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Lunazul Tequila

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Lunazul Tequila is a smooth, 100% blue agave tequila that tastes more expensive than it is.

Lunzaul Blanco

In general, the blanco variety of tequila can sometimes be too harsh, if not done well. However, Lunazul Blanco is very smooth while still possessing a little heat.

It has a strong agave nose (which is a good thing) with a hint of fruitiness. There’s a mild floral taste accompanied by a hint of pepper and citrus. … Read more

Beer and Pretzel Marshmallows

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What’s better than kicking back with some beer and pretzels? Why, adding some chocolate and marshmallow to the mix, of course! Beer and pretzel marshmallows are a brilliant creation.

Confectioner Truffle Truffle makes beer marshmallows (I didn’t know there was such a thing), dips them in chocolate and tops them off with a beer and pretzel brittle. Sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy … with beer. Though they were created for the Super Bowl, I don’t think … Read more

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect romantic treat for Valentine’s Day. They pair well with Champagne and sparkling wine. They look pretty on the plate. However, they are actually inexpensive and easy to make.

When pairing this with champagne, you can’t go wrong. But if you’re looking for a nuanced pairing, keep in mind that you want the Champagne or sparkling wine to be as sweet as the chocolate. “Brut” has the least sugar, which would … Read more

Super Bowl Recipes

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Super Bowl party food is the best!

Game time is the perfect time for those snacks you’ve been craving for months. No matter whom you’re rooting for, here are a few of our favorite Super Bowl food recipes:

Buffalo Wings
Creamy Artichoke Dip
Slow Cooker Super Bowl Chili
Sliders with Chipotle Mayo
Mexican Layered Dip
Deviled Eggs
Bacon Cheddar Popcorn
Whiskey Brownies

Football-Themed Cocktails

Photo by Ron Almog.

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DIY – How to Make a Spiral Lemon Zest Garnish

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A beautiful lemon spiral is a great garnish for cocktails like the French 75 or any cocktail that you want to add a little lemon oil to. You can also do this with oranges for cocktails that call for an orange twist. It takes a bit of practice but, as you’ll see in this video, it’s not that hard. All you’ll need besides lemon is a citrus zester, also called a channel knife.

 

 

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Kentucky Apple Sour Jellies

post iconKentucky Apple Sour Jellies: A more sophisticated type of “Jell-O shot” …Read More

New Year’s Eve Party Recipes

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If you’re ringing in the coming year at home with a few friends, here are some cocktail and appetizer recipes to help you start the New Year right.

Champagne Cocktails

The original Champagne Cocktail
Shrinking Violet Champagne Cocktail
Godiva Royale
New Year’s Swanky Toast
Sparkling Rye Cocktail

Appetizers

Gorgonzola Bites
Pico de Gallo
Bruschetta
Shrimp Cocktail
Spanish Albondigas
Champagne-Mushroom Crostini with Chevre

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.

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New Year’s Eve Champagne for Every Budget

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It’s almost time to toast in 2011! So here are our bubbly picks to help you ring in the New Year.

Sparkling Wine under $15

Korbel Brut Rose: Korbel offers affordable sparkling wines made in the traditional way for many decades. While most aren’t too nuanced, they are solid offerings with pleasing flavors and textures. The brut rose will bring a splash of color to your celebration along with the melon flavor and moderately … Read more

Peppermint Froth

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This creamy, peppermint treat in cocktail form is perfect for cozy nights by the fireplace.

Ingredients

    1 ½ parts vodka
    1 part peppermint schnapps
    ½ part simple syrup
    ½ part cream

Instructions

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with chocolate or chocolate-covered peppermint sticks.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Grey Goose.

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