8 Ways to Get Jamming with Marmalade Cocktails

Fresh fruit is the mainstay of farm to glass cocktails, but in chillier months there’s another option: the richness of preserved fruit, specifically marmalade, which adds not only flavor and sweetness but also richness and depth to drinks. Since citrus and sugar are common ingredients in cocktails, marmalade helps mixologists save a step (and an ingredient). Here are some top picks for where to find the most scrumptious marmalade cocktails.

Suffragette City, Hunky Dory, Houston, Texas
Marmalade is most frequently served at breakfast, so it should come as no surprise that it features into some terrific brunch-themed cocktails. At Hunky Dory, several of the drinks have cheeky British names like Sheep Dip and Ground Control to Major Tom. The Suffragette City combines Earl Grey tea vodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a cordial made from simple syrup, orange marmalade, and vodka. It’s served in a coupe cocktail glass, served up, and garnished with an edible flower. Go ahead and order it with the Full English Breakfast, which comes with British banger, back bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, baked beans, and fried slice and eggs. Make a reservation at Hunky Dory.

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Breakfast Martini, Fort Defiance, Brooklyn, New York
St. John Frizell, the bartender and operator at Fort Defiance in Red Hook, decided to put the most famous marmalade cocktail, the Breakfast Martini, on his menu after trying it for the first time in London. It’s made with gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and orange marmalade. Says Frizell, “Salvatore Calabrese made it for me at the Fifty St. James Club. The drink is so simple, elegant, and delicious; I’m honestly surprised it doesn’t show up on more brunch menus.” Make a reservation at Fort Defiance.

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Toast & Marmalade, Atrium DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York
At Brooklyn Bridge Park, you’ll find this chic dual-level dining room with a vertical garden, modern Mediterranean food, and a cocktail called Toast & Marmalade. It was inspired by breakfast — tea and rye toast spread with marmalade, in particular. It features rye bread-infused Guillon Painturaud VSOP Cognac, orange marmalade, Assam tea syrup, and an egg white, effectively encapsulating all the flavors of breakfast in each and every sip. Make a reservation at Atrium DUMBO.

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Alibi, The Dorian, San Francisco, California
The Dorian is a modern-day parlor with plenty of clubby Victorian touches. The drinks menu is extensive with whiskey flights, no fewer than four martinis and a bottled cocktail that serves 3-5 people. According to bartender Ilya Romanov, the Alibi is a take on the original whiskey sour traditionally made with bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar. “Our take on it features Evan Williams Straight Bourbon Whiskey, house made salted pistachio syrup, fresh lemon juice, bitter orange marmalade and a drop of bitters.” It’s a refreshing and playful drink and reflects the same sweet and sour properties of orange marmalade with slight nutty and smoky notes. Make a reservation at The Dorian.

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The Social Tea, The Stanton Social, New York, New York
Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, The Stanton Social is a collaboration between several partners including celebrity chef Chris Santos. The menu features multi-ethnic shared-plate style dining and DJs spinning on the second-floor bar and lounge, so ace cocktails are a given. The Social Tea blends together citrus vodka, gunpowder green tea, and a housemade orange-honey marmalade to refresh the palate in between bites of Maryland Crab Cake BLT Sliders, Coconut Curry Samosas, and French Onion Soup Dumplings. Make a reservation at The Stanton Social.

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Très Bien! Celebrate National Cassoulet Day

Blog BENOIT_NY_Cassoulet_Pierre Monetta copyYou know what we love about cassoulet? EVERYTHING. You know why? Because the delicious French dish comes in so many forms. There are the classic cassoulets from Carcassone, Castelnaudary, and Toulouse — and dozens of variations created by inventive chefs around the globe. (Pro tip: If you’re in a particular region in France, don’t say which you think is the one cassoulet to rule them all — you’re sure to get into quite a row if your answer hails from another location). So revered is it that, according to Saveur, there is even “a gastronomic brotherhood devoted to that epic French dish” known as the Grande Confrérie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary. While we may not boast such an organization in the U.S., we do have National Cassoulet Day. And, many restaurants are extending the savory celebration. Instated by Alain Ducasse’s bistro Benoit in New York City, this year, more than 30 of the country’s top restaurants will honor the hearty French winter classic all week long.

From January 9–15, Benoit and participating restaurants, ranging from French restaurants, steakhouses, and farm-to-table New American concepts to Italian and even vegan eateries, will offer their own interpretations of cassoulet. Benoit will prepare a special three-course Cassoulet Experience. To start, guests can expect a selection of hors d’oeuvres including celery root and red cabbage remoulade and for dessert, a Vacherin with pineapple and vanilla.

The full list of restaurants can be found here. Dozens of other restaurants are participating unofficially or merely serving this dish because they (as we) are crazy for cassoulet. Below are a few of our faves to inspire you to celebrate National Cassoulet Day today. 

Benoit Restaurant and Bar, New York, New York
Chef and U.S. Cassoulet Ambassador, from the Universal Cassoulet Academy in Carcassone, Philippe Bertineau’s iconic one-pot meal of white beans, pork, and duck is served in its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole. Make a reservation at Benoit Restaurant and Bar.

