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Wedding Cocktails + Free Printables!

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Serve your signature drinks in style at your wedding reception with a decorative cocktail table. Choose your favorite drink recipes that coordinate with the season and mood of your special day. We chose this recipe for a Bourbon Peach cocktail and a French Gimlet to serve at the reception party. Serve up your drinks in mason jars for a vintage or rustic feel. Decorate each jar with lace ribbon and a personalized favor tag. Serve with matching paper straws and custom coasters. Drink … [Read more...]

Mocktail and Cocktail Mason Jar Lemonade

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(Used in this project: Circle Labels, Small Diamond Tags, and Heart Shaped Tags in Royal Suite Style.) It's not just the kids who enjoy a fun and fruity beverage in a pretty container with a bendy straw! I learned this first hand at a recent BBQ where we had a mix of big and little kids, and a variety of tastes to cater to. I like to make one welcome drink for my guests when they arrive, something seasonal and tasty that sets the tone for the event. For my summer season kick off BBQ, … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Cooler

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I've always enjoyed making festive beverages for friend and family gatherings during the holidays, so when I came across a recipe for candy cane coolers on the web, I immediately bookmarked it so I could try it myself once I got my hands on some candy canes this year. Much to my dismay, this particular recipe looked a lot better than it tasted. So, in order to salvage my ingredients, I took a few liberties and came up with a candy cane recipe that tasted exactly how I envisioned. And since I'm … [Read more...]

Cranberry Spice Infused Vodka + DIY Coffin Gift Box

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I love the month of October. Though I'm sad to see summer end, I always look forward to Halloween (my favorite holiday). Last week I posted some goth-inspired wedding inspiration to get in the spirit of all things dark and mysterious. While brainstorming favor ideas I came across Martha Stewart's Coffin Treat Box tutorial and decided try making my own. I wanted to create a fun 'adult' gift or favor idea for a halloween party or goth wedding. After crafting a few coffins I decided a mini bottle … [Read more...]

Ginger Infused Vodka

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Whenever you have a container with items preserved in liquid it is reminiscent of scientific experiments, and it is a conversation starter. Whether it's on your mantle, on a counter, a book shelf, in the kitchen, or in the pantry, there is a very hand-crafted feel to the mysterious concoction. I’ve enjoyed infusing things like cooking oils, bath oils, salts, soaps, etc., and I feel the next natural step is to infuse my favorite alcohol. I thought I’d start with a flavor that satisfies both … [Read more...]

Kentucky Mint Juleps

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Sip a bit of history on a hot summer day. This drink is especially appropriate if you have (or know someone who has) an abundance of mint growing in their garden - which, if there is any mint at all, is usually in abundance. Extra fun when you drink this in the company of women in fancy hats, men with white gloves, and you are watching the Kentucky Derby. Mint Julep Signature Drinks: Makes twelve ten-ounce bottles • 5 - 1/2 cups water • 3 cups sugar • A clean one-half gallon bowl … [Read more...]

Homemade Soda Syrups

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I was gifted a SodaStream last Christmas and have been happily making bubbly water ever since. Previously, I had been spending a lot of money buying bottles of sparkling water. I love that I can now make my own at home for much cheaper (about $0.20 per liter). About a month ago I finally started experimenting with homemade syrups for making my own flavored sodas. So far I've tried two different flavors, Ginger and Grapefruit, and just love how they turned out. They have definitely become one of … [Read more...]

Lilikoi Liqueur

Lilikoi Liqueur for Kyle and Ari’s wedding

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Our son married his sweetheart last November on the island of Kaua’i, with their friends and family attending. It was a sweet and unforgettable wedding! As the parents of the groom, we wanted to provide wedding favors that would bring some of those unforgettable memories home. We instantly thought of Lilikoi liqueur, because it was there on Kaua’i that we first imagined it and made it. And really, you can’t buy it anywhere; you have to make it or be given it. Our biggest problem was the … [Read more...]

Signature Drink Favors

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What better way to make a party last than by sending a bit of the festivities home with all of your guests! Let the moments of the night live on in the homes of your friends and family by giving them a delicious and delightful souvenir to take away. Just follow these easy instructions for a signature drink; you can use our recipes or make up your own. But be careful, your guests may like it so much, they'll be knocking on your door for more! First Kiss • 4 parts vodka • 2 parts Triple … [Read more...]

Homemade Coffee & Berry Liqueurs

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Spring is a great time to start crafting a homemade liqueur. The bottles can age for a few months and be ready for a summer wedding, or for a few months longer and be perfect to hand out during the holidays. The recipes we've included are surprisingly simple and provide a good excuse to spend an afternoon in the kitchen... and several evenings doing taste tests! Served in (or given with) tiny glasses and paired with chocolate, these liqueurs become special gifts for loved ones, or festive … [Read more...]