaritas to mojitos&mdashbut also a few surprises for those you who are looking for something different beyond margaritas and mojitos.
One thing you won't find on this list: Super-sugary boozy slushies&mdashthe caloric equivalent of booz-ified semi-liquid candy. The best summer cocktails don't need a ton of sugar to taste great. In fact, if the quality of your ingredients is high, you rarely need anything beyond a little simple syrup to help balance all the flavors.
So, this summer, raise a glass to a return to simple pleasures: easy cocktails, with friends and family. Because, really, what else do you need to feel satisfied in life?
How To Use Extracts to Flavor Drinks
with Stephanie Bullen
Chief Flavor Advisor
I f you love flavoring your beverages but don&rsquot want added sugar, extracts are your answer! Whether you&rsquore a sparkling water lover, a coffee drinker, or an iced tea sipper, we have some ideas for using extracts to flavor drinks. We spent some time in the test kitchen with a pot of coffee, a few cans of club soda and seltzer water, and a pitcher of iced tea to experiment with extracts for beverages. We found some surprising gems for flavoring drinks!
Generally, we found that the best approach was to start with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of extract per glass of whatever you&rsquore sipping, then add more extract as desired. The great thing about flavoring with extracts, since you&rsquore using so little per serving, is that it&rsquos easy to scale up for a big crowd &ndash without any added expense!
*Extract Tip* Using extracts that are still fresh is important. If your flavor seems a little off, it might be time to freshen up your extracts. To keep citrus extracts fresh, we recommend storing them in your fridge.
Extracts to Add to Coffee
We know you can use flavored syrups to jazz up your morning joe. But, if you&rsquore like me, sometimes syrup is just too sweet. We stumbled on a few flavor surprises when experimenting with flavors for coffee. Brew your coffee as normal and then mix in some flavor to each cup.
- DIY Mocha: Using chocolate extract and a splash of milk or cream, you can make your own (less sweet) mocha inspired coffee. Add 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate extract to your cup of coffee, stir well, add milk/cream if desired, then taste. Add more extract (1/4 teaspoon at a time) until you get your perfect mocha-ish java.
- Nutty Coffee: You&rsquove probably heard of adding hazelnut or almond to coffee, so why not try another nutty flavor? Black walnut extract gives you a cozy (fall-like) flavor that is perfect for a cool, rainy morning. We suggest starting with 1/4 teaspoon and adding more as desired.
- Cinnamon Coffee: Ok, this one might stretch your comfort zone a bit &ndash because cinnamon extract is a lot stronger than the ground cinnamon you might be used to adding. But if you already enjoy cinnamon in your coffee, you should experiment with using cinnamon extract to flavor coffee you get the pure cinnamon flavor without the grittiness of ground cinnamon. Again, start very sparingly and add more if desired.
DIY Flavored Sparkling Water
Here&rsquos a budget friendly sparkling water hack&hellipditch those colorful cans and DIY. Buy a large bottle of unflavored club soda or seltzer water and add your own flavors with extracts. We found that the amount of extract needed varies depending on what flavor you are using and whether your soda is chilled or room temperature. A good rule of thumb is to start with 1/8 teaspoon of extract and work your way up. We found that a total of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of extract per glass generally seemed about right.
*Extract Tip* One flavor is good but combining two or three together is awesome!
- Cherry-Almond: If you&rsquove ever tried (and loved) cherry vanilla soda, this one&rsquos for you. With cherry extract + almond extract and no added sugar, it&rsquos definitely a sparkling water not a soft drink but it has a crowd-pleasing flavor.
- Fruit Punch:Raspberry extract + orange extract + key lime extract = the sparkling water equivalent of fruit punch. With fruit flavored water, try freezing some raspberries and using them as &lsquoice&rsquo to chill your glass or just cut up some oranges and limes to add a splash of color. Party perfect presentation!
