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The Perfect Finish Cocktail

The Perfect Finish Cocktail

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The Perfect Finish cocktail.

Following Jim Meehan's first port cocktail, the Deep Purple Cocktail, we give you another fall cocktail that's perfectly paired with our favorite indulgence — chocolate. The Crème de Cacao reinforces the chocolate notes in the port and rich malt used to produce this port cask finished single malt Scotch whisky.


  • 2 Ounces Noval Black Port
  • 1 Ounce Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Scotch Whisky
  • 1/4 Ounce Brizard White Crème de Cacao

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving178

How To Make The Perfect Aperol Spritz

Depending on where you live, you probably have a different opinion on what is THE most iconic summer tipple. In you live here in the UK, you might say Pimm's. Americans might argue a case for Mimosas or Margaritas. However, in Italy it's a different story. Light and refreshing while also somehow managing to be both sweet and a little bit bitter, an Aperol Spritz tastes like pure Italian sunshine.

Aperol is a Italian liqueur that's bright orange in colour and has a bitter orange flavour that's been compared to orange rind. It's especially good in aperitifs (that's a pre-dinner drink to you and me) - like this Aperol Spritz recipe.

An Aperol Spritz is made from three distinct ingredients: Aperol, Prosecco and soda water.

Depending where in Italy you go, different bartenders will have different opinions on the ratios. In Tuscany and Northern Italy, bartenders tend to use more Aperol than Prosecco, resulting in a drink that's so orange it's almost neon. In the south, you might find that the drink uses more Prosecco than Aperol, which gives the cocktail a drier finish.

We like to use equal parts of the two alcohols with just a splash of soda so you get to really taste both - but have a play around and see which ratios you prefer. There's no right or wrong answer!

One thing you will almost always find alongside an Aperol Spritz in Italy, however, is bar snacks. Take a look at some of our favourite nibbles recipes here.

The Perfect Cosmo:

I&rsquom so excited to share this cosmo drink recipe with you! It&rsquos one of my favorites.

Speaking of excited, this week I&rsquom actually hanging out in New York City today. My friends at BHG invited me to team with them and Rebuilding Together to help folks who were affected by Hurricane Sandy this past October.

This particular trip was a site visit to see the area and meet a couple of the homeowners. We will be back in June for the rebuild. It&rsquos such an important cause. I&rsquoll share a bit more next week when I&rsquom back home.

But since it&rsquos Friday, I think a drink is in order!

Strawberry Shortcake

Trisha Yearwood, award-winning country music superstar and best-selling cookbook author, said that her Grandma Lizzie prepared strawberry shortcakes like a regular cake: she baked the layers in standard round cake pans, then filled and topped them with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. “I even have a photo of my mom and me and my sister, Beth, at a Williams Sonoma book signing years ago with this cake in the background.”


4 cups (1 lb./500 g) sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups (10 oz./310 g) sugar
2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs
1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) milk
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
3 pints (1 1/2 lb./750 g) fresh strawberries
1 cup (8 fl. oz./250) ml heavy cream, whipped


Preheat an oven to 450°F (230°C). Grease the bottoms of two 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) of the sugar. Add the cold butter and cut in with 2 knives or a pastry blender to coarse-crumb consistency.

In another large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk and beat until fully combined. Gradually stir the egg and milk mixture into the flour mixture. On a lightly floured board, knead the dough for no more than 1 minute. Pat half of the dough into each cake pan. Brush the surfaces with the melted butter. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Turn the shortcake layers out onto wire racks and let cool.

While the layers are cooling, wash the strawberries and remove the hulls. Reserve a few berries for garnish. Cut the large berries in half, transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) sugar. Let stand for about 30 minutes.

Place one shortcake layer on a cake stand or serving plate. Spread half of the whipped cream over the cake and spoon half of the berries with their juice on top. Place the second shortcake layer on top, spread the remaining whipped cream over the cake and spoon the remaining berries and juice over the whipped cream. Garnish with the reserved whole berries. Serves 8.

