Thirsty Thursday: Signature Party Cocktails

A proper holiday party needs a few key items: good company, tasty finger food and a great signature cocktail. While having a fully stocked bar may be ideal, it’s just as special (and way more cost-efficient) to have one or two drinks that you can proudly say you mixed up yourself. Whether you like sweet and sparkly or stiff and tangy (or both!), here are a few holiday cocktail ideas to get you started:


Ginger + Lime Juice + Club Soda + Vodka = Fizzy Ginger Limeade


Pomegranate Juice + Prosecco + Tangerine Juice = Tangerine Pomegranate Sparklers


Rosé + Grape Juice = Blushing Rosé Punch


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Thirsty for Some Shandy?

Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! As the week winds down, we’re sure you’re thinking about happy hour, evening plans and watching football. What goes well with all three? A old crisp and refreshing shandy. While you can buy bottles of this beer concoction, it’s way more fun (and cost-efficient) to make your own. What exactly is a shandy? It’s a beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or apple juice.



Our recipe calls for 1 part lager (we used Corona) and 1 part either carbonated lemonade or ginger ale. Serve immediately and you’ve got a slightly sweet, extra fizzy and 100% delicious sipper to start your night (or day) off right.


What’s your favorite Shandy combo? Tell us below in the comments!


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Salute! It’s National Pasta Day!

Cheers, it’s National Pasta Day! Besides eating bowls and bowls of the good stuff, we’re celebrating with an Italian cocktail to wash it all down: The Gin Martini.

It may be one of the more classic cocktails around, but the martini’s dry flavors and mild bite are the perfect contrast to a bowl of saucy, succulent spaghetti. The best part: it’s a two-ingredient cocktail, plus an optional garnish of olives.


2 1/2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce vermouth


Watch our how-to video for another take on this classic sip, then sit back, relax and you’ll feel like a true Italian in no time!


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Thirsty Thursday: Some Brew-tiful Cocktails!

It wouldn’t be a proper tailgating and football season without a few good drinks, beer being one of the most popular. But why not add beer to your favorite cocktails for a truly tailgating-inspired drink? These recipes call for just five ingredients or less, and use beer, which, come on, you probably already have on hand.


Linebacker Limeade


Beer-Berry Homers


Vikings Cooler


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Our favorite kind of cocktails are like dessert: They’re sweet indulgences that help us through both the best and worst of times. Which makes us wonder: Why separate them? This Thirsty Thursday, we’re sharing some of our favorite cocktail-inspired dessert recipes, so when the time comes, you won’t have to choose one over the other.


It’s midnight and you’re looking for a night cap. Try our White Russian Ice Cream.

You offered to bring a treat to a friend’s get-together, but don’t know whether to bring liquor or dessert. Frozen Mojito Cake-Tails  are the perfect compromise.

You want to impress guests but don’t want to fuss around with a blender or mixer. Kiwi-Mango Margarita Shots require just four ingredients!

With so many ways to mix cocktail time and dessert, you no longer need to wait until 5 o’clock to start celebrating!

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Thirsty Thursday for Brunch Lovers

When it comes to brunch, mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and spiked coffee are pretty much expected. There’s nothing like a refreshing, fruit- or caffeine-filled spirit to wake you up after a long night out. In honor of National Pancake Day, we’ve put together a list of our best brunch cocktail recipes, so you’ll have something to wash those sweet cakes down with. Make one of these cocktails at your next brunch party; everyone will thank you.

Blood Orange Mimosas

Bailey’s Chai

The Original Bloody Mary

Clockwork Orange

And don’t forget, you’ll need the perfect pancake recipe to go along with your drink! Cheers.


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Herbs: They’re Not Just For Cooking

As we all face the end of summer, now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all fresh herbs from your garden, local farmer’s market or even your go-to supermarket. Yes, basil makes a killer pesto, and mint is perfect with watermelon and feta, but our leafy green friends make just as big of a flavor statement when paired with vodka, rum, and gin. In honor of More Herbs, Less Salt Day, here are some of our favorite herb-inspired cocktails. Cheers!


 Grapefruit-Basil Gin Fizz

Basil Gin Lemonade

Peach-Basil Margarita


Pineapple Mojitos

Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail

The Not-So-Usual Suspects

Rosemary Ruby Cocktails

Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

Thyme’s-Up Cocktails



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Dirty Pickle Martini

Cocktails, Anyone?

Inspired by one of my friends’ favorite shots–the Pickle Back, a whiskey shot chased with pickle juice–the Dirty Pickle Martini is crisp, sour and salty all at once. Though I prefer all of my martinis made with gin, the Dirty Pickle Martini is especially tasty when made with gin. Get ready to say “Cheers!” with this super satisfying and lip puckering cocktail.





Get the recipe: Dirty Pickle Martini



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It’s Tiki (Cocktail) Time!

Paradise found: Author and cocktail kahuna Jeff “Beachbum” Berry shows you how to make three chilled-out classics that will transport you straight to the beach. Paper umbrella optional—but encouraged!


tiki cocktail recipes

Photo by Romulo Yanes


Get the recipes (adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed, by Jeff Berry):


Blue Hawaii Cocktail

Blue Hawaii

Zombie Cocktail


Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai

Drink Tip! Stock your tiki cocktail cart with these two must-have tropical drink ingredients:

  • Barrel-aged, oaky gold rum
  • Orange-flavored curacao (If you can’t find curacao, use triple sec instead.)

Drink Tip! To get the supercool ocean-blue hue in your drink, add a couple drops of blue food coloring.


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Cocktails, Anyone?

I’ve always been fascinated by people with a “signature drink.” Not the type of drink that they have named after them, but the type of drink that they order all the time. I’ve always wondered, first, how did they find or decide on this drink? And second, what did their drink of choice say about them? Perhaps one of the reasons I was intrigued by these drinkers and their single cocktail devotion was that I didn’t have a signature drink of my own–that is until I discovered the Negroni.



How to Make a Negroni

Photo by Judith Pena

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