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5 Savory Beverages to Mix Up Your Drink Game

5 Savory Beverages to Mix Up Your Drink Game


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That Bloody Mary isn't the only option when you just aren't feeling the typical sweet drinks on the menu. And we're not talking about just a salt-on-the-rim kind of savory—these drinks go all in, owning their savory status.

When you think “savory beverages”, your mind most likely conjures up one of a couple tomato-based images: cans of tomato juice onboard an airplane, or a brunch-time Bloody Mary. If you’re someone who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, or you’re just looking to supplement some new flavors to the mix, add these non-alcoholic and boozy options to your order.

Bloody Mary

Let’s start with the basic and familiar: a Bloody Good Bloody Mary. Heat, tang, salt, and booze make for a winning combo. If you’re looking to try your hand on this cocktail classic at home, the secret to our simple recipe is a splash of pickle juice, which adds briny tartness.

Lassi

While you may be comfortable with the sweetened mango version at your favorite Indian restaurant, lassi can be made as a traditionally savory drink as well. The base is the same: tart yogurt, water and ice. But roasted cumin, pepper, toasted mustard seeds, and other savory spices and herbs can be added to the mix for a drink that’s typically served in the summertime as a reprieve from the heat.

Salted Lemonade (Chanh Muối)

This Southeast Asian favorite is made from salt-and-sun-pickled lemons (though limes are more traditional) and can be sipped either cold or warm. Slices of the prepared citrus are muddled in a glass to release its juices and topped off with water—and for the hardcore, many people enjoy eating the rind from the bottom of the glass to extract every ounce of lemony goodness. If you have a craving for mouth-puckering sour and savory, this is your new go-to.

Kvass

This barely-boozy beverage comes from Slavic and Blatic-region countries, and it’s made from fermented rye bread. It’s tangy, savory, and definitely different from a typical beer profile—but if you’re into the yeasty sour flavor, it’s golden. While it may not be the easiest to find in the states just yet, it’s bound to crop up at hipster breweries soon, and there are plenty of homemade tutorials and how-to’s to scour if you’re looking to try your hand.

Aam Panna

Unripe green mango is the key ingredient in this refreshing drink that packs fruitiness and acidity. It’s typically spiced with mint and black rock salt, making this Indian drink another hit in hot weather. The addition of roasted, crushed cumin gives it a pleasant smokiness. If you love the tropical flavor of mango but are bored by the typical cloyingly sweet mango drink, this savory alternative is a great choice.


Tiki historian Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the owner of New Orleans’ Latitude 29, is to thank for this take on the Tiki classic that adds grassy, funky rhum agricole into the usual mix of rum, orange curaçao, lime juice and orgeat.


Our Favorite Happy Hour Drinks

Many drinkers prefer to keep the drinks simple during happy hour. This isn't the time for fancy cocktails with hard-to-find ingredients. No, we're often too tired and worn out from the day to put any effort into much of anything.

Some of our favorite after-work drinks are the simplest, those easy mixed drinks that come together in seconds, not minutes. A simple pour of liquor and mixer, these are the cocktails we love when happy hour comes around.

And yet, it is far too easy to get stuck in a drink rut. The routine of a fast and easy drink can become boring at times, and it can be a challenge to escape this habit. To help you dig out of the evening drink cycle, let's look at a few of our favorite happy hour cocktails and see how to transform them into something new without getting too wild and crazy.


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Easy Rum Eggnog

Sometimes, you just want a classic. This rum eggnog has just five ingredients: rum, port wine, simple syrup (easy to make with sugar and water), an egg, and nutmeg. Odds are you have the egg, sugar, and nutmeg in your cupboard right now the rum and port wine, while a little more expensive, are good investments that will last a while. This standby recipe is far better than anything you could buy at the store—you'll instantly taste the difference.


To Be Considered

Cocktail Cherries: the absolute best cocktail cherries are soaked in bourbon! These are what you get when you go to a fancy cocktail bar. A bit pricey, but worth every penny.