- Lavender-Lemon: Admittedly, this one might not be for everyone. But if you love our Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar , you just might want to try lavender extract + lemon extract in your sparkling water. The lavender ends up being a more noticeable scent than flavor but gives the drink a floral note, while the lemon provides a classic base. We dressed ours up with a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass.
Extracts for Tea
While there are endless flavored tea options, you definitely won&rsquot have shelf space for all of the varieties out there. We started with unsweetened tea, mixed in extracts (1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon per glass), added honey powder to sweeten, and topped it off with ice. Our resident tasters were quick to grab a glass! Again, try a combination of flavors to suit your taste. While the flavors listed below are single extracts, we started mixing them (ginger & spearmint, raspberry & lemon) and really enjoyed the different and unique combinations. Perhaps the best thing about using extracts to flavor your iced tea is that you can easily make a large batch for a party &ndash using less than a single bottle of extract!
- Green Tea + Ginger:Ginger extract has the same bold flavor as ground or fresh ginger but isn&rsquot quite as spicy, which makes it great for mixing into drinks.
- Green Tea + Spearmint: If you&rsquove ever tried a Moroccan mint tea, this flavor combination will be familiar. The spearmint extract enhances the already refreshing qualities of iced green tea. Try this with your favorite curry dish for a festive feast.
- Black Tea + Raspberry: This combination seems to be a restaurant favorite and it&rsquos easy to replicate at home with a dash of raspberry extract . If you prefer your tea sweetened, stir in some honey powder .
- Black Tea + Lemon: Ok, this is a classic. We did find that, even if you typically prefer your tea unsweetened, you might want to add a pinch of honey powder (or sugar) to balance the tartness of the lemon extract . The flawless flavor combination has also inspired us to try key lime extract and various citrus inspired combinations as well.
Summer Drink Recipes
Whether you&rsquore looking for something for the kids, a little adult beverage, or just something different, we have some great drink recipe flavored with extracts. Perhaps you&rsquove sampled one or two of these in our stores. While we have provided some flavoring suggestions to get you started, use these as inspiration to create your own concoctions.
- Homemade Cool-Ade: Kool Ade, Cool Ade, Cool Aid, Kool Aid, Cool-Ade&helliphowever you spell it, it&rsquos a summertime favorite. I&rsquoll be honest, it wasn&rsquot until we sampled this recipe that I realized there was a way to DIY. We used a combination of raspberry extract and key lime extract , but try your favorites. It&rsquos also not so brightly colored, so you won&rsquot have to stress about spills!
- Sports Splasher: This is a great drink for hot summer afternoons. Made with orange extract , honey powder, and sea salt, it's a DIY alternative to a bottled, sugary sports drink.
- Spiced Iced Cider: Cider and mulling spices aren&rsquot just for winter. This iced version of our mulled cider is brightened up with the addition of fresh oranges and cherry extract .
- Avery&rsquos Cherry-Lime &ldquoMocktail&rdquo: While this drink was created by a talented young person, it&rsquos not just a &ldquokids&rsquo drink&rdquo. A cherry-lime syrup made with cherry extract and key lime extract is used to flavor sparkling water Yum! This is a great after-dinner drink. (And if you want to spike it with your favorite spirit, I won&rsquot tell anyone!)
We love to share recipes. So, if you have a favorite flavored drink, tell us about it !
If you've never had a Paloma before, it's a super refreshing cocktail made with tequila or mezcal, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, and club soda-- sort of like a grapefruit margarita. For these Palomas, I followed this recipe, but I used grapefruit White Claw in place of regular club soda.
If you like Palomas and tequila-based drinks in general, you'll probably love this fresh and zesty cocktail. The grapefruit White Claw adds a little bit of sweetness and a little extra booze. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, I would also suggesting adding a bit of non-alcoholic grapefruit juice.
4 homemade wine cooler recipes
The wine cooler has a bit of an identity problem. Is it a wine spritzer? A wine cocktail? Sangria? And what about that wild child moment in the '80s when it was the hottest thing on the party scene?
