Conventional wisdom has long held that the resumption of large-scale American beer production after Prohibition led to the use of 'adjuncts' not typically found in European beer—most notably, corn, rather than a full grain bill of barley or a combination of barley and wheat. These cheaper ingredients led to a bland, watered-down brew, and until the resurgence of craft beer in the US over the past 20 years, it was impossible to find a beer made with ingredients that America's first European settlers would have recognized; at least, that's how the story goes.
More than anything else, Halloween is about kids having fun dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating. But where does that leave the adults? Well, with a good, stiff drink done up Halloween-style. If you want an excuse to get a little ghoulish, here it is. Check out our collection of Halloween cocktails and punches from around the web. We share the first 5, to see the rest click here!
1. Witch's Brew
1½ ounce Coconut Tequila
When an overly bitter cocktail needs a shot of sweetness, there are a number of fixes in a bartender's arsenal. You might think to grab your trusty bottle of simply syrup to take the edge off, but others are adding in a more natural option: honey. In many cocktails, honey's thickness and depth of flavor can stand up against other ingredients, whereas simple syrup or agave nectar often recede into the background. Just imagine a Bee's Knees without the stick stuff. All you'd be left with is a glass of gin and squeeze of lemon juice.
If you’re heading to a picnic, beach party or potluck today, don’t just bring potato salad or pie. Be everyone’s favorite guest by showing up with a big bag of ice and a pitcher of one of these easily pre-batched summer cocktails.
1. Vino Francesca
This food-friendly sangria is made with fruity rosé.
1/3 cup boiling water
15 sage leaves, plus more for garnish
One 750-milliliter bottle rosé
Lemon twists, for garnish