Food & Beverage

Signature Drink of 2019

My friends all know that if I could just drink my food, I would, and often do. I much prefer drinking to eating and am constantly finding new favorites. My current favorite is a lemon loaf Tazo tea with a bit of stevia and heavy cream. It's delightful, but I do recommend two teabags. My favorite cocktail is much simpler--just some pineapple juice with vodka in it. It's popular in Spain, where I taught for a semester, and I've always carried it with me, although I'll try almost any cocktail once.

Very Vanilla

I don't know why people use "vanilla" to describe boring things. It's my all-time temptress flavor. I'll succumb to vanilla Oreos far sooner than the chocolate ones, and don't even get me started on Nilla Wafers! Did you know that there's a martini mde with Nilla Wafers? It's really just amaretto and vanilla vodka, but could you imagine lining your glass with wafter crumbs? Mmmm... It supposedly tastes just like Nilla Wafers.

The Grossest Yet Most Delicious Cocktails

Gravy fat and turkey stock in a cocktail? Gin with celery syrup and cilantro? Ugh, I can't stand cilantro (the soap herb!) and I didn't even know there was a such thing as celery syrup. These surprise ingredients are supposedly the makers of exquisite cocktails that only sound weird and gross and terrible but are actually amazing and enjoyable. 

Cooking Ingredient Cocktails

This is one of the best ways to create cocktails for your holiday events: use the ingredients you already have on hand for the meal! It's a great way to cut down on spending and waste while still managing to get a few great cocktails on the menu. From cranberries to apple cider, butternut squash (for real!) to lemons and limes, there are several items you will probably already have on hand that will make excellent drinks for Thanksgiving.

The Perfect Manhattan

All too often, the recipe for a beloved drink just doesn't do it justice. Maybe the restaurant where you have the drink has better top shelf liquor than you have at home, or maybe the ingredients are swayed just a teeny bit toward the secretive realm where you just can't make out what that lovely flavor is. That's what's so great about A Beautiful Mess: those stylish entrepreneurs know how to make a cocktail and they 're frequently sharing their secrets with us!

Candy Corn Cocktails

Within my circle of friends, candy corn is a bit of a joke. In my house, it might be utilized for Halloween gingerbread houses but it certainly won't be eaten. We have one friend who actually enjoys the stuff and we love to rip on her about it, but I have to say that it's one of the cutest candies. My grandmother liked it and that's enough for me to respect it at least a bit. If you do like candy corn, would you be interested in trying a candy corn cocktail?

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