Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.
Ready for the final season premiere of Game of Thrones? Here's a cocktail icy as winter in Westeros, and fiery as the red witch. Remember that creepy scene when Melisandre summons a shadow to attack Renly? That's what inspired cocktail alchemist, Eamon Rockey when creating this drink. Rockey's Milk Punch gives the drink beauty, El Silencio Mezcal some heat, passion fruit liqueur a little magic - and the secret ingredient (a charcoal lime oil) finishes it with an air of mystery.
Sufganiyot, or Hanukkah donuts, are traditionally filled with fruit jam, but this recipe switches it up a little with zesty-sweet ginger-lime curd, and calls for sugar dusted on top to balance the tangy filling. Get the recipe.