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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!


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

Happy Hour: Hot Spiced Rum Apple Cider


Normally, we indulge in this this cozy cocktail while carving pumpkins each year—a tradition that Shawn and I started in our college days in NH (where cider is the official beverage!). Since this October didn’t bring the bone-chilling days that we normally see toward the end of the month, we waited. And I’m so glad we did. Hot spiked cider next to a fire has been the cure for this week’s lower temps and it made me remember what I love about this time of year so much!



1 orange, sliced
4 cups apple cider
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup dark spiced rum (we use The Kraken)
Cider mug (ours is from Pottery Barn)


In a medium saucepan, combine 4 orange slices, 2 cinnamon sticks, apple cider and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy, next to a cozy fire if possible!

*Photo by Yours Truly

Happy Hour: El Diablo from The Life Styled


It’s been far too long since we’ve had a happy hour over here. Shame on me! To be honest we just haven’t broken out the cocktail shaker around these parts in a while and I’m in serious need of some spirits. We’re looking forward to making our traditional spiced rum apple cider and when we do, you bet I’ll be sharing the recipe. In the meantime, why not try out this devilishly delicious concoction from Catherine of The Life Styled? Kind of perfect for a little Halloween bash, don’t you think? Head on over to The Life Style for the full recipe and while you’re there be sure to check out Catherine’s amazing work!

*Photo via The Life Styled

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