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Champagne cocktails make the best Christmas cocktails! This blueberry bubbly sparkler is the perfect Christmas cocktail recipe. See more from entertaining blog @cydconverse!

Raise a Glass with these Blueberry and Thyme Champagne Cocktails

The countdown to the holidays is officially on, friends, and by super popular request I’m sneaking in a couple more Christmas cocktails before all the merriment commences! Champagne cocktails are, of course, perfect for Christmas and also make the ideal New Year’s Eve cocktail. Might I suggest this blueberry bubbly sparkler? It’s the loveliest, tastiest champagne cocktail for either holiday…or both!

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A Kris Kringle North Pole Moscow Mule | Christmas cocktails, Christmas recipes and Christmas party ideas from entertaining blog @cydconverse

A Merry Kris Kringle North Pole Mule

Have we talked about how much I love a good Moscow mule? And no, I don’t care even a tiny little bit if my love for a mule makes me totally basic. Of course I think it is requisite to have good Christmas Moscow mule up your sleeve amongst your tried and true Christmas cocktail recipes, so today I’m coming at you with my version. We’re calling this the Kris Kringle North Pole mule because it sounds totally festive, just like this drink looks and tastes!

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White Chocolate Peppermint White Russian | Christmas cocktails and holiday entertaining tips from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Ho Ho Ho! It’s a White Chocolate Peppermint White Russian

One of the questions I get a lot from my friends is my recommendation for the best Christmas cocktail to serve up at all their various holiday parties. Apparently my reputation precedes me! Making seasonal holiday cocktails is my favorite, but jazzing up a classic White Russian recipe in particular is kind of my thing. Over the years I’ve made sugar cookie White Russians, gingerbread White Russians and my super popular salted caramel White Russian recipe. This year I’m raising the bar with this white chocolate peppermint White Russian recipe that tastes a bit like Christmas itself swirled into a glass.

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Apple Cider Beermosa | Entertaining tips, party ideas, recipes and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Apple Cider Beermosa

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, for all the obvious reasons. The foliage, the crispness to the air, trips to the apple orchard, homemade apple pies and, naturally, apple cider beermosas. A beermosa, if you’re not aware, is kind of like a classic champagne mimosa, only you’re using beer instead of champagne. I also like to add a dash of flavored vodka to really make it good. And, yes, they’re as tasty as they sound. Here’s how I make mine!

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Mermaid Water Fish Bowl Drinks | Summer cocktail recipes, summer party ideas, recipes and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Rum Away with Me! Tiki Bar Inspired Mermaid Water Fish Bowl Drinks

There used to be a bar tucked into the hill on the walk up to the Carrier Dome where they served the most over the top fish bowl drinks. They were loaded with booze, topped with twisty neon straws and feature Swedish fish floating in brightly colored liquid. And they made the rest of the cold walk up the hill to watch Syracuse basketball a whole lot more entertaining. That bar has since closed their doors and I’ve since grown a bit older, but those cocktails still remain imprinted in my memory as legendary. Usually tiki bar inspired and tropical flavored, there’s nothing quite like a good fish bowl cocktail. Until today, because I’ve gone and made them even better. These mermaid water fish bowl cocktails are the slightly classier, fairly grown adult version. Fair warning – they’re still loaded with booze. Oops!

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Frozen Blueberry Beet Gin Cocktails! Click through for fun party ideas, easy entertaining ideas, cocktail recipes, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

Summertime and the Sippin’ is Easy: Blueberry Beet Gin Slushies

It was my dad who first introduced me to the beauty of really good gin cocktails. Late in my college career, I’d go home summers to work an internship at a local architecture firm. My dad and I would often meet on the back porch in the evening after work and he’d make us each a perfect gin and tonic. Perfectly refreshing. Perfectly summer. I’ve been a gin fan ever since. But today I’ve upped the game on the classic gin and tonic with these blueberry beet slushies made with Prairie Organic gin. They may just be the single tastiest cocktail I’ve ever concocted and with blueberries currently in season, you’re going to want to fire up that blender!

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Click through for this farm to table inspired strawberry lemonade moscow mule made with fresh homemade strawberry lemonade from @cydconverse

A Farm to Table Strawberry Lemonade Moscow Mule

When you live in the Northeast, you live every minute of summer to the fullest because while short, I’d argue that they’re some of the most beautiful summers of anywhere. It’s a season that brings me to life and rightfully so we make it a point to soak up every last second of the sunshine that we can. Hitting the weekly farmer’s market for freshly squeezed lemonade is one of my favorite summer traditions. They serve it up in big cups full of ice and you can sip it while you walk through the stalls collecting farm fresh produce for that night’s dinner. That farmer’s market lemonade is the inspiration behind this cocktail, made with the tastiest homemade strawberry lemonade and Prairie Organic vodka. Taking just a few minutes to make hand crafted cocktails is one of my favorite parts of a weekend happy hour. Fresh, farm grown ingredients totally elevate the cocktail sipping experience which is my way of saying, make this cocktail. Find the ripest local strawberries you can find, make them into lemonade and sip these Moscow mules all summer long.

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Kiwi Lime Mint Sangria Recipe | Click through for cocktail recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

Say Yes to Summer with this Kiwi Lime Mint Sangria Recipe

Now that it’s unofficially summer, I think we can officially call it sangria season! It’s likely that sangria season is my favorite time of year. Fruity, boozy, winey, super refreshing and perfectly party-ready! Sangria is made for front porch sipping, slow and easy back patio happy hours, and prepping in advance for all of your summer parties. This kiwi limi mint sangria recipe might just be my favorite one I’ve whipped up yet! It’s made with fresh kiwi purée (which is a cinch to make) and loaded with refreshing lime and mint so it’s basically summer’s new best cocktail recipe. Don’t be intimidated by the kiwi purée, friends, please! The addition of simple but fresh ingredients like that make a cocktail recipe come alive and it’s really easy to do. Scout’s honor! (Ooo! Do we think I could earn a badge in cocktail mixing?!) I’ll toast to a long, hot awesome summer with a glass of this one, pals, I hope you do the same!

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