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HOW TO HOST THE PERFECT LAST MINUTE BARBECUE? HURRY UP AND READ THIS...

Gina Giordan

START PLANNING THE PERFECT BBQ RIGHT NOW…

START PLANNING THE PERFECT BBQ RIGHT NOW…

Memorial Day weekend 2019 is here!  It’s the unofficial start to the summer season.

This holiday weekend is the perfect time to host a backyard, deck or porch-side BBQ celebration in honor of our fellow veterans and active military members.  

If you are anything like us here at THE WANNA, we realize doing things last minute and on a budget is key.  No worries, we’ve got you covered!  

THE WANNA put together some solid resources to help you plan, including a handy checklist, so you can host the perfect BBQ soiree.  You just need to provide the working grill and we can help you plan the rest!  

Let’s do this! 

GUEST LIST:  Make a quick guest list.  Nothing fancy.  Text or create an official invite or send an electronic invitation with, Evite.  Just have a solid number of people who will attend and plan to eat!  Once you have a solid number of attendees, make sure to ask if anyone has any specific food allergies or special dietary needs, such as gluten free or vegan.  Then be sure to plan accordingly.  We agree shrimp on the barb sounds great but some folks are allergic to shellfish so providing a few options from fish, meat and non-meat food dishes. are a safe way to go.

FOOD MENU:  Based on how many guests attending and their dietary needs, start planning your menu and make a list of all the food/drink ingredients and non-food supplies you’ll need for the barbecue.   This is also a good time to think of a theme for your BBQ.  See “DECOR” for more on this topic.

DRINK MENU:  Create a signature drink.  This can be with or without alcohol.  A signature drink is a great way to create a memorable theme or just spice up the celebration.  Plus, buying and creating anything in bulk can save time and money.  Our favorite cocktail that you can put your own spin on is an, Aperol Spritz.  If your guests like prosecco and orange, this is a big hit!  American flag garnish is optional.

CREATE A SIGNATURE DRINK

CREATE A SIGNATURE DRINK

FOOD & SUPPLIES SHOPPING LIST:  Create a master food and supplies list.  This CHECK LIST from our friends over at STOCKYARDS STEAKS is a super handy checklist that you can print out and get the ball rollin’.  An all American basic BBQ menu typically includes hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken.  Side dishes include corn, grilled veggies and potato salad.  For dessert, fresh fruit salad, cupcakes, cookies or a sundae bar is a festive way to go.  You can put your own a spin on any BBQ by adding on fresh fish such as Lobster or shrimp, speciality frozen drinks or gourmet side dishes.   If possible, we suggest you purchase any nonperishable foods and supplies at least a few days in advance.  This is will help breakup the shopping load but, if you don’t have the time, one big shopping trip will get the job done!

BBQ CHECK LIST

BBQ CHECK LIST

OUTDOOR GEAR:  Whether your event is outdoors or inside, you need to think of seating.  It’s customary to provide comfortable and sun free seat options for guests to eat.  You may need to rent or buy extra folding tables or chairs.  Paper or we prefer reusable Melamine (heavy duty plastic) products are a simple way to provide all the necessary cups, plates, utensils, serving pieces for your guests.  PartyCity, Target, Walmart and Amazon are all good last minute options to buy any gear and table supplies.  Don’t forget to invest in a few outdoor receptacles for garbage or at least a box of heavy duty 20 gallon garbage bags

DECOR:  Whether you throw a BBQ with several weeks to plan or 24 hours before, “DECOR” doesn’t have to be a scary word.  Not every celebration has to have a theme but, it' sure makes the event festive and can help streamline every choice you make from the food to the cups, plates and utensils.  If you have the time, check out Martha Stewart and Town and Country’s take on the perfect Mem Day bash for some decor inspo. If you are short on time, no worries, mood lighting can create a festive impact on your guests with minimal effort.  Buy a few sets of flameless candles for the tables and hang some string lights over the eating areas to create instant ambiance!  For any summer celebration, you can’t go wrong with an American flag theme.  Even a few flags proudly on display will help create a more festive vibe.