Luckily, this cocktail conundrum is easily solved. As Gertrude Stein might put it, wine cooler is wine spritzer is wine cocktail is sangria. And the versions being whipped up today have nothing in common with the cheap, mass-produced products of 30 years ago (which thankfully went the way of shoulder pads).
"Mixology has been raised to this new chef-like heights and wine, in a way, is the bartender's hottest ingredient right now," says Mike Dawson, senior editor at Wine Enthusiast. "Cutting-edge bartenders are taking these wine-based drinks to new heights, and creating these New Age coolers, along with countless variations of the sangria and classic wine cocktails like the New York Sour."
Summer is the perfect time for wine coolers, since it's the one time of year even the most dedicated vinophile toys with dropping a fistful of ice in a glass.
Switching to a cooler makes wine "a little bit easier to drink," says Chad Furuta of Del Frisco's Grille in New York. At the Grille, bartenders are making spritzers with a house white wine, mixed with ginger ale or a lemon-lime soda and served with a lemon twist or wedge. "Whether you want to call it wine cooler or spritzer, it really is a great summer drink," he says.
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What should you use when making your own wine coolers? Well, don't reach for the bottom shelf wine that just doesn't taste good, advises Cappy Sorentino, bar director of Spoonbar restaurant at the h2hotel in the wine country town of Healdsburg, Calif. On the other hand, don't go crazy and uncork an expensive bottle of wine, either.
"It doesn't have to be the best stuff because you're basically using it as a base," he says.
Look for a wine that has a fair amount of acidity to it, i.e. "yes" to sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, "no" to chardonnay that's spent a lot of time in oak barrels. For red wines, Spanish wines are, not surprisingly, a good choice since sangria is a Spanish invention. Tempranillo makes a good choice.
He has an interesting take on sangria, which is usually wine fortified with something a little stronger and augmented with sugar and spices. At Spoonbar, he's using a rose wine with pisco (Peruvian brandy), plus a little sugar, some water, fresh pineapple juice, cinnamon and a touch of clove. It's "really refreshing," which is good for Healdsburg, where temperatures can get toasty.
Joe Campanale, beverage director of four New York City neighborhood restaurants, encourages cocktail enthusiasts to get creative by mixing up their favorite single-serving cocktail in a pitcher for a group dinner or celebration. Keep the ingredients light, he advises, as in his Blame it on the Aperol cocktail served at the dell'anima restaurant which combines Aperol, Blue Coat gin, lemon juice in a pitcher with plenty of ice. Give it a stir, pour into flute glasses and top off with sparkling wine for a bright effervescence.
Here are a few more suggestions on ways to make your wine cooler-spritzer-sangria-cocktail pitcher perfect.
In this image taken on June 3, 2013, from left, a watermelon Bellini, white chiller, dark island cooler, rose tinted glasses wine coolers with a watermelon Bellini behind them are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (Photo: Matthew Mead/Associated Press)
21 Spicy Cocktails to Warm You Up
Muddle your way through the brutal end of winter with these fiery cocktails!
Muddle your way through the brutal end of winter with these fiery cocktails! No matter how frigid the temps are in your region, or what your flavor preferences, we have a heat-infused cocktail for you. Everyone from martini drinkers to mojito mavens can learn to add a little kick to their cocktail with one of these adult beverages.
This cocktail is a classic in the making. The heat of the chipotle-honey simple syrup &mdash add this ingredient to your bar now! &mdash and the sour lemon come together to make an irresistible cocktail.
Get the recipe from Set the Table.
When you are in the mood for some refreshing heat this is the cocktail for you. The tequila is infused with habanero peppers and the beer gives this beverage somer seriously inviting sparkle.
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Toast the warm weather with these decidedly adult takes on a kiddie classic.
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It's next-level spiked lemonade.
Don't be fooled by it's pretty layers this baby packs a punch.
