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Category: Cocktails

Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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Pitcher Perfect Cocktails for Memorial Day

Cocktails made by the pitcher are an easy way to spend less time stuck behind the bar  and more time celebrating just like Diddy, DJ Khaled, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria and more. CÎROC VS,  DeLeón Tequila and CÎROC Summer Watermelon have created the following ‘pitcher cocktails’ to serve up at your next celebration. Grab a pitcher or two and start crafting one these delicious batch cocktail recipes! CÎROC VS Sangria 4 oz CIROC VS 8 oz Red Wine 2 oz Elderflower liqueur 8 oz Ginger Ale Preparation: Stir all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher of ice. Garnish: berries/mint/Lemon Glassware: Rocks/stemless wine glass...

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This Mother’s Day, Spoil Your Mom with These Rum Cocktails from BACARDÍ and FACUNDO

With the Mother’s Day quickly approaching, BACARDÍ and the FACUNDO Rum Collection bring three delicious, and refreshing cocktails for a Sunday brunch with mom –  BACARDÍ Lime Cooler, BACARDÍ Rum Julep, and NEO Fresco.  The perfect cocktail for your Mother’s Day activities, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is easy to make for any Sunday brunch. An easy combination of BACARDÍ’s most refreshing new flavor – BACARDÍ Lime, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, club soda and a splash of lime juice, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is a delicious cocktail that your mom will enjoy all summer long.  If your mom prefers dark spirits, we recommend the BACARDÍ Rum Julep, made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, mint...

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Cocktail Recipes for the Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on! It’s cocktail time. There is no doubt the weekend will be filled with a plethora of Mint Juleps, but why not break out of the traditional Derby cocktail mold and try something new! We have several cocktail recipes to add to your menu. Our first is courtesy of Chef Bobby Flay. He’s mixing up his signature Blood Orange Mimosa as the best boozy alternative to the traditional mint julep to enjoy while watching the races. A longtime horseracing fan and a frequent fixture at high-profile industry events such as the Kentucky Derby, Bobby...

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Bucolic Buellton in Central California

After the winter rain, super blooms are transforming California’s landscape into pastures and hills blanketed with Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills offer vibrant yellow mustard flowers. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We stayed overnight at the renovated Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offering spacious wine county designed rooms. What makes this property desirable is its sparkling swimming pool. It’s the largest...

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5 Green Tequila Cocktails You Can Make for St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Find your lucky green hat and “go green” this holiday with green cocktails with a Mexican twist. Tequila isn’t just for Cinco de Mayo! Tanteo® Tequila has shared with us five of their favorite green tequila cocktails you can make for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of year. Sláinte! 1. PEPINO DIABLO Recipe: 2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz Cucumber Purée ¾ oz Agave Nectar Rim with Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Directions Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and pour into an ice-filled, salt...

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for a last minute cocktail to impress your sweet, we’ve got three Valentine’s Day cocktails that are sure to impress! MEZCAL MAMA @TheNewYorkEDITION (with Gem & Bolt mezcal) 1.5 OZ GEM & BOLT MEZCAL 1.5 OZ JASMINE TEA 0.75 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE 0.5 OZ AGAVE SYRUP 0.25 OZ BENEDICTINE 3 OR 4 RASPBERRIES SHAKE ALL INGREDIENTS & STRAIN OVER ICE. GARNISH W/ 3 OR 4 RASPBERRIES 1-800-SENSUAL @ HerNamewasCarmen 2 OZ STRAWBERRY INFUSED JAJA BLANCO TEQUILA 0.5 OZ FINO SHERRY 0.75 OZ LEMON JUICE 0.75 OZ RASPBERRY 0.75...

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Tips to Throw the Best Parties this Awards Season

It’s awards season, which means that it’s time to celebrate the talent behind all your favorite movies and television shows. Planning to host friends for a watch party? Here is how to bring the elegance and excitement of Hollywood right into your living room: • Encourage evening wear: While your guests may not be delivering acceptance speeches to millions of viewers nationwide, that’s no reason for your crew not to look their best. Invite friends to wear their most fabulous frocks so everyone can feel glamorous like those on screen. • Lay down the red carpet: In your walkway...

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Sparkling Wine and Spirits Gift & Cocktail Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday parties and celebrations are all around! Sparkling wine, spirits and cocktails are a must when entertaining. Here are some holiday cocktail recipes you won’t want to miss! Best buys are included below. Cheers!  Simple sparkling wine and spirits cocktails recipes for single-serves and crowds. Sparkling Holiday Punch   A bubbly and festive addition to all holiday festivities. 8 oz. Chambord Liqueur 8 oz. Cranberry Juice 2 chilled bottles Korbel Brut Cranberries Pour ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Top with raspberries or cranberries. Herbarium Holiday Pitcher A refreshing and light break from heavy holiday indulgences. 4...

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La Crema, A Class Act

There is nothing better than an oaky buttery glass of chardonnay at the top of the cocktail hour, well that is unless it’s something bubbly. While working on an article about BraytonHughes Design Studios I discovered they had done design work for La Crema and it inspired me to pull a bottle of their Chardonnay into my rotation. Wow!” had I forgotten how much I enjoy their wine. It was clear that I needed to go behind the scenes and find out makes La Crema tick. Craig McAllister, Head Winemaker at La Crema was kind enough to speak with...

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Holiday Baking and Wine Pairings

There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Mondavi and Family co-proprietor Marc Mondavi and their four daughters, Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna, always set aside time to gather for an afternoon of holiday baking. Their Grandma Rosa was an incredible cook, and the tradition continues through the generations. It should surprise no one that in this household, instead of...

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4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends — such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger — can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau...

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