Strawberry Honey Moscow Mule

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I’ve recently discovered that there is a difference between ginger beer and ginger ale. Ginger beer doesn’t have alcohol, and ginger ale is usually easier to find. I’ve always wondered why people just don’t take the short cut when making Moscow mules. I understand now.

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented. Ginger ale is just soda with ginger in it.  Since Ginger beer isn’t carbonated it has a much more gingery flavor. And just because it says beer, don’t let that fool you. No alcohol plus way less sugar than Ginger ale.  It’s a win-win really. And for the alcohol to make this Moscow mule a real mule, we just use something most of us have in our cabinets already anyway – vodka.

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Guinness and Chocolate Milkshakes with Jameson Cream

Chocolate and Guinness Milkshakes // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

Whenever I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I think of early morning parades — I did spend my college years in Louisiana, after all — and Irish drinks… namely Guinness and Jameson.

It’s a random combination, especially since I don’t particularly enjoy Guinness or Jameson on their own and never drank them at a parade.

However, I love using them in dishes.

And these milkshakes? Well, they’d make a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day dessert… or pick-me-up during the day, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Spiked Apple Cider

This spiked apple cider screams fall! It’s the perfect festive drink for your holiday table. 

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Thanksgiving – it’s the holiday I look forward to celebrating the most every year.

It’s before the holiday hustle; it’s not rushed; it’s not overhyped; it’s not packed with too many plans, parties, and presents. It’s just a group of family and/or friends coming together to give thanks over a really delicious {and really big} meal.

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How to Make Simple Syrup – Vanilla & Lavender

Vanilla Simple Syrup

The summer is here in all its glory and splendor and it is time for a cool drink; don’t you agree? Whether the weather calls for a refreshing cup of iced mint tea, your favorite chilled coffee beverage or an evening summer cocktail, they could all use a little sweetness. But dissolving sugar in an iced drink is simply impossible. But stop right there! Don’t you dare go out and purchase expensive and artificially flavored syrups, simply make your own! It’s easy and tastes so much better than store bought! It’s a wonderful staple to keep on hand and a necessity for any home bar.

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