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Posts tagged Booze

Get it while it’s hot! Enjoy a super-refreshing discount when you buy an e-copy of Summer Cocktails today through July 2nd! Cocktails have never been this easy and delicious. Learn how to stock your home bar, make underpinnings like from-scratch sour mix, and entertain with drinks that range from classic piña coladas and big bowls of fresh peach and bourbon punch.

Want a taste? You got it!


Serves 1

A shandy or shandygaff is a drink of beer with a carbonated beverage such as ginger beer or citrus-flavored soda. I prefer making it with a pale lager or a hefeweizen and strong ginger beer, and, in the summer, with lemony herbs and dried spices like thyme and coriander, which amp up the underlying flavor notes of the beverage.

1 teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
1 strip orange zest
1 strip lemon zest
2 rosemary sprigs
4 thyme or lemon thyme sprigs
Ice cubes, if desired
6 ounces lager or hefeweizen (wheat) beer, chilled
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled

– Toast coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a glass. Carefully run a lit match along the orange and lemon zests, rub them on the glass’s rim, and then drop them into the glass along with the rosemary and thyme. Add the ice, if using, then add the beer and ginger beer and stir lightly to combine. Serve.

If you’re in New York today, you may be in need of our book, Winter Cocktails. It was SOLD OUT for a while but, it’s available again (insert sigh of relief)! If you don’t already own a copy, here are a few places you can order from. Our publisher Quirk Books as well as Apple and Amazon. This cover image was actually a limited edition for Williams-Sonoma that is no longer available online, but, you may be lucky and find one at your local store that hasn’t sold out yet.


One of our favorite drinks from the book is the Golden Hog. The fresh pineapple & candied bacon will get ya every time!


                                                                       The full menu.

Although we shoot for this blog on a regular basis, we had, shockingly, never actually worked together on a professional level. You can imagine how thrilled we were when a booking for Baileys popped up unexpectedly. Within a few              hours we had booked a studio (one of my personal favorites, Brooklyn Photo Studio), studied the layouts, discussed our plans for lighting and styling, and scheduled a car service. The next day I packed up all of my dishes (there are a lot) and miscellany and headed down to pick up Tara; it felt a lot like carpooling with your friends on your way to school.

The shoot was very summer appropriate: cold, creamy scoops of ice cream drenched in heady, silky, Irish whiskey and cream liqueur that is Baileys — though we were concerned that even an AC unit cranked to the max wouldn’t ward off the sweltering heat…nor prevent the ice cream from melting.

Usually, for editorial shoots, I scoop out ice cream and arrange the scoops on a baking sheet in the freezer. However, our many, many cartons and pints of ice cream had taken up most of the space, and we just had to work quickly. One little trick to chill things out is to hold a can of compressed air upside down and spray each scoop. This quick-freezes and sets the ice cream and buys stylists and photographers a few extra—and very precious—seconds on set.

All in all, the shoot went off without a hitch, despite the bothersome heat. Check out all of our images and Baileys and ice cream recipes on the Baileys US Facebook page .

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