Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive with This Signature Drink!

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We love soaking up as much holiday spirit as humanly possible! That’s why we’re keeping the spirit alive with this delicious eggnog drink. While some consider eggnog more of a Christmas beverage, we think that you can (and should) enjoy it all winter long! That being said, we love this drink and it’s perfect for large gatherings -- think New Years Eve and beyond. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Stout Eggnog

  • 3 quarts Eggnog

  • 1 quart Chocolate Stout (we recommend Samuel Smith)

  • ¼ cup Chocolate Syrup, or to taste

  • 6 oz Bourbon

  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

If you’re looking to go really fancy, try making your own eggnog instead of using store bought! We love this recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! Cheers!

Our Favorite Hot Cocoa Bars for National Hot Chocolate Day!

Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! Did you know that was a thing? We didn’t either but now we’re in love with the idea. After all, who says no to a warm, cozy mug of hot cocoa?! Being the perfect seasonal beverage, we love the idea of having a build your own hot cocoa bar at your winter event or wedding this season. There are so many fun things you can include: Bailey’s, candy canes, all the marshmallows you could ever dream of… the list of possibilities is endless! So in honor of this national holiday, we’re sharing some of our favorite inspiration shots to help you dream up your own DIY hot cocoa bar this season! Cheers!

Cocktails To Beat The Summer Heat

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IMAGE SOURCE: @TWOLOVESSTUDIO

With July just around the corner, the dreaded summer heat and humidity is about to reach an all time high. To help you cool down, we are sharing some of the tastiest and thirst quenching summer cocktail recipes we know. So sit back, relax, and sip!


Lemon Thyme Bourbon Tonics

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IMAGE SOURCE: JUNIPER RYE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Amontillado sherry
  • 3/4 oz. Thyme & Honey Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 large piece fresh thyme (with at least 5 branches)
  • 1 cup hot water (near simmering temperature)
  • 1 cup honey
  • Garnish – lemon wedges/thyme sprigs

For the syrup: In a small bowl, combine the thyme and hot water and let stand for 15 minutes. Next, stir in the honey until it dissolves completely. Let stand 5 minutes, then remove the sprigs of thyme. The remaining mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.

For the cocktail: With the syrup prepared, add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and lemon wedge.


Guava Kombucha Cocktail

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IMAGE SOURCE: @THEGAYANDTHEGAL

INGREDIENTS:

  • fresh ginger
  • 1 shot vodka
  • guava kombucha

For the cocktail: Muddle ginger with a mortar and pestle. Add to glass with 1 shot of your choice vodka and fill with guava kombucha. Enjoy!


Blood Orange Rose Floats

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IMAGE SOURCE: GREEN WEDDING SHOES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle of Sparkling Rosé
  • blood orange gelato, such as Talenti
  • Fresh Rosemary

For the float: Add a few scoops of gelato in your glass. Then add the sparkling Rose to the glass. Top with a sprig of rosemary and you are good to go!


Blue Margarita

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IMAGE SOURCE: @COCKTAILSNG

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup blue curacao
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, about 8 limes
  • crushed ice

For the cocktail: In a pitcher combine all ingredients, but the ice, and mix until combines. Add ice to individual glasses and pour drinks over ice!


Spiked Lavender Lemonade

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IMAGE SOURCE: CITRUS ON MAIN

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Sonoma Syrup Co. lavender simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lemon wheels and a sprig of fresh lavender for garnish (optional)

For the cocktail: Fill a highball (or large rocks) glass with ice. If using garnishes, tuck lemon wheels into the sides of the glass using the ice to hold them in place. Add vodka, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice to glass and stir gently. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh lavender sprig, if desired.


How to Up Your Signature Drink Game

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Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

The best way to set your wedding apart and make it truly unique is all in the details! Today, we’re looking at your signature drink. Many couples choose to create their own cocktail to commemorate the day, but we want to take it a step further. There are a few simple ways to up your game and create a real special drink. Our favorite way is the simple addition of a stunning little card on each drink with something like your new last initial and the date of your wedding! Depending on your guest list, this can get pricey quickly, so we understand it’s not necessarily in the everyday couple’s budget. Luckily, there are multiple other ways to add some extra flair! We love the use of personalized plastic cups. These can easily be elegant and fun versus the stereotypical red solo cup you may picture when you think of plastic cups. Even more simple, we love adding some pretty straws, fruit skewers, or little “cheers!” flags to each drink. Check out some of our favorites below!

National Margarita Day

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Image Source: Yes to Yolks

We’re nearing the end of a long, chilly winter, and warm weather is just over the horizon. What better way to celebrate than with a classic fruity drink on National Margarita Day? Thursday, February 22nd is the cocktail’s honorary day this year. Whether you want to go out with your girls and find the best marg in town or you want to grab some tequila and try out some tasty cocktail recipes, we have the total run-down for you!

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Image Source: Dessert for Two

Authentic Mexican restaurants are the best place to swing by for a classic margarita, but they can be pricey. That’s the beauty of National Margarita Day - drink specials galore at some of the priciest restaurants! If you’re not sure where to start, the National Margarita Day website has a list of participating restaurants by state, and a majority of them are authentic places that are sure to serve the best of the best!

If you’re looking for a real bargain this Marg Day, check out the chain restaurants in your area. The drinks might not be as authentic, but they’ll definitely be delicious, and even cheaper! On The Border is just one of the many restaurants running a special for National Margarita Day, and theirs can’t be beat: $2 house margaritas from February 9th through February 22nd, and you can score free queso if you dine in on the big day!

Not really feeling a night out, but still want to treat yourself to a fresh margarita? Shake up some margs right at home! Invite some friends over and try out these three recipes for an easy girls’ night in. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re looking for something sweet, spicy, and different, a classic triple sec and lime marg, or something fruity and frozen!

Sweet and Spicy

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Image Source: Bon Appetit

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1-2 habanero chiles, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice

How to:

  1. Mix tequila and chiles in a large pitcher.
  2. Let steep 3 hours, or longer if a spicier tequila is desired.
  3. Discard chiles.
  4. Pour enough water onto a small plate to cover.
  5. Pour enough salt onto another small plate to cover by 1/4".
  6. Dip rims of eight 12-ounce. glasses into water, then into salt to lightly coat; fill with ice.
  7. Add grapefruit juice to pitcher with tequila.
  8. Fill with ice; stir until cold.
  9. Divide drink among glasses.

Classic House Margarita

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Image Source: On the Boarder

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau is recommended)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)

How to make it:

  1. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass with or without fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Fruity and Frozen

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Image Source: Mi Madre's Restaurant

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 1 cup brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
  • 3/4 cup gold tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemons Organic
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ice cubes

How to:

  1. Place the raspberries, brandy-based orange liqueur, tequila, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve in glasses over ice cubes.