FOOD AND DRINK STATIONS:  Serving up the food quick, hot and simple is key.  We suggest creating a food and drink self serve or buffet area for guests to serve themselves.  This is the best way to go.  We suggest creating food stations inside but, If your buffet stations are outside you will want to serve the food in covered containers or cover all food trays with the appropriate sized food screens to keep out the bugs.  Food screens are a great investment and everyone from Amazon to Target sells a version.  Heated food trays or burners are also a great option and can keep food warm without burning anything for hours at a time.  Kabobs are great way to serve guests fast and easy.  Helps create a great theme for your event as well.  The kabob sticks come in metal or bamboo are easy to buy in bulk and help streamline the grilling process.

THE DAY OF YOUR BBQ:   

  • Prep all your dishes and items to be grilled.  Marinate meats and veggies for grilling.  Be sure to display all your condiments for guests. Cut and prep fresh fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge until guests arrive.

  • Finish decorating. Make the final adjustments to your décor and seating arrangements. Organize cups, plates, utensils, salads, side dishes, condiments, etc., on a buffet-style table. Make sure any food items are covered to protect them from heat and bugs!

  • Set up the drinks station. Fill your cooler with ice and stock it with plenty of drinks so they’re nice and cold by the time your guests arrive. Remember to frequently replenish the ice supply throughout the day.

  • Fire up the grill. Set up your grill and start cookin’! Keep an eye on the meats and ensure they’re being grilled at the proper grilling temperatures.

  • Enjoy! Spend the day having fun with your family and friends!

POST BBQ:  

  • Put away the leftovers. Wrap up any leftover perishable food right away and store them in the fridge. (That includes meats, salad, cheeses and spreads.) If there’s enough to go around, give some leftovers to your guests to take home.

  • Clean up. Throw away the trash and clean and disinfect tables and chairs. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your grill too.

  • Stock up for your next BBQ bash. Hang on to any unused utensils and save them for your next fabulous backyard barbecue.

Any tips on how you made a last minute BBQ a success? We would love to hear from you! Please do comment below and let us know!

Happy Summer!

YA KNOW YA WANNA!

IT'S PUMPKIN and APPLE PICKING TIME!

Gina Giordan

THE WANNA SHOW HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE ON PUMPKIN PICKING CLOSE TO NYC!  

The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 

Enjoy!

"Ya Know You Wanna!

  

FARM NAME:  HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD

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timeout.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/visits.html

 

FARM NAME:  BENNER’S FARM

Instagram @bennersfarm

Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here

WEBSITE:  https://www.bennersfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME:  FAIRVIEW FARM

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fairviewfarmatmecox.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!

WEBSITE:  http://www.fairviewfarmatmecox.com/

 

FARM NAME:  HANKS PUMPKINTOWN

hankspumpkintown.com

hankspumpkintown.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.

WEBSITE:  http://www.hankspumpkintown.com

 

FARM NAME:  WILKENS FARM

Courtesy Photo via CBS

Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://wilkensfarm.com

 

FARM NAME:  SCHMITT FARMS

schmittfarms.com

schmittfarms.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!

WEBSITE: http://schmittfarms.com

 

FARM NAME:  ELWOOD PUMPKIN FARM

elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.elwoodpumpkinfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME: WHITE POST FARMS

whitepostfarms.com

whitepostfarms.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 50 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM

WEBSITE:  http://www.whitepostfarms.com/

CELEBRATE NATIONAL COFFEE DAY WITH SOME OF THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD!

Gina Giordan

IT'S NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!  

TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH THE GOOD STUFF?  MEET MARLEY COFFEE!

WHERE TO FIND FREE COFFEE TODAY?  KEEP READING...  #NATIONALCOFFEEDAY

Happy National Coffee Day, Thursday, September 29!  Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and other national coffee chains across America have special deals all day!  If you are in NYC, Lavazza Coffee is free ALL DAY (with the purchase of a pastry) at Eataly Downtown NYC: 101 Liberty Street New York, NY 10006!  

