Trendy Signature Drinks with Flair

Looking for the perfect drink to top off your dinner party, but sick of the typical (and boring!) rum and coke? We’ve got three unique ways to add excitement to some classic cocktails that’ll have everyone impressed and entertained! Adding some flair to a drink can sound like an intimidating process, especially when you think the only option is incorporating something ridiculous like fire. There are so many innovative options out there that’ll make timeless drinks into something more than just tasty - they’ll be an experience for your guests, too!

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Image Source: Shannon's Hoots Cocktails

Smoky Negroni

Bombay Sapphire is a staple at most bars, but don’t take the easy way out and serve it over ice with some Sprite. There’s so much more potential for a fun cocktail that’ll be unforgettable, complete with smoke to really wow your guests! Bombay Sapphire featured a video that goes through the process step-by-step, and it’s not nearly as daunting as you’d think.

 

Use Unexpected Fresh Fruits!

Everyone’s seen a Pina Colada in a coconut, but chances are, your guests haven’t had a bloody mary shot in a cucumber. Use unexpected fruits that’ll intrigue everyone and surprise them with the delicious combos that they never would have thought of otherwise! Strawberry margarita cups are an easy spin on a classic fruity margarita and they add a little bit of summer flair to your party, no matter the time of year, and it’s super easy to make a bunch at once for any size group!

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots via Drinked In

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Image Source: Buzzfeed

Ingredients:

  • 30 strawberries, cut and hulled
  • a small box of strawberry flavor Jell-o
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 oz tequila, preferably a white brand
  • 2 oz Cointreau or Trader Joe's Margarita Mix
  • sliced lime
  • sugar or salt

How to:

  • Cut the bottom of the strawberry just enough so it can stand up straight. Make sure you don't cut too far up or else you will create a hole in the bottom of the strawberry, and the jello will seep out.
  • Cut the top of the strawberry straight across, and then hull out the inside using a huller or melon baller. Try not to scoop too far down or you will hit the bottom and again create a hole for the jello to seep out.
  • Add the boiling water to the jello packet and stir for 2 minutes to allow sugar to dissolve.
  • Shake the Cointreau and tequila with ice then add the cold water. Add the cold mixture to the hot mixture and stir well.
  • Using a funnel, slowly pour the jello into the hulled strawberries. Fill all the way to the top.
  • Refrigerate the strawberries overnight.
  • Before serving, rim the top of the strawberry with salt or sugar. You can do this by dipping your finger in water and then lining the top edge of the strawberry. Roll the top of the strawberry lightly in the salt or sugar. Top with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, check out this bloody mary recipe below!

Bloody Mariachi Cucumber Shots via Four St. James

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Image Source: Four St. James

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Texas tequila blanco
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Yellowbird Sauce from Austin, TX)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cumin
  • 3-4 large cucumbers, washed and peeled
  • Salt for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish

How to:

  • Puree tomatoes in a blender, press liquids through a sieve, discard solids, and reserve puree.
  • In a large pitcher, combine tomato puree, tequila, lime juice, hot sauce, pepper, salt, and cumin. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or at least one hour. Be sure to stir again before stirring.
  • Slice a cucumber into 2-inch cylinders. Using a small paring knife, corer, or a small sharp spoon, start at one end of the cucumber cylinder and remove the core (leaving a bit at the very end) until the cucumber resembles a small cup. The walls of the cup should be thin, but not too thin, in order to hold more liquid. Dip the edges of each cup in spiced salt and fill with the chilled tomato mixture.

Rose Petal Sangria

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Image Source: Nav K Brar

Sangria is one of those drinks that’s always pretty, no matter how it’s presented. If you’re looking to add some flair to a batch but you aren’t sold on the smoke or fresh fruit, we have something even easier - just melt some rose petals into ice cubes! This DIY is the perfect way to add a little touch of glam to make an even more beautiful drink. The result is perfect for a girls’ night or outdoor wedding, and it’s beyond easy. For an even more stunning cocktail, try out a white sangria recipe, toss in some fresh and colorful fruit, and add the rose petal-filled ice cubes - your friends will be Instagramming them all night!

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.

