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These Cocktail-Inspired Gummy Bears Are The Perfect Gift For The Holidays

We all know there’s no shortage of candy during the holiday season. This year, as the store shelves become packed with candy canes and popcorn tins, find something sweet to take you away from the repetitive holiday season routine.

While there will always be room for tradition, Project 7 has created some must-have holiday treats that are perfect for gifting — or just keeping to yourself.

Project 7 has introduced a brand new line of non-alcoholic, cocktail-inspired gummy bears featuring flavors like Old Fashioned, champagne and Moscow Mule. But just because these one-of-a-kind gummies are non-alcoholic, doesn’t mean they won’t get a party started.

Just think, these craft cocktail inspired gummies will surely be a hit at the company work party, or as a gift for the boss that’s the total opposite of NSFW.

It gets even better – these gummies are made with organic sweeteners, they’re non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavors colors OR preservatives.

So, if you’re still trying to pick out the perfect gift, or just need some legit stocking stuffers for the family, get your Project 7 gourmet gummy bear fix at any Target store.

Don’t wait, though – these treats are only available during the holiday season, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! You can find them in the holiday section at your local Target, or on Target.com.

Photos by Pete Pham


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Sip On These 5 Best Canned Cocktails Out Right Now

Whether they’re at a barbecue or tailgating before the game, craft cocktail lovers often have a difficult decision to make: What to drink when coupes and Collins glasses aren’t handy?

Sure, Solo cups of Jungle Juice or other mysterious concoctions can be fun but what about when you want to take it easy? Enter canned cocktails! These spirited refreshments are portable versions of some of the most classic cocktails.

John Daly’s Grip It & Sip It

There has long been a debate about whether the delicious combination of iced teaand lemonade is called an Arnold Palmer or a Half & Half. What has never been debated though, is that when you add vodka to that or you use an iced tea-flavored vodka instead of the real thing, its called a John Daly. So it only makes sense that the legendary golfer, known for good times on and off the golf course, is now getting into the spirits business with both a canned Hard Tea and a canned Half & Half.  Made with real black tea and premium ingredients, the cocktail line’s name comes from Daly’s “grip it and rip it” attitude. We just like saying “grip it.”

Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Bitters are the staple of many great craft cocktails these days. So, who better than Scrappy’s Bitters, founded by bartender Miles Thomas, to introduce a line of on-the-go carbonated canned cocktails? The Seattle-based company launched with three cocktails to start: a Bramble which includes dry London gin, berries, and citrus; a Daiquiri with rum, water, lime, and sugar; and a Paloma featuring tequila and grapefruit soda. All are made with real spirits and are carbonated for that extra kick. The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by an old sailor term, “half–seas over,” which is a fancy way of saying “fairly drunk.” Sounds like a great way to feel to us.

Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee

If you love booze and caffeine, then this one is for you. Also, you’re our kind of people. This is said to be the first-ever boozy cold brew. Similar to the craft brewing process, each batch is made with locally-sourced cold-brew coffee from Wisconsin-based Blackeye Roasting Co., steeped for more than 16 hours and infused with nitrogen. The result is a nifty alternative to a vodka- Red Bull. Just don’t drink it before work, unless that’s just how you roll.

Owl’s Brew Radler

If you’re not a coffee fan or just prefer tea — particularly with your beer — then these are for you. Radlers are available in four flavors: That’s My Jam (an amber ale brewed with darjeeling tea), The Blondie (a wheat beer with brewed black tea), Short and Stout (a chocolate stout with Masala chai), and Wicked Watermelon (a wheat beer and brewed white tea). So how exactly did Jennie and Maria, the masterminds behind the brand, create these? First, they brewed the beer while separately brewing organic tea and botanicals. They blend the two together with a splash of juice to lighten the the flavor and there you have it!

Salt Point

Moscow Mule is a tried and true classic, but with the recent concerns about the potential poisoning from copper mugs, what’s a health-conscious drinker supposed to do? This Northern California-based company has the answer. Inspired by life on the Pacific Coast, this drink is a tasteful blend of spicy ginger, lime, and American vodka that tastes like just like it was served in a “deadly” mug. Also, how can you beat this logo?

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Your Moscow Mule Mug May Be Poisoning You, Here’s Why

If you’re a HUGE fan of Moscow Mules, and especially if you have your own set of Moscow Mule mugs, this public safety announcement is meant for you.

An advisory warning from Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division is reminding people to ensure that, per FDA guidelines, you should avoid putting acidic foods into contact with copper. Their warning specifically highlights the Mule, which is commonly served in an iconic copper mug and is definitely acidic thanks to the alcohol and lime juice found inside.

