Drinks

Fiesta Fest Menu

Partygoers will be pumped to chip away at this spread

From the April issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine 

 

Cocktail: Classic Margaritas

 
 

Mocktail: Watermelon Agua Fresca

 
 

Food: Classic Nachos

 
 

Mexican Chopped Salad

 
 

Chorizo-and-Potato Taquitos

 
 

Dessert: Mexican Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Superbowl-Approved Beer Cocktails

With just a week and a half until the Superbowl, it’s time to start thinking about the snacks and drinks you’ll be serving (or bringing!) during the game. This year, instead of picking up a few six packs of your favorite brew, incorporate it into a show-stopping cocktail that might even steal the spotlight from the halftime show. We’ve got a recipe for any type of beer drinker, from the traditionalist to the trend-setter. They’re bound to score a taste bud touchdown!

 

For the (almost) beer purist: Lager & Lemon-Limeade

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Warm Cocktails for Cold Nights

If the weather outside is frightful, you need a cocktail to warm you up from the inside out. While we love a good hot toddy or mulled wine, we appreciate a creative spin just as much. So this winter season, sip on something spectacular, and then serve it to your friends! They’ll never know what hit them.
 

Sherry Hot Cocoa

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A Four-Ingredient Christmas Eve Cocktail

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and stress levels were high.

You needed a quick cocktail; a drink– on the fly!

You’ve wrapped all the presents, boxes and bags,

So now it’s time to settle, sit down and relax.

Just four ingredients?! Nuh-uh, no way.

A true Christmas miracle, just like Santa’s sleigh.

Mix Bailey’s with rum, and a pinch of nutmeg,

To make it a true nog, don’t forget the egg!

So mix up a drink, you’ll need it– trust us

It captures the true Christmas spirit, without all the fuss.

Cheers!

 

Baileys Spiced Nog

 

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1 egg

1 pinch nutmeg

 

Directions

Mix Baileys, Captain Morgan and egg. Pour into a sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.

 
 
 

More Festive Cocktails

Coffee Mate

Double Orange Spritz

Sweet Ruby

 

Our Favorite Wine Stoppers

It’s hard to know what will make you smile more:

these cute and quirky stoppers or the fact that there’s wine left!

 
 

(from top left)

 

Never overlook bottles again with a Glasses Bottle Stopper. $14, givesimple.com

Toast your favorite team (Rach says Go Jets!) using NFL Football Helmet Bottle Stoppers. $20, fanatics.com

A Wine Splash Bottle Stopper ironically keeps spills at bay. $7, perpetualkid.com

If you like it then you should put your name on it with a Gold Monogram Wine Stopper. $34, cwonder.com

An etched glass Spinning Globe Wine stopper saves your favorite imports. $19, wineenthusiast.com

Proud pooch owner? Top a bottle with a labrador Mariposa Bottle Stopper. $23, gracioushome.com

A Vintage Pool Ball Bottle Stopper is your ace in the hole. $30, winevineimports.com

What’s funnier than a Rubber Chicken Bottle Stopper. $12, shopplasticland.com

After you’ve had a hoot, stop up bottles with Woodland Park Owls Bottle Stoppers. Kate Spade, $30 for two, bedbathandbeyond.com

Take off and leave the wine for later using an Aviator Bottle Stopper. $20, zgallerie.com

Use a Chalkboard Bottle Stopper to mark the date your bottle was opened. $8, crateandbarrel.com

A Stopped Up! Bottle Stopper keeps bottle plugged tight. $11, pangeaoutpost.com

 
 
 

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A Four-Ingredient No-Fuss Cocktail

The holidays, though delicious, exciting and a helluva good time, can be stressful. Sometimes, you just need a relaxing night in with a good book and a stiff drink. You need a Gimlet.

 

 

Ingredients

4 ounces gin

2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice, such as Rose’s

1 lime wheel, for garnishing

Ice

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin and lime juice for about 1 minute. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the lime. Makes 1.

 

 

More Four-Ingredient Cocktails

 Coffee Mate

Winter Shandy

Double Orange Spritz

A Four-Ingredient Nightcap Cocktail

The holidays are all about luxury and indulgence, and the same should go for the cocktails you serve. This Coffee Mate is the quintessential cocktail to serve at a late night gathering around a fire. Your guests will think you’re a master mixologist when you tell them the secret ingredient: brown-sugar simple syrup!

 

 


 

Ingredients

2 oz. unsweetened plain almond milk

1 oz. cognac

1/2 oz. coffee liqueur

1/4 oz. brown-sugar simple syrup

 

Directions

To make the brown-sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and water in pot; heat until sugar dissolves. Cool. (Can be used in oatmeal, coffee and other fun holiday cocktails!)

To make the Coffee Mate, shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.

 
 
 

More Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Winter Shandy

Double Orange Spritz

Pom Selleck

Four-Ingredient Shandy: Not Just for Summer!

If you thought Shandies were just for summer and tailgating, think again: we’ve got a recipe perfect for cold, snowy nights by the fire. A Winter Shandy is just what your holiday party or night in needs. It’s light enough to casually sip among friends, but the warm and spicy hints of orange and pumpkin will make you feel as cozier than a cashmere sweater. Wanna know the best part? Each serving is less than 150 calories!

 

Ingredients

5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer

2 ounces lemonade

1/4 ounce warm orange marmalade

Orange slice

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a chilled highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice. Makes 1.

 

 

More easy cocktail recipes

A three-ingredient tailgating cocktail? Score!

Sweet & tangy cocktails for your holiday party

4 hard apple cider ideas

Join Us on November 20th for a Thanksgiving Q&A on Twitter!

The 10-day countdown to Thanksgiving starts today, and between buying your bird, making your pie crust and picking out that perfect wine, you’re bound to have some questions. That’s why we’ve gathered our test kitchen pros to host a Twitter chat and share their Turkey Day expertise!

 

 

Join us on Twitter on Thursday, November 20th at 3 pm EST for an hour-long session of turkey talk. Be sure to include the hashtag #RRTgiving on your tweets and one of our test kitchen pros will be sure to answer your question.

 

One hour. All the Thanksgiving knowledge you could ever need. And you don’t even need to bring a hostess gift. We’d say this is going to be the best party ever!

 

Looking for even more tips? You can download our booklet filled with 96 ways to ensure Thanksgiving success here.

 

 

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A Four-Ingredient Cocktail to Get Your Holiday Party Started

There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving and we’re in full dinner planning mode. But between the turkey and gravy, Grandma’s cornbread stuffing and Aunt Sue’s pumpkin pie, we have to find room for a cocktail! And that’s where the Double Orange Spritz comes in: This bright orange sipper is so simple to put together, you can even sneak away between hors d’oeuvres and turkey carving to make yourself another (no judgment!).

 

Ingredients

4 ounces chilled Campari

8 ounces chilled prosecco (or sparkling white wine)

4 ounces chilled orange soda or seltzer

Orange, sliced, for garnish

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

Divide Campari bewteen 2 ice-filled glasses. Top with prosecco and soda. Garnish with slices. Serves 2.

 

 

More Four-Ingredient Cocktails

Sweet Ruby Cocktails

Rum & Coke Slushies

Red Velvet Champagne Cocktails