Having more time at home means more time for project cooking. Which does not mean cumbersome or difficult cooking. The best kind of project cooking is a fun activity that you can really sink your teeth into—the kind of stuff you can make a day of. Some of these recipes take a lot of inactive time while you wait for an ingredient to be ready (anything fermented or cured, like kimchi or gravlax), and some might be beyond what you’re up for on a typical weeknight (like making pretzels or marmalade). Others come together more quickly but benefit from busting out the assembly line, making a big batch, and freezing for future meals (like ravioli and dumplings).
Austere Manhattans and martinis can have their moment any day of the year, but summer is for punchy, bright, refreshing cocktails. We’ve collected some of our favorites—without playing favorites. Gin, vodka, tequila, bourbon, rum: The gang’s all here.