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Thursday  December 1, 2016

Pick a Polar Pear Cocktail for the Holidays

It might seem counterintuitive to make a frozen drink for the holidays, but if Santa walked into a bar, the Polar Pear cocktail would definitely be his libation. Yes, it looks like a Christmas tree got tangled up with a snowball, but it tastes like a cocktail you’d sip on a remote tropical island in June, meaning…it’s amazing!

We’ve been working with 1915 Bolthouse Farms all year and continue to learn how versatile their organic cold-pressed juices are. Yes – most people gravitate towards these darling little bottles because they’re filled with fantastically healthy ingredients. Of course we like them for this reason too, but also because each juice is extremely mixable with our favorite spirits (type 1915 Bolthouse into the search box for more recipes!). We’re all about easy entertaining, and having this many ingredients together in one place means less work for us. Yay!

If you’d like to dress this recipe up for the holidays even more, consider swapping out the banana chips for frozen whole cranberries, or dusting the top of the drink with a little red and green sugar.

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Polar Pear Cocktail
1.5 cup frozen cubes 1915 Bolthouse Farms Pear Smoothie
2 ounces coconut milk
2 ounces vodka
Sweetened banana chip garnish

Directions
Combine the frozen cubes of 1915 Bolthouse Farms Pear Juice, coconut milk (shake the can well prior to opening to properly mix the coconut milk with the rich coconut milk fat), and well-chilled vodka. Blend until it has the consistency of a milkshake.

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Wednesday  November 23, 2016

Cranberry Sangria for the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. Even my youngest child was singing a made-up Thanksgiving song last night while coloring, and it covered all the things about the day that make a child happy: family, mashed potatoes, pie, ice cream, pie, ice cream, pie…

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As an adult with a popular cocktail blog, no holiday meal would be complete without a specialty drink to share with all our readers (and guests of course). This year, we’ve developed a delicious cranberry sangria that’s so mild and smooth and versatile that you can serve it any time of day. Growing up, we ate Thanksgiving dinner around 1:00 but now that I’m hosting it myself, I prefer to dine when it’s dark. I don’t like to eat a big lunch but dinner is another story!

We always start with a decadent fruit, cheese, and nut plate that will pair soooo perfectly with this drink. The cranberry sangria also goes well with the turkey and all the fixings. You really can’t go wrong here. It will also keep for days and days. If you have enough left, you can serve it at a few of your December parties.

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Cranberry Sangria Recipe
1 bottle sauvignon blanc (your choice!)
1 cup apple cider
1 cup cranberry juice
½ cup cranberry liqueur
½ cup elderflower liqueur
½ cup brandy (your choice!)
Chopped apples and pears
Frozen cranberries

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and cover. Store it in the refrigerator for 2 – 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

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Tuesday  November 8, 2016

Holiday Sip, Sample and See Event on November 10th

Come kick off the holiday season with us in Pacific Palisades for our second Sip, Sample, and See event. We’d love to see you there! Email us for location details and come see these amazing brands run by local entrepreneurs. ♥

This Girl Walks Into a Bar
Serendipity Florals
Malibu American
Mollie B Cookies
Beauty Counter
Stacia
Deity Jewels
Dino Apparel

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Thursday  October 27, 2016

Halloween Cocktail Explosion

We’ve been busier than little Halloween elves creating yummy cocktails for this weekend’s festivities and we want to make sure that you know about them all!

Check out these three recipes we created for BevMo! that are sure to be extreme treats for the 21+ crowd on October 31st.

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Wednesday  October 19, 2016

Halloween Cocktails with 1915 Bolthouse Farms Juices & Smoothies

Halloween is just as exciting when you’re all grown up because you get to trade candy treats for cocktail treats. For this Halloween, we’ve developed a couple of cocktails with 1915 Bolthouse Farms juices and smoothies, made with ingredients that are actually good for you! These recipes have just enough sweetness to satisfy that sweet tooth (mine gets really loud on October 31st :/), and are extremely easy to make for a weekend of festive entertaining. Have questions? Tweet us @GirlWalksIn2Bar. Happy Halloween!

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The best part about these drinks is that you can easily swap out the designated spirit for your favorite go-to. Try the Draculini with vodka or gin. Make the Mango Monstah with tequila or whiskey. When the base ingredient is so pure and fresh, you really can’t go wrong with a little experimentation at home.

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Draculini
4 ounces 1915 Bolthouse Farms Beet Juice
1.5 ounces bourbon
1 ounce organic carrot and brown sugar simple syrup

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake several seconds to mix, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a spider and serve.

Organic Carrot Brown Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup sliced organic carrots

Combine the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Occasionally stir the simple syrup to keep the brown sugar from burning on the bottom. Once the simmering is complete, remove the pot from the stove and allow the mixture to cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 1915-mango_drink_bottle_horizontal

Mango Monstah
4 ounces 1915 Bolthouse Farms Mango Juice
1.5 ounces spiced rum
1 ounce peach brandy
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Lemon wheel wedge

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake several seconds to mix, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and serve.

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Thursday  October 13, 2016

Door Dash Delivers in More Ways Than One

Although we have been compensated for our time, all opinions, recipes, commentary, reviews, and photographs are our own. 

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When I showed up to the party with a 750 ml of vodka you would have thought that I had dragged a dead body into the room. The room got so quiet you could hear ice melt.

I had been put in charge of making the Bloody Marys for the brunch portion of a July 4th celebration, which meant bringing the homemade mix and the vodka. Well…there were a few (dozen) more people in attendance than I anticipated and a 750 ml bottle would last about five seconds. Oops. I set my supplies down without making eye contact with anyone, then left to bring back the handles of vodka everyone expected me to bring in the first place.

This was my life before I discovered Door Dash. Or maybe I should say that they discovered me.

Last month we partnered up to help spread the word that Door Dash is delivering alcohol in the Los Angeles area. Yes, being exponentially excited about this should not make you feel embarrassed. We’re really happy too.

Even as serial entertainers, we sometimes miss the mark on planning the right quantities of beer, wine, and booze for our thirsty friends. Now, instead of leaving the middle of the party to replenish, we can have the goods delivered right to our door. Genius.

Of course, Door Dash isn’t just about delivering the hard stuff. They have teamed up with hundreds of LA restaurants to bring your favorite foods right to your door with just the click of a few buttons.

Try it for yourself and tell us what you think. Use our special code THISGIRL for any order over $20, and you’ll receive $7 off the total price.

Enjoy!