Tart ’n’ Sand

This cocktail from bar pro Charlotte Voisey riffs on the classic Blood & Sand, adding brighter citrus notes as well as blood orange liqueur. It starts by muddling marasca cherries, then shaking them with single malt scotch, the aforementioned liqueur, Lillet rouge, lemon and pink grapefruit juices, and orange bitters. Serve it in a coupe with an orange wheel and let the drink’s fuchsia color brighten your night.

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What’s more romantic than mixing your sweetheart an elegant cocktail on Valentine’s Day? To turn up the saccharine sentimentality to 11, try a holiday-colored drink. We’ve collected 50 great red and pink cocktails to woo your partner on Valentine’s Day.

Nothing says romance like champagne. Our Sicilian 75 is a riff on the French 75 made with blood orange juice, gin, and campari. Or try the Volstead, with vodka, St. Germain, and fresh berries. For something sweet-tart, the Rhubarb Fizz pairs champagne with a ginger-rhubarb syrup.

Hopefully your relationship isn’t bitter, but your drink can be. The negroni is a classic, with equal parts gin, campari, and sweet vermouth creating a bitter, refreshing sipper. Replacing the vermouth with light, citrusy Lillet Blanc gives you our floral pink negroni.

Gin Campari Sour

Sometimes we like cocktails to have a bit of an aggressive bite other times, we’re looking to round them out a bit. Gin, Campari, and lemon are three ingredients that pair beautifully, but all have their sharp edges. Adding an egg white helps mellow and integrate these flavors without muting them, while also contributing a silky texture and an opacity that’s quite elegant in a vividly colored drink. Get the recipe for Gin-Campari Sour »

Easy Fermented Soda

Cookbook author Amy Thielen likes to add a splash of this tart, naturally fizzy juice to grown-up, not-too-sweet ice cream floats for a bright swath of flavor. We also like mixing it into cocktails and even vinaigrettes. You can start with any fruit, but the smaller and juicier the better. Get the recipe for Fermented Raspberry Soda »

Evening Shade

Heaven Hill Distillery‘s brand abassador, Lynn House, enjoyed nothing more as a child than picking peaches and other fresh produce on her grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. She continues the tradition as an adult, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into her cocktails whenever she can—hence her nickname, “The Garden Girl.” This summery drink combines peach purée, cucumber, and whiskey. Get the recipe for Evening Shade »

The Merchant’s Wife

A bright mix of watermelon, gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and a splash of club soda, this cocktail from Stella Rosa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica sidesteps the normal pitfalls of watermelon-based cocktails, which tend to veer to the overly sweet. Well-balanced and pleasantly effervescent, the mild astringency of the Aperol tugs back at the melon’s sweetness and reignites the gin, elevating this brightly-hued cocktail to the heights of sophistication. Get the recipe for The Merchant’s Wife »


A snack-sized negroni with a savory agave twist from bartender Tristan Willey of Long Island Bar. Get the recipe for Half-Sized Negroni Cocktail (TiNegroni) »

Beth Dixon, bartender at Pasture in Richmond, Virginia, describes this fun cocktail as the lovechild of a Mai Tai and a Negroni. Get the recipe for Bermuda Hundred »

Beth Dixon, bartender at Pasture in Richmond, Virginia, describes this fun cocktail as the lovechild of a Mai Tai and a Negroni. Get the recipe for Bermuda Hundred »

Shaker Vodka Cranberry

We asked Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, bartenders at The Broken Shaker in Miami, to create a cocktail for SAVEUR’s 21st birthday. They obliged with an elevated twist on a classic vodka-cranberry using housemade cranberry vinegar—because nothing screams 21 like vodka and cranberry juice. Get the recipe for Shaker Vodka Cranberry »

Lose Your Shoes Cocktail

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Il Palio

Campari ice cubes morph this drink from a Manhattan into a Boulevardier as they slowly melt. Get the recipe for Il Palio »

