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Bourbon Gravy

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Making gravy is surprisingly easy. If you’re already making a Thanksgiving turkey, with about 15 minutes extra work you can also have homemade gravy. And like most foods, gravy is even better when you add booze.

Ingredients

    4 cups turkey or chicken stock
    3 tbs butter (unsalted)
    1/3 cup flour
    Pan drippings from turkey (pour fat off first)
    ½ cup bourbon
    salt and pepper to taste

 
Instructions

Cook butter in a large saucepan on medium … Read more

Drunken Cranberry Sauce

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Some people are really attached to having can-shaped cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. This year, you can save the canned stuff for the kids’ table. Why not add a little creativity—and booze—to your turkey dinner?

This sauce keeps for several weeks, so it’s an easy thing to make ahead of time. Hit the sauce!

Ingredients:

12 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vodka
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1 tbsp orange juice
Orange twist, garnish… Read more

The Headless Horseman

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This cocktail is usually made with clear vodka. But its Halloween-appropriate name just screams out for black vodka to make the spooky even spookier.

Ingredients:
2 oz black vodka
3 dashes bitters
Ginger ale

Directions:
Pour the vodka and bitters into a Collins glass. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in ginger ale.
Garnish with a slice of blood orange.

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The Happy Dad

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Here’s one from the archives.

What to get dear old dad for Father’s Day? Another tie, some after shave, a bottle of scotch? Forget that, we say mix pops up a fancy cocktail. He’ll be impressed with your bar skills as you shake him up this tangy mixture of vodka, Cointreau and Campari.

After two, you’ll certainly have a happy dad!

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz Oval Vodka
¾ oz Cointreau
1 oz Campari
Orange twist … Read more

Mother’s Day Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

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No Mother’s Day brunch is complete without a champagne cocktail! This blackberry champagne cocktail is beautiful and brightly colored, with fresh blackberries lending a purple hue. No matter what you serve, this refreshing cocktail will look great next to it.

Ingredients: 
¾ oz blackberry simple syrup*
1-1.5 oz gin (depending on how strong Mom likes her drinks)
Sparkling wine
Fresh blackberries for garnish

Directions:
Put two blackberries in a champagne flute. Pour in blackberry simple … Read more

Paloma

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Margaritas are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But they’re not the only way! Here’s one of my favorite tequila cocktails, the Paloma. This cocktail is a tall, cool and not too sweet. Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice (or soda). So nice on a hot day.

Ingredients:
2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
1 oz lime juice
4-5 oz grapefruit juice or soda
1 pinch of salt

Directions:
Build in a tall glass … Read more

Michelada

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Looking for a new way to drink beer? Want to skip the tequila this Cinco de Mayo? Try a Michelada. It’s a Mexican beer cocktail!

Some beer companies have started selling Michelada premixed in cans. The canned varieties have been, in my experience, well, gross. And it’s so easy and cheap to make, there’s no reason to risk a bad Michelada.

There are many variations on the recipe out there. This one is just the … Read more

Tequila Tangerine Dream

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This cocktail combines the delicate flavors of tangerine and lavender with the kick of tequila. The unique and slightly salty flavor of tequila really comes through. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, you may even consider this as a light and slower-drinkin’ addition to your party menu. You can substitute rum for a slightly sweeter taste any time of year.

Ingredients:
1 tangerine (½ for juice and ½ for tangerine slices)
2 sprigs fresh lavender… Read more

Lemon Verbena Spring Fling Cocktail

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Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take advantage of all the fresh cocktail ingredients available to us!

I used fresh lemons and lemon verbena along with Tru2 Organic Gin, which is highly recommend for this cocktail (and others, for that matter). Lemon verbena has a flavor that is like a mild mint with a lemony finish, so we thought it would be perfect for muddling and mixing. And I was right.… Read more

Happy Pi Day! (A Mathematical Reason to Drink)

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Today is Pi Day! (March 14 is 3/14 … pi’s first digits are 3.14 … get it?) Even if the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter isn’t the type of thing you’d normally celebrate, Pi Day is another great reason to mix a cocktail.

The fun folks at ThinkGeek came up with this cocktail:

The ThinkGeek Pi-Tini

~ 3.14 ounces of blueberry vodka

~ “Measure the diameter of the glass in centimeters, then … Read more

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