Samuel Johnson, author of the first English dictionary, wrote “Claret is the drink for boys, port for men, but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.”
Tired of serving the same beers and wine with each meal? Wake up your taste buds with a new beverage. These recipes are real winners. There’s something here for every type of entree and tipples you can simply drink all by themselves.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the oldest written recipe in the world was for making beer. It was written on a clay tablet in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, in about 2000 BC. Here are some good buying guides and resources for info about wine, beer, and spirits...
The classic Bloody Mary is taken to new smoky height thanks to a BBQ twist. Smoked ice, BBQ sauce, dry rub seasoning, and bacon are the cornerstone of this smoked Bloody Mary recipe. You'll never see this classic Sunday brunch cocktail the same way again once you take the first sip.
Here's the ultimate recipe for mint juleps, a refreshing beverage made from Kentucky Bourbon and mint. The mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938 and today the governor of Kentucky salutes the victorious Derby owner with a toast at the fashionable Winner's Party following the race.
This recipe for the classic rum drink, mojitos, is the perfect refreshing cocktail for your warm weather cookouts. A variation on the African word mojo, or little spell, the mojito relies on a few simple, yet perfectly entwined, ingredients including sugar, lime, mint, and rum.
Grilling and chilling is the secret to the most delicious margarita you've ever tasted! The classic frozen margarita gets a smoky blast in this recipe for Grilled Lime Margaritas featuring limes that have been charred on the grill. Juice the limes and combine with tequila, triple sec, sugar, and ice then blend well.
When life gives you lemons and a grill, why not make grilled lemonade! Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than lemonade and this recipe takes it over the top. Lemons are halved then grilled until lightly charred before creating a smoky homemade lemonade that will be a surefire hit at any backyard BBQ bash.
Add an unexpected twist to your bourbon, Bloody Marys, and cocktails with this simple recipe for smoked ice. While it sounds like a challenge, creating smoked ice couldn't be easier, requiring nothing more then some wood, a grill, and ice. The end result is a smoky BBQ addition to virtually any cold drink.
The daiquiri is a classic Puerto Rican rum creation and is the perfect cocktail for hot summer days. Here's the recipe from the back of restaurant critic John Mariani's business card. John is known to present the card to bartenders in order to ensure he receives the perfect, properly made daiquiri.
This hot Southern Comfort cider recipe is the perfect cold weather drink, après ski if you will, or après snow blower. While it can be made with other liquors and liqueurs, Southern Comfort works best. It is technically a liqueur, but not as sticky sweet as most, making it perfect for the hot cider.
Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.
In the Southeast, when you ask for tea, people assume you mean iced and sweet, and that's the way they serve it. Here's the recipe for making classic Southern sweet tea, always made with real sugar versus artificial sweeteners.