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Summer Style Guide:
Refreshing Cocktails for the Warm Days Ahead

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The long days of the new season can be a bit stressful. One of the means to beating the heat is by relaxing while nursing an ice-cold refreshment.  Here are four delightful beverages that will cool you down and help you unwind during those warm summer afternoons and evenings:

Blackberry and Strawberry Sangria

Invite your friends over for an intimate dinner under the stars and serve them this appetizing drink. Be sure to prepare:

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  • 4 cups fresh blackberries and strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2,750 ml rose wine
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cognac
  • 3 cups peaches, halved
  • Fresh basil sprigs
  1. Get a medium-sized saucepan. Over low heat, add 2 cups of berries, sugar, and water. Afterwards, sprinkle the mixture with a dash of salt. Simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Strain mixture and dispose of the leftover from the berries.
  3. Get a 1-gallon pitcher. Pour in the berry syrup and rose wine. Stir repeatedly. Afterwards, add the cognac, lemon juice, and the remaining fruits. Stir again. Sprinkle drink with basil leaves. Refrigerate for an entire day.
  4. Serve over ice and add more berries if necessary.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Essential Fall Holiday Drinks

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Autumn is a wonderful time to entertain, whether you plan on hosting a simple outdoor brunch or an elegant dinner surrounded by the warm ambiance of your home. As with most parties, it is essential that you maintain a well-stocked bar that’ll allow you to create and serve a variety of drinks inspired by the season.


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Apple Cider

Cider is a great treat for autumn. Made via the fermentation of apple juice, cider oozes with the spirit of the season, matching the sweet scent of fall’s crimson leaves. Create your own version of the traditional cider by boiling store-bought cider with freshly cut green and red apples and a cinnamon stick. The apples add an extra burst of freshness while the cinnamon stick brings a touch of spice and warmth. Once all the flavors have melded together, serve the drink either warm or iced.

Seasonal Cocktails

Draw inspiration from the season when creating signature drinks for your parties. Pumpkins, cinnamon, and figs are just some of the autumn-inspired ingredients you can use. For example, you may mix sweet pumpkin puree with rum or Baileys and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a luscious cocktail. Instead of the usual cocktail garnish of olives or fruit, consider using dried figs for a unique touch.
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