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Two Spring Cocktails from Tanduay Rum

Two Spring Cocktails from Tanduay Rum

With the onset of longer and warmer days, it’s time to trade snow boots for sandals and focus on the sun-filled weekends ahead.  So you have a special cocktail to sip on while soaking up the sun, our friends at Tanduay Asian Rum have shared two amazing recipes with us. Hailing from the Philippines, Tanduay Asian Rum is a premium spirit masterfully blended by Maestros who have been perfecting their craft since 1854. Its silky […]

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Sriracha Cocktail Recipes!

Sriracha Cocktail Recipes!

Sriracha is hot, both literally and figuratively. It seems everything from potato chips to lip balm has been flavored with it, and science tells us it is more than just its taste that makes people so crazy for it. The potent compound capsaicin found in chili peppers triggers a reaction which leads your brain to believe you have been burned, thus releasing feel-good chemicals (endorphins) to cope with the pain.  If that is more than […]

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Pineapple Ginger Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple Ginger Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by Ian Knauer Photography by Romulo Yanes If you’re serving ham at your Easter Celebration this year, I’ve found the perfect cocktail! “Ham and Pineapple” are a match made in heaven, yet most pineapple cocktails tend to be too tropical for the Easter Holiday. I found this recipe at Gourmet.com. I love the use of fresh ingredients and ginger, it makes this drink a more sophisticated culinary cocktail than a fruity one.  In addition, […]

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The Top Ten Most Affordable Cocktails!

The Top Ten Most Affordable Cocktails!

Tired of cocktails that cost as much as a bottle of liquor at home? We love this guide to affordable mixology and share it with all the parents paying college tuition, not the students who need to be studying not drinking! Cheers and hope you enjoy and save.  Remember to always drink and serve responsibly.    

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How to Pour A ‘Half and Half’ For Saint Patrick’s Day

How to Pour A 'Half and Half' For Saint Patrick's Day

If you are hosting this Saint Patrick’s Day, try this must-have cocktail for your party. Pour a Half and Half for your guests that choose to partake. It’s a simple drink to make that looks special.  The “dark” liquid is a stout (usually Guinness) and the “light” liquid is a pale ale (usually Harp lager). This beverage is also know as a Black and Tan, however that name is not used in Ireland, where it’s […]

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The Sazerac – Mardi Gras Cocktail

The Sazerac - Mardi Gras Cocktail

The Sazerac is one of America’s oldest cocktails.  In fact, in 2008, an amendment was passed making it the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. Give it a try this Mardis Gras or at your next cocktail party. Sipping is recommended, this is one stiff drink! The Sazerac Cocktail History: In the 1830s, Antoine Peychaud, an apothecary and Creole immigrant, ran a pharmacy on the French Quarter’s Royal Street. Antoine parlayed his experience […]

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Official Cocktails Of The 2014 Governors Ball #TheOscars

Official Cocktails Of The 2014 Governors Ball #TheOscars

We have the inside scoop on this year’s Governors Ball cocktail menu – it’s taking celebratory drinks to a new and very glamorous level. Sip the same cocktails as the stars by using the simple guide below and own the Oscar® Bar in your home! It’s an ensemble cast featuring a magnificent martini, a Baileys® Shot Bar and a Whisky Bar!  Plus, don’t forget to be a responsible host, set out water and other non-alcoholic […]

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The Original Margarita Recipe – National Margarita Day is February 22!

The Original Margarita Recipe - National Margarita Day is February 22!

Serve fresh Margaritas and celebrate national Margarita Day, this February 22,2014! It will certainly brighten a winter day, and as Jimmy Buffet proclaims, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” – so you can enjoy it anytime! The Original Margarita Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. 100% blue agave plata Tequila 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1-1/4 oz. Cointreau Preparation: Shake together all ingredients with fresh ice cubes in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about a count of […]

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Shirley Temple Red Carpet Mocktail Recipe

Shirley Temple Red Carpet Mocktail Recipe

The remarkable Shirley Temple died of natural causes on February 10, 2014, at her home near San Francisco, California. She was 85 years old.  Following her death, Temple’s family and caregivers issued a statement that read: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of 55 years.” We dressed up this childhood favorite into a mod-looking […]

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The French 75 Cocktail Recipe

The French 75 Cocktail Recipe

There are two distinct types of French 75 fans: some are gin enthusiasts and some are cognac lovers – we fall into the later camp and like ours served on the rocks.  Our version of The French 75 is made with cognac and fresh lemon juice, it’s sophisticated and so refreshing.  It’s also simple to make with just four basic ingredients: champagne, lemon juice, agave nectar and cognac. French 75 – Cognac (Makes 4 Cocktails) […]

