Whiskey Sour Slush

Something about whiskey sour slush makes it seem like the perfect drink throughout the winter season. It could be because once you make the base, you can easily use it for weeks and have a delicious drink in under 30 seconds. It could also be that the recipe came from a friend who said her mom used to make it every Christmas so it just seems like the right time of year. Regardless of the reason, we’ve started whipping up a half-batch each December – or a full batch if we know we’ll be having company.
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Kahlua – Coffee Liquor

It can quickly get expensive to stock up on flavored drinks so it’s nice when you can make your own. Here’s a recipe for homemade coffee liquor. Use the highest quality coffee you can find.

The blend of brown and regular sugars adds a caramel undertone to the drink and the vanilla bean helps to mellow all the flavors.

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When limes went on sale 10/$1, I decided it was time to take a shot at making homemade lime-cello. This is a decent recipe to start with, but not quite sweet enough. Next time, I would reduce the lime juice to 1/4 cup and increase the water to 3/4 cup, as well as increasing the sugar an additional 1/4 cup.
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Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Make this sangria at least a day ahead of time to give the flavors time to meld. I was skeptical of how this would taste when trying it right after it was made, but the profile changes entirely once the ingredients have some time to rest and chill.

Mix in whatever fruit you choose – lemons, berries, etc. You can put them in when you first make it, but they don’t tend to have as nice of a texture past a few days. If you want to keep the drink around longer, add the fruit in the day you plan to serve it.
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