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Cocktail Contributor Guidelines

General requirements:

  • Draw inspiration from the previous week’s cocktail recipe (e.g. carry over a technique or an ingredient).
  • Local sourcing requirement – use at LEAST 1 item from a local source and talk about it (the more the merrier). Farmer’s markets, CSAs, local distilleries, local breweries, local wineries, farm stands, back yard gardens, your own home brewing efforts – all of these count as local sources.
  • Use organic sources wherever possible.
  • Talk about challenges/opportunities of local/organic ingredient availability in your area (talk about compromise, don’t hide it – we encourage transparency as a conversation piece).
  • Address seasonal issues where applicable.
  • Take LOTS of photos of your ingredients, process and final drink! Photos can be the trickiest part – make sure you have lots of light.  If possible, use a tripod to keep your photos from being blurry. Click here for some good photo tips.
  • Send your best photos in JPEG format to the RecipeRelay editorial staff using Dropbox, mobileMe, or Picasa.
  • Do not copy any other recipe, you can derive inspiration from cookbooks and give credit (book name & pg. name) – but you MUST make it your own.
  • Insert hyperlinks whenever possible.

Cocktail Post:

  • Title format- “Local Libations: Drink Title”
  • 600 word limit for body & final notes (excluding recipe content).
  • Byline in bold at the top of the post – above photo.
  • Submit at LEAST 5 high quality photos (in JPEG format) in each of the following categories: ingredients, preparation & process, final presentation.
  • Include hyperlink to previous week’s cocktail recipe in first paragraph, include hyperlink to the Thursday food recipe if possible.
  • You may include a 2-3 sentence tagline/bio in italics at the bottom of the post if you like.
  • CLICK HERE for an example of a cocktail post.

Recipe Format:

  • Prep time: (in minutes)
  • Yield: (# of servings)
  • Tools:
  • Ingredients: (bulleted, American measurement system)
  • Instructions: (numbered steps)

Step by step – Logging in and Posting: WP Dashboard

  1. Log in with the guest user name and password on this page (you will be provided with this)
  2. Click “New Post” in the top navigation bar.
  3. Enter your post a title and select relevant categories– categories are on the right side. You can add multiple categories if you like.
  4. Compose your post in the composition window (or paste it from your text editor of choice) You can switch between “visual” and “html” mode using the tabs at the top. HTML mode is much more foolproof, but you should be comfortable with a little code before using it. Visual mode is a “wysiwyg – what you see is what you get” editor which makes laying out posts and image much more obvious.Tagging Your Post
  5. Please tag posts with relevant keywords using the tag box in the right side of the screen. If you start typing a tag, suggestions will appear under the box. Please use the suggestions unless nothing close exists. The most useful tags are the names of companies, brands, and people as well as general subject matter you write about.
  6. Save article as a draft if you want to come back to it later, if it’s ready for review, then hit “submit for review.” Be sure to click Submit for Review if the post is ready for review. If you save it as DRAFT we WILL NOT SEE IT.
  7. sure to PUT YOUR NAME in Bold at the top of the post so we know who’s posting it. For example: “By Brianna Bain”. You may also add a tagline in italics at the end if you like.
  8. You can ignore the other fields not mentioned here Draft, Preview, Submit

***Remember – you can preview any post and see what it will look simply by hitting the “preview” button. Please take advantage of this feature!***

Formatting details…

You can make words BOLD or ITALIC, by highlighting them and clicking the little icons on top of the editing fields. You can add hyperlinks by highlighting the text you want linked, clicking the icon that looks like a chain, and entering in the URL you want to link to. Be sure to include plenty of links to your sources, and if possible, related RecipeRelay articles.

Link style: When linking to a specific article on a site, it is common practice to turn the phrase, not just the destination site’s name into a link. For example, if referring to a Civil Eats article that features the world’s top sustainable farming methods, link the entire phrase: “in this Civil Eats article” or at least “Civil Eats article”.