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How to Host a Small Cocktail Party at Home

For some time now, having friends over has been a more casual, spontaneous affair with beers and wines. But lately, there has been a resurgence of cocktail parties. While beer and wine are still very much enjoyed, mixed drinks have gained in popularity, offering a more formal gathering, complete with appetizers and small bites. If you’re looking to create a more upscale celebration and host your own small cocktail party, don’t be intimidated about learning to make the cocktails and creating delicious food. In fact, it’s actually easier–and a lot less stuffy–than it sounds! While you can still dress up …

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Quick Guide to Cocktail Party Hosting

Image by bridgesward from Pixabay  Hosting a cocktail party is a popular choice for a social gathering, and has been for a number of years. It is something that is a little more low-key and relaxed compared to hosting a meal, with a little less to plan. It can have a much more relaxed vibe compared to a dinner party, but can still be just as enjoyable as any other kind of social gathering (especially if you get the cocktails just right). However, there are still a few tips and tricks that will help you to make sure that your cocktail party goes …

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Create the Best Drinks at Home for More Exciting Beverages

Photo by Adam Jaime on Unsplash It’s not always easy to be interested in the things you drink. Sometimes you just have a drink because you’re thirsty and you’re not that interested in what it tastes like. Other times, you can get bored of drinking the same things again and again. Perhaps you’ve had enough of soda or you’re fed up with orange juice or coffee. But when you’re not sure what the alternatives are, you can struggle to feel inspired to make a change. If you want your drinks to be more exciting, but without necessarily having to put in too much …

Maple Cinnamon Prosecco Cocktail with Nino Franco

Maple Cinnamon Prosecco Cocktail

Need a signature drink for your holiday festivities? Then look no further! My friends at Nino Franco are sharing their killer seasonal cocktail recipe with us and I highly suggest you try it. I whipped up a few and will certainly be serving these at my seasonal celebrations! Get the recipe below for these delicious Maple Cinnamon Prosecco Cocktails…   Maple Cinnamon Prosecco Cocktail INGREDIENTS:  5 oz. Nino Franco Rustico NV Prosecco 1 oz. apple cider 1/2 oz Root 23 Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup DIRECTIONS: Pour 5 oz. of Nino Franco Prosecco in a cocktail glass. Spoon the syrup in …

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Crown Royal Texas Mesquite: Smoked to Perfection

There are many perks to being a writer and recipe developer in the food and drinks industry. I literally eat and drink for a living. It’s the ultimate life-hack. But one of the perks I didn’t know would be such a fun and common occurrence were the launch parties. When a new product is about to hit the market, brands tend to throw themed parties for the press to stir up excitement. They’re fabulous. Not only do I get to go to these parties as part of my ‘job’, the brands often let me bring a guest… and if you’re …

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Passion Fruit & Peach Smash Gin Cocktail

Patio season is on the horizon. Yes, I know that might seem like a far-fetched notion for those of you on the East Coast right about now, but trust me. The warmer weather is coming! So it’s time to start preparing. Dust off the lounge chairs. Prune the hedges. And get your cocktail arsenal in order. Because let’s face it, there’s nothing more lovely than sitting on the patio and sipping on a good drink. Today I have a fantastically fruity libation to add to your bag of tricks… the Passion Fruit & Peach Smash Gin cocktail. Drink inspiration can …

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Skinny Citrus Bramble

Spring is upon us and with it comes fresh flowers, delectable, fruits, and the threat of swimsuit season. Oh, don’t pretend like you don’t know what I am talking about. As the weather warms and winter becomes a chilly memory, a little nagging voice in the back of your head starts the cyclical chant “swimsuit season, swimsuit season.” Sure you could start off spring by depriving yourself of all of its glorious bounty, or you could just make minor tweaks that you’ll barely notice. Take for instance, today’s cocktail recipe, the Skinny Citrus Bramble. With the help of Diet 7UP, …

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Patrón Tequila Margarita of the Year – Part 1

There are some contests that just seem like a waste of time and resources, like professional hotdog eating. Seriously, why would you dunk a perfectly good hotdog in a bucket of water and try to eat as many as you can in as little time as possible?! Useless. Then there are the contests that actually accomplish something spectacular… like Patrón Tequila’s annual Margarita of the Year contest. Pitting some of the world’s best mixologists against each other to create the best tasting margarita recipe?! Whoever came up with this idea is clearly a genius. Last year I personally introduced you …