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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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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. ;)

Travel season is upon us, and we can’t help but daydream about our dream destinations. There’s nothing better than completely immersing yourself in a new culture, so it’s not surprising that we’re taking this to heart and starting early with a deliciously smooth beverage.

Meet the French Monaco: a super simple drink that all the cool-kids, up & down the River Seine, are sipping on. With an ingredient list consisting of just a few, fine flavors, it’s the perfect drink to help loosen your tongue as you brush up on your French. Simply, c’est si bon.

The French Monaco paired with Jasmyne:
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 oz. pomegranate syrup
2 oz. lemonade
6 oz. pale lager

HOW TO MAKE
Add syrup and lemonade to an ice-filled shaker; shake and strain into a chilled beer glass. Top with beer.

Halloween festivities are an all-night affair, so get it started with a little caffeine kick! Perfect for fall, the Cappuccino Sausalito is a deliciously rich blend of coffee, cocoa, cream, and amaretto. And depending on how much fun you have this Halloween, you may find yourself pouring a cup (or two) the next morning…

Pictured: Chiquita booties (click here)
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 1)

1/2 oz Amaretto Liqueur
1/2 oz Kahlua Liqueur
1/2 cup Coffee
1/2 cup Hot Cocoa
Whipped Cream

HOW TO MAKE

Mix liqueur, coffee, and hot cocoa in a coffee mug. Garnish with a snowy mountain of whipped cream. Enjoy~

If you’re going to have a Halloween party, you’re going to need a Halloween drink. Go full-spooky with this Blood Red Apple cocktail, served in an adorably festive apple tumbler. It’s really simple too, so it’s especially perfect if you need a quick cocktail for your upcoming sinister shindig.

Bonus: would look great with a Sleeping Beauty costume. Shop festive looks now!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 1)

2 oz apple cider
2 oz rum
1 tsp grenadine or maraschino cherry syrup
1 large apple
1 lemon
ice

HOW TO MAKE

To create the apple tumbler/cup the drink will be served in, take a large apple and horizontally cut the smallest, level portion possible from the bottom of the apple so that the apple will sit flat (careful not to cut too much, or the drink will seep through the bottom). Cut from the top as well, making sure that the cut will create the widest opening for the cup. Scoop out the core and the insides of the apple, and squeeze a lemon over the exposed fruit to ensure the color does not turn.

Pour all liquid ingredients into a separate mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well mixed and chilled, and then pour into the apple tumbler. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Hosting a Halloween party? Looking for a simple cocktail to serve to your spooky guests? Well, look no further, because it’s scary how easy it is to make this Supernatural Sangria.

Need shoes for your sexy costume? Check out New Arrivals!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
serves 4-6

1 Bottle of red wine
2 Cups ginger ale
1 Orange cut into wedges or circles
1 Lemon cut into wedges or circles
1 Apple cut into wedges or circles
1/4 Cup sugar
A few drops of grenadine syrup
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Ice

HOW TO MAKE

Squeeze the juice from the lemon and orange wedges into a large pitcher and pour in the wine. Add the fruit wedges and sugar. Chill overnight or for at least 4 hours.

Add ginger ale, grenadine syrup, and ice just before serving. Enjoy!

The thirst isn’t always strong and sometimes knocking back a few isn’t what you’re looking for. Scale it back bit and sip on something warm like this deliciously invigorating Pumpkin Spice Hot Toddy. Super easy to make and perfect for when the weather gets a little nippy: you’ll love having this simple drink around for relaxing autumn evenings.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 ounces brandy
6 ounces hot brewed pumpkin spice tea
1 teaspoon honey

HOW TO MAKE

Combine ingredients in a mug, give it a stir, and enjoy.

It was officially National Cherries Jubilee Day yesterday, so we’re kind of obligated to feature a cherry inspired cocktail for this week’s edition of Thirsty Thursday. And you know what? That works absolutely perfectly for us. <3

Cherry picking, ShoeDazzle style (featured: Elane peep-toe pump)
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 2)

2 oz vodka
1 oz grenadine syrup
1 can of 7up

HOW TO MAKE

Fill two tall glasses with ice.

Pour vodka and grenadine in a large glass or shaker; shake or stir well to combine. Pour mixture over the ice into the two tall glasses and top off with 7up.

Garnish with as many maraschino cherries as you’d like, and enjoy!

Allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks…sure signs of the new season! Summer is officially almost over and we can’t wait to switch gears to full-on fall, and what better way to transition than to share a wonderfully warm and inviting Fall Sangria?

Delicious and perfect for get-togethers: this spiced cocktail is perfect with autumn reds. Be sure to pair with new fall styles!

(Fall New Arrivals, here)
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 4)

1 bottle of pinot grigio
3 cups apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/4 cup bourbon

4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tbsp whole allspice (placed in a tea infuser)
1/2 tbsp whole cloves (placed in a tea infuser)
3 honeycrisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped

HOW TO MAKE

Mix all liquid ingredients together in a large pitcher and stir until well blended. Drop in cinnamon sticks, tea infuser with spices, and fruit; give it a few stirs and then refrigerate for several hours or, preferably, overnight.

Stir once before serving and garnish glasses with optional cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Cheers!

Let’s forget about the stigma surrounding this more-than-a-century-old drink: the Daiquiri is still one of the simplest, most refined cocktails to ever be enjoyed worldwide. Who wouldn’t enjoy the blended, blissful simplicity of its sweet, sour, and fruity flavors? Recent generations may have grown weary of flimsy packets of Daiquiri premixes, but a Daiquiri done right is something to behold. So behold: here’s our delicious take on the Daiquiri.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (serves 2)

1 cup pitted cherries
3 tablespoons of lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ounces rum
2 ounces cherry liqueur
2 cups ice

HOW TO MAKE

Add all ingredients into a blender and thoroughly blend on pulse, then blend on high until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with a slice of lime and/or maraschino cherries. Serve immediately.