Bitters: It’s always a good idea to have different bitters on hand, such as aromatic, cherry, and orange bitters. Just a few drops greatly enhance a drink! I like cherry bitters in my Manhattan, and orange or aromatic bitters in my Old Fashion.

Honey Simple Syrup: I rarely use white sugar, or white sugar simple syrup, in my drinks because I just never have it on hand. I like using honey simple syrup. This is just equal parts honey and equal parts water. I generally do 1 cup of each, then let the mix come to a simmer on the stovetop on medium heat. Once simmering, just turn to low and continue cooking until the honey and water are incorporated. Add to a container with a lid. Will last in the refrigerator up to three weeks! (You can even infuse your simple syrup with mint or rosemary or orange and clove…the options are endless!).

Fresh is Next Level: It’s always a good idea to use fresh ingredients when making cocktails! Fresh citrus, fresh herbs, fresh fruit. It is a game changer!

Fun Trick: When using fresh citrus, be sure to slice off a bit of the peel. Twist it in your finger to release the oils and rub it around the rim of the glass! Level-up!


5 Recipes for Homemade Sports Drinks That Are Healthy and Delicious

“Electrolytes are like the power lines of our body&mdashthey conduct electrical signals that maintain fluid levels, acid-base balance, and muscle function,” explains Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN. When you lose water through sweat, as you know, out go the electrolytes, too.

And one way to replenish? Make your own healthy drinks, which is super easy. “You want your DIY recipe to include water, sugar, salt, and a source of potassium like orange juice,” Kaufman suggests. A simpler formula of water, maple syrup (a good source of potassium), and salt, will do the trick, too.

Ready to give it a try? Here are five easy recipes for healthy sports drinks. Just make sure you choose high-quality coconut water and salt with its natural mineral content intact (think Himalayan sea salt, instead of the refined table variety) to get the most out of each sip. &mdashAmy Marturana


6. A Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

Liven up your morning smoothie game with this new recipe. Whatever health regimen you adhere to, take comfort in the fact that this smoothie will work for you, even if you’re vegan or paleo. Also, lactose sensitive individuals will be glad to hear it’s made with almond milk. Even though it calls for almond milk, the end product comes out frothy and creamy and is so such much better for you than a high-fructose corn syrup loaded McDonald’s milkshake. You’ll be ready to start the day off right with this healthy meal that knocks out a serving of fruits and vegetables each.


7. Kicked Up Coffee Garantia with Kahlua

Preparation Time: 60 mins

I have a no-stress approach to entertaining or cooking, and that’s why I always look for something which is fun yet easy.

This slightly creamy and sweet cold brew beverage won’t need you sacrificing all your time and energy which you could use to connect with your family. It is simple, delicious, and pretty healthy too!

What will you need?

  • Half and half cream (2 cups)
  • Vanilla Bean (1)
  • Irish cream (4 ounces)
  • Kahlua (4 ounces)
  • Strong coffee (4 ounces)

Instruction to do it?

  • Take a large glass container, add the strong coffee to it, and set it aside in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Take another container that can be put in the freezer. Add cream to it and the vanilla beans ( scrapping the insides).
  • Whisk these two ingredients well and also add the Irish cream.
  • To the cooled coffee, add Kahlua and stir well.
  • Put both these containers into the freezer for 45 minutes.
  • Take the container out 2-three times, checking if they have turned slushy.
  • Once the mixture in both the containers is slushy take them out.
  • Take a tall glass, half fill it with the coffee slush followed by the cream slush.
  • Pop in a straw and enjoy!

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1/2 cup instant coffee 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder 1/4 cup powdered coffee creamer 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup store bought instant butterscotch or vanilla flavored pudding mix (optional) Measure all of the ingredients into a clean, dry bowl. Use a fork to combine everything evenly. If you are ambitious, [&hellip]



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