This is how you make the best Negroni you've ever had.

Ultimate Negroni

Who knew bitterness can be good?

This is the only Negroni recipe Gin lovers will ever need.

Brio drink of the week: The Ultimate Negroni

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that helped put bitter-sweet cocktails on the map. While usually made with equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, this Ultimate recipe for the Negroni from David Wondrich at Esquire is a gin lovers’ dream.

So a while back, a study came out that said if you like gin or other bitter things you might be a psychopath. I know many a gin lover who might say otherwise, but is that really a bad thing? If you like bitter cocktails, you have a wide range of drinks to explore and won’t have to worry about your friends drinking your hooch. I might enjoy a Tom Collins every so often, but it doesn’t quite compare to this Negroni recipe.

I will preface this one with, I’m not a huge fan of bitter cocktails. I sip on them for a long time and find them hard to finish. A sour taste is just fine, but bitter makes me cringe. But this Negroni recipe was smoother sipping material. I think the sweet Vermouth had something to do with it. My gin loving friends could not stop raving about this recipe when I mixed them up for them the other night.

Now let’s show you how you make Wondrich’s Ultimate Negroni!

 

Negroni

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces London Dry Gin
  • ¾ Ounce Campari
  • ¾ Ounce Italian Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Negroni: Pour gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over ice in a chilled rocks/old fashioned glass. Stir until completely chilled. Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 193 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.6

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10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

Your Thanksgiving Cocktail Guide

Think the family gathering this year is going to be a little rough? The simplest way to make the best of Thanksgiving with the fam is to share a glass! These cocktails will help you get through Thanksgiving dinner.

10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

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Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we suggest using an American bourbon and serving it warm to your guests as an after-dinner drink.

 

Gingersnap Cocktail

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If you’re looking to add a spicy and creamy cocktail to your Thanksgiving feast, give the Gingersnap cocktail a try.

 

Naughty Pumpkin Cocktail

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We all have that one person in the family who is addicted to pumpkin. This Thanksgiving cocktail has their name written all over it!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

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This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving. Whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice make one fizzy pairing that will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

 

The Frozen Turkey

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We think they put it best when they said, “The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me!”

 

Mott & Mulberry

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This Mott & Mulberry cocktail is sure to please your family’s need for some good ol’ Rye Whiskey.

 

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

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The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

 

Ginger Smash

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This spicy cocktail will have you and your guests wanting seconds.

 

Autumn Sangria

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Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Nothing beats a little sangria for the Holidays! The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Autumn Sangria just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

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Mix up this delicious bubbly punch ahead of the party to let the flavors mingle and save yourself some time to work on that Turkey!

 

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Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Best Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Nothing beats a little Sangria for the Holidays!

The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Sangria just in time for the Holidays.

Best Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

The flavors of Fall make some of the best cocktails, but they make a magical combination in this Autumn sangria. It’s great to serve up at the holidays, or for a quiet dinner with the family or some friends.

There are different ways you can make Sangria. You can do it with either Red or White wine. You can make it fruity or a bit spicy like a Mulled Wine. In this Autumn sangria, the mixture of pear, apple, orange, and pomegranate flavors offer a fragrant bouquet and delicious taste. We also added a bit of cinnamon to give it a little extra something.

As for the wine, I suggest using a Cabernet Sauvignon if you want a dry, milder wine or a Merlot for a nice bite and bolder tasting sangria. Also, don’t break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine for sangria. The wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money. Sangria can make simple table wine go a long way.

This is how you make our Autumn Sangria!

 

Autumn Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Simple Syrup
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Apple[Sliced]
  • 1 Orange [Sliced]
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:

  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix together ½ cup water with sugar and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Strain into a container and discard the pomegranate seeds in the bin. Set aside for sangria recipe.

Autumn Sangria: Cut up the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Add the fruit slices, remaining pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, Grand Marnier, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with 1 bottle of red wine. Stir together again, and refrigerate overnight. Serve in a stemless wine glass and garnish with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 16 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

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Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger.

Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger

Give this retro cocktail a try

Vodka and orange juice get kicked up a notch with herbal notes from Galliano in this cocktail.

How to make a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail

When you think vodka and orange juice you typically think Screwdriver, right? Well if you grew up in the 70’s, you might remember this citrusy cocktail. The Harvey Wallbanger was born in the era that brought us cocktails like the mudslide and Long Island Iced Tea. The hodgepodge type of cocktails that were given silly names.

This 3 ingredient cocktail has a murky origin. Folks believe it was created by bartender Duke Antone, the creator of the Rusty Nail and White Russian, back in the 50’s. You can read more about the Harvey Wallbanger’s strange history from Robert Simonson’s Searching for Harvey Wallbanger.

National Harvey Wallbanger day falls on November 8th, which is funny because we’re going to need a few this election day.

This is how you make a Harvey Wallbanger!

 

Harvey Wallbanger

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ Ounce Galliano
  • Orange Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Harvey Wallbanger:Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Add vodka and orange juice, and stir together to combine. Top with Galliano. Garnish with orange peel, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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Cranberry Whiskey Buck

The Holiday Season Begins with Cranberry and Whiskey

This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

Try this Brio Drink of the Week: the Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Cranberry juice. It is the mixer we all come to love in our early drinking years, where vodka cranberries were common and we didn’t know that it could get any more sophisticated than that. Well, we’ve introduced you to the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, now we’d like to serve you this Cranberry Whiskey Buck.

Bucks are a family of cocktails where an alcohol is mixed with ginger ale or ginger beer and citrus juice. You may have already experienced one if you’ve ever enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which is also known as a Vodka Buck. If you’d like to try another buck cocktail, try our Irish Buck, which is a delicious blend of Jameson, ginger ale, and lime juice.

In the case of this Cranberry Whiskey Buck, whiskey is paired with ginger ale and cranberry juice. This fizzy pairing makes for a delicious fall flavored cocktail. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of fizzy drinks, but I rather like this one. I’m starting to think whiskey just goes with everything. Water, cider, Coke, root beer, lime/lemon, and now cranberry juice.

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Whiskey Buck!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Ale
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Cranberries for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Cranberry Whiskey Buck: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

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