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Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in All, Drinks | 6 comments

Celebrate the long holiday weekend with a refreshing Ginger Whiskey Cocktail. 

Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Labor Day, already? Not possible! 

Saying goodbye to summer is never easy. At least not here in the Midwest where we cherish our short but oh-so-sweet spell of warm weather months. School starts Tuesday, and the kids are bemoaning the loss of their carefree lifestyle. Pat, on the other hand, is bemoaning the loss of his youth as he said goodbye to his 30’s and celebrated his 40th birthday on Monday. 

In honor of that milestone, I cooked up plans that featured some of his favorite things last weekend, including a Twins baseball game, a visit to a local microbrewery, a Chinese Hot Pot dinner feast and a late night of cocktails & live music. My post today continues our celebration just a little bit longer with a drink dedicated to my husband’s spirit of choice, whiskey. Please join me in raising your glass for this Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

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Peach Rosé Sangria

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in All, Drinks | 4 comments

This refreshing Peach Rosé Sangria makes leisurely summer sipping with friends even more enjoyable. 

Peach Rosé Sangria

Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Sangria fan. 

Which in and of itself is kind of odd, because I love every individual ingredient that goes into Sangria: wine, fruit, perhaps a spirit or two. But together? No thank you. 

Clearly that’s because I hadn’t tasted the right one. Cloying, syrupy, sweet sangria does nothing for me. But this light Peach Rosé Sangria is my new love and will keep me cool, content and sipping all summer long. 

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Cranberry Tea Spritzers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 16 comments

Cranberry Tea Spritzers are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Cranberry Tea Spritzer

Our July has been heavenly. The kids’ sports schedules wrapped up, and we have our evenings back as a family…holla! Kevin doesn’t like to eat dinner the second he walks in the door, so we enjoy a leisurely evening before we eat. After a quick change, Kevin likes to relax, catch up on the day, read the paper and play a quick game of catch in the backyard. And naturally we do it with drink in hand. These Cranberry Tea Spritzers are a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening. 

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 4 comments

Cocktails on the patio don’t get much simpler than this cool, refreshing Cucumberita. 

Cucumberita Summer was made for impromptu entertaining. 

Last baseball game of the season? C’mon over! 

What? A promotion!? Congratulations! 

Or maybe you simply made it through a particularly stressful day at work? Cheers to that! 

Whatever the reason, coming together with friends and family shouldn’t be nerve-wracking, especially during the lazy days of summer when temperatures are warm and daylight stretches late into the evening. Fire up the grill, grab some snacks from the pantry and settle in for some fun. Now no party is complete without a cocktail (at least at my house!), and this last-minute fiesta can go off without a hitch with a little help from BACARDI® Mixers. This cool, crisp Cucumberita, made with BACARDI® Mixers Margarita mix, comes together in minutes. How’s that for easy entertaining? 

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Mango Ginger Agua Fresca

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in All, Drinks | 15 comments

Quench your summer thirst with this super refreshing Mango Ginger Agua Fresca. 

Mango Ginger Agua FrescaSummer is my favorite time to entertain because the party is always outside (plus I don’t have to clean my house!). Set the table, stock the cooler, fire up the grill and settle in to savor an al fresco evening with family or friends. And while we love our cocktails here at Garnish with Lemon, I also keep the kids and designated drivers in mind when we have guests for dinner. This Mango Ginger Agua Fresca is way more refreshing than a bottled sports drink and leagues healthier than a can of soda. 

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Strawberry-Kiwi Daiquiri

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in All, Drinks | 6 comments

Looking for a new summer cocktail? This not-too-sweet Strawberry-Kiwi Daiquiri is the perfect thirst quencher for long, lazy nights on the patio. 

Strawberry-Kiwi Daquiris

Here is the definition of daiquiri according to Wikipedia: 

A daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus (typically lime juice), and sugar or other sweetener

However, that is NOT what I think of when I think of a daiquiri. I think of uber-sweet and slushy drinks with an umbrella in them. I love the umbrella, but the sweet slushy drinks are not my thing. When Anna and I were in Miami for BlogHer Food last weekend, we went a day early at stayed at the Surfcomber Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel. If you have never stayed at a Kimpton, you need to change that ASAP! One of my many favorite things about their hotels is the hosted happy hour (The complimentary glasses of Prosecco at check-in and free wifi are bonuses, too!). During the happy hour, the bartender was handing out samples of one of their bar menu drinks, a version of a Strawberry-Kiwi Daiquiri. I would have never ordered this had I just seen it on the menu, but because of the sample, I gave it a whirl. Mind=blown. This is not your syrupy sweet, slushy daiquiri. This is a daiquiri the way they are meant to be. And it took me exactly 2 days before I replicated it upon our return. Holla! Our drink of summer has been found.

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