Light and crisp, this alternative lemonade is best enjoyed on a beautiful rooftop.
While the blackberries are super refreshing, the tequila gives this fruity summer drink a serious kick.
The ingredients in this sangria create a crisp taste that is slightly tart, naturally sweet and super delicious.
This drink is fully loaded with all the essential fruit and juice to make this sweet sangria a necessity at every shindig.
Picture sitting in your lawn chair, sipping on this spiked sweet tea under the sun. Sounds like our ideal Saturday . or every day.
Mimosa lovers will be begging for more of this bubbly blueberry cocktail.
Spice up your summer with a cocktail that turns up the heat and delivers a whole lot of flavor.
This bubbly brunch cocktail brings a taste of spring with its fresh taste and aroma.
This strawberry basil-infused drink contains the essence of summer.
Honey and whiskey go hand in hand in this cocktail, while the garnished herbs give a fresh dimension.
The fresh peaches, lemonade and vodka in this drink are all you need for summer party season.
The pretty light blue color spruces up your average fresh and fruity drink tray.
Don't be fooled by it's fruity appearance, this whiskey drink packs a hardcore cinnamon punch that you won't expect, but you definitely won't regret either.
This refreshing summer drink is perfect if you are looking for something pretty and pink to sip on under the hot sun.
25 Rosé Cocktail Recipes To Add A Bit Of Bubbly To Your Summer
Yes way, rosé &mdash all day, and all summer.
These concoctions prove that summer drinks made with rosé never fail to impress and refresh.
With the rise of cachaça in the American market and the Rio games just around the corner, this summer sipper couldn't be more apropos. New York bartender Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premiere, Seamstress) uses Avuá Prata (the brand's unaged expression, which is rested briefly in stainless steel casks prior to being bottled by hand) and highlights the sugarcane-based spirit's light floral notes.
Splash Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve
Shake first four ingredients with ice strain into Nick and Nora glass and top with dry sparkling rose. Garnish with lavender sprig and oils of lemon zest (discard peel). Add pinch of salt to finish.
Jared Schubert of The Monkey Wrench in Louisville, Kentucky gives rosé a Southern twist.
2 oz Laird's Applejack, bonded
Using a vegetable peeler, cut away the peels of two lemons in strips. In a saucepan, add peels to 1 cup of sugar and muddle to release citrus oils. Allow to infuse for an hour. Add 1 cup of water, set over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow syrup to cool and then strain into a container and refrigerate until ready to use. Will keep for two weeks.
In a Collins glass, gently muddle mint with lemon syrup to release oils. Add Applejack and rosé, stir to combine. Fill glass halfway with crushed ice, add salt and stir again. Top with more crushed ice to mound over top. Garnish with mint sprigs, red berries and lemon wheel.
This recipe originally appeared on PUNCH.
NYC newcomer The Lucky Bee, helmed by husband-and-husband duo Matty Bennett and Rupert Noffs, is as vibrant to the eye as it is on the palate. With pops of pink around every corner, it's only fitting that they'd dream up a cocktail as dreamily rosy as its surroundings. Round up your funkiest tropical garnishes and try this one at home:
.5 oz Elysium Black Muscat
Build cocktail in wine or Burgundy glass stir until chilled.
Latin in construction and French in spirit, this concoction brings the best of both worlds together in a glass at the hands of Connecticut cocktail connoisseur Anthony de Serio. La Rosa Paloma's tequila base makes way for an interesting take on the classic French rosé-and-grapefruit combination, adding a sweet softness with strawberry and the crisp bubbly finish of a rosé Crémant d'Alsace.
1.5 oz 100% Patron Silver tequila
1 oz fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
.75 oz fresh strawberry syrup
.75 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
In a saucepan, add one cup water to one cup Demerara sugar and one cup hulled diced strawberries. Simmer and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and stir for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Transfer through a strainer into a refrigerator-safe container for future use. To keep up to 3 months, add one ounce vodka to syrup before storing.