Best Activities to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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IMAGE SOURCE: GAL MEETS GLAM

After the excitement of the holidays disappears, we find ourselves fighting off boredom and the winter blues. It is easy to fall into a routine of watching movies on your warm and cozy couch instead of socializing and bathing in the sun (which requires you to face the freezing cold wind). To help you battle the blues, we’ve created a list of our favorite activities to boost your mood and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.


BEAUTY & HEALTH ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: GLITTER GUIDE

EXERCISE Exercise is the best way to boost your mood! It has been proven that exercise can make you exponentially happier and more motivated. Go do your favorite winter outdoor activity or do a quick 10 minute workout in your home! See our fitness guide for some easy moves you can do in your living room!

TREAT YOURSELF TO A MANI-PEDI Let’s be honest, your hands and feet could use some TLC this winter. Grab a girlfriend, or enjoy some me time, and get your nails done.

GET A MASSAGE & FACIAL A massage is a sure way to make you relaxed and feeling great! Allow yourself a spa day and opt for that facial you always pass on. Your face will be glowing, and you'll have the perfect excuse to post a selfie of your beautiful self!

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IMAGE SOURCE: INSTAGRAM (@DISAGNA)

MEDITATE We cannot think of a better way to expel stress than to close your eyes and think about nothing. Go to that yoga class you haven’t    had time for, or set up a cozy spot in your home and find a class on YouTube.

SOAK UP THE SUN Bundle up, go for a walk, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s a simple way to ease your bad mood and put some color on your cheeks.


ME TIME ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: ISTOCKPHOTO/PETRUNJELA

READ A BOOK Escape the cold and windy world outside, and get lost in a book that takes you far away from your stress and problems. Your mind will feel refreshed, and you will be more willing to do your work and crush those goals with a clear head. Need a book suggestion? Try one of the National Book Award Winners from this year!

DANCE IT OUT Dance by yourself, in your bedroom, with the volume all the way up. Channel your inner Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang. Dancing is perfect for shaking away winter blues and boosting your confidence.

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IMAGE SOURCE: INSTAGRAM (@AMAZING.BATHS)

TAKE A LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH Buy a million scented candles, bath bombs, and oils and make yourself a luxurious bubble bath. Turn off your phone and listen to music, read a book or magazine, and sip some wine while relaxing.

REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Give your living space a fresh and cozy makeover. Move furniture around for some new flow or cozy up your place with a few simple but effective details like candles and blankets.


FOOD & DRINK ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: COOK REPUBLIC

BAKE SOME GOODIES Bake a cake or cookies to share with your friends and family. Make something winter themed like gingerbread, snickerdoodles, or try our amazing figgy pudding recipe. Your home will smell like warm sugar and cake, yum!

COOK Cook that meal you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to try. Or make that family recipe that brings you comfort. Food is a guaranteed way to make you happy, and making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride and fulfillment.

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IMAGE SOURCE: ANTRHOPOLOGIE

GET COFFEE Try the new coffee shop down the road with a few friends. Be sure to order that extravagant drink and enjoy it!

HOST AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY Invite a few of your closest friends over for a fancy dinner party. Cook a three course meal, set up your china that’s gathering dust, and drink champagne!


OUT ON THE TOWN ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: STYLE ME PRETTY

SIP & PAINT Sign you and a few friends up for a sip and paint class. Enjoy some good drinks and company, and be creative at the same time! It’s a great way to let your guard down and just have fun!

SEE A COMEDY SHOW Buy tickets to a comedy show in your area, or enjoy stand up at a local dive bar. Laughing is the perfect way to cheer you up, and a comedy show is much more fun than the movies.

PLAN A STAYCATION Book a hotel, grab a fancy dinner, and enjoy the night out all while staying in town. Make it a girls weekend and escape from the hectic work week or a romantic “getaway” for you and your guy.


New Year's Entertaining Guide

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New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, and we wanted to make sure your party is the best of the year! To help you with your hosting duties, we created a New Year’s Entertaining Guide! It covers all the inspiration you will need from food to decor! Happy hosting!


FOOD

New Year’s Eve is all about dancing around and having fun! Your should serve a variety of h'dourves so your guests can move and eat! Here are some amazing recipes to inspire you:


DRINKS

Make festive drinks, stock your bar cart, or make a pitcher or two of your favorite drinks! Don’t forget to pour some champagne for the midnight countdown!


