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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Six Springtime Sips

In the midst of a chilly, damp April, it can be hard to believe that May flowers—and the sunshine that brings them—are waiting for us on the other side. But we’re muddling through with the help of some springtime sips. Here are six recipes to help you usher in your own springy sun.

The Rose
A few drops of rose water transform this simple sparkling cocktail into something more exotic.

Bourbon St
Bourbon, fresh strawberries and rhubarb bitters are a match made in cocktail heaven, and the ginger and honey syrups make this drink even more delicious.

Pillow Talk
Chamomile flowers flavor the pisco base of this cocktail, and a splash of créme de violette highlights their perfumey essence.

Chamomile Flower and Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberries lend sweetness while chamomile flowers work their calming magic—the perfect way to start or end the day.

Veronica Rose
In this cocktail from Erick Castro of Polite Provisions, our Imbibe 75 2014 Cocktail Bar of the Year, everything’s coming up roses.

Summer Rose
Named for its rosy hue, this cocktail actually gets its dose of May flowers from a little pour of lavender syrup.

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

A new coffeemaker forces friendships before it will brew. Huffington Post

Need to name a bar? This website will generate one for you.

Battle of the coffee pods. Quartz

From toy maker to coffee entrepreneur—the inventor behind the AeroPress. Fast Company

It seems powdered alcohol doesn’t get the go ahead, after all. CNBC

Is a wine critic entitled to his or her own opinion? New York Times

Friday, April 18, 2014

Drink of the Week: Heart Coffee Roasters Rwanda Kanzu

Blame it on the pouring rain and snow sweeping across the country, but we’re calling this whole “spring is in the air” thing a sham. And it’s driving us to drink coffee. And today’s Drink of the Week—the Rwanda Kanzu from Portland, Oregon-based Heart coffee roasters—is the perfect fix. Heirloom bourbon beans, grown high in the hills surrounding Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, make for a cup with fresh floral aromas, sweet berry fruit flavors and an almost tea-like finish. So spring? Take your time—we’ve got some coffee to cozy up to.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

A quick history of holy wines. Slate

A new app offers up all-you-can-drink coffee in NYC. Bloomberg

One major coffee company looks to revamp its image. New York Times

A coast-to-coast look at which beers are selling and where. The Atlantic

Why politics and wine sometimes don’t mix. ABC

Friday, April 11, 2014

Drink of the Week: Washington’s Mule

Ready for the weekend? Today’s Drink of the Week is. A potent, ginger-packed cooler from Canon in Seattle, Washington’s Mule combines four simple ingredients—applejack, citrus, Angostura bitters and ginger beer—into the ultimate springtime porch sipper. The kicker? It can be easily multiplied for any number of guests, because once the word is out you’re sipping cocktails on the porch, no telling who might stop by. Click here for the recipe.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

What Russia’s annexation of southern Ukraine means for Crimean wines. Time

Order coffee like a pro around the globe. Daily Mail

It seems the Great Lime Shortage of 2014 is now affecting air travel. Uproxx

Will coffee flour cause the next big baking buzz? Bloomberg

High demand for American craft beers in the international market. Denver Post

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Out of Limes? Make Lemon Cocktails!

Photo: Katie Burnett
Is the great lime shortage of 2014 putting the squeeze on your cocktail citrus supply? Then it’s time to stock up on lemons. There are plenty of classic and contemporary cocktails that don’t need a drop of lime juice, instead opting for the fresh zing of lemons. Here are six to try.

Rye whiskey and Bénédictine are brightened with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice in this classic cocktail.

California Bubble Bath
Bourbon, lemon juice and a bit of bitter Cynar get a floral lift from an easy-to-make lavender syrup.

Turista Smash
Muddled cucumber and a pinch of cilantro freshen up this frosty mix of tequila, lemon and dry vermouth.

Moral Suasion
This heady, exotic mixture of peach brandy, maraschino liqueur, honey, lemon juice and rosewater is enough to sway even the strictest of teetotalers.

The Summer Rose
Fresh, floral and light, this rosy sipper gets its blush from a dose of fresh blueberries.

Ward Eight
This classic cocktail is a relative of the Whiskey Sour and thought to have been invented at Boston's Locke-Ober Café in 1898.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Drink of the Week: Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé 2013

From boundary-pushing brewers to award-winning baristas and bartenders, the Pacific Northwest knows its drinks. And when it comes to wine, the region is flush with a diversity of microclimates, grape varietals and soil types. Today’s Drink of the Week—Ponzi’s 2013 Pinot Noir rosé crafted in Oregon’s Willamette Valley—is a perennial favorite for its fresh-fruited flavors of crushed red berries and tropical fruits. The acid is bright, but a kiss of residual sugar lends a lush mouthfeel. Okay, now we’re ready for spring. $20,