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5 Big-Batch Cocktails for Your Memorial Day Party (Or All Summer Long)

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Though the first day of summer doesn’t officially hit until June 20, Memorial Day Weekend is widely considered to be the beginning of the lazy, hazy, crazy season. The weather’s heating up, coats are coming off, and people all across the country are planning their first outdoor barbecue of the year. Of course, no cookout would be complete without some booze, and that’s where we come in. When throwing a summer party, we can’t recommend […]

May Cocktail of the Month: The Barbacoa

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Thanks to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, it’s no surprise that the sale of tequila begins to rise at the beginning of May. As tequila has become the national liquor of Mexico and the foundation of the holiday’s signature cocktail, the spirit has become synonymous with May itself. But we think there’s another Mexican spirit that, while recently gaining popularly, has yet to achieve the same kind of acclaim that it deserves, and that’s […]

5 Essential Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

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When we think of reasons to drink during May, Cinco de Mayo is unsurprisingly the thing that comes to mind. Though the holiday originally began as an observance of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, it’s taken on a significance beyond that — at least in the United States. Today, Cinco de Mayo is all about celebrating the Mexican-American community — which makes up roughly 11% […]

March Cocktail of the Month: The Irish Cocktail

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The Irish Coffee, the Blarney Stone, the Celtic Twilight — plenty of cocktails have originated in Ireland. But of all the countless drinks to come from this country, there’s only one known simply as The Irish Cocktail. First appearing in the 1888 edition of Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual, The Irish Cocktail has certainly been around the block. Since then, its recipe has popped up in the likes of Harry MacElhone’s 1927 Barflies and Cocktails, Patrick […]

3 Sophisticated Hot Cocktails to Cure Those End-of-Winter Blues

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Depending on where you live, the weather may be warming up or spring may even feel like it’s already arrived. But in other parts of the world, winter is alive and well (and there’s wallet-draining heating bills to prove it). When nights are still chilly, there are few better things than cozying up on the couch with a mug of something warm — ideally something boozy and warm. Which is why we thought it was […]

February Cocktail of the Month: The Pink Gin Gibson Martini

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It’s February and you know what that means — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re celebrating with someone special, kickin’ it with friends, or going solo on your couch, cocktails are definitely non-negotiable. The question is: How can you create a Valentine’s Day drink that’s on-theme without being overly sweet or (dare we say it?) girly? Our answer: pink gin. Thanks to the addition of Angostura bitters, the botanical spirit maintains its […]

January Cocktail of the Month: The Horse’s Neck

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It’s January — a new year, a time for making resolutions, and unfortunately, a time that many of us get hit with the cough, cold, or flu. Yep, we’re in peak illness season, and according to the CDC, it’s only getting worse. While your doctor may prescribe a healthy dose of fluids to help get you better, we doubt they mean of the alcoholic kind. However, here at Cocktail Builder, we’re all about turning to […]

8 Easy Champagne Cocktails to Make on New Year’s Eve

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What’s New Year’s Eve without a little Champagne? This year, instead of toasting with a plain ol’ glass of bubbly, get fancy with one of these Champagne cocktails that crank the holiday spirit into high gear. With each having four ingredients or less, they’re as fun and festive as they are easy to make, leaving you plenty of time to actually celebrate instead of crafting cocktails until midnight.

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Cocktail Lover

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The holiday season is in full-swing, but if you’re anything like us, there’s a chance you haven’t even gotten around to shopping for gifts. Fear not: We’re not about to sit back and watch you have a total mental breakdown come December 24, forcing yourself to brave the mall alongside the other procrastinators. We’ve compiled a list of last-minute gifts that has something for everyone on your list (if they’re booze lovers like us, that […]

3 Easy Holiday Party Punches for Your End-of-Year Celebrations

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It’s that time of year — the time when holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s call us to celebrate like no other time of year. It’s when families join hands, friends throw reunions, and companies host holiday parties both in and out of the office. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that seems to cause far too much stress, especially if you’re planning a menu. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to eliminate some of the […]