Summer Mocktail: Cherry Limeade

Image Source: Pretty Providence

Image Source: Pretty Providence

Relaxing with a cool drink in the midst of the extreme summer heat is perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings ever. But however yummy lemonade is, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. That’s why we’ve found a fresh recipe for you to try out! This cherry limeade is a nice change from the regular lemonade. Plus, not only is this recipe insanely delicious, but it’s also super simple and easy to make!

Image Source: Pretty Providence

Image Source: Pretty Providence

For this Cherry Limeade you’ll need:

  • 1 Lime
  • 1 can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 10 ounce can of jar of maraschino cherries with juice
  • 1 2 liter bottle of Sprite

Now to make this refreshing drink you need to start by refrigerating all of the ingredients until they are cool. Then pour in the Sprite, limeade, and cherries into a pitchers and slowly stir (so it remains fizzy)! Pour this into a glass with some ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

Get Adventurous This Summer with A New Kind of Lemonade

With the blazing heat of the summer, nothing is more refreshing than having a cold drink while soaking up sun rays. Lemonade is a delicious go to, but summer is about being adventurous! So, here’s a fresh twist on the classic beverage using peaches and raspberries from The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

For this recipe we’re going to divide the ingredients by the three different components. So starting with the raspberry peach puree you’ll need:

  • 4 fresh and pitted peaches cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups of water

For the lemonade you’ll need:

  • 7 cups of cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice (this should be roughly four lemons)
  • Ice cubes

Lastly, for the simple syrup you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Start by adding all  the ingredients for the raspberry peach puree into a blender or food processor and blend them until it’s the same consistency as a puree. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl and pour the raspberry peach puree on top. Then use the back of a spoon to push the puree around, making sure the liquid falls into the bowl and the seeds are left behind on the sieve. Discard the seeds on top of the sieve and leave the mixing bowl aside for a moment. Add the simple syrup ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved into the water, make sure to stir occasionally! Boil this for around three minutes and it should start to become a syrupy consistency, then set it aside to cool. In a large pitcher add the lemonade ingredients and stir till combined. Then pour in the raspberry peach liquid and cooled simple syrup and stir again until everything is combined. Store in the fridge until you serve it, feel free to garnish it with raspberries, peach slices, or mint leaves for an added flair!

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!

New Year's Eve Signature Drinks

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Looking for the perfect beverage to ring in the new year? This year, we’ve gathered three of our favorite fun, light, and gorgeous drinks for your midnight toasts! Whether you’re looking for fruity, minty, or jello-filled, we have you covered. What drink will you be ringing in the new year with?


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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the Triple Sec, blackberry brandy, Chambord, and pineapple juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Cover and store in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Just before serving, add the Triple Sec mixture, ginger ale and the champagne together in a large punch bowl. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.

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Ingredients

  • 24-36 raspberries
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 750ml Fairtrade Moscato Rosé or sparkling Pinot Rosé, chilled

Instructions

  1. Chill six Champagne glasses, then add the following to each: 2-3 raspberries, 1 mint leaf and 1 tiny sliver of lemon zest.
  2. Carefully pop the cork of a 750ml bottle of chilled Fairtrade Moscato Rosé or sparkling Pinot Rosé. Pour slowly into each glass.

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Ingredients:

1st champagne layer

  • 1 1/2 cups champagne
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 gelatin packet

Creamy layer

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 gelatin packet

2nd champagne layer

  • 1 1/2 cups champagne
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 gelatin packet
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For the rim

  • gold sprinkles
  • corn syrup

Directions:

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  1. Gently pour the champagne into a mixing bowl.
  2. Measure out 1/2 cup of boiling water in a separate bowl then add 1 gelatin packet to the water, gently stirring.

  3. Once combined, pour the water/gelatin mixture into the champagne and gently stir.

  4. Divide the champagne jello into glasses. If you want the jello to set at an angle, place the glasses in a muffin or mini muffin pan at an angle to set in the refrigerator.

