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The weather is starting to heat up in L.A., but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold onto our winter wonderland! We found this cold-weather-chic recipe that you’re going to want to sip slow! This Spiked Hot Cocoa is so necessary for a cozy night-in. So, grab your favorite sweater, the newest rom-com, and your Desiree platforms. You’re in for a real treat!

What you’ll need (makes 2 servings):

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of Dutch-processed cocoa powder (Unsweetened)
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • Mini marshmallows for garnish
  • Chocolate syrup for serving

Instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan—combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat.
  • Heat about 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in Kahlua.
  • Serve immediately with marshmallows and chocolate syrup.
  • Enjoy!

Black and blue manhatten

It’s National Hat Day and we’re celebrating with a little “spirit”! We mixed up an old-fashioned ManHATten with a little twist…all pun intended! It only takes a New-York-minute to make this treat.  So, whether you like a classic fedora or a sassy floppy hat…throw it on with your new Keely pumps and take a sip. This one’s going to be a good one!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Blackberry Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Caledonia Spirits Eldberry Cordial
  • 2 dashes Urban Moonshine Maple Bitters
  • Organic blackberries & blueberries for garnish

Instructions:

  • Combine Rye, Dry Vermouth, Blackberry Syrup, Elderberry Cordial, and Bitters with ice.
  • Stir.
  • Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with blackberries and blueberries.
  • Enjoy!

 

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It’s official—twenty-fifteen is here, and the New Year’s Resolutions are in full affect!

We know what you’re thinking…time to leave that extra “baggage” in twenty-fourteen, but who says you have to cut out everything? We searched and found the perfect New Year, New You recipe to stay in shape and still have fun doing it! So…host a party and SERVE up your new favorite Sangria in your all new Arryn heels!

What you’ll need (makes 1 pitcher)

  • 1 bottle of Red Wine
  • 16.9 oz. Sprite Zero
  • 1-2 cups of fresh fruit (sliced oranges, strawberries, apples)
  • 1 cup of blackberries (optional)
  • 2 limes, sliced (optional)
  • Ice
  • Fruit for garnish

Instructions

  • Add fruit and wine into a pitcher.
  • Chill for 4-6 hours overnight.
  • Mix Sprite before serving.
  • Fill glasses with ice.
  • Pour Sangria, and add fruit for garnish.
  • Serve!

Happy New Year! Hopefully your 2014 ended with a bang and not a fizzle, because we were actually saving the ‘fizzle’ for your 2015. Allow us to present to you the Blackberry Bourbon Fizz: a light and refreshing cocktail that’s easy-to-make and easier to drink. Absolute perfection at a post New Year’s brunch.

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Ayesha and Fizz

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (makes 1)

1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
4-6 mint leaves
1 tsp sugar
2 oz bourbon
soda water

INSTRUCTIONS

-Muddle orange slices, blackberries, mint and sugar in a shaker or mixing bowl.

-Add bourbon and shake or stir.

-Strain over ice and top glass off with soda water.

-Garnish with mint and an orange slice, if you’re fancy.

December 25, 2014

Looking to add more holiday cheer to your day? Then why not give this classic Christmas cocktail a try? Everyone knows and loves the sweet taste of holiday eggnog, so you know it’ll taste even better when you make it from scratch. Make a batch and share with your loved ones for an easy way to spread some real holiday spirit!

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Eggnog and Damia

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

4 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ cups white sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup rum or brandy

HOW TO MAKE

-To create the milk mixture, combine the milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla in a large saucepan. Cook on medium low heat until it comes to a low boil, stirring occasionally.

-To make the egg mixture, combine the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl, and whisk until fluffy.

-Slowly add the milk mixture to the egg mixture and whisk it until the ingredients are mixed well. Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan and cook it over medium heat for 3 – 5 minutes until it becomes thick. Stir frequently and do not let the mixture boil.

-Remove the eggnog from heat and Let cool for about an hour or two.

-Stir in the cream and rum or brandy; mix well.

-Tightly cover the eggnog with plastic wrap. Refrigerate it overnight to let the flavors mingle. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Done.

In the mood for something tart and tasty? Then it’s time to try out this elegantly simple recipe for Cranberry Champagne. Perfect for holiday parties, this drink is sure to bring good tidings to everyone this season.

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Served with Chyanne dress sandals

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 1)

1 ounce of cranberry juice
5 ounces of Champagne
Frozen cranberries
Lime wedge

HOW TO MAKE

In a chilled Champagne flute, add cranberry juice and just a squeeze of lime. Top off the glass with the Champagne and garnish with a few (or more) cranberries.

Good vibes are flowing this season, with a little help from this refreshing winter wonder. Say hello to our Minty Hot Cocoa: there’s seldom something better than a good ol’ cup of classic hot cocoa, but this little peppermint twist does the trick. Perfect for get-togethers and definitely worth a try during this holiday season!

Minty Hot Cocoa with Annabelle (click here for details)Anabelle

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 2)

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces peppermint schnapps
2 ounces tequila

HOW TO MAKE

  • In small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Stir in milk, heavy cream, and vanilla; heat on low and stir until well blended. Remove from heat and add peppermint schnapps and tequila.
  • Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick and mint leaves. Enjoy!

Winter is coming, so we’ve prepared ourselves a little libation to keep us warm throughout the coolest of seasons. Sweet, tart, and traditionally a summer drink, this twist is a must-try for rum lovers everywhere: it’s time for us to share the Winter Mojito.
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Serving suggestion: pairs well with Queenee.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves one)

8-10 Mint leaves
6-8 Cranberries
1/4 oz. Lime juice
1 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1 3/4 oz. Dark Rum

In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake/stir until well mixed. Strain the contents into a highball glass with fresh ice. Finish by garnishing with mint leaves and cranberries, and enjoy!

November 20, 2014

Guess who’s getting into the Thanksgiving spirit.

…And by spirit, we mean vodka. Turkey day is just around the corner and we’ve got cranberries on our minds and in our glasses. Check out this super simple recipe for a Crantini, an all-year round staple that’s even more satisfying during this festive season.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 ounces vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
Fresh, frozen or dried cranberries for garnish
Slice of lime for garnish

HOW TO MAKE

Pour the vodka and juice into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with 2 ice cubes. Shake vigorously (or stir cautiously) for several seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Float cranberries and/or a slice of lime at the rim for garnish. Serve!

It’s cold and we want warmth! ShoeDazzle headquarters might be based in sunny southern California (so we might be a little bit spoiled), but the average daily temperature has dropped a WHOLE 5 DEGREES since summer, and we have no intentions of catching a cold. 65° is not exactly freezing, but it’s about time we finally have that first mug of mulled apple cider of the year: if not for warmth, then AT LEAST to be festive…

Speaking of which: it’s party season!

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LORNIA

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 6-8)

2 quarts apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
1 whole anise star
1 orange, thinly sliced

HOW TO MAKE

Bring all ingredients to a slow simmer in a large saucepan. Divide and pour the cider among mugs and serve hot.

OPTIONAL: a shot of rum for each mug. ;)