Monday Mood PowerUp: Classic Drink Recipes for Summer
Even with summer winding down, we’re not ready to let go of the warm weather just yet. Hot cocoa, chai tea, and cozy sweaters may be knocking on our doors soon, but we’re making the most of the time we have left with these tasty summer cocktails. Joe Campanale, beverage director of some of our favorite New York restaurants, shows us how to lighten up our favorite cocktails for a fresh, summer spin. Whether you’re all-too-excited for the fall or a summertime devotee, everyone has time for a drink.
What’s your favorite summer cocktail?
Heading seaside for the last weekends of summer? Make the most of it with these 5 Beach-Day Secret Weapons.
Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays of the year—mostly because there are margaritas involved. I love margs for any occasion, but they taste extra delicious when you know that summer’s quickly approaching after a long, cold spring.
Today we’ve got four, yes four, recipes for Margaritas that will satisfy even the pickiest palates: The Mercadito with Jalapenos and Cilantro, A Smoky Ginger Mezcal Margarita, a Habanero Grapefruit Marg, and a recipe for A Perfect Margarita—none of which are dispensed from an icee machine. Cheers!
6 Seasonal Cocktails That Are Perfect For a Warm Day
The weather is starting to really warm up, and I’m eager to lay out on my roof and enjoy a drink or two with friends. And while I love a nice glass of Pinot Noir or a simple whisky ginger, sometimes I want something a little fresher to get into the spirit of spring. So I’m scoping out my local produce stands, picking up a few of my favorite seasonal ingredients, and getting inspired with these six fruity cocktails.
Strawberry Mint Julep from The Forest Feast
A twist on the classic derby drink, this cocktail is made just a little sweeter with the addition of some fresh strawberry simple syrup.
Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail from Martha Stewart
I love the pastel peach color of this cocktail. If you don’t know where to find edible blossoms, talk to the producers at your local farmer’s market to find pesticide-free flowers that are safe for consumption.
Spring Sangria from Eat Drink Love
This is definitely a recipe to share with a few friends. Toss together some white wine, Sprite, pineapple juice, and several citrus slices, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect spring sangria.
Blood Orange 75 from Scout.
Definitely plan ahead for this dark citrus cocktail. The blood orange takes 30 minutes to properly steep, so consider preparing the simple syrup early and storing it in the fridge until you’re ready to break out the gin.
Pimm’s Cup from me!
There are a lot of Pimm’s Cup recipes out there, but I’m partial to an easy and extrafruity mix that I think many of you will also love. This English staple takes me from the first sign of spring all the way through September.
Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt
I’ve been eagerly awaiting rhubarb season just to try this drink myself. Mint, rhubarb, fresh lime juice, and rum? Yes please.
Looking for something filling to go with your cocktail? Try one of these 6 delicious spring recipes.
While it might be easier to grab a cold pint in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we suggest you consider getting a bit more into the holiday spirit with a green cocktail…or three. Read on for a selection of Key Lime Pie Martini, a tart Midori Sour, and a minty Alexander’s Sister.
It shouldn’t surprise you to find that all of us at Birchbox are a bit cocktail-obsessed. While the lady eds were chatting up Emma Emerson, co-founder of the cocktail, food, and design website Gastronomista, about rose-colored tipples in honor of Valentine’s Day, the editors at Birchbox Man were plying the very same Ms. Emerson for handcrafted holiday libations. Clearly, great minds think alike—a mere few desks away. Check out our post on non-girly, non-cliché pink cocktails, then scoot over to The Guide for 3 more recipes. Happy drinking!
Flying solo on Valentine’s Day? Check out guest blogger Jessica Dang’s single-girl rituals.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Photo: Esperanza Resort
Given my obvious obsession with luxurious spa experiences, you’d think that I’ve seen it all when it comes to over-the-top pampering perks. I thought I was pretty savvy too, until I heard about Auberge Resorts’ ridiculously cool seasonal spa pairing packages. The concept: take spa treatments and match them with handcrafted cocktails that use similar ingredients. Genius much?
Sadly, we can’t all run off to swanky spa retreats. Instead, I’ll be doing the next best thing: pairing these four DIY Beauty Treatments with four tasty cocktails.
1. Cleopatra’s Beauty Mask and a Pineapple Cherry Amaretto Sour: A fruity face mask matches perfectly with this tropical tippler, a blend of amaretto, cherry and pineapple juice, and seltzer water.
This week’s guest blogger is a lady after our own hearts. Claire Thomas is the genius behind Kitchy Kitchen, a gorgeous, drool-inducing food blog, as well as the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. Did we mention she’s also a commercial director? Yeah, we’d hate her if she weren’t so freaking cool.
The inspiration for this light and refreshing dessert was my sister’s planned hairstyle for Coachella: pink roots!
Raspado, if you’re not familiar, is just shaved ice with syrup on it. So simple, and yet something that had never occurred to me to make. Now that I’ve been bitten by the bug, I can’t stop. Shaved iced tea with lemon infused syrup? It’s a frozen arnold palmer. Shaved pineapple juice with jalapeno mango syrup? A spicy yet refreshing treat. I am going to be all over this recipe on sunny days.
Fashion’s Night Out is just an excuse to do two of our favorite things: drink delicious cocktails and look (buy) at pretty fashions. In honor of this year’s festivities, we threw a happy hour party in Bobo’s magical garden. Chef Patrick Connolly, a longtime FBB (Friend of Birchbox), created a menu of delicious snacks (mini mangalista ham and pickle sandwiches, oatmeal ice cream sandwiches) as well as our own special cocktail. We (ahem, I) requested nothing fruity or pink and Patrick came through with a boozy, sophisticated drink. Cheers!
.5 oz combier
.5 oz aperol
.25 oz lemon
1 oz gin
Shake, top w prosecco, serve in coupe with lemon wheel