Summer Mocktail: Cherry Limeade

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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!

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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

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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!

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!

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:

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For the Adventerous:

Candy Corn Jell-o Shots

via Tipsy Bartender
 

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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

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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

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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.

Winter Gathering

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

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.

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!

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

Images courtesy of:  the Glitter Guide

Images courtesy of: the Glitter Guide


Ginger Ale – Rosemary – Blackberries

Lemon - Ice

Images courtesy of:  The Skinny Fork

Images courtesy of: The Skinny Fork


Lillet – Gin - Grapefruit Juice – Ice

Edible Flowers to Garnish

Image courtesy of:  Martha Stewart

Image courtesy of: Martha Stewart


Champagne - Grapefruit Juice – Orange

Image courtesy of:  Sugar and Charm

Image courtesy of: Sugar and Charm


Raspberry Vodka – Lemon Lime Soda

Lemon Juice - Raspberries - Agave

Images courtesy of:  Real House Moms

Images courtesy of: Real House Moms

Cranberry Infused Vodka

Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Cranberry Infused Vodka DIY
  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.
Parsimony Vintage- Event Planning-Holiday Gift Tags

And a holiday bonus! Click here to download pretty gift tags to add something special to your holiday gifts.

 

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