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Thirsty Thursday: Sgroppino (aka A Boozy Sorbet Punch)

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.

Sgroppino is a traditional palate-cleansing Italian cocktail versatile enough to be served as an aperitif, with dessert or as a brunch beverage. This cocktail is a slushy mixture of prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet, with chopped fresh mint as garnish. Flawlessly bubbly and lemony, this four-ingredient mixer’s simplicity and its bright and clean flavors make it an ideal cocktail for summer sipping.

The mixing method is simple: pour chilled prosecco and vodka into glasses, and drop a melty scoop of sweet lemon sorbet to float on top. The sorbet will slowly relax into the fizzy mixture, creating a frothy, chilly punch perfect for enjoying on hot afternoons.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Dean and Tori Know How to Throw a Summer Party

There are few better ways to celebrate the height of watermelon season and those perfectly ripe peaches at the market than by highlighting real farm-to-table eating. Dean McDermott’s advice for planning a delicious menu is, “Buy vegetables with dirt on them, because that tells you how fresh they are.” For a lesson in hosting a beautiful backyard dinner party, tune in Friday, August 23, at 8pm ET for the Cooking Channel special, Dean and Tori’s Backyard Bash.

When Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling go with their four children to Underwood Family Farms, they are inspired by the pick-your-own strawberries they gather in the field and the colorful produce that lines the market shelves.  From blush-hued peaches to plump watermelon, Dean grabs what inspires him and begins creating a menu.

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Summer Entertaining Week on Cooking Channel

Late summer is a great time for entertaining guests, and nothing brings people together better than good food. When produce is this good, and when the weather is perfect for grilling, there’s really no better time for summer entertaining.

Start tonight, August 18, at 8pm ET with a special episode of Unwrapped as Marc Summers takes you on an exploration of America’s favorite summertime treats. Then start thinking outside the grill, so to speak, on Tuesday, August 20, as Chef Roger Mooking teams up with grilling expert, Chef Elizabeth Karmel to create a smoky, fire-kissed menu featuring Grilled Duck with Spicy Watermelon Glaze (pictured above), Buffalo Burgers, Baked Bean Bruschetta, Grilled Garden Greens and much more. On Wednesday, August 21, Kelsey Nixon turns to the slow cooker for an easy summer menu that won’t leave you tied up in the kitchen while trying to entertain guests.

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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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Thirsty Thursday: Peach 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.

Bourbon is an important component to the beloved, Southern mint julep, but nothing is quite as crucial as ice. Lots of cold crushed ice makes this sultry cocktail bracingly frosty as the ice slowly melts, taming the astringency of the smoky bourbon.

While there are many variations of this crushed ice classic, this updated version swaps in sweet peach liqueur for the typical simple syrup. Mix two parts bourbon with one part peach liqueur in a glass, fill with ice to the top and squeeze an orange peel over the beverage for added dimension and fragrance. Finally, a julep wouldn’t be complete without a garnish of fresh mint. Sip a chilled glass of this peachy, warm-weather cocktail at any summer get-together or barbecue.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Mojito Slushy

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 no secret that mint and lime offer depth and refreshment to summer cocktails, and in this version of the popular Cuban cocktail, fresh mint leaves and lime zest are the star ingredients.

This rum refresher gets an extra-cold update when you blend plenty of crushed ice with lime zest, fresh mint and rum to a slushy-like consistency. The bright and sweet flavor of this mojito makes it the perfect boozy summer dessert.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Limoncello Spritzer

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.

Since seasonal fruits are now a part of my cocktail-making repertoire, I wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to add juicy, ruby-red raspberries to this Limoncello Spritzer before it’s too late. Versatile enough to make for a sophisticated brunch, but also laid-back enough for an outdoor cookout, this well-balanced bevvy is appropriate for any time of day.

Raspberries are pureed into a sweet pulp and mixed with two Italian favorites: limoncello and Prosecco. The limoncello tastes like lush lemons and bright sunshine, and the Prosecco adds refreshing effervescence to this sweet elixir. This three-ingredient punch captures everything we love about summer.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Beat the Heat with Icebreaker Mojitos

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.

You’d be hard-pressed to find something as deeply satisfying and refreshing as eating a fat wedge of watermelon on a hot summer afternoon. Since mid-July in New York means unbearable heat, icy cold watermelon with its ruby flesh and sweet, sticky juice is now the most fashionable cocktail ingredient of the summer.

This fruit salad of a cocktail is juicy, colorful and offers real refreshment. Muddle fresh mint and lime with watermelon and pineapple chunks as the mojito base. Shake with white rum and pineapple juice, and pour into a couple of hefty glasses with lots of ice. It’s your favorite summer fruits against a backdrop of classic mojito flavors. And the best part about this cocktail? You’ll have plenty of fresh fruit leftover for eating.

Bottoms up, folks.

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The Inside Scoop: Ice Cream Week on Cooking Channel

You like ice cream, you say? What a coincidence, we do too! So before you chase down the nearest ice cream truck, tune into Ice Cream Week on Cooking Channel for a brain-freezing journey with our favorite frozen treat.

Start this Sunday, July 14 with Ice Cream Nation, a coast to coast celebration of America’s iconic cones and ice cream shops. Then catch an episode of Unique Eats for ice cream cravings beyond the ordinary. Chocolate Ice Cream S’mores Pie, anyone? Yes.

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Thirsty Thursday: Peach 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.

Growing up, my family had a small peach orchard behind the house, and every summer I looked forward to seeing the branches of those trees start to droop with the weight of ripening peaches. To me, soft, juicy peaches — the kind required to eat over a kitchen sink — are a notable emblem of summer.

Because summer is when peaches are at their juiciest and sweetest, this Peach Sangria is the perfect way to take advantage of what’s fresh at the market. In this version of white sangria, fragrant peaches are both grated and diced and then mixed with crisp, young Riesling and garnished with a bright sprig of fresh lemon balm or mint. This three-ingredient punch is uncomplicated, refreshing and chock-full of summer’s best peaches.

Bottoms up, folks.

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