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Spiked White Russian Cocktail Recipe

Spiked White Russian Cocktail Recipe

  Looking to lose the heavy cream and stiffen up your drink? Simply sub in Baileys® Irish Cream for the traditional heavy cream. Spiked White Russian (Makes 1 Cocktail) Ingredients 1.5 oz. vodka 1.5 oz. Kaluha 1.5 oz. Baileys® Irish Cream Instructions Fill rocks glass ¾ with ice. Pour vodka and Kaluha over ice. Top with Baileys® Irish Cream Note: For a party, shake up a pitcher of Spiked White Russians by mixing all ingredients at […]

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Smirnoff Ice “Ladies With Game” Tailgate! #TheSmirnoffIceLife

Smirnoff Ice “Ladies With Game” Tailgate! #TheSmirnoffIceLife

Disclosure:  Party Bluprints was invited to the Ladies with Game Tailgate. The opinions in this post are expressly our own. We’re giving Smirnoff Ice® cheers for hosting a SUPER HOT tailgate in the midst of a Manhattan Polar Blast!  Ice cold was most definitely COOL last night, as Ladies with Game enjoyed an indoor tailgate complete with live DJ and specially prepared cocktails and football-themed food. Guests enjoyed traditional tailgate games like corn hole and […]

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Chinese New Year Cocktail Recipe!

Chinese New Year Cocktail Recipe!

Raise your glass and say “ganbei”—Chinese for “cheers”. Hailing as one of the longest and most celebrated holidays in the world, Chinese New Year is packed with timeless traditions: Asian meals, the gathering of family, wishes of good fortune and locals fully clad in red attire, considered the color of luck. From San Francisco to the Land Down Under and everywhere in between, the Chinese New Year celebration is open to all.  So this year […]

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Grammy Viewing Party Cocktail Recipe – Taylor Swift RED Martini!

Grammy Viewing Party Cocktail Recipe - Taylor Swift RED Martini!

When you tune into the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this month try this cocktail we created as a special way to sip and see the show! The cocktail pays tribute to Talyor Swift, who has earned nominations in categories for Album of the Year (Red), Best Country Album (Red), Best Country Song (“Begin Again”), and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Highway Don’t Care”).  With the obvious choice of the Red for this delicious cocktail, we also added […]

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Downton Abbey Cocktails – What To Sip While Watching!

Downton Abbey Cocktails - What To Sip While Watching!

The highly anticipated premier of Downton Abbey’s fourth season is tomorrow night, Sunday January 5th.  In celebration, we thought we’d share some special ways to sip along while soaking in all the drama! DOWNTON ABBEY COCKTAILS 1. Royal-Tea Cocktail Recipe Photo Courtesy of: © Beefeater Gin Royal Tea Cocktail Recipe from Beefeater Gin Ingredients: 2 parts Beefeater Gin 2 parts brewed and chilled Earl Gray Tea Squeeze of lemon juice Spoonful of sugar lime wheels […]

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Olympic Torch Cocktail Recipe #SOCHI Winter Olympics 2014

Olympic Torch Cocktail Recipe #SOCHI Winter Olympics 2014

This “layered” cocktail inspired by the Olympic Torch is our tribute to all the amazing athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.  Cheers to the GOLD! Party Bluprints Olympic Torch Cocktail (Makes 2) Ingredients 2 oz. Blood Orange Juice 1 doz. pomegranate seeds 10 oz. chilled champagne Instructions Place 6 pomegranate seeds in the bottom of each flute. Add 1 oz. Blood Orange juice to each. Top with champagne. Check out our […]

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Special Dessert Cocktail Recipe – Sgroppini

Special Dessert Cocktail Recipe - Sgroppini

Mama Mia this Italian cocktail is delizioso! It’s tart, creamy and makes the perfect aperitif or dessert cocktail. Either way you decide to go, it’s simple to make and special to serve during the holidays. Plus Prosecco costs a whole lot less than champagne, making this drink tops on my list for entertaining! Sgroppino Ingredients One scoop lemon sorbet from Ciao Bella One scoop vanilla gelato from Ciao Bella An ounce of Limoncello 2 ounces Prosecco Directions […]

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5 Fabulous Champagne Cocktail Recipes For Your Party!