Dunkin Donuts: Get any medium cup of coffee for just 66 cents in celebration of the chain's 66th anniversary, which falls on the coffee-themed holiday.

Krispy Kreme: Free coffee and an original glazed donut at any Krispy Kreme location.

McDonald's: Free small hot or iced McCafe coffee if you download the app.

Keurig.com: Time to stock up on K-Cups. Get 20 percent off select brands of K-Cup pods bought by using the code ‘GREENSAVINGS’ at checkout.

Stan’s DonutsFree glazed donut with the purchase of a Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free medium drip coffee with any food purchase.

Target: Free tall hot brewed coffee at Target stores.

Caribou Coffee: Every time someone purchases a coffee at Caribou Coffee on National Coffee Day, the company will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers and family members at cancer facilities and hospitals across the nation.

Bruegger's Bagels: Anyone who snaps a selfie with a Bruegger’s coffee cup and posts it with the hashtag #BrueggersMugShot and #Contest the chance to win unlimited free coffee for an entire year.

Starbucks: For every brewed cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee purchased, Starbuck's will donate a coffee tree to a farmer in need.

In the mood for a gourmet coffee fix today?  Stir it up with, Marley Coffee!

Bob Marley’s son, ROHAN, is the passionate founder of Marley Coffee.  The WANNA host, Gina Glickman Giordan, recently met Marley one on one for an exclusive interview at the grand opening of THE TIME HOTEL in Nyack, NY.  ROHAN told us how he got into the coffee making business and explains what makes MARLEY COFFEE some of the highest quality coffee to drink in the world!   Check out the interview with Rohan below! 

WATCH THE WANNA's exclusive interview with Rohan Marley at Time Hotel Nyack BELOW!

Receive 10% off any Marley Coffee online purchase right now!  

Ya Know You Wanna!

CITY STAY-CATION TO CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER SEASON!

Caroline Slusarczyk

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Apparently hurricane Hermine is headed towards the entire East Coast.  That could mean we need to prepare for a soggy Labor Day weekend.  No worries, THE WANNA team put together a list of things to do if you decide to abandon ship and stay in the city this holiday weekend!

Holiday weekends and brunch just go together.  The more carb filled the better right?  Blame it on the rain!  Best way to ease into the weekend is a flavorful booze filled brunch!  It's our picks for FOOD YOU WANNA EAT to kick off a successful city stay-cation!

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spoilednyc.com

The Wanna's fav brunch spots include:

Cafe MogodorWilliamsburg - A pioneer in the NYC restaurant world, this spot serves up amazing Moroccan bites and boasts great hipster-watching views.  The weekend brunch is a special price and includes an entree, coffee and juice.  We suggest the Moroccan Eggs and Turkish coffee! 

The Crosby Bar & Terrace, Soho - Five star service and decor thanks to Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels.  The Crosby Street Hotel surrounds the incredible Bar and Terrace destination.  Traditional English breakfast at it's finest.  The blueberry pancakes are delightful.  Amazing outdoor garden for that second round of mimosas!  

Babettes, East Hampton - The only restaurant you need to know out East for Brunch is Babettes.  The business savvy, passionate and soulful owner, Barbara, runs a tight ship for decades.  The menu changes with the seasons and utilizes only the freshest ingredients supporting the local farmers and growers.  Sunday brunch is a celebrity and VIP hot-spot.  But, on any given day of the week, you may catch a glimpse of Spielberg grabbing a smoothie or L.A. Reid dining with his family.  Yet, the celeb factor has nothing to do with the mass appeal of Babettes.  Barbara and team successfully continue to create some of the most healthy, organic yet flavorful dishes that taste sinfully incredible!  It's just really good, clean, organic soul food!  Order the BBQ Tofu, banana smoothie and the Jo Mama, you'll thank us.  

Agave, West Village - This is a favorite brunch destination amongst city dwellers.  Go for the food, stay for the bottomless brunch cocktails.

Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant, East Quogue, Hamptons – Beautiful bay views accompany upscale surf ‘n’ turf eats at this Hamptons lounge.

