3 Cocktails to Make with Simply Juice Drinks

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Whether it’s for a planned dinner, unexpected company or an impromptu party,  signature cocktails are always a good look.  And the thing is, signature cocktails  don’t need to be a whole fancy to-do. You can make really beautiful and tasty  cocktails with the new Simply Juice Drinks.

These last few weeks I’ve been working with Simply Juice Drinks to celebrate the launch of their latest all-natural flavors made with simple ingredients  – Fruit PunchTropical and Mixer Berry – and came up with three signature cocktails using the new juice. Negroni? Margarita?  Caipirinha? Yes, yes and yesss! Here’s how to make them:

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Cocktail Recipe: The Classic Sidecar

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The Academy Awards are this weekend which is the perfect excuse to invite a few friends over to sip cocktails and judge the red carpet.

The last few years I served champagne cocktails and/or martinis but this season I’m feeling inspired to swirl up some sidecars. The cognac is so smooth and the classic cocktail just feels appropriate for a night of Hollywood glamor. Doesn’t it?

Here’s how to make it:

In a shaker full of ice add:
2 parts Cognac
½ part Orange Liquor
¼ part Lemon Juice

Swirl, pour, garnish with lemon wedge. Cheers!

To watch a video on this recipe head right this way!

p.s. any wagers on best dressed?

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How To Makeover Your At-Home Bar In 3 Steps

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The bar nook in your home should be a place of sophisticated socializing and fun. Instead of just stashing my bottles and glasses away haphazardly, I like this space to be glamorous and creative. After all, holiday party is here and this easily gets to be the most popular area of the house! I’m a big believer in tiny details making a great impact, follow these 3 simple steps to creating an amazing home bar:

1. Keep A Fully Stocked Bar
When I know that I’m entertaining there are a few staple alcohols, mixers, garnishes and glassware that I always have in stock. It helps you become more creative with the drinks you whip up, and you’ll have something for everyone. Watch  this video to see everything you need to stock your bar in less than 1 minute.

2. Add Pretty Details
Again, it’s all in the details! The smallest change, like adding a few gemstones or flowers to the space, can lively everything up. I personally love these  gemstone bar accessories (P.S. they’re great gifts too!) and gemstone-adorned tray. Pick a cool color scheme and get creative, it’s the perfect way to showcase your personal taste!

3. Use A Chalkboard!
Ok, I’m a big fan of using chalkboards around the house. I especially love them in the bar area because you can write down a quirky quote or even a menu of specialty drinks if you’re having friends over. They always add a cool, homey touch to my space. If you want to make your own chalkboard menu, here is a step-by-step video on how to get started.

Photos: The Classy Issue, Remodelista and Style Me Pretty

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Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

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Few things are more festive than the POP! of a champagne bottle. It screams celebration, cheers, salute, l’chaim and of course, happy new year!

Champagne is simply a must during the holidays and I personally love to do it with a jovial twist. This season I created a champagne cocktail inspired by one of my favorite scents, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. The fruity-floral fragrance has a light and airy touch, bursting with top notes of blackberry, grapefruit, and pear. It’s, well, a dream!

I zeroed in on the blackberry note for two reasons, the coloring and the flavor. When the blackberries are cooked down into a simple syrup it makes for a joyous holiday red and when combined with some bubs it’s absolutely delicious, just like the fragrance it’s inspired by. Here’s how to make it:

You will need:
6 blackberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Bottle of champagne

Recipe:
1. In a medium sauce pan, combine one cup of sugar, one cup of water and six blackberries. Once berries are softened, crush using a masher. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain.
3. Add blackberry simple syrup to bottom of champagne flute and top with champagne.
4. Cheers!

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