Add all ingredients into mixing tin with ice. Shake and double strain into an ice-filled wine goblet lined with thin grapefruit slices. Top with Lucien Albrecht Cremánt d'Alsace Brut Rosé and thread a straw through a hulled rose sculpted strawberry as garnish. Insert and serve.
Drink To Your Health With These 15 Immune-Boosting Cocktails
There’s a whole lot of scary germs in the world. Stopping for a cocktail won’t change that, but a little boost to the immune system via the right ingredients never hurt!
The Remedy at Even Keel Fish and Oyster in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I grew up in Jamaica where herbs and plants were used to cure everything, so I wanted to create an immune building, anti-inflammatory cocktail inspired by an old family remedy. I use an elixir of roasted, toasted garlic, black pepper, turmeric, ginger, rosemary, honey, lemon juice and Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey. Between the immune boosting power of ginger, antioxidant rich turmeric and the anti-inflammatory properties of black pepper this family recipe combines plants and herbs that are not only good for you but taste amazing together. Cheers to that!” said Gregory Genias, beverage director at Even Keel Fish and Oyster in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
5-Spice Old Fashioned
5-Spice Old Fashioned at Linger in Denver.
At Linger in Denver, thanks to the addition of Chinese 5-Spice, a powerful combination of spices including cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, star anise, fennel seed and clove, this twist on a classic Old Fashioned is a powerhouse of antioxidants, health-improving essential oils and minerals necessary for boosting the immune system. "While 5-Spice is traditionally used in cooking, it also serves as an excellent component in elevating cocktails and in this case, a boozy way to get your daily dose of antioxidants,” says Jeff Wilkins, Bar Director at Linger restaurant in Denver, CO. The spice blend is combined with Bourbon, bitters and orange oil resulting in one of our favorite classic cocktails boosted with cold fighting powers,” said Jeff Wilkins, bar director.
Giggle Water at Brezza Cucina in Atlanta.
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At Brezza Cucina in Atlanta, Georgia, Giggle Water is crafted with tequila, curacao, lemon, bubbles and a housemade pomegranate-papaya shrub. Don Pirone, Brezza Cucina's beverage director said: "Citrus, pomegranate and papaya are all known to offer immune-boosting benefits, which makes this drink a go-to for keeping germs at bay. Plus, our pomegranate-papaya shrub is made with apple cider vinegar, which also has been said to have a positive impact on immune health."
Mai Tai Cider
Mai Tai Cider at Plunge Beach Resort's Octopus Kitchen & Bar in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida.
Plunge Beach Resort's Octopus Kitchen & Bar
Located in the charming beachfront town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, the Mai Tai Cider is offered at Plunge Beach Resort's Octopus Kitchen & Bar, and delivers a much needed kick to the immune system. Enjoy the health-inducing goodness of mulled apple cider in a light, refreshing "beachy" cocktail. Made with some of the most powerful medicinal properties found in a cocktail, including fresh cranberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks and lime juice, the Mai Tai Cider also comes with an added punch of Bacardi Rum, maple syrup and Orgeat syrup to help take that edge off. After combining the ingredients with ice until chilled, strain into an old-fashioned glass, top with 151 Dark Rum, and garnish with fresh apple and cranberry - cheers to healthy living! ”When you infuse the warm, spicy flavors of apple, cinnamon and ginger into a cool, fun & refreshing drink like the Mai Tai, you get the Mai Tai Cider. The perfect drink to ward off any sickness during flu season! Take it one step further by jumping in the Atlantic Ocean after you've finished the cocktail for a true saltwater immune booster - we call that the Mai Tai Cider Plunge,” said head bartender Abraham Millett.
Butterfly Effect at Outpost Kitchen in Costa Mesa.
