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Pimm’s Cup

An excellent pitcher cocktail for a party.

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Homemade Ginger Beer

I was really excited to make this from scratch for Almost All-Natural August. Recipe courtesy of “Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It.”

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Margaritas by the pitcher

This was a recipe born out of necessity. For Amanda’s bridal shower, one of her friends bought a mix of margaritas…which was downed by the guests in about a half hour. So I got to work making homemade ones with the 80 zillion limes that Becky had left over. They actually turned out quite well, even if they aren’t anything too fancy.

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Cherry Peach Sangria

I made a quadruple batch of this for my bbq, so I didn’t have the patience to pit the cherries. But I did cut a slit in them to get more of the flavor out.

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White Sangria with Fall Fruit

Behold, our Thanksgiving cocktail.

I used Jose’s recipe but with the addition of fall-ish fruit. Warn your guests if you use cranberries that they’re more of a garnish.

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Summer Cocktails: Watermelon Smash and Black & Blue Mojitos

I tried out two new drink recipes for the Ladiez Dinner party, both from this WaPo article on muddled drinks: Watermelon Smash and Black & Blue Mojito. But I adapted them to be pitcher cocktails rather than individual drinks, which led to a little cheating – I blended rather than muddled the initial ingredients. Take that for what you will.

For each recipe, I quadrupled the amounts, used the blender, often added a little extra soda water, and chilled in pitchers. Served with ice and specified garnishes.

The Black & Blue was more of a hit than the watermelon one, which had a bit of a harsh taste from the cachaca.

Do I think these drinks would be better if you stuck to the individual prep/muddling technique? Yes. Is this a lazy alternative for a group setting? Indeed.

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Spiced Bourbon

It’s that time of year again – homemade gifts! This year I did a double package of infused bourbon and bourbon caramel truffles (recipe to follow). I used this recipe.

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