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The Ice Hotel's Cold & Crazy Cocktail

The Ice Hotel's Cold & Crazy Cocktail

We venture to northern Sweden to find the coolest of drinks

Ali Rosen

Ice Hotel Cocktail

Everyone loves a good pun, so let’s just get it out of the way and say that any drink at Sweden’s Ice Hotel is going to be very cool. But puns aside, when visiting the freezing hotel we found that their famous Ice Bar serves up some pretty mean cocktails (which is quite an accomplishment for a bar that's temperature hovers around 25 degrees).

One of the bar’s best offerings is called (aptly) the Cold & Crazy. Recently, we learned the steps to this delicious cocktail conjured up in the coldest of climates. You start with some Absolut Raspberry and add blackberry liqueur, blueberry juice, and blood orange syrup. You may not have an ice glass to serve it in, but the fruity concoction will still be a crowd-pleaser.

For the full recipe, watch the video above — and try to stay warm.

21 Refreshing Iced Coffee Recipes

Iced coffee is our all-time favorite pick-me-up, especially on a hot afternoon — and, let's be real, sometimes you need caffeine and dessert simultaneously. There's something about the combination of toasty, roasty coffee and icy, creamy sweetness that sends shivers up our spine. Since experimenting with being your own barista is so much fun, throw on an apron and try your hand at making one of these unique iced coffee recipes.

Iced Bulletproof Coffee

Throw the ingredients, including vanilla, into a blender. Easy and delicious for lasting energy all day. (via Brit + Co)

Iced Ube Latte

Sick of the same old iced latte flavors? Do yourself a favor and try this iced ube latte. (via Brit + Co)

Two-Ingredient Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Sometimes you want a strong, sweet iced coffee, but don't want to have to become a master barista to make it happen. This Vietnamese iced coffee uses sweetened condensed milk to give it big flavor with minimal effort. (via Brit + Co)

Topo Chico Iced Coffee

Topo Chico sparkling mineral water is ultra-refreshing on its own, but add it to iced coffee, and you've got a serious pick-me-up on your hands. (via Brit + Co)

Fresh Mint Iced Coffee

Muddled mint and lots of ice make this coffee perfect for the hottest days of summer. (via Brit + Co)

Milky, Minty Coffee Popsicles

Technically, a popsicle made out of iced coffee is still iced coffee. Although you might be tempted to just drink this coffee, flavored with mint, instead of putting it into the popsicle molds. (via Brit + Co)

Lemonade Iced Coffee

Cold brew is diluted with a splash of lemonade for a refreshing, more caffeinated take on an Arnold Palmer. (via Brit + Co)

Simple Vanilla Coffee

Homemade vanilla simple syrup gives a fragrant hint of sweetness to your iced coffee, so you don't have to worry about trying to dissolve granulated sugar in your cold beverage. (via Brit + Co)

Rosewater Cardamom Iced Coffee

Making your own flavored creamer is an easy way to give your iced coffee a boost. This recipe uses cardamom and rosewater to make a unique drink. (via Brit + Co)

Cinnamon Ice Cube Coffee

Keep ice cubes made from coffee infused with cinnamon in your freezer, and you can jazz up a boring glass of iced java whenever the fancy strikes. (via Brit + Co)

Kahlua Iced Coffee

Perfect for when those afternoon coffee breaks turn into evening coffee breaks, this spiked version of iced coffee is everything you could ask for at five o'clock. (via Lick My Spoon)

Wild Child Iced Coffee

Adulthood can be stressful. Inject some fun into your day by topping your favorite iced coffee with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream and plenty of sprinkles. (via Brit + Co)

Caramel Mocha Coffee Concentrate

Don't be thrown off by the sugary title. This treat is sweetened naturally, without processed sugars. (via Sunkissed Kitchen)

Coconut Caramel Cold Brew

Something about the toasted flavor of caramel pairs beautifully with coconut. Pair with some cold brew coffee for a drink you'll want to sip on all day long. (via The Gourmet RD)

Toasted Coconut Shakerato

Shakerato is Italian iced coffee, made by shaking coffee with ice (and, in this case, toasted coconut syrup). Top your glass with some creamy coconut milk and rim your glass with toasted coconut flakes for a real treat. (via Simply Whisked)

Samoa Iced Coffee

Tragically, Girl Scout cookies aren't available year round. Take matters into your own hand with this Samoa-inspired iced coffee. (via The Lovely Life)

Iced Salted Honey Lattes

Salt and honey might sound like a strange combination, but think a little harder and you'll realize that's the flavor combination that makes spiced nuts, granola, and trail mix so irresistible. It does the same for these lattes, which are so tasty you'll want to get up early just to get a sip. (via Sweet Phi)

