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      Sip of the Month: Holiday Pear

      Sip of the Month: Holiday Pear

      After the year we've had, we're ready to spend the next few weeks cozied up with a holiday cocktail in hand. We suggest this pear forward stunner with a hint of Prosecco for something merry and bright. 

      Holiday Pear

      Serves 1

      1 ½ oz vodka
      1 oz Berentzen pear liqueur
      ¾ oz lemon juice
      3 oz prosecco
      3 pear slices

      Shake the vodka, pear liqueur and lemon juice in a shaker. Pour into a coupe glass. Top up with prosecco. Garnish with three pear slices on a cocktail stick.

      Recipe and photo via Foodism

      Sip of the Month: The Fighter

      Sip of the Month: The Fighter

      When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Spice up the fall season with this tonic-like cocktail filled with warming cayenne, bright lemon and pungent ginger. 

      The Fighter Cocktail
      The Fighter

      Serves 1


      1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      .5 oz agave nectar
      .25 oz ginger juice
      Pinch of cayenne pepper
      Club soda to top


      Combine all ingredients except cayenne pepper and soda in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain over new ice into a rocks glass. Top with club soda and garnish with pinch of cayenne pepper

      Recipe and photo via Town and Country

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Fresh, vegetal and a beautiful shade of green, this striking cocktail is sure to please mom. Tequila's sweet and peppery flavours are pronounced with cool cucumber juice and zingy lime. Drink as is, or top with club soda to make it a highball.

      Cool As A Cucumber:  Cucumber, Lime and Tequila Cocktail

      Serves 1

      3 ounces of fresh cucumber juice
      1 1/2 ounces of lime juice
      1 1/2 ounces of tequila
      sugar to taste (1/4-1/2 a teaspoon per drink)
      club soda (3 ounces)
      lime and cucumber wedges for garnish 

      Fill a small glass or highball with ice.
      Mix the cucumber juice, lime juice, tequila, and sugar together in the glass.
      Fill up the glass the rest of the way with club soda (3 ounces). This step can be skipped if desired.
      Garnish and ENJOY!!

      Recipe and photo via Coolina

      Sip of the Month: HC Margarita

      Sip of the Month: HC Margarita

      All you really need are three basic ingredients to make the best margarita recipe ever. We've included a few optional flourishes 'cause we're CELEBRATING.


      Serves 1

      1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
      1 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
      3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
      Optional Sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
      Optional: lime wedge and coarse salt for rimming the glass

      Makes 16 SERVINGS

      3 cups silver tequila
      2 cups orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
      1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
      Optional Sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
      Optional: lime wedges and coarse salt for rimming the glasses


      If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.

      Add tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like the margarita to be sweeter, stir in a half teaspoon of agave or simple syrup at a time until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.

      Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime wedge if desired.

      Recipe and photo via GimmeSomeOven

      Sip of The Month: Pre-Batched Sparkling Negroni

      Sip of The Month: Pre-Batched Sparkling Negroni

      Want to know the secret to the easiest cocktail ever? Pre batch! Making a big batch of a cocktail, storing it in the fridge and pouring it out at your backyard cookout, beach trip, or wherever else you're headed to this summer is the easiest thing ever.

      You might be saying that a Negroni is a bit too boozy to enjoy in the hot, summer sun but we have the solution... Prosecco! Top a slightly smaller version of a classic Negroni with ice-cold prosecco and you’ve got a much lighter version, refreshing and summer-friendly. 

      Sparkling Negroni
      Serves 6

      4 ounces gin
      4 ounces Campari
      4 ounces sweet vermouth
      1.5 ounces water
      1 bottle Prosecco or Cava
      6 orange wedges (optional)

      Prepare the Batch Negroni: Combine gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and water in a sealable container. Refrigerate until ready to go. Keep cocktail container and sparkling wine chilled in a cooler, with ice or chill-packs, at the beach.

      When Ready To Serve: Give the container a swirl, then pour out into six large cups with ice. Top each with around 2 ounces of sparkling wine. (You’ll have around half a bottle left. We assume you’ll know what to do with that.) Add an orange wedge to each, if using.

      Recipe and photo via Thrillist

      Sip of the Month: Jamaican Rum Punch

      Sip of the Month: Jamaican Rum Punch

      Every hour is happy when you're drinking Jamaican rum punch! 

      The classic recipe has been passed on by generation after generation with a rhyme: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” 
      The following recipe is from New York's popular Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s 7A

      Jamaican Rum Punch
      Serves 1


      1 to 1 ½ ounces overproof rum, Wray & Nephew if possible
      1 ½  ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
      1 ½ ounce cranberry juice
      1 ½ ounce pineapple juice

      Garnish with:
      One brandied cherry
      One mint sprig
      Two small slices fresh pineapple

      Mix 1 to 1 ½ ounces Wray + Nephew overproof with equal parts fresh squeezed orange juice, cranberry juice and pineapple juice. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass. Drop in a brandied cherry, and garnish with a mint sprig and fresh cut pineapple.

      Don't forget the key to a classic Jamaican rum punch:

      One of sour – Lime

      Two of sweet – Sugar

      Three of strong – Jamaican rum

      Four of weak – Water or ice

      Recipe via Miss Lily's, photo via Island Outpost