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Thirsty Thursday: Two-toned Tequila 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.

Let me introduce you to a cocktail so stunning and delicious, it should probably be nominated as the official boozy beverage of summer. If you love sangria (and who doesn’t love sangria?), then you’ll find this amped-up, two-toned Tequila Sangria truly refreshing. This pioneering cocktail has all the flavors that make up red wine sangria, but it gets an extra oomph from tequila and sweet elderflower liqueur.

Let’s think about what that means for a moment: pineapple juice, tequila and elderflower liqueur (alternatively, you could try this with ginger or peach liqueur) make up the tasty base of this summery sipper. Then add a hodgepodge of tropical fruits and seasonal berries and top with bold Rioja. The deep purple of the Rioja against the backdrop of bright yellow pineapple juice will give you a dramatic-looking cocktail that subtly changes with each sip.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Let Alie & Georgia Find the Perfect Cocktail For You

Tomorrow night, June 21, at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel, best friends and cocktail connoisseurs Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are heading out on a wild adventure across the country so they can throw awesome parties for their friends inspired by their travels. Get a taste of what Alie and Georgia have in store on their new show Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia by clicking around their cocktail generator. Just pick your favorite booze and get a recipe for a drink you’ll love.

Tune in to the premiere of Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia on Friday, June 21 at 10:30pm ET.

The Food-Focused Bride: Cocktails, Wine and Beer

I am getting married in 81 days. Yes, the countdown is on. And while I’ve been slowly trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to phase alcohol out of my wedding diet, I’m certainly looking forward to all of the options on the big day.

First, the signature cocktail. As I’m not a fan of naming my drink after myself, my fiance or my marriage, we’ll just be serving Sangria. Since stone fruit will be in season around Sept. 7, I’m going to serve a modified version of a traditional White Sangria (pictured above), adding in peaches and plums, if they are available. I suppose I could call it Wedding White Sangria, but it would taste exactly the same.

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5 Delicious Ways to Get a Hangover

It’s Friday. For most, it’s the last day of the work week we have to get through before we finally reach the weekend. For some, it’s a day for recovery. Hangovers are never fun, but if you are going to wake up tomorrow wishing you never turned 21, you may as well savor every sip as it goes down. In honor of The Hangover Part III, we’ve put together a list of the top five most-delicious ways to get a hangover.

1: Tequila Lemonade (pictured above) – For the tequila fans out there: Clear your schedule for tomorrow morning. You’re going to need some R&R after you gulp down a couple of these adult lemonades. Meyer lemons, fresh mint and a whole lot of tequila come together to make a refreshing yet simple cocktail with a kick.

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Tequila History, Facts and a Spicy Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is America’s favorite excuse to overindulge in tequila. But what do you really know about the national spirit of Mexico? I took a trip to the source to learn more.

About a 45-minute drive northwest of Guadalajara, and a couple hours inland from Puerto Vallarta, the diminutive town of Tequila sits in an arid valley at the foot of the dormant volcano of the same name. The landscape of dusky orange and yellow soil is interrupted by patchwork squares of deep blue-green fields of spiky agave plants. This is where tequila gets both its name and its character.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

For the perfect pitcher of something sweet, Southern and spiked, serve up a batch of some seriously tasty iced tea. Freshly brewed black tea is infused with mashed blackberries and mint, resulting in a pretty, purple-hued brew. Then tea time gets serious when each glass of chilled iced tea is crowned with a shot of Kentucky bourbon that lazily floats on top to ensure a kick with each sip. This refreshing medley showcases bourbon’s smoky charm in a fruity, summery sipper.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Hangover Tips: FOOD Edition

Nadia G Hangover Cures

Lecturing you on drinking less to avoid hangovers is like lecturing you on not eating all the Halloween candy in one night. I know you’re going to do it anyways, and you know you’re going to regret it. So let’s just make some breakfast and move on:

Grease Works

Everyone knows that grease is No. 1 in prevention. Wanna know why? It coats the stomach the way a mother cradles a baby. Give in to it. Scoffing a cheeseburger will limit the amount of alcohol absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream, helping to prevent hangovers. Or allowing you to drink more.

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Bobby Flay’s Tips for a Great Bellini Bar

Bobby Flay's Bellini Bar

On Bobby Flay’s Basket of Brunch Goodies episode of Brunch @ Bobby’s (which you can watch in full here), Bobby cooks up a spread of American favorites like Shoo-Fly Muffins, Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean-Pecan Butter and homemade Fruit Filled Mini Toaster Pastries! Then he creates a one-of-a-kind bellini bar that is sure to impress any brunch guest.

There are several benefits to putting together a bellini bar if you’re hosting a continental brunch. They’re delicious and everyone will have fun making their own cocktails. Traditionally, the bellini is made with a white peach puree and topped with prosecco (it originated in Venice) but you can put any sparkling wine on ice and put out a variety of add-ins.

Bobby Flay’s suggestions for a great bellini bar:

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Oz: The Great and Powerful Cocktail Pairings

Oz The Great And Powerful Movie Menu

Disney’s March 8 release of Oz: The Great and Powerful has me conflicted. On one hand, I can’t help but be sucked into the technicolor grandeur of the trailer, in which a tuxedo-clad James Franco is sent to the land of Oz to defeat the Wicked Witch. On the other hand, what new spin on the classic — that made Dorothy’s red slippers and Margaret Hamilton’s cackle immediately recognizable — could possibly out-do Wicked, the uber-musical centering around the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West? Unless James Franco turns green, belts a high F and flies through the air, this movie has its work cut out for it.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any movie that features flying monkeys, I’m interested — particularly as a perfect excuse to pair with-a-twist cocktails with the classic icons of Oz.

To start things off, this cocktail is sweet, light and a little bit dangerous — just like Glinda. Try this Glinda-inspired punch that will flirt and wink its way into your heart, and then knock you out with a Bourbon kick. Nice one, Glinda.

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Thirsty Thursday: Margarita March

This month I’ve been celebrating Margarita March. It’s not an official holiday (yet), but this alliteration is enough to make me pull out the tequila and limes to make this classic concoction.

Meet margaritas more playful side with these cool, bite-sized Margarita Jell-O Shots.  Lime green and jiggly, these little shots pack a punch and are great to make for a crowd. They are easily adaptable to incorporate other flavors, so try using strawberry or raspberry Jell-O for a fruity-flavored margarita.

Just combine your Jell-O flavor of choice with tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice and triple sec and refrigerate until set. Ditch the small plastic cups and cut the Jell-O shots into cubes, so you can easily pop them in your mouth.

P.S. These would make a festive addition to your St. Paddy’s Day celebration!

Bottoms up, folks.

Margarita Jell-O Shots

Recipe courtesy of On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz, copyright (c) 2011


  • 80 cocktail picks
  • 3 (6-ounce) packages lime or strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp triple sec


Line a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with plastic wrap.

Combine Jell-O powder and 2 1/2 cups boiling water in a large bowl and stir to dissolve. Add tequila, lime juice, and triple sec and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

Once Jell-O has set completely, turn out onto a clean surface and peel off plastic wrap. Cut into 1-inch cubes and serve on cocktail picks. Cheers!

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