Tag: drinks

6 irresistible lemonade recipes and variations you’ll sip all summer long

It’s (unofficially) summer and I’m thirsty for lemonade, limeade and orangeade. I know how much we all love a good cocktail: the proof is in the love you’ve shown for these 6 spring cocktails and also these 10 margarita recipes. Sometimes, though, you just need a simple sip that you can share with the kids, especially on long, hot summer days. That’s when it’s time to break out the water, sugar and lemons. And limes and oranges. Berries, watermelon and herbs, too.  These 6 lemonade and other citrus-ade recipes will save you from the heat all summer long. That’s right,...

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The genius idea for packing wine on your picnic

While there’s something to be said for sipping wine out of those big red keg cups in the summer, I admit I always feel a little fancy when my Albarino is an actual wine glass. Unfortunately, if you’re picnicking, glass isn’t going to cut it. So to speak. The Wine Sippy Cup may have a name that conjures up activites that can trigger a visit from child services, but they are definitely not for children. It’s really just a spill-resistant plastic tumbler that looks like a wine glass inside. You can drink it without the lid, or keep it on if...

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Three Mother’s Day brunch menus as fab as the moms we’re honoring

Just like snowflakes, no two moms are exactly alike. So it only follows that no two Mother’s Day brunch menus should be exactly alike either. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve composed three brunch menus that can be served as I’ve put them together–or mixed and matched to create a brunch as deliciously unique as your very own, like-no-other mama. Oh, and did we mention that these Mother’s Day brunch recipes work no matter who’s doing the cooking? We’ve even included recipes that the kids can make on their own. (You’re welcome!) Mother’s Day Brunch Idea For The Mother...

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10 margarita recipes to put the “ayyy-oh!” in your Cinco de Mayo

I have a serious weakness for margaritas. They are, hands down, my favorite drink. And why not? Let’s face it: margaritas are sunshine in a glass. I even keep a bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas around for days when the kids win and Mommy needs her own special bottle. (I wholeheartedly stand by our verdict that Skinnygirl Margaritas are surprisingly good.) But Cinco de Mayo is no time to be lazy about margaritas. Agreed? If there was ever a weekend to put a little extra time, care and effort into your margarita, it’s this weekend. I’ve rounded up 10 (yes, 10!)...

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6 of the most delicious coffee drink recipes from around the world

For years, I’ve developed a taste for international coffees. Don’t get me wrong: I love me a good old fashioned brewed cup of joe, but sometimes I crave an international-style coffee drink for a little something different. And I’m not talking about flavored coffee powder, either. These 6 delicious coffee drink recipes are much more delicious and, if you ask me, a way better way to celebrate the moments of your life. –Stacie Cafe de Olla (above) is a Mexican-style coffee which, in this case, means a little sweet and spiked with cinnamon. (How much do we love the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great picks like this daily. 1. The most refreshing white wine cocktail recipes. We’re ready! 2. An awesome rainy day (or sunny day) spring craft project with the kids. 3. Are we allowed to marry a shoe? 4. Super cool look for cool kids, and not expensive. 5. The Mother’s Day card we can’t stop laughing at. Plus, are you following our guest pinner board on Martha Stewart Living? Join us, it’s fun there!...

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6 spring cocktails to bid adieu to winter

Cooking’s my thing, but I’m in the mood to celebrate spring with some yummy cocktails, thank you very much! Seasonal sips are a fun, grown-up way to savor vibrant spring flavors as we coax the sun out of winter hiding. So put on your new rose-colored shades, grab a fab light scarf, and let’s raise a glass to spring with these 6 delicious spring libations. Cheers! -Stacie It seems only appropriate to start with this super fresh, sparkling emerald green Kiwi Capiroska (above). This drink is similar to a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail made with cachaca sugar cane liquor, but...

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6 amazing hot chocolate recipes to warm your bones after a winter storm (or, really, whenever)

Hot chocolate is always a requisite to get us through winters here in the Northeast. And while Nemo didn’t quite pack the punch that we thought it might here in NYC, it’s still been reason enough to bundle up for a snowball fight or hunker down for a cozy day in. (Or maybe one following the other.) No matter how you play it, hot chocolate is in order. And not just any old hot chocolate, either. These 6 hot chocolate recipes are worthy way to enjoy winter just a wee bit more. And don’t worry if there isn’t any...

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Last minute Super Bowl recipes? We can help!

If at this particular moment it has just struck you that you have a houseful of people showing up tonight for the Super Bowl–or perhaps your spouse just alerted you to that fact at this particular moment–don’t worry, we can help with the food! Here are a ton of links for Super Bowl snacks, drinks and desserts that you can whip up for a hungry crew without too much effort. Just uh, try not to chomp those nacho chips loudly during the commercials? Some of us are actually trying to watch them. If you’ve got a grill, these Steak and...

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Colorful coasters with serious design savvy

Bold. Graphic. Modern. Who’d have guessed the humble coaster could be so fun–and protect furniture so gorgeously? Bonus: They’re sturdy enough for your kids, too. The gorgeous coasters from ArtisEverything on Etsy are sturdy enough to survive three generations of sweating sweet tea glasses. Shop owner Iris designs each set, then impregnates the wood with a special printing process that isn’t glued and can’t be peeled off. The bright, shiny finish will last and protect your furniture for years to come. And even if your kids use them as adorable little frisbees, they’ll take a licking and keep on…um…coasting....

