Have you ever had a Bramble? No, I’m not talking about the thorny bush, but about a cocktail. If you haven’t tried it, consider this an intervention — you must have at least one before the summer is through.
I can’t remember where or when I first tried the Bramble, but I do recall that I fell for it instantly. That’s saying a lot because it’s gin-based and I’ve never been big on the often overpowering flavors of gin. But, the Bramble’s a different story. It’s a balanced mix of sweet, sour, fruity, and botanical (from the gin), so no one element overwhelms the other.
There’s something about the drink — perhaps the name or the traditional method — that has an air of an old school cocktail, but, by cocktail standards, it’s a spring chicken. The London-based bartender, Dick Bradsell, came up with the Bramble in 1984 when he added berry liqueur to a Gin Sour. Since then it has since become so popular in England some have coined it the Cosmopolitan of the UK. (Though, it must be said, that I think the Cosmo pales in comparison to the Bramble.)
And, as you can see above, this drink has as much going for it in looks as it does taste thanks to the berry liqueur that stains it an intense purple hue. But, my favorite part? The whole thing gets strained over crushed ice and looks like a snow cone, be it a very adult, boozy take on a snow cone.
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Road trips are where friends reveal their true colors. Yet after double-digit hours on the road, thousands of miles traveled, and getting to know my friends on a whole new level, I still adore them thoroughly. I may like them even more than when we started, but, we have decidedly different views on things — particularly when it concerns margaritas.
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Strawberry and rhubarb: for me it’s a pitch-perfect pairing trumped for me by only a few other dynamic duos, like chocolate and malt or ginger and rum. But strawberry and rhubarb is the most elusive of the bunch. Growing up on the west coast, there wasn’t a ton of rhubarb around and it is still only around for a handful of weeks each year. Inevitably, what ensues is a strawberry-rhubarb extravaganza where I use it in any form from compote to sundae topper to this sparkler.
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Today may be Cinco de Mayo, but I consider it the unofficial National Margarita Day. Though it has become a drinking holiday second only to St. Pat’s and though most people have no clue what they’re celebrating, Cinco has stolen our hearts with all the tequila-induced and guacamole-laced celebration.
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I was like the Nancy Drew of birthday cakes. When I was younger, my parents would hide my birthday cake and, with my best friend in tow, we’d sleuth about until we found it. Inevitably, we’d swipe some of frosting only to feign innocence when the cake came was found semi-mutilated. As I’ve grown older, I’ve opted for a more calm and quiet celebration and have even come to dislike most birthday cakes. But this year’s a different story.
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I started my day of with drinks when I stopped by Access Hollywood Live this morning to mix up some equal-opportunity Valentine’s Day cocktails (read: for couples and singles alike). All the cocktails are elegant yet very doable, even for cocktail novices, so try your hands at one be it for Valentines or the Grammys.
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It’s the night for Irish brew and all things green, so sidle up and grab a Guinness. Or, if you’re feel fancy pants, order up a beer cocktail like a Black and Tan. If you’re nostalgic, you might want to try an alcoholic spin on a childhood favorite and make a Guinness float (I’ll take mine with…
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I’m a firm believer that parties are made all the more festive by the presence of a signature cocktail. This Halloween I couldn’t manage to come up with an exciting enough costume to warrant going out so I kept it quiet at home yet kept the cocktail tradition alive. With the help of friends over…
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