We’re in peak grillin’ and chillin’ season, and the best way to get a party started is with an abundance of booze. Go ahead and spike the punch. It’s perfectly acceptable at an end-of-summer party — unlike when you’re at prom. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spiked-punch recipes.
Try the Sunrise Punch (pictured above) — a rum-based drink that is slightly creamy from coconut milk and stays ice-cold thanks to frozen pineapple and strawberries — and get more ideas for your party with our collections of fruity alcoholic drinks and our best summer cocktails.
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When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.
What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.
Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.
How to Make a Wine Milkshake
The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.
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Cold drinks help slake your thirst on hot summer days, but some go-to summer sips (We’re looking at you, lemonade and soda) are loaded with sugar. Instead, fill your glass with these healthier, lower-sugar coolers:
Iced fruit tea or mint tea: Choosing a fruit or herbal tea gives natural sweetness without added calories. This lightly sweetened mint iced tea recipe is a great one to try. This recipe for hibiscus tea uses a scant two tablespoons of sugar in the whole batch, relying on cinnamon and orange slices for extra flavor.
Fruit spritzers: Use a couple ounces of your favorite fruit juice — tart cherry or orange juice would be a good place to start — and then fill the glass with seltzer for a bubbly, lightly sweetened soda alternative. This ginger-berry spritzer is another take.
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The Academy Awards are three hours long. The night is usually filled with a lot of crying and crushed aspirations — and don’t get us started on what goes on at the actually ceremony. Raise the bar for everyone surrounding your TV with Alie & Georgia’s tips on the best booze and mixers:
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Whether you’ve got money riding on the office pool or you’re just tuning in for Katy Perry, the Super Bowl is — let’s admit it — a national holiday. It’s the one day a year that we are all united in entertainment and brought together by the power of nachos.
While you may be staring a veritable melted-cheese bonanza in the face (find all manner of Super Bowl party foods here), don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a long day, so keep plenty of water on hand for yourself and guests, and leave room for cocktails. Below are some of our beverage recipes to match your Super Bowl moods and to tackle that thirst.
I’m So Pumped
Okay, so you’re pumped. You’re wearing a [insert sportball team name] jersey and have gotten up early to watch all the red carpet coverage, or whatever they do before Super Bowls. Sweet. Good for you. Get this morning kicked off right by slipping into your lucky sweatpants and mixing up some brunchy drinks that will get the party officially started. Such as:
The Beefy Tomato (pictured above)
A beef jerky-infused whole-blended-tomato Bloody Maria. It would be a serious fumble to pass this one up.
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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.
Whether it’s hot wings or spicy chili, you can’t go wrong with zesty, sinus-clearing foods for the Super Bowl. Add some zippy, homemade cocktails to your Big Game spread this year as well. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the halftime entertainment, it only seems fitting to make a Bloody Bull Cocktail, a beer-based beverage topped with a spicy, red-hot tomato juice.
To begin, whirl tomato juice, jalapeno, horseradish, lemon juice and garlic together in a blender. Then rim pre-chilled glasses with a toasted fennel spice rub, and pour your favorite beer into each glass. Top with the spicy tomato mixture and stir.
This zesty, jalapeno-kissed beverage may pack a punch, but it goes down easy.
Bottoms up, folks!
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This time of the year can be really fun for indulging, but there comes a point when you just need a break (hello, January 1st!). If you find yourself hitting that point when you still have some more festivities to attend (I’m looking at you, New Year’s Eve), then these lightened up drinks, dips and treats are for you.
Alcohol is high in calories. Cutting down how much you drink in any given night is smart for a number of reasons, including your waistline. Try alternating between a drink and a glass of sparkling water to slow your drinking pace. And keep in mind that mixed drinks can often deliver lots of extra calories. A glass of wine is usually around 120 calories; beer can range upwards of 250 calories for higher-alcohol brews. Here are a few lower-calorie alternatives:
Spritzers (pictured above): Spritzers are a great way to curb the alcohol per drink.
Bellinis: They have more calories than spritzers, but like spritzers, they help you to drink less actual alcohol.
Alcohol-free wines have half the calories of regular vinos and they’re surprisingly delicious.
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It’s a spooktacular time of year — around a shadowy corner, in a moonlit orchard or down a leaf-littered path in the dark, a spirit might overtake you! Or you could just sit at home and have a spirit overtake you via a boozy beverage. Might we suggest one of these five creepy libations? They’re eerie and mysterious and sure to send icy chills to your bones, particularly if you spill them down your pants. Don’t do that. But drink up and happy, happy Halloween.
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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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As you prepare yourself for a football-filled weekend, ask yourself whether there’s more to beer than a cold can of Bud. If you’re anything like me, hours of watching football calls for great food and, of course, great drinks. For a creative way to consume football’s favorite beverage, try Alie and Georgia’s Beer Float Your Boat Cocktail.
You don’t want to miss a moment of the game, which means football food needs to be quick and simple, and the same goes with this beer cocktail. All you need are three delicious ingredients: Dulce de leche ice cream (really any flavor you prefer will do), chocolate stout and sweet butterscotch schnapps. Though beer (and football) purists may gawk, this chocolate stout float is more like a boozy, beer-filled dessert than a replacement for your favorite brew. So whether you’re celebrating a victory or drowning your sorrows, your weekend of football frenzy will be met with an indulgent treat.
Bottoms up, folks.
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