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry. Get the recipe for Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria »

French Monaco

This fruity beer-based cocktail is an ideal outdoor sipper—mix the pomegranate lemonade ahead of time and bring a six-pack to top each glass individually. Get the recipe for French Monaco »

Venetian Cup

A mix of Campari, Pimm’s No. 1, and ginger beer, this drink makes an excellent warm weather apéritif. Get the recipe for Venetian Cup

Rhubarb Fizz

This bubbly cocktail makes the most of rhubarb season. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Fizz »

The Charleston Fizz

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The Soul Train

Tequila and cardamom is an unexpected combination, but it works beautifully with the help of lime and grapefruit juice. Get the recipe for The Soul Train »

Surviving recipes for this once-forgotten cocktail call for a curious ingredient called “red Hembarig.” We have it on good authority that a raspberry shrub works well to replace this mystery ingredient.

Surviving recipes for this once-forgotten cocktail call for a curious ingredient called “red Hembarig.” We have it on good authority that a raspberry shrub works well to replace this mystery ingredient. Get the recipe for Roffignac »


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Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Muddled strawberries and mint star in this refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »

The Pink Baby

This refreshing frozen drink from Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right gets its baby pink color and pleasant bitterness from a combination of Campari and fresh grapefruit juice, while a pinch of finely ground yerba maté adds subtle herbal flavor and a gentle caffeine kick—the perfect fuel for a night of revelry. Get the recipe for The Pink Baby »

Strawberry Cachaça Shake

Use an aged cachaça like Avuà Amburana to add warm depth to this fruity drink. Get the recipe for Strawberry Cachaça Shake »

Sicilian 75

Campari and blood orange juice give this twist on the French 75 a beautiful color. Get the recipe for Sicilian 75 »

Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots

This jelly shot is a mix of fresh raspberries and mint with just a touch of bourbon. Get the recipe for Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots »

Raspberry-Rose Collins

The best and most surprising part of this tall, refreshing drink is the taste of rose on the finish. It comes not from any floral ingredient but from the gin—Nolet’s Silver, a brand with a pronounced rosy finish. Get the recipe for Raspberry-Rose Collins »

Plum-Basil Gin Fizz

Deep and sweet, this cocktail is an ideal vehicle for summer’s juicy red plums. Get the recipe for Plum-Basil Gin Fizz »

Cranberry Crush

Spiced rum and fiery ginger beer combine with tart cranberry juice in this flavorful cool-weather cocktail. Get the recipe for Cranberry Crush »

Blackberry Rum Shrub

Shrub, the sweet-tart syrup favored by colonial Americans, is simply made by macerating fruit in sugar until the fruit exudes its juice, straining, then adding vinegar. Mixed with rum and soda it makes a bracing drink ideal for summer afternoons. Get the recipe for Blackberry Rum Shrub »

Rose Cocktail

A popular cocktail in 1920s Paris, this delicate concoction gets its soft pink color from the addition of raspberry syrup and its floral notes from vermouth and kirsch, a dry cherry brandy. Get the recipe for Rose Cocktail »

Rock & Rye & Rum Punch

This throat-warming punch is a sophisticated take on the old-timey cold-season cure of tea dosed with Rock and Rye cordial. Get the recipe for Rock & Rye & Rum Punch »

Red Nose Punch

This sweet and tangy cranberry–beer–bourbon punch, delicately spiced with cinnamon-infused simple syrup, is perfect for a festive gathering. Get the recipe for Red Nose Punch »

Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris.

Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris. Get the recipe for La Grande Parade de Paris »


20 Bright, Refreshing Spring Cocktails to Welcome the Season

Chock-full of fresh seasonal ingredients, these drinks are the perfect way to ring in spring.