Viennese Iced Coffee

Dark, strong iced coffee helps tame the sweetness of vanilla ice cream to make this dessert drink. (via Li'l Vienna)

Vegan Iced Cinnamon Mocha

Once you make this cinnamon-infused chocolate sauce (in just one minute, no less!), you'll be able to transform all manner of beverages and desserts. Stir some into your morning cup of Joe to give your drink a spicy kick. (via Vegetarian Gastronomy)

Overnight New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee

If you want a fancy caffeine boost in the morning, make things easy by starting with some store-bought coffee concentrate. Infuse it with cinnamon and chicory (a New Orleans classic) overnight, and you'll be ready to conquer the world in the a.m. (via Hummingbird High)

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This article has been updated from a previous post published in May 2018.

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I loved the iced bulletproof coffee! Really helps you feel full and saw it all over IG so wanted to try. This is the best recepie!

The coffee popsicle idea is so mart! I love it!

One Martini, Ice Cold, With a Blanket and a Scarf

Drinking outdoors in the winter, thanks to Covid, can be painful, but bar owners are trying to make it feel like fun — or at least less frigid.

In winters past, Del Pedro, an owner of Tooker Alley in Brooklyn, responded to snowfall by inviting a group of friends to drink martinis in the bar’s frigid backyard. Called the Polar Bear Martini Club, the gatherings were a wry gesture of hearty determination tossed into the teeth of inclement weather.

But what was once a goof has become an imperative. Faced with a winter in which New York City’s Covid rules allow only outdoor seating, Mr. Pedro is taking the club public. For $75 a head, including drinks and food, customers will be able to enjoy the privilege of drinking in the bar’s backyard for a reserved time of up to three hours. At the end of the session, they receive a signed, dated and numbered certificate as a bona fide club member.

“Normally, your martini never stays cold long enough,” Mr. Pedro said. “Here, it actually gets colder the longer it sits.”

Sitting and drinking in the cold may sound like a path to frostbite — alcohol is known to lower body temperature. But this season, bar owners across the Northern United States are casting about for creative ways to make the experience seem more attractive, and even comfortable.

They’re luring shivering patrons not just with shelters and heat lamps, but with blankets, seat warmers and hats with curling rinks and fondue pots with steaming pots of mulled wine and do-it-yourself toddies and with playful dares to prove you can endure, and even enjoy, the chill.

At the Settle Down Tavern in Madison, Wis., Brian Bartels’s version of the polar bear club is called the Tundra Club — a reference to the famed “frozen tundra” of the Green Bay Packers’ gridiron. “We wanted people to feel inspired and drawn into the tailgating mentality,” said Mr. Bartels, a co-owner of the tavern. “If you go up to Lambeau Field, you’re outside for two hours before the game.”

Club members (anyone who buys food and drink) can warm themselves at four open fire pits. They receive an official Tundra Club patch and a credit with each purchase. Those who rack up 10 visits will be eligible for prizes come spring, along with a free margarita on the first 80-degree day.

Caroline Marks, a legal assistant, recently became member No. 24. “The little outdoor seating area is awesome. It’s fun,” she said. “And in the situation we’re in right now, I’ll take it.”

Walk into one of the temporary outdoor “chalets” at Baita, a restaurant at Eataly in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, and you’ll find a coat rack draped with scarves, hats and blankets by the Italian knitwear brand Falconeri that customers can buy if they’re feeling underdressed.

1 1/2 Parts Jagermeister
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Crushed Ice
Orange Zest

The herbal flavors of Jägermeister and the sweet and tangy juice from the orange mix for a visually beautiful drink with orange juice on the bottom and the dark Jägermeister floating on top.

Finish with a twist of orange zest and a stir stick.

27 Cocktails That'll Give You Serious Wanderlust

No time to book that trip to Thailand? Sip your way to a vacation state of mind instead.

Even if you're just staycationing, these drinks will take you far, far away.

You'll feel like you're strolling through a Kyoto garden &mdash minus the jet lag.

2 oz Fuji Japanese Whisky

1/2 oz. Suntory Cherry Blossom Liqueur (can substitute Luxardo Maraschino)

Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Pour whisky and Cherry Blossom Liqueur into a highball glass, and top with ice. Slowly top with soda water, making sure to not pour directly on top of the ice. When the glass is half full, stir, and then continue filling with soda water. Stir again. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Add a fresh cherry blossom for extra styling points!

Imagine whiling away in the hot Phuket sun (hey, we can dream) with Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Fuji Apple & Ginger Flavor Iced Tea in one hand, and a juicy beach read in the other. Combine that with rum and you'll have an idyllic afternoon, wherever you are.

