Holiday Cocktails (Image Credit: Ingrid Balabanova)

The Best Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Holiday Cocktails (Image Credit: Ingrid Balabanova)

Holiday Cocktails (Image Credit: Ingrid Balabanova)

Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes that cheerful Christmas feeling can be hard to obtain – and maintain. Super stores are bringing out the Christmas lights and drenching their aisles in red and green before the Halloween candy has cleared the shelves. Even the perkiest of Christmas lovers can catch a case of the “Bah, humbugs!” sometimes. So what’s the best way to cure Scrooge fever? With a little bit of holiday spirits. Continue reading

Gin & Tonic and Bee's Knees Cocktail by The Winslow (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: Learn to make a Gin & Tonic and a Bee’s Knees Cocktail with a Tutorial by The Winslow NYC

Gin & Tonic and Bee's Knees Cocktail by The Winslow (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Gin & Tonic and Bee’s Knees Cocktail by The Winslow (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Ever wondered how to make the perfect Gin & Tonic? How about something a little sweeter like a classic Bee’s Knees Cocktail? If your answer is “Yes!”, we’ve got you covered! Or, should we say, Mark Tafoya, one of the General Managers of The Winslow, a fabulous new gastropub in New York City, has you covered with a tutorial on how to make each of these lovely libations.

Watch Mark give you the play-by-play exclusively here on The Daily Quirk! Then check out our interview with The Winslow’s Aidan Fogarty about the popularity of gastropubs, gin, and what makes The Winslow so special. Continue reading

The Winslow (Image Credit: The Winslow)

VIDEO: The Winslow NYC talks Gastropubs and Gin!

The Winslow (Image Credit: The Winslow)

The Winslow (Image Credit: The Winslow)

If you live in New York and haven’t been to The Winslow, you’re missing out. Located in the East Village (243 East 14th Street), The Winslow boasts 20 different types of old world/new world and British beer on tap, a batch of unique cocktails by Dominic Venegas, a talented mixologist and part of a James Beard Award nominated team, and a menu that will make make your foodie tastebuds smile. We recently set down with general manager Aidan Fogarty to talk the popularity of gastropubs, gin cocktails, and what makes this New York City hot spot so special. Watch the interview here exclusively on The Daily Quirk! Then be sure to check out our Gin & Tonic and a Bee’s Knees Cocktail tutorials with The Winslow’s Mark Tafoya!
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The Most Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes!

Raspberry Muddled Rebuttal (Image Credit: Dinner Series)

Raspberry Muddled Rebuttal (Image Credit: Dinner Series)

It’s officially summer and everyone is trying to soak up the warm weather. Even if it’s barbeques, bridal showers or birthday parties, maintaining your cool is the best bet to assure you’ll have a good time. Here are five summer cocktails that are both easy to make and refreshing to taste.

Raspberry Muddled Rebuttal Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 raspberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces Ketel One Citroen
  • pink lemonade

Directions Muddle the raspberries. Add sugar. Add Vodka. Add Pink Lemonade. Shake well. Pour into ice filled glass. It’s that simple! Serves One (Adapted from About.com)

Strawberry Mojito 9Image Credit: Charleston's The Digitel)

Strawberry Mojito 9Image Credit: Charleston’s The Digitel)

Strawberry Mojito Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 shots white rum
  • ¼ cup club soda

Directions Muddle strawberries and mint leaves. Add sugar. Add rum. Shake or stir well. Fill glass with ice and add club soda. Mix again. Voila! Feel free to garnish with leftover mint and strawberries. Serves One (Adapted from White on Rice Couple via The Berry Bible)

Orange Coconut Recipe

Ingredients

  • Orange juice
  • 2 shots vodka
  • A dash of Malibu rum

Directions Fill glass with vodka. Add desired amount of orange juice. Add a splash of Malibu rum. Mix well with ice! Serves One

Summer Ale Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cans of your favorite beer
  • 12 fl. oz. frozen can pink lemonade
  • Vodka

Directions In a large pitcher, empty frozen can of pink lemonade mixture. Next, add beer. To measure how much vodka is needed, use the empty can from the frozen pink lemonade. Fill the empty can with vodka and pour into pitcher. Stir well! Tip: Try using Bud Light or Corona Light for beer. Serves One

Tequilla Sunrise (Image Credit: Uka0310)

Tequilla Sunrise (Image Credit: Uka0310)

Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Ingredients

  • Orange juice
  • 2 fl. oz. tequila
  • A dash of grenadine

Directions Pour tequila on ice. Next, pour desired amount of orange juice into glass. Finally, add a dash of grenadine. For garnish, add an orange slice and a cherry! Hint: This drink gets its name from its finished look so be sure to add the grenadine last to ensure its pretty appearance! Serves One (Adapted from All Recipes) Blueberry Summer Storm Ingredients

  • Fresh blueberries
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. gin
  • A dash of club soda

Directions Purée a handful of blueberries with a bit of water. Fill shaker with blueberry purée, lime juice and syrup. Add gin and mix well. Strain into a glass and top with a dash of club soda. Garnishing with mint is optional! Serves One (Adapted from Smith & Ratliff)

Recipe: Lemon Ginger Elixir and the Double D Cocktail by The Kitchen Witch

Lemon Ginger Elixir (Image Credit: http://www.thekitchenwitchblog.com)

Lemon Ginger Elixir (Image Credit: http://www.thekitchenwitchblog.com)

I am not a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, so when I do choose to partake I want a tasty sipping drink (as opposed to the unpleasant experience of something you have throwback as quickly as possible or that burns your throat on the way down). I’m always on the lookout for yummy and refreshing cocktail recipes I can serve at parties and enjoyable nurse along, so I was delighted when I found these two recipes by Rhonda at The Kitchen Witch. Continue reading

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Quirky Item of The Week: Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit

Cocktail R-Evolution Mixology Kit (Image Credit: http://molecule-r.com)

As much as I enjoy trying out new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, molecular gastronomy is way beyond my capabilities. Making sure a souffle does not fall is about as technically complicated as my cooking gets and even that is not always a successful endeavor. As much as I would love to learn how to use emulsifiers and create foams, I don’t think I’m at the point yet where my traditional cooking skills are strong enough to branch out. Continue reading

Your First Time… Ordering a Martini!

Martini (Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski)

Martini (Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski)

Ordering a martini for the first time can be a daunting task. A bartender worth his or her weight in salt will ask you a slew of questions about how you want your drink prepared, and if you don’t know what those questions mean or what to ask for, you’re likely going to receive a drink that doesn’t suit your taste. We asked a New York Metro Area bartender with ten years experience in the biz, Jamie L, to tell us everything you need to know to get a drink you’ll love when ordering a martini for the first time! Continue reading

Meg’s Fall Beer Recipe

Image Credit: Meghan Hawes

When I think about what I like to drink in the Fall, I automatically come to this go to cocktail recipe. It’s quick, fallesque and sweeter than your average beer. My friend Elle introduced me to this about 3 years ago.

This would be a great drink to serve at a Halloween party or to enjoy while you’re celebrating Oktoberfest!

You’re going to need a very large cup to fit everything that is needed in this cocktail recipe.

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Light and Fresh Piña Colada Recipe by Spabettie

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I love a good Piña Colada, but not all the calories that usually tag along with the yumminess. I was thrilled to find this great recipe from Kristina at Spabettie for a delicious Piña Colada you can sip by the pool without worrying (as much) about your beach body! It takes a little bit of prep time, but is definitely worth the effort!

Check out the recipe here on Spabettie today!

 

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