‘Tis The Season…For Yummy Holiday Cocktails!

Happy Wednesday lovebirds!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, ‘tis the season to watch football, spend time with family, and indulge in the best foods of the year. And let’s not forget about the drinks! How else are we expected to get through the holiday season?! We’ve thought through Turkey Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and have come up with six festive cocktails that are guaranteed to make you feel warm, fuzzy and in high spirits for the holidays!

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Thanksgiving: Cranberry Margarita

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, this is an easy drink to make while the turkey is roasting and the pies are in the oven. It comes together in a matter of minutes and will disappear just as quickly!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Sugar as garnish (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries as garnish (optional)

First, mix the tequila, orange liquor, lemon juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker or in a big glass with ice and shake it up! Use the juice of half a lemon to moisten the edge of a glass, and place the glass upside down in a container with sugar. Lastly, garnish with fresh cranberries if you desire!

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Hanukkah: Manischewitz Spritzer

This boozy, pretty (and did I mention kosher?!) cocktail will prepare you for one of the eight fun-filled nights of Hanukkah.

What you’ll need:

  • 1½ cup of mixed frozen berries
  • Syfo Kosher Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

In a large pitcher, mix 1 part of Syfo Sparkling Water and 1 part Manischewitz Blackberry Wine. Then, mix in frozen fruit and add ice if needed. Mozel Tov!

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Christmas Eve: White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

This festive peppermint drink combines the smooth, sweet taste of white chocolate with the spicy taste of peppermint making it perfect for the holidays. This is as festive as it gets!

What you’ll need:

  • Marshmallow sundae topping
  • 2 peppermint candies
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla vodka
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint schnapps
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate liqueur

Start out by dipping the rim of a martini glass in marshmallow topping and then topping it off with crushed peppermint candies. Drizzle some marshmallow topping on the inside of the glass and place the glass in the freezer. Next, in a shaker with ice, add vodka, schnapps, and the liqueur. Shake until mixed and pour into the chilled glass! Lastly, sprinkle with crushed peppermint and enjoy!

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Christmas Day: Peppermint Bark Mimosa

Give your brunch on Christmas morning a festive upgrade. This peppermint bark mimosa will make everyone merry!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
  • 6 oz. peppermint schnapps, divided
  • 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
  • 6 candy canes, whole

First, pour the melted chocolate onto a small plate and pour crushed candy canes onto a separate plate. Dip the rims of your champagne flutes first in chocolate, then in crushed candy canes to coat. Next, add in an ounce of peppermint schnapps to each glass, and top with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with full candy canes and voila!

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New Years Eve: Midori Melon Ball Drop

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a fruity green cocktail that everyone is sure to love?!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 juiced lemon
  • Sugar (for rim)
  • Melon Ball (as a garnish)

First things first, gather all of the ingredients! Then, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Pro Tip: use a piece of lemon to wet the rim before dipping it in sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the citrus vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake well, strain into prepared glass and garnish with a melon ball, serve and enjoy!

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New Years Day: Bloody Mary

What better way to ease the pain of ringing in the New Year a little too hard the night before than with a famous cocktail that dates back to the 1920s?! January 1st is conveniently National Bloody Mary day so, it’s perfectly fitting to have one (or two) to start off your New Year!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
  • 3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • About 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 lemon wedge (optional)

In a highball glass, stir together the tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Fill the glass with ice, then pour mixture into a second glass. Pour back and forth 3 to 4 times to mix well, then sprinkle lemon juice over the mixed drink. Garnish with some celery stalk and lemon wedge (if using) and drink up!

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Okay, I think it’s about time for a toast. We hope you enjoy these festive drinks throughout the entire holiday season – we know we will! Eat, drink and be merry, friends – cheers!

Designer Cocktails for your Spring Soirée

Hello again, Lovebirds!

Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are excitedly putting finishing touches on plans for your big day. Signature cocktails have become a fun way to personalize your reception, and we want to make sure both you and your wedding guests are equipped with the most delicious, beautiful libations at your springtime celebration! No matter what your alcohol of choice is, we’ve got you covered! So find your favorite, then try out these flavorful recipes.

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Vodka: Tuscan Pear Cocktail

The only thing better than how good it looks is how good it tastes. For a decorative and unexpectedly delicious treat, try out this pear-infused cocktail!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire pear-flavored vodka
  • ½ part Limoncello
  • ½ part Ginger Liqueur
  • ¾ part Blood Orange Juice
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish (optional): Mint Leaves, Dried Pears, Lemon Confit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until fully mixed.
  • Rim serving glass with sugar and fill with crushed ice.
  • Pour mixed drink into glass.
  • Garnish with mint leaves, dried pears, or lemon confit.

Tequila: Strawberry Paloma

In the mood for something sweet and tangy? This drink is sure to please your guests and add a pop of color to your cocktail hour!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Garnish (optional): Grapefruit Wedge or Strawberry

Directions:

  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and strawberry simple syrup.
  • Top with grapefruit soda.
  • For a little something extra, garnish with grapefruit wedge or strawberry.