The Recipe:

Cinnamon stick, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, place 1/8 of a Fuji apple, thinly sliced and ¼ inch thick slice of ginger cut, and muddle strongly.

Add remaining ingredients and ice and close the shaker.

Shake vigorously and strain liquid using a flat-disc strainer as well as a small fine mesh strainer over a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish the cocktail with a Fuji apple slice, a ginger slice, and a long cinnamon stick.

*To make demerara syrup, combine equal parts raw brown sugar and hot water. Stir and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week.

This lightly boozy lemonade is the perfect thing to serve at an outdoor soirée (or BBQ, if you aren't feeling fancy.)

1 bottle (750 ml) rosé wine, chilled

1 bottle (750 ml) Cocchi Aperitivo Americano

10 dashes grapefruit bitters

Assorted edible flowers, for garnish (optional)

Place an ice ring or 3 cups of ice cubes in a punch bowl. Add the ginger beer, lemon juice, rosé, Cocchi Aperitivo Americano, and grapefruit bitters, and stir together gently. Garnish with the lemon wheels and edible flowers, if using. Serve in rocks glasses.

Excerpted from Day Drinking by Kat Odell (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.

Even better than Paris in springtime, is this tart and tasty tipple.

1 fresh rhubarb stalk, chopped into 1-inch pieces

Juice of 1 tangelo or other &ldquosweet&rdquo orange

Freshly ground black pepper

3 oz. of your favorite gin

1 cup good-quality tonic water

A ribbon of tangelo zest to garnish

Place the rhubarb, brown sugar, cardamom, orange juice, and pepper in a shaker or mason jar. Muddle until well pummeled. Add the gin and fill with ice. Cover and shake with vigor until your arm aches a little. Strain into a glass and top with ice. Cap it all off with a little tonic and garnish with a ribbon of tangelo zest.

You don't have to fly to Italy to get a taste of it. Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Sicilian Lemon & Honeysuckle Flavor Iced Tea mixed with gin will quickly become your favorite brunch cocktail. No piazza? No problem.

Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

Strain liquid using a flat-disc strainer into a stemless wine glass filled with crushed ice.

Add champagne and garnish with a long, thin, and curling twist of lemon.

*To make simple syrup combine equal parts refined white sugar and hot water. Stir until combined and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week.

It doesn't get simpler than this crazy satisfying drink.

3 oz. dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Pour the wine into a rocks glass, add an ice cube or two, and top with the soda water.

Excerpted from Day Drinking by Kat Odell (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.

This earthy cocktail is basically a farmer's market in a tumbler. If you're craving a nature-packed getaway, this one's for you.

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

4 medium beets, diced into ½-inch cubes

Sprig of fresh mint to garnish.

Place the vinegar, sugar, mint, and smoked paprika in nonreactive bowl. Whisk well to combine. Add the beets. Mix well and cover. Place in the fridge to macerate for 2 days, giving the mixture a good stir halfway through. Remove the solids with a fine-mesh strainer and pour the liquid into a clean jar.

Pour the lemon juice, beet shrub, and gin into a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Top with ice cubes. Stir to chill for 20 seconds. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice. Strain the liquid into the prepared glass. Top with tonic water and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Pro Tip: Once the shrub has been strained, set aside the beets for snacking.

This next-level lavender lemonade will make you feel like you're frolicking through a Monet painting. after a few, at least.

2 tablespoons of lavender syrup

Slices of lemon and lavender sprigs to garnish

To make the lavender syrup:

In a sauce pan combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 3-4 sprigs of lavender. Let it boil until sugar dissolves. Strain mixture and let it cool.Extra syrup may be stored in a glass container for up to a week.

In a cocktail shaker add cachaca, lavender simple syrup, lemonade, and ice. Shake until mixed and chilled. Pour mixture into serving glass, garnish and enjoy.

With one sip of this cocktail made with Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Wild Blackberry & Sage Flavor Iced Tea, you'll be transported to the grounds of a luxe hacienda, even if you're just unwinding in your own backyard.

.5 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

In a cocktail shaker tin place 3 blackberries and 1 medium sage leaf and lightly muddle.

Add remaining ingredients and ice and close the shaker. Shake vigorously and strain liquid using a flat-disc strainer as well as straining through a small fine mesh strainer over a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish the cocktail with a blackberry on a cocktail pick, a sage leaf, and a lime wheel.

*To make agave syrup combine equal parts light agave nectar and hot water. Stir until combined and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week.

Take your tastebuds on a tour of Tokyo, even though the mention of Everclear might send them back to college. It's basically a green juice, but more fun.