Soup is a hard match for wine—liquid on liquid. Sparklers fix the texture problem, with bubbles for contrast. Here, the red fruit in a rosé really pops with the sweet shrimp and tames the heat of the cayenne. And bubbly’s characteristic yeastiness echoes the slightly darkened roux thickening this bisque.

Pair with: J Brut Rosé (Russian River Valley $38) Laetitia 2009 Brut Rosé (Arroyo Grande Valley $30) Scharffenberger Brut Rosé “Excellence” (Mendocino County $23).

20 Cocktail Recipes Every Man Should Know How to Make

So you’re looking for a classic new drink to make at home this weekend with the booze and ingredients on your bar cart? Yeah, we get it, which is why we put together this collection of 20 cocktail recipes from the World’s Best Cocktails: 500 Signature Drinks from the World’s Best Bars and Bartenders by Tom Sandham.

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Work your way through our list, and you’ll learn how to make a Bloody Mary that will automatically elevate your brunch. You’ll be able to mix up a mojito everyone will love. You’ll even start winding down with a simple, but perfect, gin martini at the end of the week, because… well, why not?

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Angel’s Firewater

This fruit-forward mezcal cocktail from Diana Novak (Bartender and Craft Spirits Educator) is perfect for sipping on the beach or by the pool. It’s the tiki bitters in this drink that really brings out the island flavors and will have you playing the Guantanamera on repeat.


  • 1.5oz Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin
  • .75oz simple syrup
  • .5oz Orange Juice
  • .5oz grapefruit juice
  • .5oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of tiki bitters
  • Top with soda water


  1. Combine ingredients of mezcal, syrup, juices, and bitters with ice in a shaker.
  2. Shake to combine flavors.
  3. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass.
  4. Top with soda water and garnish with an orange wedge

Classic Cocktails Everyone Should Know

Start practicing these essential cocktails and you'll be a pro when it comes to making drinks for family and friends.

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Dark and Stormy

Despite the name, this classic cocktail will be the highlight of any night with friends. Pro Tip: Lay a spoon upside down over the glass when pouring the shot of rum, so it doesn&rsquot mix into the drink right away &mdash that way, you'll achieve that &ldquostormy&rdquo look.

Moscow Mule

For a refreshing spin and an extra pop of flavor, add ginger ice cubes &mdash they'll give the drink even more spicy goodness as they melt.

Old Fashioned

Craving a smooth, simple cocktail? The traditional drink (muddled with sugar, bitters and orange zest) pairs nicely with its strong whiskey counterpart.

Mint Julep

Rob Roy

Bloody Mary

Whether it&rsquos a classy brunch with friends or a way to treat yourself on Saturday morning, a Bloody Mary is the perfect way to start any weekend.

Val's Classic Negroni

A savory drink that leaves nothing to waste! When everything is combined, add strips of orange peel to amplify the flavors even more.

Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade

Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Rich and warm with a hint of sweetness &mdash it&rsquos no wonder whiskey lovers favor this classic drink.

Hot Ginger Toddy

Pimm's Cup

A sweet and fruity concoction in a highball glass makes for a fun drink.

The Little Italy (Manhattan with Aperol)

Chipotle Margarita


The popularity of the Cosmo can be easily traced back to the early 90s but it&rsquos still an attention-grabbing cocktail today! Something about its beautiful pink color and fancy glass will never go out of style.

Hemingway Daiquiri

Grilled Orange Boulevardier

Complexity at its finest. The Orange Boulevardier combines splashes of bourbon, vermouth and Campari with an added bonus of straight-from-the-grill oranges for a sweeter taste.

Southside Cocktail

Southern Driver

Ramos Gin Fizz

Ruby Smash

Rum Lemonade


Classic Martini

Italian Manhattan

White Russian

Sometimes referred to as an adult milkshake, the White Russian is a classic cocktail that's creamy, boozy and has just the right amount of coffee flavor. When making each one, the cream is poured off the back of a spoon for a neat layer on top. Enjoy this subtly sweet three-ingredient drink as an after-dinner indulgence.