Randolph Brookyln, Williamsburg- A laid back vibes, graffitied walls and vintage TVs make this brunch spot a must-try.

Hill and Dale, Lower East Side - Victorian decor and leather sofas add to the old-timey feel of this cozy, yet elegant gastropub.

Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, East Village - Take a trip to the beach in the city at this island-inspired hang.  Enjoy the delicious cocktails and Jamaican fare.

When it rains it pours and pours right?  What better way to spend a rainy day post brunch?  How about reserved seats in your fav movie theater for an afternoon matinee show?  Check out a few of our fav MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH premiering this holiday weekend listed below!

Blend Images/Andres Rodriguez via Getty Images

Blend Images/Andres Rodriguez via Getty Images

Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on the true story of the heroic Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, played by Tom Hanks, who was flying a commercial jet and shortly after take off was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.  

AMC Theaters in Times Square will honor the legendary comedian and actor Gene Wilder who passed away earlier this week at 83 years old in a special theater feature of the 1971 original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The beloved now classic film, directed by Mel Stuart, is about a boy named Charlie who follows the eccentric Willy Wonka, played by Wilder, on a wild tour of his chocolate factory.

Going on a romantic date this weekend?  The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance, is a heart-wrenching love story about a couple who find an infant baby washed ashore in a boat.  The woman believes the baby is the answer to their infertility, while the man is torn between pleasing his lover and reporting the lost child.  The film stars real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.

Rain or Shine music is the sound track to our lives!  So, why not splurge on some VIP seats and treat yourself to a live performance?  We have some suggestions for LIVE MUSIC YOU WANNA HEAR this holiday weekend listed below...

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You can't let rain put a damper on your weekend.  Throw on some dancin' shoes and gear up for the final music festivals this summer season.  One big event this holiday weekend in NY is the Electric Zoo Festival.  The lineup this weekend includes:  The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar and Steve Aoki.  Get your tickets online here

Other concerts to attend this weekend include Borgore at Webster Hall, and Marc Anthony performing live at Radio City Music Hall.  Check out a full list of live music around NYC here.

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Will Ellis via newyork.com

If you are looking for exciting ways to entertain the kids indoors, THE WANNA has it covered!  Check out our list of exciting indoor kid friendly destinations to create memorable holiday memories, with the entire family!

Children's Museum on the Upper East Side - Here the kids can get educated and have a blast with a range of exhibits and activities.

The Field House at Chelsea Piers – For a sports-focused day out, this gymnasium offers space for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, dance and more.

Color Me Mine Tribeca - If your kid is more into arts and crafts, they can exercise their creative skills while socializing with others here.

Puppetworks in Park Slope – Your little ones can watch puppet-show versions of classic stories such as "Hansel & Gretel," playing now.

American Museum of Natural HistoryCentral Park West – It’s educational fun!  There are plenty of exhibits sure to please the whole family, including reptiles, dinosaurs, ocean life and mammals.

Five Star pampering sound good?   Ahhh yeah sign me up!

How about a stress free Yoga session followed by a Massage, Facial, Spa Lunch, Mani-Pedi and Hair Style Session?

It's totally possible!  Check out THE WANNA'S fav NY picks listed below...

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The Wanna's fav first hand day spa picks include:  

Peninsula: At the top of our list is an urban oasis high above the city where you can escape, unwind and enjoy a massage or two.

Great Jones Day SpaNeed a little you-time after a long work week?  Check out this haven that inspires happiness from the inside out.

Clay Gym Day Spa: Maybe need a two-in-one?  Work out in a group fitness class and then unwind with a massage and facial.

BlissThis spa has multiple locations in the city, and some of the best skin-healing products out there.

Naturopathic Healing Arts Center & SpaNo time to get out for a spa day?  This East Hampton spot makes house-calls at your convenience.

Massage Williamsburg: Stressed out?  This Brooklyn studio specializes in reducing stress and eliminating headaches.

Labor Day sales galore!

While your friends are stuck inside online you can surf the hottest sale racks!

Your closet will thank you.