6 dashes charred pineapple bitters

In a cocktail shaker muddle the matcha, honey water, and the shisho leaves. Add Everclear, coconut water, and bitters, and shake with ice. Strain into a julep cup and top with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a fresh orchid.

A cousin of the Negroni, this tipple will transport you to Prohibition-era New York. Bonus: No password required.

Orange twist and bourbon soaked cherries to garnish

Pour the bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth into a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Top with ice. Stir with a cocktail stirrer for 60 seconds, strain into a coupe glass.

A shot of limoncello brightens up this classic while whisking you away to the Amalfi coast, where the sweet liqueur is made.

Pour the limoncello and gin into a champagne flute. Top with the wine and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

It's essentially fruit salad in a glass, so you know it's good for you. Customize using whatever's in season &mdash or whichever produce reminds you of the country you long to visit.

½ oz. floral gin, such as Hendrick&rsquos

5 drops Star Anise Tincture

Mint sprigs and assorted fresh fruit and veggies, such as
raspberries, currants, and watermelon

Combine the Pimm&rsquos, gin, curaçao, lemon juice, and
star anise tincture (if using) in a wineglass and stir to
blend. Top with ginger beer. Garnish frivolously with seasonal fresh fruit and springs of mint. Cucumber is a must!

Sub in a splash of Champagne or sparkling wine for
the ginger beer to make a Pimm&rsquos Royale.

Excerpted from Day Drinking by Kat Odell (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.

The perfect apertivo, whether you're in Rome, or at home helping yourself to burrata.

3 to 4 oz. prosecco or other dry sparkling white wine, chilled

Pour the prosecco and Aperol into a wineglass or rocks glass with 1 ice cube. Add the soda water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the orange slice.

Excerpted from Day Drinking by Kat Odell (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.

Fresh fruit and a bottle of bubbles will revive even the most weary travelers.

1 Bottle of chilled prosecco

8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme

Add chartreuse, vermouth, fruit, and a few sprigs of Thyme to a serving pitcher. Let sit for a few hours. When ready to serve, add Prosecco. Serve over ice and serve with a straw, and garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme.

These playful treats will delight all of your friends. The best part? No clean up once they leave.

2 tbsp. citrus-flavored vodka or limoncello

Fresh mint sprigs for serving

Cut a small slice from one end of each lemon to create a stable base. Cut 1&frasl4 to 1&frasl2 inch from the other end. Using a paring knife or small serrated knife, carefully cut around the pith, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the lemon.

Scoop out the lemon flesh with a spoon into a bowl. Squeeze all of the scooped-out lemons &mdash you should have 1 1&frasl4 to 1 1&frasl2 cups juice.

Bring 3 cups water and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 cup of the lemon juice. Stir in
additional juice, 1/4 cup at a time, adding more to taste. Stir in the vodka and pour into a shallow glass or metal baking dish. Freeze for 1 hour.

Remove the dish from the freezer and scrape the ice crystals with a fork return to the freezer. Repeat the process every hour for 2 to 3 hours, or until the granita is frozen and fluffy.

Scoop the granita into the lemon shells, garnish with mint, if desired, and serve immediately.

10 Ridiculously Healthy Cocktails

Ok, ok&mdashso cocktails aren't exactly health food. But every once in a while, they can be oh-so-good for your mental health. 'Tis the season to indulge, so we wondered: is there a healthier way to drink?

Absolutely, says Nikki Brender, RD, who teaches a class called "Nutritionist's Guide to Boozing" for Skillshare and runs LittleBitesNutrition. Alcohol is farily calorie-dense, she says, so the slimming secret is in the mixers. Check out her top 5 tips for lightening up cocktails:

  • Ice is your friend "Adding ice&mdashespecially crushed ice&mdashhas a triple benefit of keeping your drink cold, keeping you hydrated, and diluting the alcohol flavor, requiring less juice and other sweetener," she says.
  • Sip seasonally Take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies. The riper the ingredients, the more natural fruit sugar and less added sugar you'll need, Brender says.
  • Make mine spicy Instead of packaged mixes, flavor your cocktails with fresh herbs and spices, says Brender. Cayenne pepper adds kick, lemon and lime add pucker, and bitters? Well, they make everything better.
  • Don't get loose with juice "If the recipe calls for more than 1/2 cup juice per cocktail, replace the remaining juice with flavored seltzer or dilute with water or extra ice," Brender says.
  • Save your sugar Slash half of the sugar from any recipe you follow. "You can always add in more later," she says. "But the majority of the time, you can get away with cutting back at least 1/4 of the amount."

We followed Brender's advice and found 10 light and healthy, RD-approved cocktail creations. It's happy hour somewhere, so grab your muddler and get mixing!

