cocktails

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)

mint-julep-recipe-the-nest
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

6 Glam Cocktails to Shake Up for the 2014 Oscars

oscar party cocktails
Okay, okay -- so maybe your Sunday best for this weekend's Academy Awards doesn't include a custom-made Dior gown. But that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the Oscars in style. Whether you're entertaining friends or simply watching the awards solo, these six glam cocktails will have you feelin' all sorts of fancy: More Must-Clicks: read more

Happy Hour: Bourbon Pomegranate Sangria

bourbon pomegranate sangria recipePhoto: Climbing Grier Mountain
The only thing better than a big 'ole glass of sangria? Quite possibly this stuff. Made with pineapple, oranges, lemon and champagne; this pomegranate-bourbon-version from Climbing Grier Mountain basically has it all. Plus, pomegranate is an antioxidant; technically making this sangria a health food. I'll cheers to that. More Must-Clicks: 4... read more

4 Russian-Inspired Drinks to Celebrate the Winter Olympics

russian inspired olympic cocktails
With the Winter Olympics starting in Sochi this Friday, is there really any better way to celebrate from the comfort of your own couch than with a cocktail in hand? Whether you're tuning in to the games for the competition or the eye candy (um, has anyone else seen Shaun White's new haircut?), these Russian-inspired... read more

Happy Hour: Skinny Blood Orange Margarita

blood orange margarita the nestPhoto: Cookie + Kate
Really, is there any better way to end the week than with a cold margarita? (On the rocks, of course.) This blood orange cocktail from Cookie + Kate has an unexpected secret ingredient; plus, it's a lightened-up version -- meaning you won't feel too guilty tomorrow morning. I can't promise anything about that... read more