BYOB Simple Syrups

Simply Simple Syrup & Mixers

You learned how to make Spice and Tea inspired cocktails in our last post, 4 Must Try Cocktails This Summer; now you get to go to the next level of bartending with our guide from Mixologist Meaghan Leonard on Simple Syrups. If you aren’t familiar with simple syrups, they are the yummy syrupy goodness that […]

Be Your Own Bartender - Cocktail Recipes

4 Must-Try Cocktails This Summer

  Learning to Be Your Own Bartender might not be on your summer bucket list now, but after checking out these delicious cocktails, it sure will be! In the first of a series, our Mixologist partner, Meaghan Leonard, Head Bartender at local hotspot Orsay’s in Jacksonville, Florida takes you through your paces as you learn […]

Taco Bar Fiesta

Throw a Flavorful Taco Bar ¡Fiesta!

Taco bar fiestas are fun, easy to host, and so delicious! Hosting a taco bar fiesta allows you to accommodate to even the pickiest of guests and sit back and relax! Most foods can be made ahead or simply served cold. It’s super simple, just serve meat and/or beans, taco shells, condiments, and drinks; and […]

Holiday Cocktails

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Cocktails

It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails! Bring on holidays full of festive cheer, good spirits, and colorful cocktails! Whether you are looking for chic cocktails for the classy connoisseur, classic cocktail favorites for gifting, or seasonal selections to relax and unwind, these eight easy holiday cocktails have your basics covered! Read more about It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Cocktails

Bluebery Tea-Lemonade

Blueberry Tea-Lemonade

Often times pre or post workout, at the beach, while doing yardwork, or during other strenuous or hot activities, the main thought that takes over your mind is thirst! However, then the question remains as to what your optimal choice for rehydration is. Water? Tea? Juice? Sports drinks? Soda?

Luckily, the popular Arnold Palmer® beverage, makes the choice easy for us because it combines two of our favorites; lemonade and tea! Read more about Blueberry Tea-Lemonade

Keeping it Hot - Pirate's Bite Salsa

Keeping it Hot – Pirate’s Bite Salsa

Keep it HOT this summer! And what better way to stay hot then to celebrate National Hot & Spicy Food Day. Take today to dedicate yourself to the eating of spicy foods…and make sure you have a glass of milk on hand! If you could live off nothing but spicy food, we have some delicious ways for you to heat things up…

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Quick Broiled Catfish

Quick Broiled Catfish

Back in 1987, President Reagan designated June 25 as National Catfish Day. The idea was to “celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.” I’m glad he did. It gives me a reason to develop some new recipes and approaches to a fish that’s become one of my go-to’s. Catfish is just so versatile. It’s an all-American favorite that summons images of lazy afternoons cane-pole fishing on a meandering stream. Very Huck Finn. Very satisfying. Read more about Quick Broiled Catfish

Simple Spiced Onion Rings

Simple Spiced Onion Rings

When I was a kid, I regarded the onion ring with suspicion. A deep-fried vegetable? I had my doubts. It wasn’t until I realized that said vegetable was wrapped in a thick, savory batter (and that it sure smelled good, even from across the table) that I decided to give it a go. Wow! The onion ring—the ultimate comfort food. Read more about Simple Spiced Onion Rings

Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

You say “catsup,” I say “ketchup”! What’s the difference? Turns out, none at all. Both spellings refer to the same condiment, a tomato-based sauce that has its roots in the Chinese word “kê-tsiap.” But no matter how you spell it, ketchup is a go-to foundation in most kitchens and has been a part of our lives since we first reached for that red plastic squirt bottle when we were kids at a summer cook-out. One estimate reports that Americans purchase 10 billion ounces of ketchup annually. No wonder we have a special day to commemorate this awesome sauce: June 5, National Ketchup Day. Read more about Slow Cooker Awesome Homemade Ketchup

Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

The mint julep is the traditional drink of the horseracing derby culture, and it’s easy to see why…what’s better than a sporting event paired with a traditional Southern cocktail? Of course, the juleps don’t stop when the race is over. The mint julep is a warm weather favorite for all kinds of entertaining—or even for just sitting on the porch for a spell. Read more about Sparkling Ginger Marrakesh Mint Julep

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket

In my experience, nothing says summer’s coming like the mouth-watering aroma of freshly-smoked beef. One whiff and you’re ready to knock off work, open a beverage, pull up a patio chair, and settle in. Smokehouse briskets take time—which is a huge part of the appeal. You can’t rush smoked brisket, but you can bring the great taste (and smells!) of the traditional outdoor smokehouse indoors with this clever slow-cooker recipe. Read more about Slow Cooker Smokehouse Brisket