This intensely sippable drink by Warren Bobrow, cocktail writer for Foodista and author of forthcoming book Apothecary Cocktails, will warm your whole body. Lemon alters your body's pH, which might make it more resistant to viruses.

3 oz smoky whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)
2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (honey and water, warmed)
Assorted herbs from the garden, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and lavender
1 cheesecloth bag for steeping
1/2 mug black tea
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

ADD 3 oz. whisky and 2 Tbsp honey syrup to the mug

PLACE herbs in a cheesecloth bag and steep them in the hot tea for about five minutes, then pour over the whisky and honey mixture

STIR IN lemon juice.

"I prefer the tiny, intensely flavored Maine wild blueberries for this cocktail they come either frozen or canned during the off-season," Bobrow says. We skipped the cranberry sauce and maple syrup to save on calories and sugar&mdashand we still wanted a second mug.

1/4 cup each of crushed cranberries and blueberries
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
4 shots gin (we used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
1/3 cup water
1 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Grade B dark amber maple syrup, optional
Several orange slices
2 fresh lemon thyme sprigs

MUDDLE the crushed cranberries with the blueberries to make a slurry, then add the cranberry sauce to the mix

ADD the gin and let sit for a few minutes to combine the flavors

BRING the water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cranberry and lime juices

ADD the heated cranberry juice mixture to the muddled cranberry mixture and stir together. Pour into 2 preheated mugs (we strained it)

SWEETEN with maple syrup if desired, and garnish with orange slices and a sprig of lemon thyme.

After knocking back a couple of these, you'll definitely feel high on prana&mdashSanskrit for "life." This refreshing drink comes straight from Mat Snapp, mixologist of True Food Kitchen, a venture co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take comfort in the fact that as the alcohol depletes your electrolytes, coconut water helps restore them. It's the circle of life.

1 oz. pineapple juice
3 wedges clementine
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1 lemon wedge
1 oz. coconut water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka

MUDDLE first 4 ingredients together

ADD all ingredients to cocktail shaker, shake, and strain. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a clementine wheel.

RD Tip: "Use fresh grapefruit squeezed instead of grapefruit juice, especially because they are so sweet this time of year," Brender says.

This herb-forward hot chocolate comes from HumanaVitality and Janice Newell Bissex, RD, and Liz Weiss, RD, also known as the Meal Makeover Moms. By using real cocoa powder instead of packaged hot chocolate mix, you're able to control the amount of total sugar. We love the kicky undertones of stomach-soothing ginger.

5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop almond extract
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Miniature marshmallows, optional

CRUSH mint leaves and combine with ginger

HEAT milk in a large saucepan, then add crushed mint leaves and ginger, sugar, and cocoa

STIR over medium heat until heated through

REMOVE from heat and strain

STIR IN vanilla and almond extracts add Baileys Irish Cream.

 Serve in mugs with marshmallows, if desired.

21 Ginger Beer Cocktails Just In Time For Cold and Flu Season

Sneezing season is upon us, which means now is the perfect time to get a little more of homeopathic-favorite ginger in to your diet. And what better way to get your daily dose than by imbibing delicious alcoholic beverages? Two birds with one stone, no? Though we can't vouch for its ability to keep sniffles at bay, we can guarantee that these ginger beer cocktails will make a tasty addition to your seasonal routine.

1 oz Fernet-Branca
1 oz Carpano Dry Vermouth
1 oz mint syrup
1 oz ginger beer
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz yellow chartreuse


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.

2 oz Crown Royal Regal Apple whiskey
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
Brooklyn Crafted extra spicy ginger beer
Candied ginger

Combine whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker shake vigorously. Serve topped with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.

BUY NOW Crown Royal Regal Apple Whiskey, starting at $18.99

1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose
.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz Fever Tree ginger beer
7-8 raspberries
1-2 slices of ginger
1-2 slices of lime

Lightly muddle raspberries and combine with the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a wine glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh ginger and lime.

BUY NOW Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, $34,

2 oz vodka
2 oz fresh lime juice
Ginger beer
Lime wedge for garnish
Mint for garnish

Fill two copper mugs with about ice. Pour 1 ounce of vodka and .5 ounce of lime juice over ice in each mug. Pour ginger beer into each cup until mostly full. Stir. Garnish with lime and mint.

2 oz Descendant Apple Cider
2 oz dark rum
4 oz Brooklyn Crafted extra spicy ginger beer

1 oz gin
2 limes
4 sprigs cilantro
Crushed ice
Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Muddle three cilantro sprigs and one slice of lime in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin and crushed ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cilantro spring and lime wedge.