DINNERWARE

Since you are serving h’dourves, a set dinner table is unnecessary. Opt for New Year’s themed flatware, dishes, and cups, and lean towards a silver and gold color scheme. If planning a fancier evening, serve drinks in glasses and offer ornate small plates for guests to place their h’dourves.


DECOR

There are so many options for your New Year’s Eve decor! Be fun and hand out 2018 themed glasses, hats, party blowers, etc. and create a photo booth! Or take a more classy approach and decorate with silver and gold orbs, garlands, and vases. 


OUTFIT

Your outfit should be comfortable, yet fashionable; you want to wow your guests with your style! This is the one time a year where sparkle is acceptable and expected, so don’t waste the opportunity!


Girls Night In Food Guide

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Image Source: Inspired By This

You deserve a fun girls night in with your friends this weekend! To help your last minute planning be stress free, we’ve created a menu for the night! Complete with drinks, appetizer, dinner, and dessert, your friends will be begging you for the recipes! And each recipe takes thirty minutes or less!


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Here are two amazing drink options, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy!

Apple Cider Margarita (serves 2)

For the Salted Rim: in a shallow dish mix ⅛ tsp. of each ground cinnamon and ground ginger, and ½ tsp. coarse salt. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, and turn glass upside down into the salt mixture to coat. Fill glasses with ice.

For the Margarita: add 3 oz. tequila, 2 oz. fresh lime juice, and 3 oz. of apple cider to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glasses. Top drinks with ginger beer (about 1.5 oz. each) and garnish with apple slices!

 

Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail (serves 2)

In a medium bowl whisk 1 cup of blood orange juice, and ½ tsp. each of ginger powder and turmeric powder.

Add ice, half of the juice mixture, and ½ cup of club soda to each glass. Add sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave) if desired.

Garnish with mint and rosemary leave, and an orange slice!


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Appetizer

These pear and prosciutto triangles with triple cream brie are the perfect appetizer. They are cheesy (yum!), sweet, savory, and finger food! (makes 9 triangles)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a non-stick surface, or the parchment paper, cut 1 sheet of thawed  puff pastry into 9 equal squares. Spread ½ tbsp. of fig jam in the center of each square, and place 1 slice of pear (cut to fit if needed) and 1 slice of prosciutto on top of the jam. Equally divide 3 oz. of Brie amongst the 9 squares, and carefully pull and fold one edge of each of the squares across to form triangles. Gently press the edges of the triangles together to seal.

Brush each triangle with the egg wash, from 1 egg, and evenly sprinkle 2 tbsp. of fresh pistachios and 2 tsp. of fresh thyme, if using, overtop. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then drizzle with the honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Dinner

A light spaghetti dinner cures your carbohydrate cravings and helps you save room for dessert! This spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and pecorino romano is delicious and only takes 20 minutes! (serves 4) Pair it with a side caesar or caprese salad!

Instructions:

Boil a well salted pot of water. Cook 16 oz. of spaghetti slightly al dente. While the pasta cooks, start the rest of the dish. Make sure to reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water!

Place ½ cup of olive oil and 2 sliced garlic cloves in a cold skillet over low heat. Cook gently for about 5 minutes to infuse the oil with the garlic. Do not burn the garlic or your oil will taste bitter! Add 14 sliced sun-dried tomatoes to the pan with garlic and olive oil and evenly spread out tomatoes.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, along with a pinch of chili flakes, and toss to combine. Add the pasta water and increase the heat. Cook until the water is gone - about one minute. Stir in ½ cup of pecorino romano, and serve, topped with a bit more pecorino romano, black pepper, and julienned basil. Enjoy!


Dessert

Dessert is the best part of the night, and these mini cinnamon rolls will make you cry with happiness. They are cute, gooey, sweet, and only take ten minutes to make! (makes 16 mini rolls)

For the rolls: preheat the oven to 350℉. Lay out half of an 8 oz. tube of crescent roll dough (four triangles) and pinch the seams together. Flip over and repeat. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a ¼" thick square.

Brush with 1 tbsp. of melted butter and sprinkle with as much brown sugar and cinnamon as you desire. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces. Repeat with the other half of the dough, and place pieces into a greased non-stick mini muffin tin. Bake for about 8 minutes until the dough is slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.