In fact, most foods are in the acidic range that the Alcoholic Beverages Division warns people of. Most foods have a pH under 6.0, which is the minimum acidity level mentioned in the above bulletin. To go any more acidic (or to a lower pH level) would cause the copper in the mugs to erode into the food, which can cause copper poisoning at high enough levels. While rare, if enough copper is ingested at once, it can potentially cause liver failure and death.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to prevent this type of poisoning from occurring. As is commonly done with all copper pots, pans, and cookware already, many, though not all, Moscow Mule mugs are lined with another metal like stainless steel or aluminum that blocks corrosion. If you accidentally purchased unlined copper mugs, however, I’d avoid drinking anything other than pure water in them, just to be safe.

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Beat The Summer Heat With This Green Mango Mule Cocktail


With summer in full swing, there’s nothing like sipping on a deliciously cool beverage to help beat the heat. While it’s nice when a drink keeps you cool, it’s even better when it takes the edge off.  

If you’re trying to squeeze in some fun while soaking up the sun, Hansen’s Natural Soda has a tasty mango mule recipe that will help keep the party going all summer long.

Taking inspiration from the traditional Moscow Mule, which is made with ginger beer, this fruity cocktail – developed by mixologist Nitin Tiwari from ROOH restaurant in San Francisco – is topped with Hansen’s Ginger Ale for a crisp, citrusy bite.

To bring this reimagined cocktail to life, grab a cocktail shaker, add some ice, and a spoonful of green mango murabba — a sweet fruit preserve, made with fresh fruit, sugar, and spices. Next, add a shot (or two) of your favorite vodka and some fresh lime juice. Shake as desired, and pour into a glass without straining the ice.

Garnish with a slice of green mango and any type of edible flower for some drama. If you’ve ever wanted to impress your friends with your outstanding mixology skills, Hansen’s is giving you the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your talents.

Salud!


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Whole Foods Will Be Selling Jello Shots Made From Our Favorite Cocktails

Whole Foods is finally coming around to the idea of being cool, and we love it!

It’s time to get yo jelly on at Whole Foods with these new premade jello shots! If you’re at all like me, you’re an idiot when it comes to cooking anything, so premade jello shots are right up my alley. These little cups of liquory goodness will be a success at any holiday party.

There are even more flavors on the way!

Ludlow’s Cocktail Company, the company Whole Foods is teaming up with on the project, has jello shots available by different cocktails, rather than simple flavors. These include: Fresh Lime Margarita, Meyer Lemon Drop, Old Fashioned, Planter’s Punch, and arguably the best cocktail of 2015, the Moscow Mule.

Unfortunately, the wobbly alcoholic treats will only be sold (initially) at Sherman Oaks West, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Encinitas. However I don’t doubt that they will be sold nationwide in just a matter of time.

I mean, who doesn’t love eating to get drunk?

Image Source: Brandette’s, Francis Kenneth

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The 10 Most Popular Cocktails You Googled This Year [DRINK]

As a personal challenge, I decided to see how many recipes for your top 10 most Googled cocktails could be found in Linda Doeser’s The Cocktail Bible, my go-to book for showing off at parties.

Though mostly filled with very specific cocktails your neighborhood dive bartenders will get annoyed attempting, the book contained eight of your most sought-after cocktail recipes this year.

To bring things back into the 21st century, video tutorials fill in the gaps Doeser left.

1. Margarita

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1. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with the lime wedge and then dip in a saucer of coarse salt to frost.

2. Put the cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the tequila, triple sec and lime juice over ice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.

3. Strain into the prepared glass.

2. Martini

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1. Put the cracked ice cubes into a mixing glass. Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice and stir well to mix.

2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and decorate with a cocktail olive.

3. Sangria

4. Mojito

5. Mimosa

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1. Pour orange juice into a chilled champagne flute, then pour in champagne.

6. Mint Julep

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1. Put the mint leaves and sugar syrup into a small chilled glass and mash with a teaspoon. Add the crushed ice to fill the glass, then add the bourbon.

2. Decorate with the mint sprig.

7. Moscow Mule

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1. Put 4-6 cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vodka and lime juice over the ice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.

2. Half fill a chilled highball glass with cracked ice cubes and strain the cocktail over them. Top off with ginger beer. Decorate with a slice of lime.

8. White (Cream) Russian

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1. Put 4-6 cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour vodka, coffee liqueur and cream over ice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.

2. Pour, without straining, into a small, chilled glass.

9. Long Island Iced Tea

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1. Put 4-6 cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vodka, gin, tequila, rum, creme de menthe, lemon juice and simple syrup over the ice. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.

2. Half fill a tall, chilled Collins glass with cracked ice cubes and strain the cocktail over them. Top off with cola and decorate with the lime or lemon wedge.

10. Tequila Sunrise

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1. Put the cracked ice cubes into a chilled highball glass. Pour the tequila over the ice and top off with the orange juice. Stir well to mix.

2. Slowly pour in the grenadine and serve with a straw.

 

Notes: 1 part=1 ounce if doing a single serving and simple syrup is a boiled mixture of equal parts water and sugar.