As summer comes to an end, you may be preparing to make the switch from refreshing summer cocktails to warming winter drinks. But we don’t want summer to end, so we’ve figured out a way to turn some popular winter drinks into cool cocktails. Remember: just because you’re wearing a sweater doesn’t mean you can’t have a summer state of mind.
Nothing fills a home with the scent of the holidays like a batch of mulled wine. But to get a taste of summer, ditch winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or clover, remove the wine from the stove, and add summery citrus fruits like oranges, limes, or grapefruit.Add a splash of Grand Marnier, pour the wine over ice, and violá– you’ve got sangria. Olé!
Everyone likes to toast to the New Year with a glass of celebratory bubbly, but with the addition of a few ingredients like Chambord, peach schnapps, fresh fruit, or Limoncello, you’ll get that summertime vibe no matter how chilly it is outside.
This could be the easiest winter to summer drink conversion you can create. First, brew a pot of fresh coffee. While it’s cooling, pour a little Irish whiskey in your mug. Add sugar, then add ice. Finally, fill your mug with the cooled coffee and top with whipped cream. Sip until well caffeinated, and you think you’re on a beach.
Pork belly is definitely a thing these days. So much of a thing that I’m almost… dare I say… over it. (Gasp!) Every menu in Austin, and probably in the country, is full of the stuff. It takes a veeeery special pork belly to catch my eye these days. All that being said, the pork belly at Odd Duck in Austin does it. “It” being “catches my eye and makes me care about pig again.”
The above is Odd Duck’s pork belly banh mi buns, which I devoured at lunch a week-ish ago. The meat is perfectly prepared and intensely flavorful. Chewy, yet somehow also melts in your mouth. By the way, next time you’re in Austin? Go to Odd Duck. You won’t regret it.
Monday evenings are not for drinking….except that, you know, sometimes they most definitely are. This refreshing elixir, courtesy of Stone Rose Lounge in New York, is equal parts fruit-juice refreshing and take-the-edge-off boozy: in other words, the perfect way to shake off your weekend.
1.5 oz Stoli Orange
.5 oz Creme De Violette
.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Shake, Strain into a highball and top with champagne. Garnish with an orange peel.
Breaking news! We really like bacon. I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about it. But I mean, it doesn’t get any less good. Just when I think I’ve hit maximum bacon saturation, I go and discover something new like bacon paremsan knots over on our Endless Bacon Pinterest page.
International Bacon Day is coming up (yes, that’s a thing…obviously!) on August 30, and we’re helping one lucky ES-er get ready by giving away a free Farmland Bacon Club prize pack that will include two packs of Farmland Bacon varieties and Bacon Club goodies, such as a t-shirt, pin, baseball hat, pin and more!
In summation…free bacon! To join in, just post your best bacon-y photos on twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest with the hashtag #endlessbacon. We’ll pick one lucky winner next week.
Is it me, or this week already looooooooooooong?
Today’s cocktail o’clock comes courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York and with a jalapeño-meets-tequila kick, is sure to snap you out of any midweek slumber.
The Spicy Paloma
2 muddled slices of jalapeño pepper
2 oz Casamigos Blanco tequila
.75 oz Aperol
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Shake with ice. Strain over ice in highball glass. Add club soda float. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
(Illustration by Leah Lin for Narratively)
Ever wonder if astronauts really eat astronaut ice cream?
Over at Narratively this week, we answer that pressing question, and much more, in our full week of stories all about ice cream.
The Aborted Launch and Meteoric Rise of Astronaut Ice Cream
A Child Screams for Ice Cream
The Ice Cream Man in the Summer of Sam
Tales of Ice Cream Dreams and Fro-Yo Fiends
The 300 Flavors in Jon Snyder’s Mind
You may not know it, but it’s National IPA Day! Donut day, coffee day, ice cream day…why not have a day for those of us who take pride in the name “hophead”? Well today’s that day. Many consider the IPA (India Pale Ale) to be the brew that really made a name for craft beer. The IPA is a bold, typically strong in alcohol content, and bitter (in a good way) brew that includes strong notes of citrus. Regardless, today is a day to try an IPA for the first time, try out a crazy new IPA flavor, or crack open your favorite IPA. In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, we worked with some of the best breweries in the nation to bring your our “National IPA Day Roundup.”
Sierra Nevada 2014 Hop Harvest: 6.5 % ABV
Sierra Nevada brings out this annual 5-bottle series that features a single hop, wet hop, fresh hop, and wild hop brews. I had the Equinox Single Hop IPA. Single hop meaning they used only one kind of hop to highlight the aromas and the bitterness. The brew is an easy drink that will put you in the mood for fall. The IPA has typical hop flavors you would expect and then the taste of fresh peppers and spices from the garden comes through. continue reading…