5 Fabulous Champagne Cocktail Recipes For Your Party!

  Today we have 5 fabulous Champagne Cocktails for your New Year’s Celebration.  Pick one or hey, maybe all five to toast to 2014! 1. ARISTOCRAT SPARKLING PUNCH Recipe Dissolve 1 cup cube sugar in 1 cup—from a quart—of sparkling water, and pour into a punch bowl. Add 1 bottle Burgundy and 4 ounces brandy, stirring well. Place a block of ice in the bowl, and pour in 2 bottles Champagne and the rest of […]

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Party Bluprints Pomegranate Cosmopolitan!

Party Bluprints Pomegranate Cosmopolitan!

photo credit : Alexandra Mascali This festive cocktail is a great make-ahead drink when entertaining. Simply mix it up ahead of time, refrigerate and it’s ready to pour. Serve it in a glass martini pitcher with stirrer (the one pictured here is a 1960’s martini pitcher from my parents’ collection). You can either allow guests to help themselves at a self-serve bar or pour a welcome cocktail for each guest as they arrive. Keep a […]

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Merry Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Merry Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails, so of course I had to post this festive cranberry twist on the traditional version of the recipe.  Here’s to hoping you enjoy one this holiday season. Thanks to celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers for sharing with us. Merry Mojito Ingredients 10 whole fresh cranberries 1 lime wedge 2 slices of lime 1 tablespoon sugar 5 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish 1 shot […]

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4 Fabulous Cocktail Recipes To Take You From Christmas To New Years!

4 Fabulous Cocktail Recipes To Take You From Christmas To New Years!

Today, I’m so excited to share these ‘FAB FOUR’ cocktails from Celebrity Caterer and Lenox Home Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale.  There’s a recipe for any style of entertaining or way to say CHEERS.  So serve your family and friends unforgettable beverages that will knock their Christmas socks off!  Andrea’s creative cocktails are perfect to toast the holidays. Peppermint White Russian Love this for a Christmas cocktail party! Ingredients 2 oz peppermint schnapps 2 oz baileys […]

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Holiday Sangria Recipe and Gift Idea

Holiday Sangria Recipe and Gift Idea

Homemade gifts from the heart are some of my favorite to gift. Make up a few batches of this festive Holiday Sangria, wrap it up and give them as favors, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers (I’d love to find this in my stocking!) Or display it as the focal point of your “help-yourself-bar” at your holiday gatherings. Holiday Sangria Ingredients ½ cup fresh cranberries 2 cinnamon sticks 1 granny smith apple, washed and sliced 1 […]

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Candy Cane Crunch Martini

Candy Cane Crunch Martini

We had to share this unique and delicious cocktail, it’s like a sip of Christmas! It comes from Sugar Factory American Brasserie, an over-the-top candy-filled restaurant and retail shop with locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. (To learn more, visit www.sugarfactory.com).   Candy Cane Crunch Martini   Ingredients 1.5 oz Vanilla rum 1.5 oz White chocolate liquor 1.5 oz Peppermint schnapps     Instructions Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. […]

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“Sip it or Skip It” Holiday Cocktail Cheat Sheet

"Sip it or Skip It" Holiday Cocktail Cheat Sheet

  Here’s some great advice on how to sip it or skip it this Holiday! Most holiday cocktails and party punches are loaded with sugar—a sure ticket to a hangover if you have one too many. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says healthy lifestyle expert Kimberly A. Daly. Try to stick to one alcoholic beverage per night if you can, and drink a glass of water after to help counteract the toxic effects on your body. (Or fill […]

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Healthy Holiday Egg Nog Recipe!

Healthy Holiday Egg Nog Recipe!

Eating healthy around the holidays is like window shopping at a bakery; it’s basically impossible. Instead of giving in to tasty but troublesome temptations, why not check out some easy ways to help you enjoy some of the seasonal favorites without adding on the unnecessary calories or sugars. Below we are happy to share a healthy Almond Eggnog recipe from USANA Health Sciences, featuring almond milk.  Almond milk contains 30 calories per cup and is […]

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Sparkling Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes!

Sparkling Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes!

During the holiday season, there’s a lot of toasting going on and sharing of holiday cheer, so make sure you have a festive and fun drink ready for all your guests. As you know, one of our favorite cocktails for the holidays is a Sgroppino. Well, while perusing Macy’s Culinary Council’s new holiday cookbook, we of course took notice of their Sparkling Prosecco Cocktail, they swap the vodka for Grand Marnier or another fruity liqueur […]

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Thanksgiving Signature Cocktails For #MyKindOfHoliday With Target

Thanksgiving Signature Cocktails For #MyKindOfHoliday With Target

Disclosure:  We are members of Target Guest House – an exclusive network of Target advocates.  The content in this post expresses our own unique opinions. When hosting for the holidays, we love featuring a signature cocktail.  It’s a tradition in both our homes! WHY WE LOVE IT It sends a message to your guests that they are special. It shows you put thought and time into hosting family and friends. It’s fun and festive and […]

