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Friday, June 27, 2014

Drink of the Week: Pitcher of Mojitos

Photo: Lara Ferroni
Our 2014 Summer Drinks issue rolls out next week, and in it, bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (co-author of The Bar Book) shares some of his best recipes and tips for summertime imbibing, including making today’s Drink of the Week. For his pitcher of Mojitos, Morgenthaler first makes an easy mint syrup (tip: quickly blanching the leaves helps preserve both color and flavor) before mixing it with rum, lime juice and soda. The result is a summer-ready cocktail you’ll want to make all season long. Check out the July/August issue for more of Morgenthaler’s tips and recipes, and be sure to pick up his new book—it’s one you’ll definitely want to add to your cocktail library.

Pitcher of Mojitos
9 oz. white rum
4 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. mint syrup
10 oz. chilled soda water

Combine the rum, lime juice and mint syrup in a pitcher and chill for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, stir in the soda water and add crushed ice. Garnish with a mint bouquet. Serves 6.

Mint Syrup
6-8 sprigs fresh mint
16 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Gather the mint by the stems and plunge into the boiling water for 15 seconds. Remove the mint from the boiling water and immediately submerge I a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Pat dry on a clean towel. Remove the leaves and add to a blender with the simple syrup. Blend for 1 minute, then fine-strain into a clean bottle. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Brews

The Imbibe kitchen is loaded with summery beer samples, so with the weather heating up, we decided to try a few of the ones we’ve been eyeing. From sessions to sours to IPAs, here are a few of our favorites, just in time for some marathon World Cup watching.

A hop-forward session brew, this beer highlights the grassy, fruit-forward Mosaic hop. It’s fresh and crisp with flavors of pineapple and grapefruit. A summer beer if we’ve ever tasted one.

Whether you’re headed to the beach or just your own backyard, this brew hits the spot with its light-bodied crispness and kiss of malts on the finish.

Say aloha to this sunny, tropical take on a mainlander’s IPA. Intermingled hops take a back seat to flavors of mango and papaya. Definitely a good intro IPA for non-IPA drinkers.

Can we call a beer pretty? Delicate and floral, soft grassy hops whisper across the palate on the finish.

Love Belgian-style brews? This golden ale from Idaho's Grand Teton Brewing goes down nice and easy thanks to its silky carbonation and flavors of dried fruits.

San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing never disappoints, and this IPA is one for the masses thanks to its amber-like malt profile and subtle stringing of hops throughout.

This barrel-aged brew is unapologetically tart and tangy, leaving our mouths watering for that next sip.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

A beloved wine region makes its way onto the World Heritage List. Wine Searcher

Drink like a local with this visual guide to beer. Vice

Love bitters? Then you’ll want to back this project. Kickstarter  

What does the future hold for tequila? NPR

Friday, June 20, 2014

Drink of the Week: Goose Island’s Madame Rose

With summer officially starting tomorrow, we couldn’t be more ready to crack open today’s Drink of the Week—the Madame Rose from Chicago’s Goose Island brewery. Brewed with native yeasts and tart Michigan cherries, it rested in Cabernet wine barrels for almost two years before being bottled earlier this spring. It’s unapologetically sharp and tangy, with fresh cherry-pie flavors met with a hint of vanilla and barrel spice. It’s solidly reminiscent of the classic Duchesse de Bourgogne, and a sour beer any fan of the style is sure to love.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Heading to London? Check out some of the city’s more adventurous imbibeables. TNT Magazine

Coming soon, to a space station near you—espresso. Forbes

Is this European capitol becoming a hot hub for beer? Paste

David Lynch gets caffeinated. Vice

Spontaneously combusting bottles of bubbles prompt a recall. Post Gazette

Meet the Willy Wonka of the Japanese cocktail scene. The Japan Times


Friday, June 13, 2014

Drink of the Week: Cune Rosado 2013

From backyard barbecues to alfresco afternoons, we’re always ready to uncork (or unscrew) a bottle of rosé. And today’s Drink of the Week—the 2013 Cune Rosado—is a current favorite. Made entirely from Tempranillo grown in Spain’s Rioja Alta region, it fuses Old World ideals with New World tastes—think fresh, ripe berries and crushed dried herbs, but with enough Tempranillo oomph to back heartier fare from the grill. $12, garyswine.com


Thursday, June 12, 2014

World Cup 2014: The Definitive Imbibers' Guide to World Cup Sips

Photo by Robert Peacock

Four long years of waiting are finally coming to an end! The FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off today and we’re gearing up for a series of intense matches. So many burning questions hang in the air—will the U.S. make it out of the first round despite being in a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana? Will more controversy arise around FIFA? And, most importantly, what will we sip as we nail-bite our way through the games? We’ve put together a guide based on which team you’ll be supporting. If your team gets the boot, just switch your drink as you do your allegiances. May the best team—and drink—win!

Spain 
Spain is the #1 ranked team right now according to FIFA and we think a mellow, sherry-based cocktail like the Carpenter’s Hand is just the thing for Spain’s fans.

Germany 
Almost always a strong team, Germany is ranked at #2 in the world right now. For their drink, we're going for a traditional German brew.

Brazil 
As the host of this years’ World Cup and home to the #3 team in the world, Brazil is the golden child of the 2014 games. Toast their inevitable—and inevitably well-played—wins with the country’s national cocktail, a  Caipirinha.

Portugal 
Cheer on Portugal, the 4th-ranked team in the world, with this fruity and rich port-spiked Negroni.

Argentina
Argentina’s fans are some of the most passionate in the world. What better to toast their team with than a drink named for one of the country’s most famous figures, Eva Peron.

Italy 
Campari and prosecco—what could possibly be more Italian than that? Cheer on one of the most fun-to-watch teams of all with this fizzy, lightened-up Negroni Sbagliato.

England
A little fruity, a little fizzy, a little bitter and 100% refreshing, nothing says sporting summer fun in England quite like a classic Pimm’s Cup.

USA  
We’re strong, but the US team has their work cut out for them, going up against Portugal and Germany right off the bat, so you’ll need to sip something strong. Mix up an all-American pitcher of Juleps before the game, and settle in for some major nail-biting.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Drink of the Week: The Classic Negroni

With Negroni Week in full swing, we’re raising a glass to the cocktail that inspired it all. A seemingly simple mix of three ingredients stirred in equal parts—gin, Campari and sweet vermouth—the Negroni has transcended close to a century of cocktail culture and found a place into the hearts of imbibers around the globe. So much so, that it inspired us to launch Negroni Week last year, encouraging bars around the world to donate at least $1 from each Negroni sold during the week to a charity of their choice. Now in its second year, we’ve multiplied the number of participating bars 10-fold, with more than 1,300 cocktail spots from Alabama to Australia mixing up classic Negronis (and favorite variations) and raising funds for myriad charitable organizations. And with the weekend officially here, we hope you’ll head out to visit a participating bar in your own neighborhood to help us toast this great cause.