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by Sarah Steimer

The Nor'easter

Sure, I’m not in the Northeast, but that hasn’t made this Midwest winter any easier to handle without a drink. I was a little worried that both the ginger beer and the syrup would over-sweeten this cocktail, but it actually struck a perfect balance with the booze and lime.

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by Sarah Steimer

Irish Buck

Beer is great, but sometimes you’ve got to class it up a little on St. Patrick’s Day and pour yourself a cocktail. This simple drink does the trick.

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by Caitlin Saniga | photo by Joel Hawksley

From Moscow with love

Joel and I had a few friends over on Sunday to watch the closing ceremonies of the winter Olympics, and while we were brainstorming ways to imbibe Sochi-style, we got those catchy Chumbawumba lyrics stuck in our heads: “He drinks a whiskey drink. He drinks a vodka drink. He drinks a cider drink. He drinks a lager drink.” We went with the least complicated vodka cocktail we could find (by searching for “Russian vodka drinks” on Google) — this beautifully simple and subtle crushed grape cocktail.

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by Sarah Steimer

Matcha-ginger soda with lemon

It’s the perfect soda for the Lunar New Year! Matcha green tea powder is a finely milled tea that has great antioxidant properties. Paired with the ginger, this combination makes for one sparkly, Asian-inspired drink.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Minted rose soda

I find inspiration for recipes in the weirdest places. Minted rose soda is inspired by a lip balm I use all the time.

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by Sarah Steimer

Blood orange soda with rosemary simple syrup

I didn’t really know what to expect when I put this drink together. I love rosemary, but it can be absolutely overwhelming. And how would it stand up to citrus. Turned out: Pretty damn well. The rosemary simple syrup was an afterthought both as you smell the soda and sip it. The rosemary really adds a floral note to the soda, and actually boosts how refreshing this drink is.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cinnamon-habanero soda

I got the idea to call this recipe dynamite soda because it’s fiery and a totally genius combination. Perfect, catchy name, right? Too perfect. I had just finished the simple syrup on the stove and given it one last taste test when I began to pour it into a cute little jar I’d been saving. I closed my eyes and savored the smell, then screwed on the lid. And that’s when the jar shattered. Spicy cinnamon syrup went everywhere, splattering the stove and nearby sink, dripping down the cupboards, splashing on the floors and my shoes. I had to make a second batch, and I certainly waited for it to cool before I transferred it to a different jar, but my socks are still sticking to the floor.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chlementhymes with bourbon

The less ripe the clementines are, the better. The simple syrup in this recipe adds lots of sweetness fast, so tart clementines do a nice job of balancing things.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Thyme simple syrup

You can use this recipe to make many kinds of herbal simple syrups. Other types I’d like to try: rosemary, lavender and basil. I already tried mint in this mint juleps recipe. Once you’ve got the simple syrup made, you can add it to all kinds of cocktails. I’ll be sharing one that uses fresh clementine juice this week. UPDATE: Here’s the recipe for bourbon clementhymes.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cranberry-apple sparkler with dark rum

For a switch from the pear garnish, drop a few frozen green grapes in the glass instead.

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