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The BEST Holiday Party Cocktails

The BEST Holiday Party Cocktails

Say CHEERS to the holidays with special signature cocktails by Celebrity Caterer & Home Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale.  Having catered events for a large number of guests for clients like Mariah Carey, P. Diddy, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Spacy and many others, Andrea knows all the tricks on how to make beautiful and delicious cocktails in large that still allows the host to mingle with guests. Fig Sidecar Cocktail Ingredients: 2 oz. Fig Infused Remy 1 […]

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Sparkling Cranberry Blush Cocktail

Sparkling Cranberry Blush Cocktail

Here’s one of my favorite Holiday punch recipes: The Sparkling Cranberry Blush.  I love it because it combines two of my favorite flavors: lemon and cranberry. The flavor combo makes a refreshing teaser for the meal ahead, plus the addition of Champagne gives this punch a special, sparkling holiday touch. When hosting a bunch or trying to put out a meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas, punch is perfect.   It looks festive and pretty, plus […]

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‘COCKTAIL POPS AND SPIKED FROZEN TREATS’ by Jeanne Benedict – HOT book for the Holidays!

'COCKTAIL POPS AND SPIKED FROZEN TREATS' by Jeanne Benedict - HOT book for the Holidays!

We love discovering the COOLest ways to celebrate, and are very excited to share Jeanne Benedict’s HOT new book: COCKTAIL POPS AND SPIKED FROZEN TREATS ! Inside you will find a POP for every season – we love the Peppermint Schnapps Pops for holiday entertaining.   These cool and refreshing treats will WOW your guests and have them talking through the new year (see recipe below.) Jeanne’s talent, creativity, and hard work have earned her […]

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Blood Orange Bloody Mary – Halloween Cocktail

Blood Orange Bloody Mary - Halloween Cocktail

Halloween is here!  So today we are saying CHEERS with a special seasonally-themed cocktail from SMIRNOFF – it’s spooky and delicious. Enjoy and remember to always serve and drink responsibly. Blood Orange Bloody Mary Serves 6 Ingredients: 8 oz. SMIRNOFF Citrus Flavored Vodka (1.5 oz per serving) 4 cups (32oz) bottled tomato juice 3/4 cup fresh blood-orange 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tbs horseradish 1 teaspoon hot sauce Freshly ground pepper Ice cubes Garnish: […]

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Halloween’s Coolest Cocktails – from DRAMBUIE

Halloween's Coolest Cocktails - from DRAMBUIE

  Halloween is definitely a holiday that is just as much fun for adults as kids.  However, our treats need to be a bit more sophisticated.  So thanks to our friends at DRAMBUIE®, especially Drambuie brand ambassador, Anthony Caporale, we have two great cocktail recipes to share with you! Inspired by this spooky holiday, Anthony has crafted The DramBOOie, a pumpkin-flavored cocktail that highlights the unique taste of Drambuie’s secret mix of scotch whiskies, honey […]

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Pumpkin Souffle Martini

Pumpkin Souffle Martini

Looking for a grown-up treat this Halloween?  Here’s one that most definitely will WOW guests at any Halloween party. Infact Mel B and Mario Lopez just may be sipping one of these martinis next month. The recipe for this spooktacular Pumpkin Souffle Martin is very simple – see below!   Thanks to the Sugar Factory American Brasserie for sharing.  Make sure to check out this over-the-top candy-filled restaurant with locations in New York City and […]

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The Perfect Pumpkin Party Recipes from Andrea Correale

The Perfect Pumpkin Party Recipes from Andrea Correale

Today, we’re spicing up the new season with celebrity caterer, Andrea Correale.  Andrea has catered to some of the world’s most elite palates including Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Spacey and Liam Neeson.  For autumn, she’s whipped up delectable seasonal recipes like Pumpkin Ravioli, Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits, Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles, Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla or Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, and Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats. Fall favorites with Andrea’s special touch! Today, Andrea is sharing her Pumpkin […]

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Autumn’s Kiss Cocktail from VOGA wine

Autumn's Kiss Cocktail from VOGA wine

Say Cheers to Autumn with a KISS! Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to put down the white wines and pick up some warming reds.  To help us say cheers to this cooler and colorful season, our friends at VOGA Italia Wine are sharing a delicious cocktail recipe.  The cinnamon, nutmeg and honey make this VOGA merlot a fabulous fall favorite! Autumn Kiss Ingredients 6 oz. VOGA Merlot 1 Cinnamon Stick 2 Cinnamon […]

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