BUY NOW Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, $8.79

2 oz Starward Two Fold Australian Whisky
1.25 oz Boiron Morello Cherry Syrup*
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 teaspoon yuzu juice
.25 oz ginger beer
1.25 oz club soda
1 dash absinthe


Add all ingredients into a shaker, except the ginger beer and club soda. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over large ice cubes in a highball glass and top with ginger beer and club soda.

*Boiron Morello Cherry Syrup: Strain 2 parts cherry purée through fine mesh strainer into a sauce pot. Add 1 part cane sugar and stir until dissolved.

4-5 oz dry white wine
2-3 oz Brooklyn Crafted ginger beer
Juice from half a lime

1.5 oz Tequila Cazadores Añejo
1 oz prickly pear puree
.5 oz agave nectar
2 lemon wedges
Top with ginger beer
Chipotle powder


Pour all ingredients into a copper mug over ice. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with mint and chipotle powder.

2 tbsp Calvados
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
Ginger beer
Candied ginger


Combine Calvados, maple syrup, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker shake 30 seconds. Serve topped with ginger beer and candied ginger.

2 oz apple cider
2 oz dark rum
4 oz ginger beer
1 lime

Combine apple cider, rum, ginger beer, and juice of half of the lime in a cocktail shaker or tall glass and stir until combined. Cut the other half of the lime into wedges, and serve in a tall glass over ice.

2 oz Absolut Elyx
2 oz unfiltered apple juice
.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Ginger beer
Cinnamon stick

Build the Absolut, apple juice, lime juice, and bitters in a Highball glass over cubed ice. Top with Ginger Beer, stir gently, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

BUY NOW Absolut Elyx, starting at $21.99

BUY NOW Angostura Bitters, starting at $5.99

1.5 oz silver tequila
.5 tsp fresh lime zest
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
Simple syrup*, optional
3 oz ginger beer
Lime wedge, for garnish

Combine the tequila, lime zest, lime juice, orange juice and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass over ice. Taste, and stir in some simple syrup if you'd like it sweeter. Top off with the ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

*Simple syrup
To make simple syrup, bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cool and chill.

4 oz Castello Del Poggio Sweet Red
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz elderflower liqueur
.5 oz lemon juice
2 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients, except for ginger beer, to a wine glass filled with ice. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange slice & mint sprig (edible flower, optional).

Recipe courtesy of Tenzin Samdo, Beverage Director at Tavern Road.

BUY NOW St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, starting at $24.99

1 oz limoncello
1 oz vodka
Fever Tree ginger beer

Add all the ingredients together in a julep cup, and garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint sprig.

Recipe from Cynthia Tran, Beverage Director at Tratto, San Francisco, California

.75 oz fresh lemon juice
1 large egg white
2 oz gin
.5 oz crème de cacao
1.5 oz chilled heavy cream
1.5 oz chilled ginger beer
1 orange twist, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice and egg white and shake well. Add ice and the gin, crème de cacao, ginger liqueur and heavy cream and shake again. Pour the ginger beer into a chilled collins glass, then slowly strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with the orange twist and serve with a straw.

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
1 750 ml bottle of white wine
3 cups apple cider
.75 cup light rum
3-4 medium apples
3 2-inch orange peels
4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
2 12-oz bottles of ginger beer

Add all ingredients except ginger ale to a 2.5-quart or larger pitcher. Cover with airtight lid or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours.

If desired, remove fruit and pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to strain out the spices and orange peel. Discard spices and orange peel and return liquid and apples to the pitcher. Personally, I like having the cloves and allspice bob around in each glass, so I don&rsquot strain, but you do have to be careful to dodge the whole spices when drinking it.

Pour liquid into glasses about halfway. Add apple slices until glass is about 3/4 full. Top off with ginger beer. Serve with a straw.

2 oz blood orange juice
1.5 oz tequila
1 wedge of lime
3 oz ginger beer

Ingredients for Garnish
.25 cup blood orange juice
zest from one blood orange
.25 cup granulated sugar
Slices of blood orange (optional)

Place .25 cup blood orange juice into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine blood orange zest and sugar. Dip the rim of a glass into juice first and then into the sugar mixture to coat the rim evenly. Fill the glass with ice.

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 cup of ice with 2 ounces blood orange juice, 1.5 ounces tequila, and the juice from a lime wedge. Shake vigorously. Pour into the prepared glass and top off with desired amount of ginger beer.

One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1.5 tsp simple syrup
1.5 oz aged rum
1.5 oz apple cider
1.5 oz ginger beer
1 lime wedge
1 slice of apple

In a shaker, muddle ginger and syrup. Add rum and cider and then fill remaining space with ice. Shake well and pour over ice in rocks glass, add a splash of chilled ginger beer to top off. Garnish with lime and apple.

