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Thirsty Thursday: Blueberry Ginger Mojito Pitchers


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

It’s Grilling Week on Cooking Channel, so if you’re planning to have friends over for some fired-up meat, plan to mix up a pitcher of cocktails that will keep guests happy  while keeping you free to tend to the food. For something pretty, purple and party-sized, these Blueberry Ginger Mojitos should do the trick.

The ginger simple syrup adds a sweet and spicy kick, with muddled blueberries and crushed mint leaves really bringing the full flavor to the drink. This stunning take on the classic mojito takes advantage of summer berries at their peak of freshness.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Memorial Day Mint Julep


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Some drinks are just meant to be slowly sipped on a warm summer day, and since Memorial Day is unofficially the calendar kick-off for summer, start your extra-long weekend with this classic, cooling Mint Julep. With smooth bourbon finding its herbaceous counterpoint in the soft sweetness of fresh mint, it makes for a refreshing addition to summer’s first backyard cookout.

Mint-infused simple syrup is combined with Southern whiskey, and the mixture is frozen until it has a slushy consistency. When ready to serve, rim each glass with sugar for a frosted appearance and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip a chilled glass of this summertime tipple at this weekend’s Memorial Day ‘cue.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: Mother’s Day Sangria


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Luckily, with things like flower delivery services and online subscriptions to magazines or whatever, it’s okay that you forgot about Mother’s Day until just now. But now that we’re three days away from celebrating the most important woman ever, it’s time to get a plan in place, preferably complete with Sunday brunch and drinks for a crowd.

This White Sangria is the perfect brunch punch. Crisp white wine, brandy and slices of citrus are all dumped in a bowl with ice. It’s easy, delicious and totally something Mom will love.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: May Day Margarita


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

The early days of May are chock-full of toast-worthy celebrations: Since today is May Day and Monday is Cinco de Mayo, combine the celebrations with this Lavender Margarita where our favorite south-of-the-border cocktail combines with a spring-centric floral aroma.

A botanical lavender simple syrup brightens a classic pitcher of silver tequila, Cointreau and lime. Rim the margarita glasses with dried lavender petals and sugar for a stunning result. Ole!

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sgroppino


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

If you’re on the hunt for this weekend’s warm-weather cocktail, look no further than the Sgroppino, a fizzy lemon wake-up call from winter. This old Italian standby makes for a celebratory spring libation, whether as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a boozy, dessert-like beverage to accompany brunch.

Sgroppino is simply a chilled, frothy punch that combines refreshing prosecco balanced with a melty scoop of lemon sorbet for a touch of sweetness. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to make the limoncello-based lemon sorbet. The bright and clean flavors of this springy cocktail make it a real crowd-pleaser.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Silk Sheets Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

This sweet and dreamy cocktail is ideal for those looking for adventure in every sip. Since you’re probably reading up on how to make kimchi or tackle molecular gastronomy, you might as well make your next cocktail hour an enterprising endeavor.

This springy Silk Sheets Cocktail pairs strawberries with sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar and gin. For a modernist twist, the mix is topped with silky, luxurious St.Germain foam, which could potentially give you a floral milk mustache. The cocktail is delicious without the foam, so even if you don’t have a nitrous oxide cream charger (which, let’s face it, is likely), you should shake some up while strawberries are at their juiciest.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: Basil Berry Cocktail


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

As soon as birds chirp and flowers bloom, the scent of spring is in the air. With a huge sigh of relief, we can throw open a window and enjoy the gentle breeze, preferably with a cocktail in hand. Pop open a bottle of chilled, fizzy lambrusco for this Basil Berry Cocktail that mimics spring’s crisp and refreshing air.

This spring-centric cocktail is comprised of muddled fresh basil and strawberries topped with a bit of bubbly. The herbaceous and fruity notes in this cocktail reminds us of the warmer days to come.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: A Drink for Margarita March


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Step into spring with a margarita before March is over, because we need to celebrate the alliteration that keeps us drinking: Margarita March. Since you can’t go wrong with a classic margarita, we’re going for Rick Bayless’ refreshing Top-of-the-Line Margarita. He ditches the sugary mix for orange liqueur and fresh lime juice to give this cocktail a well-balanced sweetness that doesn’t make you pucker. Just shake in some tequila, then pour it into cocktail glasses rimmed with flaky salt and celebrate Margarita March Madness.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Drink Like a Leprechaun with the Adult Shamrock Shake


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Partake in the mischief and merriment this St. Paddy’s Day with a boozy shake that will have you speaking with an Irish brogue. The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock shake is now reinvented for adults in this spirited concoction, The Adult Shamrock Mint Shake.

Our nod to the Emerald Isle begins with mint chocolate chip ice cream, dark rum and fresh mint blended together until smooth and creamy. With the luck of the Irish, you’ll have a tasty, well-themed libation to kick off your Celtic festivities. Who needs green beer when you can have a spiked minty milkshake instead?

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: Old Vermont Cocktail


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

When thinking of the ideal brunch cocktail, we want a boozy drink that also pairs well with our meal. So we might as well go ahead and tip a bit of the maple syrup that went on our pancakes into our cocktail as well!

Even though our brazen use of maple syrup might be considered luxurious, this Old Vermont Cocktail balances the sweet syrup with cocktail bitters, sour citrus, and aromatic gin. Serve this gin-centric cocktail in a martini glass with an orange slice, and serve with warm pancakes.

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