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Brooklyn Flea Market, Fort Green, Brooklyn – This super popular outdoor market boasts 150 plus flea and food vendors, so you can eat while you bargain shop!

Bergdorf Goodman Sale, Midtown – Want to look fabulous wearing names like Versace and Marc Jacobs without breaking the bank?  Bergdorf is your one-stop shop answer! 

Barneys Warehouse Sample Sale, Williamsburg - Head over to 280 Metropolitan Ave. for their pop-up shop sale, where you can get up to 80% off retail prices.

Shoe Market Sale,  Williamsburg – Need a new pair of cute heels or warm boots for the winter?  Shoe Market is a great boutique stop to find discounted kicks.

Roberta Roller Rabbit Sample Sale, Hamptons – This travel-inspired lifestyle brand offers exotic, whimsical looks, and now you can have them for a bargain!

Tanger Outlets, Riverhead – If you love designer and brand-name clothing stores at a reasonable price, you’ll really love these outlets.  The lineup includes Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, DKNY, and so many more.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

JULY 4TH INSPIRED COCKTAILS TO CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM!

Caroline Slusarczyk

It's July 4th weekend people!  You know what that means!

Fireworks, live tunes and BBQs!  Americans don't need an excuse to party, but what better way to celebrate Independence Day, then with a festive cocktail!  THE WANNA has created the perfect list of fruity, bubbly, sweet and sour summer drinks that will help make any holiday celebration memorable!  Cheers!

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Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE CHAMPAGNE

Tina Haupert/Health Magazine

Tina Haupert/Health Magazine

Ingredients:

7 ounces of extra dry or brut champagne

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

1/2 ounce pomegranate juice

Fresh blueberries

Preparation:

Pour champagne into a glass. Add Grand Marnier and pomegranate juice. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

See full recipe here.

 

WATERMELON SPARKLER PUNCH

InStyle

InStyle

Ingredients:

750 ml Nolet's Silver Dry Gin

750 ml bottles sparkling Sake (about 2½)

24 oz. Watermelon juice

375 ml Lemon juice

375 ml Agave nectar

Watermelon chunks

Preparation:

1. Add all ingredients, except Sake, to a punch bowl. Stir well to ensure agave liquefies with other contents (shake or blend agave and lemon juice together with ice if necessary).

2. Refrigerate to chill and top with sparkling sake prior to serving.

See full recipe at #7, here.

 

STAR-SPANGLED SANGRIA

Stephanie via Simply Swider

Stephanie via Simply Swider

Ingredients:

pineapple

strawberries

blueberries

4 oz vodka

2 oz triple sec

1 bottle of white wine

2 oz of simply syrup

6 oz of sparkling wine

Preparation:

Mix the fruit with the vodka and triple sec and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. To get the star-shaped pineapple, trim the skin of the pineapple then slice it into large rounds. Then simply stick a metal star cookie cutter into the center of each round to cut out the shape.  You can put as little or as much fruit in as you want. For this particular recipe I loaded up on the fruit. When you are ready to serve the Sangria, mix the wine and simple syrup together then add in the fruit/liquor combo.  Top with the sparkling wine.  To serve, add ice to the bottom of a glass fill up the rest of the glass with fruit then pour the sangria on top and enjoy!

See full recipe here.

 

ALL-AMERICAN DAIQUIRI

Chilled Magazine

Chilled Magazine

Ingredients:

2.25 oz Wild Shot Silver Mezcal

1 oz Coconut Rum

.25 oz Triple Sec

.25 oz Pineapple Juice

1 cup Piña Colada Mix

1 cup Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

1.25 cups Crushed Ice

Preparation:

In a blender with ice, add Wild Shot Silver, Malibu Rum, Triple Sec, pineapple juice and piña colada mix.  Blend until thick.  Pour half of blender in separate glass, then add Strawberry Daiquiri Mix to blender.  Blend until mixed and pour blended strawberry mix into mason jar.  Add the separate glass of blended product to the mason jar.

Garnish:

Blue Curacao, whipped cream, cherry.

See full recipe here.