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 cups ginger beer
1 cup club soda or seltzer water
3 tbs lime juice
.25 cup grenadine
Lime rounds and/or maraschino cherries

Pour ginger beer, club soda, lime juice and grenadine in a pitcher. Stir. Prepare four tall classes with ice and pour pitcher contents over. Garnish with lime rounds and/or cherries.

Ingredients (serves 8)
8 cups seedless watermelon chunks (wedges reserved for garnish)
1 cup light rum
1 cup fresh orange juice
.25 cup fresh lime juice
1 (12-oz) bottle ginger beer

Blend watermelon chunks until smooth. Strain the puree into a pitcher and discard solids. Stir in rum, orange juice and lime juice.
Add ginger beer and stir thoroughly. Serve over ice with watermelon wedges.

Classic Gin Cocktails

These are the go to gin cocktails that you’ll find in any half decent bar, how good they will be will depend on the bar itself, the person making it for you and the ingredients they use. We’ve found the best recipes for you to have a go at making them at home plus we’ve got some great variations too.

These are classics because they are great, loved my millions and can be easily made or bought when you’re out at bars and drinking establishments. If you’ve not tried any of these we recommend you do as these often become the go to drinks for gin lovers and non gin lovers once they are tried.

Gin Martini Recipe

If you’ve never had a gin based cocktail then this should be one you try, especially if you love the taste of gin on it’s own. There are many variations of this and Vodka can be substituted if for those awful times when you run out of gin!
Ingredients (serves 1)

  1. Add the ingredients along with a handfull of ice into a mixing glass
  2. Stir for approx 30-40 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Optional: add a dash of bitters
  5. Garnish with either 1 olive, 3 olives or a twist of lemon

If you want to try a Gin Martini without buying full bottles, check out the TASTE cocktails Gin Martini & Martinez cocktail kit. Ingredients for 6 drinks with 2-3 recipes for just £29.

The Gimlet

A classic gin cocktail which has a light green colour to it, the gimlet cocktail recipe is very easy and takes minutes to make, it’s a strong cocktail and certainly has a kick, so those who prefer fruity long drinks may want to avoid this one, however it’s certainly a classic for a reason. Enjoy it slowing, sipping and savouring the flavours, a great choice in the summer.

There simplest classic form of this drink is equal parts gin to lime cordial or juice, however there have been variations with this and depending on your own taste you may want to experiment with the ratios as well as using juice over cordial, a popular ratio is to make a drink with 50ml of your favourite gin mixed with 10ml of lime cordial.
Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml of Gin
  • 15ml of Lime Juice
  • 15ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Twist of Lime
  1. Get your cocktail glass (ideally chilled)
  2. Combine all ingredients (except lime twists) into a shaker filled with ice
  3. Shake throughly until you’ve brought the temperature right down so it’s very cold
  4. Pour int your glass and garnish with the lime twists

Blush Gimlet

Love a classic Gimlet and want to try variations? Or maybe you’re not a fan of lime, whatever the reason this Blush Gimlet recipe is a great variation and one that is easy to make featuring sage and Grapefruit, this gin cocktail is a must try.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 40ml of Gin
  • 50ml of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Fresh Sage Leaves
  • Sparkling water
  • Optional: garnish with lime wedges
  1. Put the sage leaves in a glass and gently muddle
  2. Combine the gin and grapefruit juice in a shaker with ice and shake well
  3. Strain into the glass with the sage and add ice
  4. Top up with sparkling water if required, garnish with a lime wedge

French75 Cocktail

Champagne cocktails are great, so are gin based ones but when you combine both it’s something special. The French75 is a beautifully refreshing gin cocktail and one that is ever so simple to make, can be be prepared easily for events and is a great alternative to just serving Champagne.

The exact date this cocktail first was made is unknown but many believe it was first created around 1925 in an American bar in Paris. The name is said to have derived from the 75-millimeter M1897 light machine gun that the French used during World War 1, due to the drink being light but one that certainly has a kick to it.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml Gin
  • 12ml Lemon Juice
  • 6ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Champagne
  • Twist of Lemon
  1. Into a Champagne glass add 1 or 2 lemon twists, the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice
  2. Then simply top up with chilled Champagne
  3. Sip and enjoy delicious gin cocktails!

Photo credit to RachelPhipps and check her blog for more recipes

Tom Collins Cocktail

A simple cocktail dating back to it’s creation around 1870’s, it was first published in a book called “The Bartender’s Guide” by a Jerry Thomas, the drink tastes slightly tart due to the lemon juice but the sugar syrup helps balance this and topping up with club soda also helps. It’s a wonderful cocktail and one that is often listed on good bar menus around the world.