For the icing: whisk 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. milk, and ¾ cup powdered sugar in a bowl and drizzle over cooled mini cinnamon rolls!


How-To: Friendsgiving

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Image Source: House of Jade

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year; you can eat as much food as you want, drink yummy cocktails, and lounge around all day watching (or pretending to watch) sports and chatting with your family. However, not everyone can celebrate with family and that is OK! In lieu of Thanksgiving, have yourself a Friendsgiving with all your closest friends! Friendsgiving is the perfect way to show your friends how much you appreciate them and a lot less stressful than hosting for your family (no more unwelcomed questions about your love life from Aunt Martha). Never hosted a Friendsgiving before? Well, we’ve come up with a how-to Friendsgiving hosting guide to help you in your quest for throwing the perfect holiday celebration!


INVITES

Take the time to send your guests invites to your Friendsgiving gathering. This little extra action shows your friends you really want them to attend, and it’s a refreshing reminder that paper invites are much more elegant than e-vites (plus who doesn’t love getting mail?!). Make sure your invites include your address, RSVP-by date, and any instructions about bringing a dish or dessert to lessen your cooking load!


FOOD

Let’s be real, food is the most important part of this holiday, so make your spread the star of the night.

Appetizers: Appetizers should be light finger foods that won’t fill up your guests before dinner. Charcuterie boards are the perfect appetizer option; you can customize it however you’d like and it offers a great number of options for your guests.

Dinner: The sit down dinner is the highlight of the party. Serve food family style (in your most stylish serving dishes) and enjoy the quality time you have with your friends. Go around the table and give thanks for all things you appreciate in your life.

Dessert: Dessert should be placed on its own table before dinner. This will alleviate the task of setting up the dessert table after you’re stuffed with turkey and potatoes. Offer coffee and tea so your guests can wind down and digest with a warm drink.


DRINKS

Prepare a signature drink, such as a sangria or cranberry cocktail, for everyone to enjoy. Have a selection of wine, beer, and non alcoholic beverages to cover everyone’s preferences. Now is a great opportunity to utilize that dusty bar cart in the corner of your living room!


DECOR

Your decor should be festive and sophisticated. Gravitate towards fall decor (leaves, gourds, pumpkins) and Thanksgiving staples (turkeys and cornucopias). Put up wall art, decorate the mantle, and add floral arrangements to each room. Place a festive wreath on your front door for a notable first impression of your decorative skills.


TABLESCAPE

The dining table must be inviting, comfortable, and beautiful. Let your table settings be neutral and add color with a table runner or centerpiece. Decorate the table with festive items such as pumpkins and corn, and incorporate candles to elevate your tablescape. Make sure there is enough room for your serving dishes!


Holiday Libations

It's that time of year to bust out the bar cart and start mixing up some festive libations to celebrate the season! (Be sure to check out our Barcart Central post for tips on how to build your barcart!) This season is filled with time spent with friends and family cozyed up inside by the fire and surrounded by holiday cheer. Here are top picks for holiday sips! Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup pear juice
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • Prosecco

 

 

 


Ingredients

  • Sugared Cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • Big Batch Margaritas
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) silver tequila
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange liquor
  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • salt, for the rim
  • sparkling water, to top the drinks with (OPTIONAL)
  • lime + orange slices, for serving
  • To make just ONE drink
  • 1 1/2 - 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • sparkling water, to top the drink with (OPTIONAL)

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Photo Source: Plum and Oak

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Malahat Spiced Rum
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Cinnamon simple syrup
  • Garnish with orange zest

 


Source:  Freutcake

Source: Freutcake

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 6 oz ginger beer (more or less to taste)
  • Crushed candy cane- for garnish
  • Whole candy cane- for garnish
  • Crushed ice

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Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
  • Champagne

 

Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

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Photo Credit: Darren Roberts 

Baby it's cold outside! As the last leaves fall here in New England, Fall fades away and Winter is right around the corner. 

If you close your eyes and think of snow capped mountains when you think about your wedding day, than nothing is more romantic than a winter wedding.  Your surroundings covered in a blanket of snow, snuggling up by a fire and kissing under the mistletoe!