  5. Once the champagne jello has set, begin to prepare the creamy layer.

  6. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to combine.

  7. In a separate bowl, combine the 1/2 cup cold water and 1 gelatin packet. Stir to mix. Allow the gelatin mixture to set for 2-3 minutes.

  8. Pour the gelatin mixture into the sweetened condensed milk mixture and stir to combine.

  9. Divide the creamy layer into the glasses. If you want the jello to set at an angle, place the glasses in a muffin or mini muffin pan at an angle to set in the refrigerator.

  10. Repeat the instructions for the champagne layer to add the final layer to the cups.

  11. Use a small amount of corn syrup and your finger, a small metal spatula or a small new paint brush to dab a little bit of corn syrup all around the rim of the glass.

  12. Then turn the glass upside down into a shallow bowl of sprinkles, moving it around until the rim is covered.

  13. Serve the jello or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Winter Holiday Signature Drinks

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Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with something sweet in your hand! This season, we’re all about those classic cranberry concoctions, but with some new twists. Whether you like it bubbly or warm, alcoholic or non, we have you covered with our tops picks for any winter gathering.


via The Blond Cook

via The Blond Cook

INGREDIENTS

  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Orange liqueur (triple sec)
  • Your favorite champagne
  • Optional: Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill champagne flutes ⅓ full with cranberry juice cocktail. Add a splash of orange liqueur. Fill remaining ⅔ of glass with champagne.
  2. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!
via Sweet and Savory by Shinee

via Sweet and Savory by Shinee

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 cup (240ml) orange juice
  • ½ cup (100gr) sugar
  • ½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry red wine

 

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cut the orange in half, and then quarter one half. Push 2-3 cloves into the outer skin of quartered oranges. Peel a few strips of orange peel from the other half of the orange for garnish.
    2. In a large pot, combine orange juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange quarters with cloves and cranberries.
    3. Turn the heat to medium high and slowly heat the mixture, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
    4. Once sugar is dissolved completely, bring it to a boil and cook until it thickened and reduced by almost half, about 15-20 minutes.
    5. Reduce the heat to low and pour in wine.
    6. Simmer until wine is heated through. Don’t boil, or alcohol will evaporate.
    7. You can strain the wine and pour into a slow cooker to keep it warm. Garnish with orange peel and serve warm.
    via Life in the Lofthouse

    via Life in the Lofthouse

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 bottle Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider
    • 1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite or Sprite Zero
    • 2 cans frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
    • fresh cranberries (optional, for garnish)
    • ice cubes

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. In a very large pitcher or large drink dispenser (that can hold up to 2 gallons) add the sparkling cider, sprite and cranberry juice concentrate. Gently stir well to combine.
    2. Serve drink in individual cups/glasses over ice and with fresh cranberries as a garnish, if desired.
    3. Enjoy!

    Turkey Day Signature Drink

    Thanksgiving is next week if you can believe it! As you finalize your decorations, guest lists and holiday menu, we are here to help! Our yummy (and we mean yummy!) Sparkling Apple Cider is the perfect addition to your holiday festivities. Easy to make and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Looks like you will need a cider bar at your holiday gathering!

     

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    Instructions

    1. In a beverage dispenser (we love these dispensers!) combine mix 4 cups of apple cider, 1 cup white grape juice, 2 cups sparkling cider & 3 cups cranberry lime seltzer.
    2. In small bowl combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 1.4 teaspoon all spice,  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, & a pinch of crushed clove. Once well mixed add directly to the beverage dispenser and give it a good stir.
    3. We like to add some diced apples to the beverage dispenser to make it look pretty!
    4. We serve each drink in a pretty glass and dress it with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

     

    Here is our Fall Drink bar from the Night at the Registry Event with Pottery Barn in October. Photo Credit:  Melanie Zacek Photography  

    Here is our Fall Drink bar from the Night at the Registry Event with Pottery Barn in October. Photo Credit: Melanie Zacek Photography 

    Enjoy!