Gin: Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Here’s a delicious, fun twist on a classic. For a casual garden touch, we suggest serving this one in a mason jar!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Small Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 6 oz Tonic Water
  • Garnish (optional): Juniper Berries, Rosemary, Sliced Grapefruit

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, and rosemary sprig in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Fill glass (or mason jar) with ice.
  • Pour combination over ice, and top with tonic water.
  • Add choice garnish, if you wish.

Whiskey: Blushing Whiskey Sour

Think pink with this delicious, beautiful rendition of a classic!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 oz Simple Lemon Syrup
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Garnish (optional): Blackberries

Directions:

  • Combine blackberries, simple lemon syrup, and Irish whiskey in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until blackberries begin to break apart (to ensure the beautiful blush shade!).
  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Strain mixture into glass.
  • Top with a few extra blackberries.

Rum: Raspberry Rum Mule

A guest-favorite with a sweet twist… you can’t go wrong with this one!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • ½ of Lime, Juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • 5 Raspberries
  • ½ cup of Ice
  • ½ bottle of Ginger Beer
  • Garnish (optional): Raspberries and Rosemary

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with rum, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries, and ice.
  • Shake well, until completely combined.
  • Pour mixed ingredients into glass, and top with ginger beer.
  • To top it off, add some raspberries and rosemary.

Champagne: Blackberry Thyme Champagne

No celebration is complete without some bubbly! Prepare the syrup ahead of time, mix with champagne when cocktail hour arrives, and enjoy.

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Ingredients:

For Blackberry Syrup:

  • ⅓ cup Blackberries
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Sugar

For Cocktail:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne, your choice!
  • Garnish (optional): 8 Blackberries, 4 Sprigs of Thyme

Directions:

  • In small saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain blackberries and let syrup fully cool.
  • In each champagne glass, add 2 tablespoons of homemade syrup.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Add sprig of thyme and a few blackberries to finish it off!

These cocktail mixes are guaranteed to have your guests coming back for more! Not only are they sweet and tasty, they will be the perfect, eye-catching addition to your springtime wedding. Cheers!

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Refreshing, New Cocktail Ideas for Your Wedding Libations


Hello Lovely People,

We are just now heading into wedding season, and we can already use a drink! With the heat shining down on us all we want to do is sit back and relax with a nice, cold beverage. Most of our couples love the idea of having a signature drink or two at their celebration. To help inspire your choices, here are some of our favorite cocktail mixes for you to consider for your wedding!

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Hawaiian Mimosas

Sip on this yummy treat by following the recipe below.

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Photo Credit: Crazy for Crust

Ingredients

  • Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Juice, cold
  • Champagne or Prosecco, cold
  • Pineapple slices and/or cherries

Directions

  • Per mimosa: add one-ounce coconut rum and two ounces pineapple juice to a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with pineapple and/or cherry.
  • To make a pitcher: add 1 cup coconut rum, 2 cups pineapple juice, and an entire 750mL bottle of champagne or prosecco to a pitcher. Add pineapple slices and/or cherries to the pitcher or glasses for garnish.

Blueberry Mojito

In the mood for something sweet and tangy for the Summer? Try out the recipe for this cocktail below!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries, (Set aside a few for garnish if desired)
  • 4 Ounces Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

  • Blend or muddle blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  • Use a muddler or wooden spoon to blend in mint leaves and sugar.
  • Stir in rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture.
  • Pour into glasses over club soda & ice. Gently stir.
  • Garnish with extra blueberries, lime, and mint if desired.

Summer Sangria

Try out this new recipe for a Summery Sangria!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
  • 2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
  • lemon-lime soda, for serving
  • ice cubes

Directions

  • Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
  • To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon-lime soda.

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

Everything is peachy-keen when you have this Moscow mule in your hand!

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Photo Credit: Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 large lemon (quartered)
  • 8 oz peach vodka
  • 24 oz ginger beer

Directions

  • Fill four glasses with ice. Preferably copper cups, but any cocktail glass will work!
  • Add 2 oz vodka and 6 oz ginger beer to each glass.
  • Squeeze one-quarter of a lemon into each glass, then add a couple pieces of fresh basil.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together.

Malibu Sunset Cocktail

Take a mock vacation to Malibu with this sunset cocktail.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoon of grenadine A Splash to make the bottom of the glass red

Garnish with:

  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Malibu Rum with Coconut Liqueur

Instructions

  • To make this yummy drink, simply put 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of a glass.
  • Pour the pineapple juice and the rum over the ice.
  • Next, pour the grenadine slowly down one side of the glass (pouring too fast will mix the grenadine in and you won’t get the cool color separation)
  • I stuck 2 cherries and a pineapple chunk on a toothpick for a garnish.
  • Enjoy your drinks immediately.
  • Please remember to drink responsibly and kick back and relax!

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With these cocktails in hand, you can’t go wrong!  Your guests will love something summery and fun to enjoy at your wedding. And the fun part is that you could even throw a party trying to figure out which drinks to choose for your wedding.

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