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Happy Hour: Chocolate Caramel Stout Float


 Merry Christmas Eve, friends! Around here, the next couple of days are all about feasting. Our tradition (passed down by Shawn’s family) is steamers and lobsters on Christmas Eve and tomorrow, we’ll make a big lasagna, followed by plenty of tasty treats. Including this new concoction I whipped up for the first time last week. An adult version of the root beer float, this overflowing, beautiful mess is complete, utter heaven. It’s a MUST-try and it couldn’t be more simple. Maybe too simple for the unbelievably delicious result. Keep reading for the recipe below. Wishing you a cozy evening and a Merry Christmas!


Chocolate Caramel Stout Float
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  1. 1. Brooklyn Brewery Double Chocolate Stout
  2. 2. Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Ice Cream
  3. 3. Spiced Chocolate
  1. Pour chocolate stout into mug first, leaving 1-2 inches for the ice cream. Slowly add three scoops of ice cream to the top. Shave spiced chocolate over the ice cream and dive in! If you're feeling brave, add a cookie to the top! (I won't tell)
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*Photography by Yours Truly

Happy Hour: Berry Gin Fizz


The first time I tasted a gin fizz was a few years back at Eastern Standard, one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. I was a little hesitant at first after hearing one of the ingredients was a raw egg white, but I’m a firm believer in always trying something once! Needless to say, I became instantly hooked. Mixed with the gin and lemon juice, the otherwise unpleasant looking egg white becomes frothy and smooth like meringue and doesn’t taste like egg at all. It’s quite a fabulous looking cocktail and rather light and refreshing.


Of course, I had to add my own twist and I dare say it’s one of the tastiest cocktails I’ve ever had. The addition of Chambord (a delicious black raspberry liqueur), a sprig of rosemary, and sprinkles of golden sugar and this classic becomes a festive treat for the holidays. Plus, it’s just the prettiest shade of purplish-pink, isn’t it?! Keep reading for the recipe!

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Berry Gin Fizz
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  1. 1 oz. gin
  2. 1 oz. Chambord
  3. 2 oz. cranberry raspberry juice
  4. 1 oz. simple syrup
  5. ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1 raw egg white
  7. 1 sprig rosemary
  8. gold sugar for sprinkling
  1. 1. Place all wet ingredients in shaker with no ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  2. 2. Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker and shake again for another 15 seconds.
  3. 3. With a strainer on your cocktail shaker, pour into your cocktail glass, making sure to let the foam settle on the top.
  4. 4. Top with rosemary sprig and sprinkle with gold sugar!
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 *Photography by Yours Truly | Vintage coupe cocktail glass was a flea market find | Gold Sugar from Michaels

Spooky Wine Tasting


A couple of weeks ago, I was stocking up on vino for the holiday season—this time of year, I’m all about the rich, yummy reds. I came across a handful of particularly ‘spooky’ wine labels and in the spirit of a ‘grown-up’ Halloween party (candy for the kids, wine for the adults?) thought this would make for a fabulously frightful party idea. Best part? It’s a super easy, last minute party idea that will satisfy any wine lover! Personally, I’ll be staying in tonight watching scary movies with a big glass of spooky red—Happy Halloween! spooky_winetasting

19 Crimes | The Velvet Devil Merlot | Bogle Phantom | Vampire Pinot Grigio | Ghostly White Chardonnay | Killibinbin Shiraz | Spellbound Petite Syrah | Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

*Photo by Yours Truly