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Starbucks gives you one more reason to drink too many caramel lattes – reusable cups

As someone who has greatly increased my Starbucks consumption as of late, I was thrilled to hear the news that this week, they introduced $1 reusable cups to help cut down all that paper waste. Starbucks is definitely on a roll with it’s good-global-citizens business practices, and their environmental goals only add to that. Sadly though, they recently modified these goals which were originally to see 25% of all their beverages served in reusable cups by 2015. Now that number is 5%–it would seem that most customers are just not ready to commit. Still, for those of us frequent...

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5 New Year’s Eve appetizers with cocktails and mocktails to match for a chic, family-friendly party

Whether you’re cozying up with family or hosting a big New Year’s party, New Year’s Eve calls for party food that’s easy, potentially kid-friendly, but also elegant for us cool parents. High maintenance? Nah. We’ve got New Year’s Eve eats and drinks that hit all those marks and then some, no problem. These five appetizer recipes are just as easily turned into a fun family tapas style dinner. And the cocktails pairings? They’re just as good spiked with booze as they are without, so that everyone can have a fancy sip. Celebrating the New Year with fabulous family style...

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What the Mayans got right: hot chocolate

Well, we here are beyond happy to know that the world is still around today, Mayan calendar apocalypse warnings notwithstanding. It would be so wrong for it all to end before we get a chance to dig into Season 3 of Downton Abbey.  So we were thinking, if you’ve got a friend with a sense of humor–or you just need a delicious last-minute holiday gift–we think a homemade hot chocolate in honor of the Mayans who originated the drink in the first place might be just the thing. This Mayan hot chocolate recipe from Hello Giggles is my kind...

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Coffee gifts? Don’t mind if I do. Give, I mean.

I admit it. I used to settle for a cup of coffee from just about anywhere, then quickly douse it with milk and sweetener. Then I had a proper cup of joe, which was like the pigeon describing a hot dog to the duck in Mo Willem’s beloved The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog: “They are a taste sensation. Each morsel is a joy!” Thanks to this new monthly coffee subscription service that’s all about coffee, that joy is now yours to give to others. Purchase a gift subscription to Tonx [edited to add, Tonx is now Blue Bottle Coffee]–I...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun pins like this daily. 1. A cool handbag that gives back in an amazing way.  Surely there’s someone on your list who will love this. 2. Move over eggnog! This yummy holiday cocktail recipe is giving you serious competition. 3. Need a last-minute gift for your kids, nieces, or nephews that they’ll adore? Found it. 4.We wouldn’t complain if we found this gorgeous necklace under the tree this year. 5. Want a head start on your New Year’s fitness resolutions? This gadget will be a huge...

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5 apple cider cocktails that make mean mocktails, too

These days, I look for a cocktail that’s just as tasty without the spirits. (Ah, how times have changed.) I like having yummy drinks on hand for pregnant friends, kids, and those who steer clear of alcohol. And I’ve figured out that the key to a great mocktail is a super delicious combination of mixers that treat the booze as icing rather than the main treat. Using apple cider as a base for your cocktail makes that simple. If you don’t believe me, check out these five impressive (and easy!) apple cider drinks that are delicious as cocktails or mocktails and perfect for this...

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Top tips and picks for travel with kids to help you all arrive safe and sane

One of our readers’ most common questions: what are your best tips for surviving travel with kids? We’re here to oblige! So we’ve rounded up our tried-and-true favorite picks for keeping junior travelers in great spirits. From day trip to 12-hour road trip to the ever-popular “What were we thinking?” international flights, these are the items we’ve found will keep everybody sane and happy this season. {Keep reading for some of the best-ever tips for travel with kids!} We’re thrilled to be partnering with Brita to bring you this post. Their new Brita Bottle for Kids is a huge...

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The most sophisticated Advent calendars for adults. (Truffles, anyone?)

I love Advent calendars as a way for my kids to count down to Christmas (did you catch our most recent picks?). But why should they be the only ones to have all the fun? If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more sophisticated, here are some amazing options that you may want to grab before the first of December. –Christina I grew up eating waxy molded chocolates that I pulled out of the drugstore Advent calendar that my mom bought each year. Now that I’m grown up, I still love to find little treats, but I’d prefer them...

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Juice boxes filled with juice, not sugar. Imagine that.

I’m already a big fan of the Honest Tea drink pouches for kids, which are a special treat around my house. But now they’ve made a big adjustment to the ingredients which means these already healthy drinks for kids now have even less sugar than they did before.  Along with the pretty package redesign, there’s a great change on the inside. The folks at Honest Tea Kids ditched the organic cane sugar for juice, which dropped the drink’s already low sugar count even lower. Try 9g per pouch–by far the lowest out there when it comes to juice boxes for...

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Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day!

Hey, wake up! It’s National Coffee Day. So If you love coffee, raise your mug! And if you support fair trade coffee…well, we have a lot to talk about. Whether it’s tall, grande, venti, with extra shots, with whip, made by baristas, or filtered through a paper towel and poured into a cracked mug with shaking hands at 6am, we’re big fans of coffee; but in today’s world, it’s important to us that our favorite brew is grown and harvested humanely. Keep reading for some lovely ways to enjoy cruelty-free coffee. When we found the amazing SlaveryFootprint.org  we were...

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