cocktails

Best Brunch Cocktail! Show Off Your Apple Cider Bellini

apple cider mimosa recipe
As much as we love a giant mug of hot apple cider, there's something to be said about cider that's actually enjoyed cold. Have five minutes and a bottle of Prosecco? Grab some fresh cider, and mix up this apple Bellini in under three steps! Your brunch guests will thank you... read more

Cheers! A Perfectly Sweet Vanilla-Pear Cocktail Recipe

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Who doesn't adore a good fall recipe? And this vanilla-pear cocktail proves that you don't need apple or pumpkin to pull it off. Serve this sweet drink for brunch or with dinner, or even sip on it after work. You can make it in less than five minutes! What You'll Need:... read more

Seasonal Sipper: The Apple Cider Margarita You Have to Try

The Nest Apple Cider Margarita Recipe
We're obsessing over this apple cider margarita. Thanks to a sweet mix of tequila and fresh apple cider, this drink is part summer, part fall and all sorts of perfect. What You'll Need: Grand Marnier Gold Tequila (we used the 1800 brand) Apple cider Orange juice Ground cinnamon (plus a few cinnamon sticks... read more

Bring On the Best Bloody Mary

The Nest bloody mary recipe
Here's what we know you love about the best brunch drink ever -- the Bloody Mary. It's a meal in a beverage. Who needs a plate of food? Start your weekend off right with this everything-but-the-kitchen sink version. What You'll Need (makes 1 drink): Celery, olives, blue cheese or feta, cornichons or other... read more

Your Next Drink Needs to Be a Dirty Little Secret

The James Hotel Jimmy Bar
If a dish or drink is made with an unusual ingredient, you bet I'm game to try it. Enter the Dirty Little Secret cocktail from JIMMY at The James -- a rooftop bar on the 18th floor of The James Hotel in NYC. I took one look at the bar's drink menu and... read more

Crazy-Easy Whiskey Sours

the nest whiskey sour recipe
Your go-to whiskey cocktail just got upgraded to a highball glass. Ditch the sour mix and shake up your own at home. What You'll Need (makes 1 drink): 3 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice (from 6 to 8 medium-sized lemons) 2 oz. whiskey 1 tablespoon of agave or honey Step 1:... read more

4 OITNB-Themed Cocktails to Entertain Yourself During the Emmys

oranges and cream punch recipePhoto: The Southern Tailgating Cookbook
We know you're going to be all crazy-eyed watching the Emmys tonight, rooting for, um, Orange is the New Black of course. As much as you secretly love Frank Underwood, you'd much rather dedicate a post-work cocktail to your girl Piper. Show your support by mixing up one of these orange-flavored drinks, sit back and... read more

The 101: Seriously Good Sangria Made Extremely Simple

sangria recipe how-toPhoto: Sarah Love / The Nest
Let's face it: Is there really such a thing as bad sangria? (Exactly!) But even okay doesn't cut it -- it's gotta be good. To get your sip on, we're showing you how to mix up this summer staple in under 15 minutes.   What you'll need: 2 cups of fresh... read more

Chill Out When You See Red Wine

Fichimori Wine Smash CocktailPhoto by Christine Porretta
If a drink has lemon in it, I’m sure to try it. If it fizzes, I’m going to want it. If it’s made with a bright, fruity-tasting ingredient, and is chilled, I can’t resist it. So when I went to an event several days ago at NYC’s L’Apicio that featured two cocktails... read more

The Best Mint Julep You’ll Ever Have (Just in Time for the Kentucky Derby)

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In honor of this weekend's Kentucky Derby festivities, we got Colin Spoelman, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of The Kings County Distillery, to spill on just what makes the perfect mint julep. Hint: It's definitely not a blender: One weekend when I was in college, I was tasked with making mint juleps. It was... read more