Cocktail

Recipe: Bridal Shower Sangria — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Wedding season is just as much bridal shower season, which means in between the actual weddings you're attending, you may have a few showers to pop into to celebrate the bride-to-be. If this is the year you're finally hosting one for your sister or your best friend, you may be sweating a bit. How do you pull this thing off? Well, you need a winning menu that's easy and fun, and a killer cocktail. Here's that cocktail — it's bubbly, floral, and fruity, and comes together in one big pitcher in a flash. That means more drinking and less assembling, which is a good thing at such a festive occasion.

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Why You Should Order Your Drink Without Ice at the Hotel Bar — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?

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A Genius Cocktail Tip for Parents on Vacation — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?

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Tell Us Your Favorite Drink and We’ll Tell You What Decade You Belong In — A Strictly Scientific Quiz

Your go-to drink says a lot about your personality. (You can take a guess about what people think when you order a Manhattan at a dive bar.) But did you know your drink order can also tell us what decade you belong in?

That's right. From the free spirit of the '60s to the grunge of the '90s, there's a quintessential cocktail for every decade. Find your favorite drink on this list and we'll tell you when you should have been hanging out at the bar. Also, now would be a good time to start working on that time machine.

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Recipe: Strawberry Mojito Pitcher — Easy Pitcher Drinks

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Strawberries, on their own, are the taste of summer. Add them to a mojito and you have a berry good drink. The red berries leach their sweetness into the pitcher as they're muddled, acting as the ideal contrast to all that mint and rum. Now, batch that recipe up so that it'll fill your favorite pitcher and you have the makings of a fresh and fruity crowd-pleaser. If you thought regular mojitos were refreshing, this one is doubly so.

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Throw a Laid-Back Cocktail Party with This Easy-to-Make Menu — Tips from The Kitchn

Text all your friends immediately and tell them you're throwing a cocktail party. With this easy menu, it's possible to host a festive one just a few days from now without breaking a sweat. The key is to lean on simple sips and bites whose components can be made ahead or even bought straight from the store. That makes the last-minute scramble not much of a scramble at all.

This laid-back menu starts with a refreshing rhubarb cocktail that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser (especially because it can also be made as a mocktail). Snacks like cheesy polenta bites, spicy carrot hummus, and hearty beef tenderloin sliders are sure to keep your friends satiated, and there are a few sweet treats to round out the occasion. There's no better excuse to host a gathering than this one.

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