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Drink recipes

Drink recipes including hot chocolates, aquas frescas and more

  • 1

    Cocktail cubes Total time: 10 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 20 skewers Note: Adapted from “On a Stick!”

  • 2

    Mexican hot chocolate Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Mexican chocolate can be found in the Latin section of most grocery stores.

  • 3

    Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 1 Note: From Diane Cu and Todd Porter.

  • 4

    Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes Patissier Cedric Thullier, pastry chef at the Chateau du Pont d’Oie in Belgium, says to reduce or increase the amount of chocolate to vary thickness and the degree of bittersweetness.

  • 5

    Dear SOS: While having a lovely lunch at Akasha, I tried their cucumber, pineapple juice and ginger agua fresca.

  • 6

    Total time: 15 minutes Servings: Makes 2 1/2 quarts Note: Agave nectar is available at Trader Joe’s stores, Whole Foods, Ralphs and other well-stocked supermarkets. 1 medium seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into medium pieces (about 6 pounds) 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes) Sea salt 1.

  • 7

    Total time: 20 minutes Servings: Makes 2 quarts Note: Inspired by Jimmy Shaw, of Loteria Grill.

  • 8

    Total time: 20 minutes, plus steeping and macerating time Servings: Makes 2 1/2 quarts Note: Adapted from Anthony Medina of La Taquiza 2 cups dried hibiscus (jamaica) flowers -- available in well-stocked Latin markets 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered 1 cup sugar 1.

  • 9

    Total time: 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking Servings: 2 1/2 quarts Note: Inspired by Juan Antonio of Oaxacalifornia.

  • 10

    Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Note: Adapted from “Cider Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions & Making Your Own” by Ben Watson. 1/2 gallon apple cider 4 to 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 6 cardamom pods, crushed 1 whole nutmeg, cracked open 10 to 12 whole cloves 6 allspice berries (optional) 4 to 6 star anise pods (optional) Zest of 1/2 lemon or 1/2 orange, thinly cut into lengthwise strips Orange slices for garnish 1 1/2 cups rum or brandy (optional) 1.

  • 11

    Total time: 40 minutes Servings: Makes about 5 quarts(20 1-cup servings) Note: Adapted from Patricia Rubalcava.

  • 12

    Total time: 35 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 2 quarts Note: Adapted from Nikki Cohen, bar manager at the Hungry Cat. 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup lavender Bring the sugar, honey, lavender and 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

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