Coming back online // you can’t wear a mask and drink at the same time
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
Trying to drink a cocktail with a mask on was not something I planned on dealing with this year. Both of my kids starting school full time, renovating our house, fitting into a bridesmaids dress, these were what I thought would be my most challenging issues when 2020 started. And yet, here we are. I will not break down how this year has been challenging; Iâ€m late to that game and frankly rehashing all of it will not be therapeutic for me or for you dear readers. And itâ€s been done. Over and over a million times now, and itâ€s not even over yet. So where will this site go from here? Well, for ..read more
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Home Bar Spring Favorites
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
We’re having some grey, dark days right now. So while I’m staying inside watching the weather, I think it’s time to brighten up the home bar with these pops of color! Sunny days ahead! At least with my drinks… 1. Underwood Sparkling Rosé 2. Yellow Cups 3. Fruit Drink Stirrers 4. Coasters 5. Pommery Brut Rosé Royal Champagne 6. St. Agrestis 7. Bottle Opener       ..read more
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Monday Booze News A new low-abv drink to try, jello shots for St. Patrick's Day, and getting to know Tennessee whiskey
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
First, apparently there are a myriad of ways to clean a wine decanter. Who knew? Well, now you do. St. Patrick’s Day is coming, get to know some single pot whiskey. Don’t forget your Shamrock Shot Glass Top Hat YOLO! And yes, we’re bringing out those Irish Coffee Jello Shots again because WHY NOT?! Confused about Tennessee whiskey? Get your answers here. These are the beers you should be drinking right now. Condensation inside that bottle of booze? Here’s why... Piquette, your new favorite low-abv drink. Need a new rum? Here are some bartender’s picks for most underrated. And finally ..read more
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Monday Booze News All about Chartreuse, sleep where your beer is made, and more tiki mugs you'll want to buy!
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
Happy TIki Mug Monday folks! If you’re into tiki mugs AND the Mandalorian, Tiny Tony has a presale for his Child mug and it’s gonna be cuuuuuute! And if beer is your thing, here’s a pretty new stained glass beer mug that is actually made by TikiFarm. Speaking of beer, would you try a salted beer? We’re going to give it a try. Love Chartreuse? You’re going to need this new book. And if you’re not a big Chartreuse fan, then perhaps this Whiskey Master Class book is more your style? Mocktails are here to stay, probably. Here’s why. We’ve moved on from Japanese whisky. Here’s 5 Japanese gins to ..read more
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Tequila Cazadores: Cristalino Launch
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
This post was made in partnership with Tequila Cazadores. Ideas are my own. This past year I’ve been really lucky to work with a brand that I have loved, and drank, for years: Tequila Cazadores. When starting this partnership I found out that I was going to have a really exciting task, introduce a brand new type of tequila to the market! I mean, it’s not everyday that a totally new category comes across your desk. 15 flavored vodkas, yes. An amazing crystal clear tequila that is actually aged 2 years and then using activated charcoal to absorb all its color… nope! I’m honored, flattered ..read more
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Mixed Citrus Margaritas for Margarita Day Learn to make a squash syrup (no, not the vegetable!)
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
This post was made in partnership with Tequila Cazadores. Recipes and ideas are my own. We have a tangelo tree in our backyard. It’s the only citrus tree that has not succumbed to years of neglect in the jungle outside our backdoor; it is tenacious to say the least. This year, after finally cutting back the honeysuckle that was blocking most of the sunlight from hitting its leaves, it produced an insane amount of fruit. Smaller than what we’ve got in years past, but abundant. It’s not a fruit I like to sit and just eat, so I make things like Tangelo-cello out of it, or use it in syrups, or jus ..read more
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Building a Home Bar: Keeping Cool with the Newair Premiere Line Fridge
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
For those of you who have been around here since the early days, you may recall that we were going to build a bar in what is now my studio area in the house. And if you’re new here, well, that bar never happened. Fast forward almost a decade later and we are now finally ready to start building out what will be our new outdoor entertaining area. And tucked away within will be the home bar we’ve been dreaming about for a long time. But before we even start, we have a lot to figure out, and one of those big decisions has to do with appliances. The area we are allotting for entertaining space, inc ..read more
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Monday Booze News Presidents Day Drinking Edition
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
First! This weekend Cocktail Presets is having a 50% off sale in anticipation for our new Spring Cocktails Series launching later next month. Use code FRIEND50 at checkout! An ATM but for sparkling wine? And it’s FREE?!?! President Harry Truman started every morning off with a glass of bourbon. Yes, I’ve definitely been drawn into a bar for a unique drink, but the amount of times I’ve never finished that drink is.. well, sad. President Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed sipping on Mint Juleps. If you’re in DC, stop into Columbia Room for some amazing sounding classes for cocktails! Madeira was a favori ..read more
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Monday Booze News Beer helps reunite dog with owner, pink spirits, and is tofu booze ever coming??
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
First we’ve rounded up all the pretty colored drinks if you want something nice to make this week that also tastes good. Looking for something pink to drink besides rosé? Try these spirits. Breaking open some wine this week? Should you decant or aerate? Apps and sherry? Heck yes! Need another word for Mocktail? Alcademics has you covered. Still waiting for that Tofu Booze to come out... What’s new in flavored whiskey? Well… these. This new nightclub in Koreatown in LA hurts my eyeballs but I’d still drink there. It’s only a matter of time before someone is distilling pechuga with roadkill a ..read more
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Valentine’s Day Round Up All the red, white, pink, and purple drinks!
Stir and Strain
by elana
10M ago
Drink up all the colors of love… A Simple Bottled Negroni… for two… or more Make a Shirley Temple with a bottle of homemade grenadine A sexy, smoky Negroni Vegan Sloe Gin Fizz Frozen Blood and Sand Raspberry Pisco Sour Purple Halo The Water Lily Cocktail Blueberry Basil Smash Ruby Fizz ..read more
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