In Costa Mesa, Outpost Kitchen's entire bar program focuses on superfood-charged cocktails. Take the Butterfly Effect for example. This gin-based cocktail features a variety of immune-boosting ingredients like blueberries, fresh-pressed cucumber juice, lemon yogurt, honey, and spirulina - a potent superfood which is widely regarded as one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world. “Our entire cocktail program was designed to mirror the ethos of our kitchen. Our menu of superfood-infused drinks extracts bold flavors, vibrant colors, and immune-boosting properties from powerful all-natural ingredients like spirulina, moringa, beetroot, turmeric, and tarragon,” said Outpost Kitchen founder Jay Lewis.
Masala Nights At Dot Dot Dot in Charlotte, North Carolina.
At Dot Dot Dot in Charlotte, North Carolina, this drink is made with Topo spiced rum, chai, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut milk, and served warm. The cocktail’s base is a traditional chai with black tea and spices. They chose to use coconut milk to make the cocktail vegan. Black tea is known to improve digestion, keep your hormones balanced, and helps protect your cells from free-radicals. Ginger is known to have anti-nausea properties, while also helping reduce inflammation and strengthens the immune system Cardamom and Black Pepper have digestive superpowers, further boosting chai’s reputation as a potent stomach savior. "I wanted to create a great blustery, cold weather cocktail that warms you up and also makes you feel better. And I’ve always loved tea, even since I was young. So I started with a chai (which is the Hindu word for tea) black tea base and added several ingredients and spices known to boost the immune system, like ginger and cardamom." "I used a local spiced rum from Topo Distillery. Their spirits are made exclusively from North Carolina-grown wheat, US-grown sugar cane, and every product is USDA-certified organic and 100% fermented and distilled in Chapel Hill, NC. Domaine de Canton is a French ginger liqueur made from organic Vietnamese baby ginger. The hot cocktail is topped with a fresh, ginger-infused coconut cream whipped topping to create a powerhouse, immune-boosting cocktail!” said Brittany Clark, mixologist at Dot Dot Dot.
Pomegranate Nojito at ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant in New York City.
ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant
At ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant in New York City, made with fresh pomegranate and blueberries, both rich in health-boosting nutrients, and then garnished with mint and lime this drink is as vibrant as it is flavorful and good for you. Kevin King, director of F&B said: “Our Pomegranate Nojito tastes just like a true mojito. The drink features fresh blueberry, which is a fruit known for its fiber, potassium, vitamin C and more. Pomegranate is also loaded with important nutrients and has lots of natural antioxidants.”
Thick as Thieves
Thick as Thieves at Madison on Park in San Diego.
At Madison on Park in San Diego, Thick as Thieves is crafted with 1776 Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Thieves Essential Oil and Lo Fi Gentian Amaro. The Thieves Essential Oil is a blend made with cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary and lemon essential oils. The combination is inspired by a legend about 15th-century French grave robbers who would use essential oils to protect themselves from diseases. "This is a warming cocktail, that is both spicy and earthy and Thieves is believed to have immune-supporting and antioxidant properties,” said bar manager Danny Kuehner.
SAMBA at The Tipsy Alchemist Austin.
At The Tipsy Alchemist Austin, the Samba includes mezcal, fresh lemon juice, honey cinnamon reduction, ginger reduction, and cayenne pepper. Pour all ingredients into your shaker tin, shake and pour into a snifter with round ice, Garnish with a blackened lemon wheel, and a blackened lemon wheel. Cut lemon into a wheel, dust with tajin and cayenne. Blackened with your torch.
Anti-Inflammatory at Saffron NOLA in New Orleans.
At Saffron NOLA in New Orleans, inspired by a bedtime elixir of warm milk, honey and turmeric, the Anti-Inflammatory also plays off a New Orleans’ staple cocktail, the Brandy Milk Punch. The soothing drink luxuriously combines cognac with turmeric-infused coconut milk and honey syrup over crushed ice, garnished with a cilantro sprig and drops of chili oil. "During my upbringing, I was taught to always take care of my gut health to prevent obstruction of nutrients to the rest of my body. This way of thinking has been passed down in my family. Spices including ginger, turmeric, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cumin and cayenne, are Ayurvedic spices that aid in digestion and metabolism. They also have the benefit of being natural anti-inflammatories. As a family, we used these spices not only for this organic benefit, but also because it enhanced the flavor of the food. We implement the same use of these spices both in our food and cocktail program at Saffron Nola, a true extension of our home kitchen,” said Ashwin Vilkhu.
