Author: Emily Esposito

5 Cocktails for Easter Brunch

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Although we outgrew the egg hunt, there’s no reason the kids should have all the fun on Easter. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite cocktails for Easter brunch, perfect for sipping all morning on a beautiful spring day. Here are five light, floral cocktails for Easter: Pimm’s Cup: This bright, fresh cocktail is easy to sip throughout the morning. Pimm’s, the liquor, has a hint of orange zest, caramel, and herbal undertones. Mixed with lemonade and topped with cucumber […]

The Essential Tequila Cocktails

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Odds are, we all have distinct (or not so distinct) memories about tequila. Maybe it’s just the amount we ingest or the sugary mixers it’s usually paired with. Or, the added sugar and caramel in cheap tequila. Either way, tequila is typically associated with a bad hangover. But, tequila has grown up a lot since our days in college.  Here are five essential tequila cocktails that showcase the spirit in a flattering light: Margarita: The most […]

5 Simple Cocktails with Orange Juice

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Everyone loves orange juice. It’s great for breakfast or lunch (or even better, brunch). It pairs nicely with almost any spirit and we almost always have it on hand. Plus, we get a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with our alcohol. Make the most of your orange juice in the fridge. Here are five cocktails with OJ: Screwdriver: This classic, two-ingredient cocktail is refreshing any time of the day. And, odds are, you always have vodka and orange […]

Whiskey 101: 5 Facts About the Basics

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With so many different names and two ways of spelling it, whiskey may be one of the most mysterious spirits out there. From Bourbon to Scotch to whiskey with an “e” and without an “e,” this alcohol is known in many forms (including beer). Here are five fast facts about whiskey: Whiskey is not the same as whisky: The general consensus is this: Scottish distilleries spell their whisky without the “e,” while everyone else includes […]

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Ideas

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You don’t need to find a four-leaf clover to feel lucky on March 17th. All you really need is a stiff drink. From Irish whiskey to green liqueurs, here are five St. Patrick’s Day cocktail ideas: Kiss Me I’m Irish: A grownup version of a Midori Sour, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. The melon liquor and lemonade add a hint of fruitiness, while the sparkling white wine cuts the sweet. See recipe Traditional […]

All About Cocktail Garnishes

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When life gives you lemons, make a lemon drop. Many cocktails call for a garnish, like a citrus twist or maraschino cherries. And it’s not just for looks — a garnish can really make a difference in your cocktail. Think of an old fashioned without an orange peel, or a mojito without mint leaves or lime. It’s just not the same. Here are some tips to pick the best cocktail garnishes: Citrus: Vodka-based cocktails tend to […]

4 Guidelines for Cocktail and Food Pairings

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Most of us know that red wine goes with meat, and white wine goes with fish. But, why should wine have all the food pairing fun? Cocktails can go just as nicely with your meal, but it can be difficult to figure out the right pairings. To help you get started, here are four guidelines for cocktail and food pairings: Match the mixer: The strongest flavor in most cocktails comes from the mixer, not the […]

7 Surprising Facts About Vodka

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Vodka is the most popular liquor for cocktails. The name vodka comes from the Slavic word voda, meaning water. It is a versatile spirit, included in many classic cocktails like a Martini, Moscow Mule, and a Screwdriver. Yet, despite the fact that most everyone has tried vodka and used it in many cocktails, there are a lot of things we don’t know about it. Here are seven facts about vodka you never knew: A teaspoon of […]

New Orleans Cocktails for Mardi Gras

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While not all of us are lucky enough to jet down to Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, you can still channel the Big Easy at home. Here are five classic New Orleans cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras: Ramos Fizz: Get ready to shake, shake, and shake some more. This light drink combines gin, juice, cream, and an egg white, and when it was created in 1888, was shaken for 12 minutes total to achieve the […]

5 Valentine’s Day Cocktail Ideas

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Americans spend nearly $4 billion on flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day. This year, we’re making it easy and combining those floral and chocolate themes with cocktails to impress your special someone. Here are five romantic, sweet Valentine’s Day cocktail ideas to celebrate love: – My Sharona: This red cocktail is sweet in color but tart in flavor. White rum, lemon juice, and ginger beer add some fruity notes, and the muddled raspberries provide a […]