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River Roast, Chicago, Illinois
Throughout his career Chef Hogan worked with the some of the finest French chef’s – including Chef Jean Joho – and even spent time studying the culinary arts in France. These experiences have shaped a deep love of traditional French cuisine.  He is a master of charcuterie, which he incorporates in all of the elements of this dish — from the duck confit to the pork sausage. Combining all of these elements allows him to make a truly traditional French cassoulet which also includes pork shoulder,  white beans, white wine, garlic, and smoked bacon. Make a reservation at River Roast.

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The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, New York, New York
April Bloomfield and her Christina Lecki executive chef at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room are participating in Cassoulet Week, serving their take on Cassoulet for Two: Duck confit, Toulouse sausage, and lamb belly, ayocote beans, and herbed bread crumbs for $65. Make a reservation at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room.

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Aspirin Alternatives: 11 Delicious Hangover Cures

We love going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but the Bacchanalian celebrations come at a high price the next morning. When we wake up – usually cuddling with an empty bottle of Champagne and wearing a glittered covered top hat – our heads feel like they’re going to pop off our shoulders and explode like a well-struck piñata [Ed. note: or like someone in Scanners]. If you’re like us, you will, too, be in need of some solid sustenance and vivifying drinks – stat. Here are 11 delicious hangover cures guaranteed to help you start off the new year in the right frame of mind.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Costa Mesa, California
The French word for hangover remedy is poutine. Okay, that’s not true, but it should be. This take on the classic Canadian comfort food is built on a base of golden frites, which are piled high with stout gravy, melted cheese curds, shredded short rib. And a sunny side up egg. Yes. Just, yes.

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URBN Coal Fired Pizza, San Diego, California
After a long night of endless stems of bubbles, we crave one thing: carbs. And lots of them. That’s why we love this mashed potato-topped pizza. As if that weren’t enough, the buttery peaks of the whipped spuds are crested with bacon and fresh mozzarella. Down one of these, and you’ll be ready for another magnum of Veuve Clicquot.

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Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland
On the day after the last great bender of the year, you might be in the mood for a distinctly non-alcoholic tipple. Enter these zero-proof cocktails: the Malibu Cooler, Pineapple Paradise, Açai Basil Smash, Kale Lemonade, and Cucumber Cooler. Guaranteed to put the pep back in your step. [Photo by Anjali Pinto]

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Myriad Gastro Pub, San Francisco, California
There’s something comforting to the core about shakshuka, a Tunisian breakfast standard featuring eggs poached in tomato sauce. Served in a skillet, it arrives with several pieces of griddle-grilled green onion socca (savory chickpea pancakes), which are perfect for sopping up the last bits. And absorbing alcohol.

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Messhall Kitchen, Los Angeles, California
Nick Offerman would surely approve of the Royal American omelet. It’s made with six eggs and comes atop a Belgian waffle. Then it’s bedecked with Tasso ham, bacon, onions, and a gooey shroud of melted Vermont cheddar. A truly manly breakfast.

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Roofers Union, Washington, D.C.
Executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, an early standout on this season of Top Chef, has the perfect breakfast sandwich for the morning after. A fried chicken thigh smothered in honey-sriracha sauce arrives on a ciabatta bun with a slather of mayo and a few crunchy iceberg leaves. Goes down well with a pint. Or six.

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Star Wars Menus: #TheForceAwakens with 8 Star Wars Dishes + Drinks

Star Wars Menus

There’s a disturbance in the Force. In case you haven’t been close to a screen, browsed the Internet, walked the aisles of your grocery store, or talked to anyone, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out today. The Force Awakens picks up more than three decades after The Return of the Jedi left off. There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen in the seventh installment in the saga, but one thing is for certain: it’s going to be a massive box office smash. Its release has spurred a number of culinary Jedi to find inspiration from the iconic trilogy. (Let’s just pretend the prequels never happened.) and create Star Wars menus for fans of the force.

Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, California
Like a tractor beam pulling you in, you won’t be able to resist this Star Wars themed off-menu mignardise board by pastry chef Josh Graves. Feel the Force awaken in you while savoring a chocolate Millennium Falcon, white chocolate Stormtrooper, a caramel-filled dark chocolate Darth Vader, an absinthe candy lightsaber, a Death Star bonbon, and a Han Solo frozen in carbonite, erm, dark chocolate. Thankfully, he decided not to include a Jabba the Hutt gummy.

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The Lot, San Diego, California
The Lord of the Sith inspired pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny to create this Dark Side Chocolate Cake layered with raspberries and blackberries. Only at the end of eating it do you realize the power of the Dark Side. Which means you might have to order another slice. Consider it part of your training to become a Sith lord.

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Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Think you geek out about Star Wars? You’ve got nothing on chef Cathal Armstrong, who binge watches the saga with his son over Christmas break every year. To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, he is serving Aunt Beru’s Fennel Soup as an amuse bouche through December. When A New Hope was being filmed in 1976 in Tunisia, the prop masters were tasked with coming up with a soup that Luke’s aunt would make on Tatooine. Fennel was relatively unknown in the States at that time, so it was chosen as a vegetable that could conceivably be utilized in a galaxy far, far away.

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Little Goat Bakery, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard offers Wookie Pies, which take their name from Han Solo’s bowcaster-toting compadre Chewbacca. Or, as Princess Leia calls him, a “big walking carpet.” The pies are formed by sandwiching a pair of chocolate cakes sandwich around a generous slather of chocolate cream. Since Chewie is known for getting in trouble for always thinking with his stomach, we’re certain he’d love them.

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