Whether hosting a party or taking a moment to relax with a drink and some quiet conversation, turn to this guide for help mixing drinks or making selections.
Welcome to the new world of cocktails and mixers.
It’s still a place where the classic drinks endure. You’ve heard of them. They have such swanky names such as Old Fashioned, Martini and Sidecar. Their flavors are as robust as their formulas are simple: most include just spirits, liqueur and mixers. Add ice and they’re ready to serve as refreshing, easy enhancements for any get-together. The classics have only gotten better over time.
Modern cocktails take a more complex yet playful approach than the classics. In recent years, mixologists have put the emphasis on freshness by adding ingredients such as infused spirits, fresh- squeezed juices and hand-crushed mint. Modern cocktails take advantage of newly-developed flavored spirits, such as cake-flavored vodka and mango- flavored rum. Discover such creative drinks as the White Peach & Jalapen~o Margarita, page 8, and the Coconut-Mango Cre`me, page 16.
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When stocking a home bar, include two or three types of spirits. This cache will allow you to create an array of cocktails. A good starting point is vodka, silver rum and bourbon. Vodka opens up a world of martinis and such standards as the Bloody Mary. Rum lets you explore mojitos and Daiquiris. And bourbon is the base for the Mint Julep and Old Fashioned. Once you have the basics, liqueurs open up more possibilities. The three most useful are Baileys Irish Cream; a hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico; and an orange-based liqueur such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or triple sec.
Today’s cocktails offer the best of the classic and the new. Be prepared to entertain guests and make some magic. Cheers!