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Hump Day Snack: 71-Gallon Daiquiri Breaks the World Record

World's Bigger Daiquiri

Last week we posted a recipe for the classic Hemingway Daiquiri to celebrate National Daiquiri Day. This week a group of bartenders in Cuba mixed 270 liters of the late author’s favorite rum cocktail in a 6 1/2-foot glass, attempting to set the world record for largest daiquiri. It looks like our Thirsty Thursday column inspired history!

Whether or not they read our post, what they were actually up to was commemorating the 195th anniversary of the bar El Floridita in Havana, Cuba, where the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Old Man and the Sea enjoyed hitting back a few doubles after a long day of writing.

Here are some recipes for our most refreshing summer cocktails. Feel free to 2,000-tuple if you are looking to set some records of your own.

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5 Ways to Drink Tequila (Beyond the Margarita)

Here at Cooking Channel, we love us some tequila. Not just because this blue-agave-born liquor is the star of the margarita — arguably our favorite cocktail — but because the sweet, woodsy or smoky spirit (depending on distillery and age) adds its fire to pretty much any mixed drink. This National Tequila Day, salt your margarita glass rims for a different sort of sipper (it’s the Mexican vessel of choice for any tequila-based beverage).

5 Ways to Get Your Tequila On:

1. Follow Chuck’s lead and turn those lemons into a minty-fresh spiked lemonade (shown above).

2. Mix up a two-tone sangria with a pineapple-tequila base and a red wine topper.

This sangria's twice as nice (though you may not think so tomorrow)

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Let’s Have a Kiki with Cooking Channel

Let's Have a Kiki - The Scissor Sisters

Let Cooking Channel help you throw a Kiki to remember.

Some of you undoubtedly have heard the Scissor Sisters‘ viral dance anthem, “Let’s Have a Kiki.” The song chronicles a girl’s night out gone terribly wrong – torrential rain, no cabs, and to top it all off — police busting up the party. Frizzy hair, runny mascara, having to take the subway, and the NYPD: What could be worse? The only thing that could save this night is a Kiki: the ultimate after party.

We love (a can’t-stop-playing kind of love) this song.  So after endless repeats, we decided to riff off of our Party in Five series and see what it would take to throw the Kiki of our (wildest) dreams.

Party in Five: Let’s Throw a Kiki 

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Thirsty Thursday: The Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri

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.

Ernest Hemingway traveled long and far in his lifetime, but only one destination drastically altered the writer’s drinking habits. Long story short, Cuba and its rum-soaked daiquiris will always hold a place in Hemingway’s liver. On a particularly parched evening, he is even reputed to have thrown back a whopping 16 of them.

It’s National Daiquiri Day, and there’s only one way to celebrate: with a Hemingway Daiquiri. Made with white rum, fresh grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur and lime, pouring a few glasses of this refreshing favorite is only fitting. Raise a toast to the classic Caribbean cocktail with this tasty variation, mixed up by Marshall Altier of New York City’s JBird Cocktails.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: The French Margarita

French Margarita Recipe

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.

Celebrate the end of a long day, beginning of a great weekend and start of something new — your imminent addiction to this French Margarita. This Saturday is French National Day — otherwise known as Bastille Day, the perfect time to meet one of our favorite fancied-up summer drinks. If you relish in the occasional tequila-based cocktail, wait ’til you taste what Grand Marnier and Chambord bring to the party.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Two-Ingredient Summer Cocktails

Cocktail Recipes

Pop quiz: During summertime, the living should be:

a) complicated
b) a pain in the ass
c) easy

If you answered c) you are correct!

To make the living as easy as possible, here are some cocktail options that are delicious and have just two ingredients. That’s right: two ingredients. And if two ingredients is too complicated, simply drink from the bottle and then please call a friend and tell them that your life is unraveling.

Here we go:

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How to Make Sangria in 3 Easy Steps

How to Make Sangria

Summer, to us, means laid-back patio drinks, and the king of those is sangria. Sangria is as easy to make as it is to drink; as long as you’ve got wine, fruit, and some kind of spirits, you’re good to go.

In fact, you’re just three steps away from having sangria:

Step 1: Wine.

Pretty much any wine makes a good sangria, though generally you’re best off going with medium-to-light on the mouthfeel front (a super-buttery Chardonnay or inky black Zinfandel are trickier to balance with fruit). Each bottle of wine makes about 6 glasses of sangria.

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Thirsty Thursday: Celebrate with a Sparkling Wine Sangria

Sparkling Wine 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.

There will be beer — liquor, too — but when toasting to the 4th of July this year, try sipping on something a bit more celebratory. After all, this is a special year: the Olympics are just around the corner and the 4th falls on a Wednesday, which, naturally, means not one, but two weekends-worth of outdoor festivities. Celebrate in style with summer berries, sparkling wine and a new take on sangria.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Cool Down with a Piña Colada

Clasic Pina Colada Recipe

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.

A blistering heat wave has come screaming across the country, which begs the question: has there ever been a better time to sip on a Piña Colada? Light and dark rum star in this wildly refreshing frozen cocktail, blended with classic coconut cream and pineapple juice, along with frozen pineapple pieces for good measure. Bring the beach to your backyard and cool down with a tropical treat this Thursday (or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday), because, let’s face it, it’s too hot not to.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: The Painkiller Cocktail

The Painkiller 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.

Creamy and refreshing, alcoholic and juice-filled, The Painkiller Cocktail packs a multifaceted punch. Each sip carries notes of nutmeg, along with an onslaught of sweet orange and pineapple juice, creamy coconut milk and aromatic dark rum. If you’re looking to take a load off, look no further.

Bottoms up, folks.

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