Think Spring at A.Lounge at the AKA Hotel in New York City.
At A.Lounge at the AKA in New York City, this is a refreshing, immune-boosting 'VOSStail' with Vitamin C and antioxidants, Think Spring is a blend of the AKA’s own organic vodka (crafted exclusively for the AKA), simple syrup and VOSS Lemon Cucumber Sparkling Water, infused with fresh lemon and cucumber. "Customers are interested in seasonal beverages that are both refreshing and health conscious. The AKA 'Think Spring' VOSStail hits the palate in all the right ways— crafted with vitamin-c rich lemon, nutrient dense cucumber, lemon cucumber flavored sparkling VOSS water, and our very own organic vodka (a.vod). This specialty drink satisfies the taste buds and the immune system alike. With the sweater weather behind us, this low calorie count makes it a happy hour favorite,” said Kate W. Lewis, AKA mixologist.
Spill the Tea
Spill the Tea at Riot House Bar located inside the Andaz West Hollywood.
At Riot House Bar located inside the Andaz West Hollywood, this cocktail is made with rum, honey, lemon juice, chamomile tea, blackberries, and ginger beer. All the ingredients have their own medicinal qualities ginger, lemon and blackberries have antioxidants, chamomile tea have flavonoids, type of nutrients, and combining them, create a calming and relaxing drink that can ease symptoms and boost immune system.
That's All, Folks
That's All, Folks At Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, Miami.
At Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, Miami, the cocktail is comprised of gin, carrots, ginger, lemon, cilantro, and a dash of salt for flavor. "The flavorful concoction combines a touch of gin with some healthful ingredients including carrot juice, ginger, and cilantro. Gin's health benefits are questionable, but the use of juniper for kidney-related health issues was widely used. about 200 years ago. Carrots, on the other hand, have Vitamin A, antioxidants, and fiber — all of which are great. Ginger has anti inflammatory properties and citrus has Vitamin C. Cilantro is a mineral-rich herb and a dash of salt help give you the electrolytes. Makes for a great way to replenish some vitamins and nutrients," said Ben Potts, bar director.
Lady of Versailles
Lady of Versailles at Mister French NYC.
At Mister French NYC, the Lady of Versailles is your passport to the South of France with perfectly balanced Belvedere Vodka, Calvados and white wine mixed with fresh lime juice, fresh pressed ginger, pineapple juice, fresh pressed cucumber, organic cane reduction, winter melon bitters, and fresh thyme. Steve Mazzuca, the general manager and creative director of the bar program, says, "Here at Mister French when we say 'drink to your health', we actually mean it. So many of these components are powerful sources of antioxidants that also promote healthy digestion along with anti-inflammatory properties. They are soaring with vitamin C, which of course is vital for a strong immune system and if I might add. great cocktails as well. I usually joke with our guests saying, if you just take out the alcohol you have yourself a health drink!"
Kyuri at Azabu Miami Beach in Miami Beach.
At Azabu Miami Beach in Miami Beach, this cocktail is made with St George’s Gin, fresh muddled ginger, and fresh muddled cucumber. "Before it became popular as an alcoholic beverage, Gin was used to relieve and help improve digestive problems and juniper berries are also super berries that help our health systems overall. Ginger is a natural antibacterial/ antiviral, and also helps to boost our defenses. Cucumbers help to detox. Gin is a great alternative for someone that suffers from digestive problems caused by foods or other alcoholic beverages so it’s not all over for those that can not drink other spirits like rum, wine, etc,” said head bartender Bryan Mayer.