Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive with This Signature Drink!

IMG_7532.PNG

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!

1545854911684.jpeg

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!

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!

Image Source: Shannon's Hoots Cocktails

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

Image Source: Buzzfeed

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

Image Source: Four St. James

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

Image Source: Nav K Brar

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!

NYE Sparkly Eye Tutorials

nye sparkly eye tutorial cover.jpg

New Year’s is the perfect time to let that sparkle and shine out! Whether you prefer a more subdued look or are willing to go bold, we’re sharing two tutorials to fit your style. Happy New Year!

Look #1: Simple but Glam

Look #2: Sparkly Cut Crease

Halloween Signature Drinks

In search of the perfect spooky or spirited drink to serve for Halloween? We have you covered. Whether you’re throwing a party or just looking for something fun to have on hand while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, enjoy a fun and tasty beverage to get in the holiday spirit! We’re sharing some of our favorites from around the web:

Untitled-1.jpg

For the Adventerous:

Candy Corn Jell-o Shots

via Tipsy Bartender
 

candy corn jello shot.jpg

Ingredients:

  • White Layer

  • 1 Packet Pina Colada Ez Jello Mix

  • 2 1/2 Cups Water

  • 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Rum

  • Orange Layer

  • 1 Packet Orange Crushed Ez Jello Mix

  • 2 1/2 Cups Hot Water

  • 1 1/2 Cups Butterscotch Schnapps

  • Yellow Layer

  • 1 Packet Lemon Drop Ez Jello Shot Mix

Directions:
Watch this quick YouTube video to see exactly how to prepare your own!


For the Family-Friendly Crowd:

Black Lemonade

via instructables

image source: instructables

image source: instructables

Ingredients:

  • juice of one lemon

  • 1-2 capsules activated charcoal

  • stevia or maple syrup

  • water

  • ice

Directions:
Cut lemon in half and squeeze it with a juicer releasing the juice. Make sure to pick out any seeds that may sneak in. Add lemon juice to a 16 ounce glass.
Break open 1-2 activated charcoal capsules (check dosage on your bottle or container), add to the lemon juice, and stir to combine.
Fill glass to the top with ice and add water. Stir in sweetener to taste.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!


For the Festive Family:

Witch’s Brew

via sugar hero

image source: sugar hero

image source: sugar hero

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters ginger ale chilled

  • 4 cups pineapple juice chilled

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice fresh (optional)

  • 1 gallon lime sherbet

  • 1 block dry ice (used 5 lbs for a 3-hour party)

  • Large cauldron

  • punch bowl that fit inside cauldron

Directions:
Break the dry ice into large pieces using a mallet or other tool. Be careful that you use gloves when handling it, since it can cause burns if it comes into contact with your skin.
Place some of the dry ice in the bottom of your cauldron. Put the remaining dry ice in a cooler nearby.
Pour some hot water on top of the ice so that it starts to smoke.
Place the punch bowl on top of the dry ice inside the cauldron.
Combine the ginger ale, pineapple juice, and lemon juice in the punch bowl, and stir to combine.
Add scoops of lime sherbet, mix it for a few minutes until the sherbet starts to melt, then serve!
Replenish the dry ice and hot water as necessary, to keep the smoke effect going.

Note: dry ice can be harmful if swallowed, so do not put it directly in the punch bowl or beverage cups.

St. Patrick's Day Signature Drinks

Looking for a festive, simple crowd pleaser for an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day party? We love these fun signature drinks!

Image Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings

Image Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings


Image & Recipe Credit:  3YummyTummies

Image & Recipe Credit: 3YummyTummies

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 ounces of Midori
  • 1.5 ounces of Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces of Orange Juice
  • 1 C. Ice
  • Optional Garnishments:
  • Green melon
  • Green Sugar for rim
  • Honey

Instructions

  1. Dip rim of martini glass into honey and then sugar until coated.
  2. Combine Midori, Vodka, Orange Juice and Ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until combined and cold.
  4. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with green melon.
  5. Notes: Green sugar is easily made by mixing sugar with green food coloring until desired shade of green is achieved.
 
Image and Recipe Credit: Tipsy Bartender

Image and Recipe Credit: Tipsy Bartender

Ingredients

  • Green Apples
  • Melon Balls
  • 4 Leaf Clover Cookie Cutter
  • 6 oz. (180ml) Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 oz. (120ml) Apple Juice
  • 4 oz. (120ml) Sour Apple Pucker
  • 4 oz. (120ml) Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 2 Green Apple Sodas
  • 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Blue Curacao
  • Apple Juice
 
Image and Recipe Credit:  Tablespoon

Image and Recipe Credit: Tablespoon

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/4 cups lemonade
  • 2 envelopes unsweetened gelatin
  • 3/4 cup lime vodka
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • Green food coloring (green + neon green recommended)

Instructions

  1. Pour lemonade into a small saucepan and sprinkle unflavored gelatin on top. Allow to soak in a minute or two. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until gelatin has dissolved (just a couple of minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. Pour in vodka and sweetened condensed milk and stir to completely combine. Separate evenly into three bowls or measuring cups.
  3. Using green and/or neon green food coloring, add enough to achieve 3 different shades of green. Start with just one or two drops – you can always add more, but you can’t take away. Suggested mix: For light green, use 1-2 drops green + 1-2 drops neon green. For medium green, use 2-3 drops green + 2-3 drops neon green. For dark, green use 5-6 drops green + 5-6 drops neon green.
  4. Place shot glasses on a tray and pour the light green layer into shot glasses about 1/4 of the way full. Put in refrigerator for 20 minutes. While shots are setting, cover the other 2 mixtures with plastic wrap to keep warm. If any separation occurs, simply stir again before pouring the next layer.
  5. Once first layer is set, evenly pour the medium green layer into the shots and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Finally, add the last layer and allow to set for at least another hour.
  6. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and gold sprinkles.

Top Holiday Party Outfits

Having a hard time figuring out what to wear for your holiday festivities? We’re here to help! One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is the wide variety of options you have to choose from while still looking cute and staying on a budget. Between bold, seasonal colors, bright, fun metallics, and classic neutrals, the possibilities are endless!


For a more classic look, we love a simple base dress that you can accessorize to your heart’s content. Add a statement piece necklace or a cozy blanket scarf, throw on some ankle booties, and you’re ready to go!


Looking for something that does all the talking itself? No problem. Here are some of our favorites for the girl looking to add a little character to her outfit.


Finally, for the girl who really wants to make a statement! We love the bright, flashy sequins these options offer. No doubt, all eyes will be on you!


Do you have a favorite holiday look? Let us know what your secret is!