 

FIRECRACKER PUNCH

Boulder Locavore

Boulder Locavore

Ingredients:

3 cups Cherry Cider, naturally-flavored

1 cup Peach Nectar, naturally-flavored*

½ cup Lime Juice, freshly squeezed (approximately 4 limes)+

12 ounces Ginger Ale (1 can), chilled

50 Baking Cinnamon Imperials (about ¾ of a bottle; found with the baking supplies)

Lemon-infused Vodka

Preparation:

Combine the juice and cinnamon imperials.  Stir until the imperials have fully dissolved.  Add the Ginger Ale before serving.  Note: to speed up punch readiness, have juices chilled before combining with the rest of the ingredients.

 Add Lemon-flavored vodka (homemade or purchased).  One half ounce to one ounce per serving depending on serving size.

See full recipe here.

 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE STRAWBERRY JELLO SHOTS

Tablespoon

Tablespoon

Ingredients:

50 extra-large strawberries (about 2 large cartons)

1 package (3 oz) Jell-O™ blue berry

1 cup water

2 envelopes (1.4 oz) unflavored powdered gelatin (about 2.5 teaspoons)

1/2 cup milk or cream or coconut milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup flavored (or plain) vodka, divided

Preparation:

Slice off the bottoms of the strawberries to allow them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure not to cut off so much that there is a hole—the slightest hole will make the gelatin leak out of the berries. Use a paring knife or small spoon to hollow out the strawberries as much as possible.

Place 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Add the blue gelatin and mix to combine the gelatin. Sprinkle 1 envelope of unflavored powdered gelatin on top, let sit for 60 seconds. Mix to combine and then turn on heat to medium-high. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat.

Pour half of the berry blue gelatin (1/2 cup) into a 1/2 cup of the vodka. Set aside.

Place 1/2 cup milk, cream or coconut milk into a medium saucepan. Sprinkle 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin on top and let sit for 60 seconds. Mix to combine and then turn on medium-high heat. Add 1/2-cup of sugar. Bring to a simmer and make sure that the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Pour the white gelatin mixture into the remaining 1/2 cup of the vodka. Set aside at room temperature. Do not place somewhere cold, stir it every 10 minutes or so while you are on the next step.

Using a spoon, carefully pour the blue gelatin into the strawberries. Fill only halfway. Refrigerate for about 45-60 minutes or until the gelatin is semi-set (firm but still sticky).

Fill the rest of the hollowed strawberry with the white gelatin mixture. Refrigerate for at 3-4 hours.

When fully set, slowly slice each strawberry in half from the top down. Place them on mini sticks or skewers. Keep refrigerated until serving.

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PATRIOTIC PANNA COTTA SHOOTERS

SprinkleBakes

SprinkleBakes

Ingredients:

6 oz. grenadine syrup

1/2 tsp. powdered gelatin

1 tbsp. cold water

1 cup lite coconut milk

1/2 cup half and half

3 tbsp.  sugar

1 tsp. coconut extract

3 oz. blue curaçao

Wilton gold star edible glitter, or other star-shaped sprinkles

Preparation:

Pour 1 oz. of grenadine into six 3 oz. clear glasses.  Freeze grenadine solid, and keep glasses stored in freezer until panna cotta portion is ready.

In a small condiment cup, sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the cold water and let stand until absorbed. Set aside.

Combine the coconut milk, half and half and sugar in a saucepan.  Heat the mixture until just boiling. 

Microwave the gelatin mixture for 7-10 seconds, until melted and liquid.  Remove the milk mixture from heat source and whisk in melted gelatin. Add coconut extract. Allow mixture to cool significantly.

Remove glasses of frozen grenadine from freezer and very slowly pour in 2 oz. of cooled coconut panna cotta into each glass. A little red from the grenadine may bleed into the white panna cotta, but as it stands the red should settle back down to the bottom. Refrigerate glasses until panna cotta is set and grenadine layer has completely thawed. Just before serving pour over 1/2 oz. blue curaçao and sprinkle with edible star glitter.

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Enjoy!

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