Apple and Cucumber Cooler Recipe by Girl Cooks World

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Nothing is better on a warm summer day than a light and refreshing beverage. The Apple and Cucumber Cooler by Cate of Girl Cooks World is a healthy and incredibly easy way to quench your thirst. Cate’s been kind enough to share the recipe for this delicious two ingredient wonder with us and I can already hear your taste-buds thanking her!

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Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

As the summer heats up it’s easy to reach for a carbonated or sugary beverage to chill the parch, but there’s a much healthier option that’s just as tasty. Infused water. So what exactly is infused water? It’s water that’s had fruits, vegetables, extracts and/or spices soaked in it for a long period of time to infuse it with the flavors they provide. The resulting drink is a beverage that will make your tastebuds do cartwheels without all the sugar and chemicals of store bought beverages. And before you ask, no you don’t need a Magic-Ninja-Keurig 5.0 to make it. All you need is fresh ingredients, a pitcher (or some other water holder device type thing), and the patience to let the infusing happen. Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Berry Mint Gin Smash by We Are Not Martha

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(Image Credit: We Are Not Martha)

Summer is here and what better time to try out a new cocktail? Well, We Are Not Martha has just the drink that I can’t wait to try, the Berry Mint Gin Smash. I have to admit, I’m not a big gin drinker – like, at all. I pretty much only stick to wine, the occasional mimosa and margaritas. Every now and then I’ll give a new cocktail a try, but I pretty much stick to the basics.

However, when I came across this recipe back in April, I knew it was the perfect drink to try out this summer. Berries!? Count me in. I love berries, I mean, who doesn’t? And when gin is masked by other flavors like berries and simple syrup, I’m totally on board. This drink will be perfect for a summer BBQ with friends or even an afternoon brunch.

Check out the full recipe over at We Are Not Martha, as well as all of their other amazing recipes and Happy Summer everyone!

Cheers!

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe by Bunkycooks

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate (Image Credit: Bunkycooks)

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate (Image Credit: Bunkycooks)

Winter isn’t for everyone. However, the season does have its perks and hot chocolate is without question my favorite one. Nothing drives away the winter chill like a steaming mug of delicious hot chocolate. While the warm concoction may make you nostalgic for childhood snow days, hot chocolate isn’t just for kids!

Mix things up this winter with this recipe for Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate from Bunkycooks. It’s an adult spin on the classic beverage that is easy to make and the perfect thing to sip while snuggling next to the fire with someone you love.

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups milk
2 ounces best quality Mexican stone
Ground organic chocolate (Bunkycooks recommends Taza), chopped into small pieces
Pinch of salt
1 generous tablespoon Spiced Honey Crème
Optional: 1.5 ounce shot of fine aged mezcal or rum
Garnish: fresh whipped cream, shaved chocolate

Directions

In a heavy medium saucepan, combine milk, chocolate, pinch of salt and honey crème. Heat, stirring frequently over medium-­‐low heat with a whisk, until chocolate has melted, honey crème dissolves and the milk is very hot, about 10 minutes. Pour hot chocolate into a tall mug or 2 smaller cups. If you like, add mezcal or rum spirit. Top with fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Serve immediately.

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Ketel One Pumpkin King (Image Credit: Ketel One)

Have a very merry holiday with pumpkin, cranberry and ginger cocktail recipes from Ketel One!

Ketel One Pumpkin King (Image Credit: Ketel One)

Ketel One Pumpkin King (Image Credit: Ketel One)

If you’re looking for some tasty and fun cocktails to serve with your Holiday feast, look no further! Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin everything or just want to put a little twist on a more traditional cocktail, we have the perfect selection of seasonal Ketel One recipes that will compliment the turkey and pie, and have your guests giving thanks. Try these out and let us know what you think in the comments! Continue reading

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Perfect Cocktail Pairings for Your Favorite TV Show

SCANDAL (Image Credit: ABC)

SCANDAL (Image Credit: ABC)

What’s better than sitting down to watch your favorite TV show? Sitting down to watch your favorite TV show with perfect adult beverage to go along with it. Just as you can pair fine wines to the foods that will best enhance their luscious flavors, woody undertones and tannins (whatever those are, I’m no Frasier Crane), there’s a cocktail out there that will match the mood of any show and highlight all of its best attributes. Check out our perfect pairings below! Continue reading

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Enjoy World Cup Inspired Cocktail Recipes from Ketel One

KETEL ONE CLERICO (Image Credit: Ketel One)

KETEL ONE CLERICO (Image Credit: Ketel One)

In case you haven’t been following the World Cup, here’s all you really need to know: U.S.A. lost in a blaze of glory against Belgium 2-1. Germany put a beating on Brazil on Tuesday afternoon with a score of 7-1. Now, the world turns their sights towards the semi-final match of Argentina vs. Netherlands.

However, we know soccer isn’t for everyone. Some people just watch because their dad, boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, mother, etc., has it on non-stop. Fortunately, we have something that will help those hesitant watchers, and those who have the unfortunate task of being on the low side of the scoreboard, smiling all evening long.

