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Holiday DIY: Cocktails and Crafting

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Grab the glue sticks and glitter, because it’s time for a Crafternoon! For the next three days, we’ll bring you perfectly-paired DIY projects and their homemade cocktail counterparts—all you have to do is grab your used Birchbox and a few supplies. First up: A DIY photo box to house all of your favorite memories. Happy crafting!

—Maura

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Get Cozy With This Delicious Fall Drink

Visiting Laicie Heeley’s blog, A Thousand Threads, feels a lot like stopping by a friend’s beautifully decorated home. The working mom, wife, and design-obsessed lifestyle guru is an expert at finding the little things that make life a little bit better—from delicious recipes to affordably chic home decor and beyond. Today she’s telling us all about her favorite beverage to usher in autumn. 

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It’s official, fall is here. But if you’re feeling anything like me, you’re still busy soaking up the last bits of summer’s warmth. I’m excited for the falling leaves (and for the return of my leather jacket and scarves), but there are still at least a few days left before I start to crave a seat by the fire and a toasty drink in my hand.

Enter the Stone Wall.

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Monday Mood PowerUp: Classic Drink Recipes for Summer

Even with summer winding down, we’re not ready to let go of the warm weather just yet. Hot cocoa, chai tea, and cozy sweaters may be knocking on our doors soon, but we’re making the most of the time we have left with these tasty summer cocktails. Joe Campanale, beverage director of some of our favorite New York restaurants, shows us how to lighten up our favorite cocktails for a fresh, summer spin. Whether you’re all-too-excited for the fall or a summertime devotee, everyone has time for a drink. 

What’s your favorite summer cocktail?

—Katrina

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4 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Margaritas from Gastronomista

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Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays of the year—mostly because there are margaritas involved. I love margs for any occasion, but they taste extra delicious when you know that summer’s quickly approaching after a long, cold spring. 

Today we’ve got four, yes four, recipes for Margaritas that will satisfy even the pickiest palates: The Mercadito with Jalapenos and Cilantro, A Smoky Ginger Mezcal Margarita, a Habanero Grapefruit Marg, and a recipe for A Perfect Margarita—none of which are dispensed from an icee machine. Cheers!

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6 Seasonal Cocktails That Are Perfect For a Warm Day

The weather is starting to really warm up, and I’m eager to lay out on my roof and enjoy a drink or two with friends. And while I love a nice glass of Pinot Noir or a simple whisky ginger, sometimes I want something a little fresher to get into the spirit of spring. So I’m scoping out my local produce stands, picking up a few of my favorite seasonal ingredients, and getting inspired with these six fruity cocktails.

Strawberry Mint Julep from The Forest Feast

A twist on the classic derby drink, this cocktail is made just a little sweeter with the addition of some fresh strawberry simple syrup. 

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail from Martha Stewart

I love the pastel peach color of this cocktail. If you don’t know where to find edible blossoms, talk to the producers at your local farmer’s market to find pesticide-free flowers that are safe for consumption.  

Spring Sangria from Eat Drink Love

This is definitely a recipe to share with a few friends. Toss together some white wine, Sprite, pineapple juice, and several citrus slices, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect spring sangria.  

Blood Orange 75 from Scout.

Definitely plan ahead for this dark citrus cocktail. The blood orange takes 30 minutes to properly steep, so consider preparing the simple syrup early and storing it in the fridge until you’re ready to break out the gin.

Pimm’s Cup from me!

There are a lot of Pimm’s Cup recipes out there, but I’m partial to an easy and extrafruity mix that I think many of you will also love. This English staple takes me from the first sign of spring all the way through September. 

Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt

I’ve been eagerly awaiting rhubarb season just to try this drink myself. Mint, rhubarb, fresh lime juice, and rum? Yes please.

—Bre

Looking for something filling to go with your cocktail? Try one of these 6 delicious spring recipes

3 More Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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Gastronomista.com

It shouldn’t surprise you to find that all of us at Birchbox are a bit cocktail-obsessed. While the lady eds were chatting up Emma Emerson, co-founder of the cocktail, food, and design website Gastronomista, about rose-colored tipples in honor of Valentine’s Day, the editors at Birchbox Man were plying the very same Ms. Emerson for handcrafted holiday libations. Clearly, great minds think alike—a mere few desks away. Check out our post on non-girly, non-cliché pink cocktails, then scoot over to The Guide for 3 more recipes. Happy drinking! 

—Geraldine

Flying solo on Valentine’s Day? Check out guest blogger Jessica Dang’s single-girl rituals

Birchbox Man Shows Us the Ultimate Summer Cocktail

We just found our new favorite drink. (Photo: Birchbox Man)

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Cocktails & DIY Spa Treatments = At-Home Retreat

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Photo: Esperanza Resort

Given my obvious obsession with luxurious spa experiences, you’d think that I’ve seen it all when it comes to over-the-top pampering perks. I thought I was pretty savvy too, until I heard about Auberge Resorts’ ridiculously cool seasonal spa pairing packages. The concept: take spa treatments and match them with handcrafted cocktails that use similar ingredients. Genius much?

Sadly, we can’t all run off to swanky spa retreats. Instead, I’ll be doing the next best thing: pairing these four DIY Beauty Treatments with four tasty cocktails. 

1. Cleopatra’s Beauty Mask and a Pineapple Cherry Amaretto Sour: A fruity face mask matches perfectly with this tropical tippler, a blend of amaretto, cherry and pineapple juice, and seltzer water.

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Coconut Water Shaved Ice with Strawberry Basil Syrup Video: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger is a lady after our own hearts. Claire Thomas is the genius behind Kitchy Kitchen, a gorgeous, drool-inducing food blog, as well as the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. Did we mention she’s also a commercial director? Yeah, we’d hate her if she weren’t so freaking cool. 

The inspiration for this light and refreshing dessert was my sister’s planned hairstyle for Coachella: pink roots! 

Raspado, if you’re not familiar, is just shaved ice with syrup on it. So simple, and yet something that had never occurred to me to make. Now that I’ve been bitten by the bug, I can’t stop. Shaved iced tea with lemon infused syrup? It’s a frozen arnold palmer. Shaved pineapple juice with jalapeno mango syrup? A spicy yet refreshing treat. I am going to be all over this recipe on sunny days.

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