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.
Add a scary surprise to punch by tucking a bright red cherry into a pitted white litchi and celebrate Halloween in spooky style.
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.
Lime juice and lemonade blend nicely with the sweet taste of fresh basil leaves in this summertime drink. Slices of lemon add a finishing touch.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Italy. Other dry, non-sweet sparkling wines work well for these quick-and-easy Valentine's Day-inspired spritzers, too. Look for bottles labeled "brut" or "extra dry."