Thirsty Thursday

Cocktails, Anyone?

Because the holiday gatherings deserve better than the stuff in the carton, we’re sharing our favorite recipes for Eggnog! Just start with our classic recipe for Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog, then can change it up…two different ways!

 

 

 

Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog


Chocolate-Hazelnut Eggnog

Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In Step 1, whisk 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread and 6 tbsp. cocoa powder into the egg yolk-sugar  mixture; substitute brandy for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. To serve, moisten the rims of 8 glasses with water, then dip them in 1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts Fill the glasses with ice and then the eggnog. Garnish with dark-chocolate shavings.

 

Coconut Eggnog Floats

Change it up based on the Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Eggnog: In step 1, substitute 1 cup canned cream of coconut for the 1/2 cup sugar and spiced rum for the bourbon; omit the nutmeg. Pour into glasses and top with scoops of coconut sorbet or ice cream. Sprinkle with large flakes of toasted coconut. Serve with spoons.

 

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Not only is it Thanksgiving, but it’s also Thirsty Thursday! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give you some quick, last-minute cocktail ideas that pair perfectly with your holiday meal. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

 

To wash down all that heavy turkey and stuffing, try a refreshing Rum-Spiked Ginger Beer Cocktail.

 

A Cran-Limoncello mirrors the flavors of homemade cranberry sauce.

 

With flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, a Gingersnap goes great with pumpkin, apple or pecan pie!

 

From everyone at Every Day with Rachael Ray, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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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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Linebacker Limeade

 

Beer-Berry Homers

 

Vikings Cooler

 

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We seriously can’t wait for our Halloween party… what are you planning for yours?

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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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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

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

 

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Kiwi Mojitos

Tummy troubles? Kiwi–especially the skin–is high in fiber and pre-biotic complex carbohydrates. Plus, its natural bright green color makes for a killer looking cocktail.

Grapefruit Sparklers

Grapefruits contain high levels of antioxidants, and studies have shown that eating one a day can help you avoid heart disease by lowering cholesterol. We’ll take seconds!

Winter Cherry

Pomegranates aren’t the only ruby red fruit with health benefits. Cherries contain the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels.

Prosecco Berry Sparklers

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