Whether you're planning a holiday-themed event filled with spruce pine, hot chocolate and wool wraps, or a winter wonderland gathering with frost covered details and sparkles, this season is bountiful with inspiration.

Get in the mood with our top picks for winter inspiration including colors, dresses, flowers and other fun winter ideas. 

 


4th of July signature drink

Looking for something special to take your traditional Fourth of July BBQ to the next level? We have just the thing: our Fourth of July sangria! Add some festive fun to your table with this bright and fruity crowd pleaser.

1 bottle of your favorite white wine

½ cup of Triple Sec

Your Favorite Red, White, and Blue Fruits: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Pineapple, etc.

For added flavor, throw in ¼ cup of berry flavored vodka or a ¼ cup of lemon juice

 

Combine everything in a large pitcher and let chill before serving. Keep it cool by adding some fruit ice cubes!

Bar Cart Central

Essentials for a flawless bar cart – a perfect statement that adds a fun and inviting flare to any space!

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Image courtesy of: Apartment Therapy

1. A Statement Piece: Think of your statement piece as the eye catcher for the cart. You can get creative as you want!  A funky painting, an interesting sculpture, some old books, a decorative clock – anything! Try to pick something that will add a cohesive color pallet to base your other essentials off of.

2. Flowers/Greenery: Any type of arrangement can add life and freshness to your cart, and connect all the elements of the cart as one. Think outside the box!

3 Fresh Fruit: Lemons, limes, and oranges work perfectly to add brightness – plus you can slice it up for a colorful and easy garnish.

4. Glassware: You can choose from all different types of glassware. Stemware works best with wines and champagne, while tall and rock glasses work better with hard liquor or beer.

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Image courtesy of: Divine Caroline

5. Wine, Beer or Champagne

Pick what looks most appealing to you! Your choice of alcohol can add a personal touch. Going for a chic, upscale look? Go with champagne! Or is this bar cart for the man cave? Load it up with his favorite beer instead.

6. Hard Liquor

If the bottle the liquor comes in doesn’t match your aesthetic, pour it into a decanter that does!

Need some inspiration?

 
 

Enjoy and drink responsibly!

5 Spring Spritzers and Cocktails


Tangy, bright and fruity – here 5 fabulously fresh beverages that are sure to dazzle your friends at Sunday brunch!

Sauvignon Blanc – Lemon Lime Soda - Tangerine

Blood Orange - Lime - Ice

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Images courtesy of: the Glitter Guide


Ginger Ale – Rosemary – Blackberries

Lemon - Ice

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Images courtesy of: The Skinny Fork


Lillet – Gin - Grapefruit Juice – Ice

Edible Flowers to Garnish

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Image courtesy of: Martha Stewart


Champagne - Grapefruit Juice – Orange

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Image courtesy of: Sugar and Charm


Raspberry Vodka – Lemon Lime Soda

Lemon Juice - Raspberries - Agave

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Images courtesy of: Real House Moms

Cranberry Infused Vodka

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  1. Bottles
  2. 1 lb. bag of cranberries
  3. Good quality vodka
  4. Sugar
  5. Ribbon
  6. Glass Etching Cream
  7. Stencil (It's always best to use vinyl stencils, plastic can be hard to work with on glass)
  8. Stencil Adhesive
  9. Gift tags (SEE DOWNLOAD)
  1. Rinse cranberries
  2. Place cranberries in a bowl, and muddle them.
  3. Place muddled cranberries and 1 cup of sugar into saucepan and place on medium-low heat
  4. Allow sugar to dissolve and the mixture to slowly boil, until the liquid becomes a syrup
  5. In a sterilized bottle, add your high proof vodka leaving enough room to add your cranberry mixture.
  6. Strain your cranberries, preserving the liquid.
  7. Add your cranberry liquid to your sterilized bottle.

For a pretty presentation, we decided to add a bit of etched glass detail to our bottle.

  1. If your stencils are not self-adhesive, coat back of stencil with adhesive, following the directions on the bottle.
  2. Paint etching cream onto stencil, making sure to apply a thick coat.
  3. Pull the stencil, and allow it to sit for about ten minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
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And a holiday bonus! Click here to download pretty gift tags to add something special to your holiday gifts.

 

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