Dorm Room Bar: Blueberry Ginger Smash

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Though Labor Day has passed, I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet. The weather might be getting cooler, but I’m in denial. I’m still enjoying the corn, peaches, tomatoes, and warm summer evenings. As long as summer produce is still here, I see no need to start cooking with squash and apples. Instead, I’m taking advantage of late summer’s bounty by slow roasting tomatoes, devouring slices of watermelon, and snacking on raspberries. But my current favorite summer recipe is not a dish, but a cocktail.

A Blueberry Ginger Smash Cocktail contains freshly muddled …

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Dorm Room Bar: Jazz in the Garden

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This is the first time I’ve ever believed a beverage could hold its own in a food fight.

See, the thing is–I’m just really not much of a beverage kinda gal. Sure, I enjoy a good thirst quencher from time to time, but on a day-to-day basis, I’m all about a simple bottle of water. Fork trumps straw any day.

It’s a fact of life, I tell ya. But every now and then, a drink so mind-blowing comes along that you find yourself at a fork in the road. Do I drink my calories, or do I eat them?

I …

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Review: Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick

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Alcohol-infused ice pops. Wait, but alcohol doesn’t freeze…right? Actually, Erin Nichols shows that you can with her cocktail-inspired ice pop recipes. The secret? Cook most of the liquor off while retaining the flavor.

I was ecstatic to be chosen as the SKC contributor to review this book! My 21st birthday is in a few weeks, and I have been waiting for this day more than ever. Graduating from college as a 20-year-old really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…especially when you couldn’t legally drink with your friends during college and still can’t drink with them after graduation

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Dorm Room Bar: Champagne Cocktail

I don’t know how to make many cocktails. Actually, if rum and coke doesn’t count as a cocktail, then I know how to make one cocktail. I’m more of a beer and wine connoisseur – thanks to a college experience filled with gin buckets and drinks called “bong water,” liquor was not my beverage of choice. Then I learned about the champagne cocktail. She’s classy, sparkly and she comes in slender champagne flute. If I were a drink, I’d want to be the champagne cocktail.

Don’t be fooled, just because there’s no liquor in these cocktails doesn’t mean you …

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Dorm Room Bar: French 75

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No matter the occasion, you want your drink to pack at least a little punch. I’m not saying you want to end a brunch accompanied by Bloody Marys dancing on a table with a lampshade on your head. But you do at least want to know you’re drinking alcohol. Otherwise you’d be casually sipping at your umbrella-ed mocktail, right?

And what better way to indulge your boozy craving for a powerful drink than a cocktail named for a gun? I mean, it’s bound to have a little kick, don’t you think? The French 75, named after the 75-millimeter M1897 artillery …

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Dorm Room Bar: Watermelon Margaritas

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Summer eating and drinking should be easy, never fussy. With so much in season, a well-stocked fridge makes it possible to mix up a deceivingly simple, yet tasty concoctions. If you’ve tasted a drink made with simple syrup, or have had the patience to make your own, you’ll appreciate the sweet yet not cloying way it makes drinks taste. But let’s face it—do you really want to turn on the stove when it’s 90˚ outside and stand over a sugary pan, which you’re too lazy to wash, will attract flies? The carton of lemonade in my fridge sealed the deal: …

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Dorm Room Bar: Birthday Bellini

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True Life: I’m a sucker when it comes to celebrations of all types. I love throwing a party for any and all occasions. My apartment hosted a Thanksgiving feast in the fall, and I have been known to scour Google for obscure holidays, just to have an excuse to throw a party and bake something fantastic. (Get ready for Eat Your Vegetables Day on the 17th, and Waffle Iron Day on the 29th.) Birthdays are no exception to this obsession. In fact, a birthday may be my favorite holiday out of the year. Getting to celebrate the fact that someone …

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Dorm Room Bar: Blackberry Margarita

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When school is finally out for the summer, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from college students everywhere. For undergrads, this is a time to celebrate a few months of freedom from all-nighters in the library, and to make a toast to your hard work throughout the past year. For recent graduates, like myself, this is a time for slight panic, withdrawal from your college friends, and bouts of crying while listening to “Graduation” by Vitamin C. Either way, I think we all deserve a drink.

To welcome the beauteous warm weather that’s finally upon us, …

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Dorm Room Bar: Southern Belle & Cheeky Yvette

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If you were to create a drink in honor of your mother, what would you call it? What ingredients would be in it, and why?

This is the challenge I set for myself last weekend, for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, for the past three years I have been hundreds of miles away at college, leaving the clumsily cut fruit, scrambled eggs, and slightly burnt toast (the hallmark of Mother’s Day breakfasts-in-bed) to my 12-year-old brother. Sometimes I remember to mail a card, I usually end up calling, and to cut this story short: I thought my good ol’ mom deserved better …

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Dorm Room Bar: The Tequila Sunset

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Recently I turned 21, which opened a door to happy hour, classy cocktails, and purchasing alcohol for more than 2 bucks. Basically I feel like I’ve entered actual adulthood. And yes, I will admit to fully exercising my newly minted ID card by purchasing incredibly girly drinks (champagne…oh you fancy, huh?).

And for those of us on the West Coast, we have started to get some amazing summer weather, which makes me crave summertime vegetables, strawberries, corn, walking around barefoot and being tan. I’m ready to not resemble a Cullen.

So what better to celebrate the approaching season with a margarita-esque cocktail? I personally am a HUGE fan of margaritas. You’ve got your salty and sweet and that amazingly fresh citrus. Great, now I want to make myself one of these cocktails and it’s only 1 in the afternoon. Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right? Or rather, I’m in college, so why not?!

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