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Steep.it Helps You Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

What can’t you find online these days? Check out Steep.it, a site that can help brew a perfect cup of tea everytime.

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Keep reading to see what the site does.

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Fun Ideas for Sparkling Cocktails on New Year’s Eve

Popping open a bottle of something bubbly—whether it’s genuine Champagne or some other type of sparkling wine—is mandatory on New Year’s Eve. But there are lots of fun and super-easy ways to dress up the drink for the night if you’re in the mood for something different. Better yet, put out an assortment of mixers and let your guests concoct their own festive libations. Here are some ideas for sparkling wine add-ins (and if you’re creating cocktails, I’d recommend using an inexpensive cava or Prosecco instead of real Champagne; you don’t want to mess around too much with the good stuff).

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Must-Have Thanksgiving Drink: 12th Century Spiced Wine by Liz Vidyarthi

For the month of November, we have asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share recipes for their must-have Thanksgiving dishes. Join us to see what will be on their tables this year and for years to come.

12th Century Spiced Wine from Liz Vidyarthi

 

Spiced Wine by Liz Vidyarthi

 

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Would You Order a Coffee Cocktail?

At this very moment as I’m typing this, the main article on the NYTimes.com homepage is about a new trend in a handful of New York City bars: coffee cocktails (why this is front-page-worthy news, I’m not sure. It even has a featured video). We’re not talking about your typical Irish coffee here—there’s nothing loaded down with sugar or covered in whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Instead, these drinks include top-shelf bourbon and brandy, house-made syrups, and sustainable, carefully sourced coffee. Some are served hot, some are cold, and for now, they’re mostly being served during the day (though the article speculates nighttime service is soon to follow).

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Money Rant of the Week: A Large Cup of Coffee

This week’s rant is directed mainly towards myself. Most times that I roll into my favorite coffee place and order a cup, I make a foolish financial decision. (Well, actually two, I guess, since the first one is not making my morning fix at home.) It’s one that only costs me a few nickels with each cup, but as financial experts lecture time and time again, the small things can really add up.

 

So I’m admitting it here for you all to see: I am a sucker for the size upgrade.

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Derby Drinks

There is nothing associated quite as strongly with the Kentucky Derby as the Mint Julep. Perhaps big, crazy-looking hats come in at a close second. I love a good reason to indulge in some bourbon – it’s such a rare event for me; even better when it’s served in a pretty silver cup. 

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Simple & Festive Holiday Drink Garnishes {Red}

Signature cocktails are always a wonderful addition to holiday parties, and adding a colorful garnish – like a pop of festive red – make such a big difference when it comes to the festive factor of your “star drinks”.

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Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be

My pregnant friend forwarded me a caipirinha recipe the other day along with a note that said, “Oh man, if I wasn’t pregnant… These look so good! I guess I miss a nice drink more than I thought.”
Well, fortunately for her – and the other millions of pregnant woman out there – there’s a great book out by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen called Preggatinis that’s full of creative, “lip-smacking, liquorless libations” designed especially for moms-to-be, and they sure look just as pretty as the real thing!

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Creepy Treats for Halloween

I grew up in Greenwich Village, home of the infamous Village Halloween Parade, and for many years I thought of the evening as an adult holiday where children were tolerated—or more commonly ignored—in a celebration that called for increasingly elaborate and creative costumes and rites. Flash forward a few decades and I am now a mom in one of the most kid-centric neighborhoods in New York. The same amount of creativity is forthcoming on October 31st, except this time around it is channeled into kids’ costumes, bake sale treats, and party snacks. After several years of cookie-baking marathons and (unappreciated) homemade costumes, I finally feel prepared. . .

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Margaritas: Tastier from Scratch

In honor of National Tequila Day (yes, it really does exist – and it’s today!), I’ve decided to share my super-secret homemade margarita recipe with you. It’s the most refreshing summer cocktail, perfect for the dog days of summer.

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