Story has it that the name ‘Tom Collins’ actually came from a hoax often played at a bar in which a man would go up to their friend and ask “have you seen Tom Collins?” and the friend would say no, the man would then say that this Tom fella had been saying bad things about the friend, the friend upset at this would go off asking where Tom Collins was and that he wanted to confront him. The hoax was that he never existed, eventually a bartender decided to make a drink so when people asked if he knew a Tom he could produce them with a drink. A great story behind a gin cocktail.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml Gin
  • 50ml Lemon Juice
  • 25ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Club Soda
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherries
  1. Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with ice into a tall glass
  2. Stir well and then top up with club soda
  3. Finish by adding one or two Maraschino cherries on the top

Full recipe and photo credit: CulinaryGinger

Red Snapper Cocktail

A Gin take on the Bloody Mary which typically has vodka in, this Red Snapper cocktail recipe features gin instead and with the usual ingredients such as tomato juice, Tabasco etc. Depending how strong you like it you can add more or less gin, best served in a glass with a salt and pepper rim, the best way to get this is a very small amount of butter on your finger and place it around the rim, then on a plate add the black pepper and celery salt mixture and roll the rim of the glass in this.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25-50ml of Gin (depending how strong you like it)
  • 120ml of Tomato Juice
  • 15ml of Lemon Juice
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Black Pepper & Celery Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
  2. Strain into a glass which has a salt/pepper rim

Vesper Cocktail

Created by the man himself James Bond, well actually Ian Fleming the man behind the Bond books and movies, the Vesper cocktail first saw light in the 1953 movie Casino Royale and has since become somewhat famous. The drink is shaken well with ice which not only chills it very well but dilutes it more so it can be a little easier to drink than a stirred martini.

So whether you’re feeling like 007 or you simply enjoy gin cocktails, it is worth a try either at your favourite bar or at home.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
  2. Strain into a martini glass & garnish with lemon peel twist

Full recipe and photo credit: Imbibe

Blueberry & Mint Vesper

A simple variation on the classic Vesper cocktail which can be seen in the recipe above, this one combines both fruit and herbs to give the cocktail a new taste and one we do like. If you’re a fan of the traditional version of this then why not try this out in the summer for a more refreshing and fun summer gin cocktail.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 75ml Gin
  • 50ml Vodka
  • 12ml of Kina Lillet
  • Fresh Blueberries (10-15)
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  1. Combine the fresh blueberries and the Lillet together in a shaker and muddle throughly
  2. Add the gin, vodka, ice and mint and shake well for approx 10-15 seconds
  3. Strain into your favourite glasses and garnish with more mint leaves.

Full recipe and photo credit: Cali-Zona

Quick and Easy Strawberry Slushie Recipe

Adults and kids alike will love this easy slushie recipe! I love that it uses strawberries and ginger ale to combine for a fun and refreshing drink here.

Best Baileys cocktail recipes

1.Winter snowflake cocktail

This one is pretty indulgent, and basically tastes like a spiked chocolate milk. We're talking white chocolate, Baileys, milk and cream. Yeah, it's a lot.

2. Baileys and Amaretto hot-tail

Baileys and Amaretto mixed together.. Can you think of anything better? We can't. Sign us up.

3. Caramel apple martini

A martini might scream more James Bond than creamy Baileys initially, but this one promises to combine both worlds. We're a big fan of a salt and sugar rim, too.

4. Flat white martini

Another martini recipe, this one combines coffee with the creaminess of Baileys to offer a seriously indulgent treat. Just don't take your caffeine fix too late!

5. Mudslide cocktail

This one is basically an espresso martini, replacing the espresso shot with Baileys. So yeah, it's pretty lethal - vodka, coffee liqueur and Baileys is quite the combo.

6. Baileys pumpkin spice cocktail recipe

Anyone else ready for Halloween? Maybe? Mix together the tastes of 30 October and Christmas with a Baileys / pumpkin spice crossover, paired with a bright orange glass rim.

7. Frozen mochaccino

Now this is something we can really get on board with in the summer. Whether as a mid-morning pick-me-up (maybe?) or an after dinner dessert, anything that looks like ice cream. gets the thumbs up from us.

8. Eton mess cocktail

Don't forget Baileys cocktails could combine any of the flavours - including Strawberries and Cream. This one basically looks like a delicious milkshake.

9. Baileys hot chocolate

It's just a classic, isn't it? Add a big slosh of warmed Baileys in to your wintery treat and you're good to go.

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