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Channel warm weather all year long with these boozy treats + ideas to help stock your bar like a pro!
Guys. The last few days have been rough. I had wisdom tooth surgery and my jaw is killing me. So while I haven’t been eating a whole lot, I have been enjoying a lot of delicious beverages.
And one of the best ways to make a beverage feel extra fancy, even when you’re not feeling the best, is by serving it up in a gorgeous glass.
I’ve been loving this set of “Under the Influence” Stemless Wine Glasses from UncommonGoods. Not only are they adorable, they’re hand etched with adorable illustrations and matching tipsy terminology (buzzed, lit, toasted and juiced).
They’re great for wine and any other boozy (or virgin) libation of choice. You can check out the full wine glass selection here.
I’ve been a longtime fan of UncommonGoods – they have so many fun, witty and unique gifts. They always make a statement, and the quality is top notch. As an artist, I love that their mission includes giving a platform to artists and designers to showcase their work.
Their site even has studio tours featuring sneak peeks into the minds/workspaces of some of the artists behind their most popular designs.
One of my personal favorite pieces of barware is this set of City Map Glasses. There are several different city options (you know I’m gonna recommend New York!) to quench your thirst while representing your favorite locations.
Any glassware collection needs a proper set of rocks glasses, and these ones even provide you with a geography lesson while you drink.
They basically make happy hour educational, guys. What’s not to love?
We’ve been enjoying a lot of Negronis and gin & tonics lately, and these glasses have been perfect.
And if you’re looking to fancify your drinks with a fun yet functional garnish, these Fruit Infusing Ice Balls are where it’s at! I stuffed mine with strawberries and blueberries to make lemonade more fun for myself and my kiddo, and he was OBSESSED. He has all sorts of ideas of what to try to freeze into ice next (raspberries are first on his list).
These would be great filled with herbs, fruit, or even other beverages (I’m thinking an Arnold Palmer type situation with frozen lemonade and iced tea spheres would be fantastic!).
And finally, something a little different but by far one of the coolest kitchen tools I’ve tried in quite some time – is this tea infuser with a magnetic hourglass on top of it.
It’s perfect for the giant stash of loose leaf teas that I have in my tiny kitchen, and it’s a really handy way to make sure I don’t over/under-steep my tea. It’s really easy to load up with tea leaves (not all infusers are!) and also simple to clean.
I’m kind of obsessed with it, and I’m thinking that I need to come up with some tea-infused cocktails to incorporate this gadget with some of the other fun barware I’ve procured as of late.
So back to this boozy slush. A word of caution: the rum will sneak up on you. Consider yourself warned.
This drink was my answer to wanting a tropical vibe during happy hour even when it wasn’t necessarily warm outside. A bag of frozen pineapple is the perfect base, and it omits the need for any additional ice.
The pear nectar is pretty sweet, so feel free to use more or less of it, according to your preference.
I wanted to make sure this felt extra fancy, so I dropped a few Luxardo cherries into the bottom of the glasses and drizzled a little bit of the juice from the jar on top for garnish.
These drinks totally hit the spot, and were nice and simple to put together.
What do you do to liven up your beverages? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Thanks again to UncommonGoods for helping to make happy hour (and beyond!) more fun & quirky! Be sure to check them out if you’re looking to score some stocking stuffers this holiday season. You won’t be disappointed!