Let Ketel One take your senses on a libation vacation with these Argentina and Netherlands inspired spirits.

Argentina

KETEL ONE CLERICO

1 bottle BV Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc
6 oz. Ketel One Oranje
3 oz. Grand Marnier
3 oz. pomegranate juice
3 oz. orange juice
2 oz. white grape juice
3 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher half filled with ice. Stir. Pour into a wine glass filled with ice. Garnish with raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Serves 8-10.

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL (Image Credit: Ketel One)

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL (Image Credit: Ketel One)

Netherlands

KETEL ONE ORANJE NATIONAL

1.25 oz. Ketel OneOranje
1 oz. ginger liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 barspoons orange marmalade
2 drops orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

3 Summer Mocktails (or cocktails) for Each Time of Day

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

There is a lot to love about summer. The sun is finally out, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and it’s the season for vacations. However, one of my favorite things about summer is that it’s also the season to get fancy with your drinks. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice morning, afternoon AND evening pick-me-up? Here are three mocktails (or cocktails if you’re a bit more adventurous like me) to try this summer, and the time of day they are best received.
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The 100 Cocktail Recipe by La Dolce Vita

The 100 Cocktail (Image Credit: La Dolce Vita)

The 100 Cocktail (Image Credit: La Dolce Vita)

Who says you have to drink green beer to celebrate St. Patty’s Day? While everyone else is chasing Irish Car Bombs and throwing back Guinness, why not sip on something a little lighter with a lot of class? The quintessential Beverly Hills restaurant, La Dolce Vita, has the perfect option- The 100 Cocktail! Made with Stoli 100 Proof Vodka, Lemon and Champagne, The 100 Cocktail will leave you feeling like you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Try shaking up this refreshing option this weekend! Continue reading

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Quirky Item of the Week: Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Stones (Image Credit: Teroforma)

Whiskey Stones (Image Credit: Teroforma)

Andrew Hellman’s love of scotch made him search for a way to keep his drink cold without diluting it and… Voila! Whiskey Stones were born. Carved from natural Vermont soapstone, Whiskey Stones maintain a stable temperature over extended periods of time. They’re actually derived from an old Scandinavian tradition of using rocks to chill drinks in storage. Continue reading

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The Best Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Holiday Cocktails (Image Credit: Ingrid Balabanova)

Holiday Cocktails (Image Credit: Ingrid Balabanova)

Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes that cheerful Christmas feeling can be hard to obtain – and maintain. Super stores are bringing out the Christmas lights and drenching their aisles in red and green before the Halloween candy has cleared the shelves. Even the perkiest of Christmas lovers can catch a case of the “Bah, humbugs!” sometimes. So what’s the best way to cure Scrooge fever? With a little bit of holiday spirits. Continue reading

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Do you have a caffeine addiction?

Coffee Cup (Image Credit: Kuba Bożanowski)

Coffee Cup (Image Credit: Kuba Bożanowski)

A demanding day of work, class and other responsibilities may have you running to the nearest coffee shop or supermarket for an energy boost. Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and energy drinks can help you get through your day; but how do you distinguish between these caffeinated sources being merely a boost for the day or a necessity? How do you know when you’ve had too much caffeine? The following is a guide to caffeine consumption, its “addictive” effects and how you can monitor your intake! Continue reading

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VIDEO: Learn to make a Gin & Tonic and a Bee’s Knees Cocktail with a Tutorial by The Winslow NYC

Gin & Tonic and Bee's Knees Cocktail by The Winslow (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Gin & Tonic and Bee’s Knees Cocktail by The Winslow (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Ever wondered how to make the perfect Gin & Tonic? How about something a little sweeter like a classic Bee’s Knees Cocktail? If your answer is “Yes!”, we’ve got you covered! Or, should we say, Mark Tafoya, one of the General Managers of The Winslow, a fabulous new gastropub in New York City, has you covered with a tutorial on how to make each of these lovely libations.

Watch Mark give you the play-by-play exclusively here on The Daily Quirk! Then check out our interview with The Winslow’s Aidan Fogarty about the popularity of gastropubs, gin, and what makes The Winslow so special. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Winslow NYC talks Gastropubs and Gin!

The Winslow (Image Credit: The Winslow)

The Winslow (Image Credit: The Winslow)

If you live in New York and haven’t been to The Winslow, you’re missing out. Located in the East Village (243 East 14th Street), The Winslow boasts 20 different types of old world/new world and British beer on tap, a batch of unique cocktails by Dominic Venegas, a talented mixologist and part of a James Beard Award nominated team, and a menu that will make make your foodie tastebuds smile. We recently set down with general manager Aidan Fogarty to talk the popularity of gastropubs, gin cocktails, and what makes this New York City hot spot so special. Watch the interview here exclusively on The Daily Quirk! Then be sure to check out our Gin & Tonic and a Bee’s Knees Cocktail tutorials with The Winslow’s Mark Tafoya!
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