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.

Mermaid Tail Cocktail Glasses

If you haven't watched Iliza Schlesinger's bit about mermaids, you must; you'll die laughing. Then you can skip being a mermaid and just buy these mermaid tail cocktail glasses instead. The wine glasses are actually glasses within glasses, as you can see, because setting your mermaid tail in an upright position from which to drink would be super awkward and likely spill.

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. 

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!

Hold the Ice

Do you ever order your drink without the ice, hoping you'll get a bit more liquor in the process? People do it with all kinds of things; I know people who order lettuce-less tacos in hopes of getting more cheese! Will a bartender actually give you more liquor to make a stronger drink if you go ice free?

Bacon Drinks

Years ago, if someone offered you a bacon-flavored milkshake or a cocktail with bacon, you might have blanched. What a weird thing to do, combine bacon with drinks! Today when someone mentions they had a bacon milkshake, they are more likely simply asked if it featured maple flavor, too, or not.


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