For my birthday, I wanted a low key night where I watched Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie) with some friends. Apparently low-key to me means fall foods, pumpkin spice cupcakes, and three specialty cocktails inspired by the Sanderson sisters (and based on the color of their robes). The cocktails are all pretty easy and fairly low maintenance during a party. Just set them up right before and you won’t have to worry about it while you watch a movie or dance until you’re dead. Without further ado:
Sarah: Bubbly, sparkly, and purple. This drink attracted all of the men.
Pour a little bit of Chambord into the bottom of a champagne glass. Fill the glass with champagne. Top with a few Pop Rocks.
Winifred: Traditionally witchy, strong, and has a pretty big bite.
Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Cinnamon Whiskey (I used SinFire)
Heat one cup of water on the stove until boiling. Add in the Jello mix and mix until fully dissolved. Add in 1 cup of Cinnamon Whiskey and a couple ice cubes, mix. Pour into Jello shot containers and let chill in the fridge for four hours.
Mary: Fruity, fun, and reliable.
1 Part Raspberry Vodka
2 Parts Pomegranate Juice
2 Parts Cranberry Sprite
Mix together in a large pitcher with ice and pour into individual cups.
It’s Fall. Time for apples, spices, cozying up with a good book, and relishing in a little bit of evil. I was inspired to create a “Poison Apple” cocktail by these dried Apple slices from Simple & Crisp. They were craving to be used as a garnish on a cocktail and I wanted to do something a bit more than just your average “appletini.” Combine my love for fairy tales and the season and you’ve got a Poison Apple Cocktail! The drink has apple, a bit of spice, and a hint of fizz. The perfect drink to give to the person you think is the “fairest of them all.”
I recently had the opportunity to try Black Box Wines, and luckily that opportunity came the day before my Arrested Development party. I was considering picking up boxed wine as “Lucille’s Juicebox” but was dreading picking up your standard Franzia or other boxed wines that are known for being cheap but not much else. Black Box wine is decent wine that just happens to be boxed. But still–what’s the benefit of having Black Box, or other boxed wine, at your parties?
It’s inexpensive. One of these boxes holds 4 bottles of wine, and at around $25 each, that’s a cheaper price per bottle than you can normally get.
It’s low maintenance. You don’t need to worry about opening up multiple bottles throughout the party. Just put one of these guys on your table, and you’re ready to go.
It lasts longer. If you don’t go through the whole box at one party, it’s not a problem. One of these boxes will last a month. We didn’t finish all of the Merlot at the party, so I’ve been able to enjoy a small glass of wine here and there with dinner or use some when cooking without worrying about opening and finishing an entire bottle of wine. This is actually my favorite part of these boxes!
My friends seemed skeptical at first, but a couple of them had heard of Black Box and knew they were decent. They seemed to enjoy it–the Sauvignon Blanc didn’t make it through the night!
So how can you use these? Try any of these ideas:
Pixelated/nostalgic games party
Arrested Development party
Wine tasting party (Keep it in the kitchen and pour it along with a few bottled wines into different glasses. Hold a tasting and see what people like best!)
If you want to learn a bit more about Black Box Wines or pick some up for yourself, visit blackboxwines.com. They’ve also got some cute little tetra packs that hold 3 glasses of wine that are perfect for picnics.
Are you a boxed wine drinker? Would you get boxed wine for a party you’re hosting?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine. See more info from bloggers using Black Box Wines here.
At PAX East, I had the pleasure of running into a bunch of great geek lifestyle bloggers–some I knew of, some I just learned about this weekend. Take a look at the list of awesome people I met, and make sure you start including them in your daily reading!
PwnLove: This gamer fashion blog will keep you up to date on all of the latest gaming clothing lines, as well as what the blogger is wearing. I may have a special post planned with her for a later date!
Console to Closet: Another gamer fashion blog, this one focuses on wearable outfits inspired by your favorite video gamers. They’re subtle and fashionable to be worn anywhere–only you and the biggest gamers will know what you’re really wearing!
The Drunken Moogle: Looking for a cocktail based on your favorite game? Look no further. The Drunken Moogle is one of my fave blogs, and I was psyched to meet the creator in person!
GamerWife: The creator of the GamerWife blog gets extra points for making me look good in front of my brother when she recognized me on the floor at PAX. Her blog includes video game reviews, recipes, adorable animal pics, and more!
What are some of your favorite geek lifestyle bloggers?
As a complete shock and surprise to EVERYONE, the world did not in fact end today. So now that we’re all still around, let me give you something to look forward to! In addition to new episodes of Game of Thrones in March, you’ll be able to sit down to watch them with a cold, themed beer.
HBO has teamed up with Ommegang, a brewery in upstate New York, to create Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which will be released around the same time as the new season.
According to sources, “Iron Throne is a blonde ale at 6.5% ABV and brewed with a robust amount of pils, honey, aroma malts and red wheat. Gentle hopping includes Styrian Golding and Hallertau, appropriately noble hops.”
…I’m already planning the party.
(While you wait for more info on the beer, make sure you grab your Game of Thrones steins so you’ll be all ready when it’s released!)
Stoli has announced a salted caramel flavored vodka, and I am half skeptical and half excited to try it. The salted caramel trend has clearly reached its peak, and while I think this vodka would be a great accent to brownies, cupcakes, or other baked goods, I can’t imagine drinking it.
Their press release provided a few sample recipes that do sound interesting:
Salted Banana 2 parts Salted Karamel™
1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ part Creme De Banana
Splash of Milk
Shake over ice and strain into martini or shot glass or can be done as a frozen drink
Salted Karamel Macchiato Martini 2 parts Salted Karamel ™
1 part Kahlua or Coffee Brandy
Shake over ice and strain into Martini glass
Salted Tootsie Roll 2 parts Salted Karamel™
1 part Dark Creme De Cacao
Splash of Orange Juice
Shake over ice and serve as shot or martini
Would you try Salted Karamel vodka? How would you consume it?
Showed your patriotism a bit too much yesterday and dealing with the consequences at work? Take a peek at this video. It’ll give you some suggestions for fixing today’s hangover and preventing more in the future. Plus, you’ll learn a bit!