It's easy to forget about drinks when you're menu planning, but the perfect beverage can make a meal. These days, bartenders are calling themselves "mixologists", and incorporate the best ingredients available to create cocktails that taste as though Willy Wonka invaded the liquor cabinet. You can do the same with drink recipes at home, and you don't have to get fancy: A classic gin martini can offset the richness of a good steak beautifully, while a floral dessert wine is sometimes the best way to end a meal. Or start experimenting with coffees, teas, juices, shakes, smoothies and punches - you don't need alcohol to make drinks with buzz.
Transform ordinary cider into a colorful drink with a syrup made of frozen berries spiced with ginger.
This hot, fruit-flavored tea drink is wonderful on a snowy day.
Add a scary surprise to punch by tucking a bright red cherry into a pitted white litchi and celebrate Halloween in spooky style.
Adding tea to this low-calorie fruity drink keeps it light. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for holiday appeal.
This favorite chocolate beverage also makes great holiday food gifts for friends, neighbors, and teachers. Follow the recipe and package the mix in a cellophane bag; attach instructions.
Milk and ice cream make a classic shake that's good to serve with burgers or as a refreshing snack.