New Year, New You

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Each year we raise a toast on December 31 and welcome the new year along with a new set of resolutions to become the best version of ourselves. At the top of everyone's list each year is a resolution that reads something along the lines of "lose weight," "get fit" or "slim down." With these goals in mind, it may be your first instinct to cut back or cut out cocktails completely... but that doesn't have to be the case. We're sharing our favorite tasty, low-calorie cocktails that are so good you won't even realize they're slim. Each recipe features Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer -- our zero calorie, no sugar and gluten-free alternative that's just as flavorful as the original ginger beer you know and love.

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Slim Mule

Ingredients:

1 oz. Tito's Vodka 

1/2 oz. St. Germain

1 oz. Lemon juice

Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer

Directions: 

Combine Tito's Vodka, St. Germain and lemon juice into an ice-filled glass. Top with Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel and strawberry slice.

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The Red Vespa

Ingredients:

1 oz. Campari 

1/2 oz. St. Germain

1 oz. Lemon juice

1 oz. White grape juice

Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer

Directions: 

Add Campari, St. Germain, lemon juice and white grape juice into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer. Garnish with a cucumber wheel or a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint.

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The Blanche Devereaux

Ingredients:

1 oz. Don Julio Blanco Tequila

1 oz. Grapefruit juice

1 oz. Ginger liqueur

Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer

Directions: 

Add Don Julio Blanco Tequila, ginger liqueur and grapefruit juice into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with Barritt's Diet Ginger Beer. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel or a slice of jalapeño and a lime wheel. 

What's your favorite slim cocktail recipe? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Celebratory Cocktails

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With just days left until we welcome in the new year, the clock is ticking to complete the goals we set for ourselves in 2017, perfect our resolutions for the upcoming year and decide which cocktail will be our drink of choice on New Year’s Eve. Bubbling over with champagne and Barritt’s, these fruity cocktails are so good they’re worth raising a toast to. The countdown to midnight is on -- pop the bubbly and get ready to ring in a new year filled with new dreams, ambitions and possibilities for prosperity.

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New Year's Eve Champagne Punch via Sugar and Soul

Ingredients:

1 cup Triple Sec

1 cup Blackberry brandy

1/2 cup Chambord

2 cups Pineapple juice

4 cups Barritt's Ginger Beer

2 750mL bottles Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato

Raspberries

Directions: 

Combine Triple Sec, blackberry brandy, Chambord and pineapple juice in a punch bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Add Barritt's Ginger Beer and Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato the following day. Serve over ice and garnish with raspberries.

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Blood Orange Champagne Mule via Half Baked Harvest

Ingredients:

1 oz. Tito's Vodka

1 tbsp. Lime juice

2 tbsp. Blood orange juice

2 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Chilled champagne

8 Mint leaves

Directions: 

Combine blood orange juice, lime juice and Tito's Vodka in a glass. Add Barritt's Ginger Beer and top with champagne. Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh mint.

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Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosas via The Cookie Rookie

Ingredients:

2 to 3 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

2 to 3 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

2 to 3 oz. Champagne

Sugared cranberries

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in a champagne flute and top with sugared cranberries.

What's your drink of choice to ring in the new year? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Barritt's Makes Bad Gifts Better

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Tis’ the season for gift giving galore. Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, chances are you’ll both give and get a gift or two this year. On the receiving end, it’s likely we’ve all been forced to stutter out a, "Thank you," or "I love it," when opening a gift to discover an unexpected surprise.  And if you've yet to receive a bad gift in your days, count your blessings... twice. Luckily, Barritt’s makes the bad gift better, which is why we’re sharing our favorite holiday inspired cocktails to toss back when you just don’t know how to react to a bad gift. Above all, just remember that no matter how hectic this holiday season may get, there’s nothing more important than quenching our thirst.

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Yule Mule via Feast and West

Ingredients:

1 oz. Tito's Vodka 

1 1/2 oz. Fresh-squeezed lime juice

4 oz. Unsweetened cranberry juice

6 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer 

4 to 6 Cranberries

Directions: 

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker combine Tito's Vodka, lime juice and cranberry juice. Fill two copper mugs with ice and strain cocktail into each one. Top with Barritt's Ginger Beer and garnish with cranberries.

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Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail via Tasty Yummies

Ingredients:

2 oz. Spiced rum

Pinch of Nutmeg

Pinch of Cloves

.5 tsp. Ground cinnamon

1 tsp. Molasses

1 tbsp. Maple syrup

Barritt's Ginger Beer 

Cinnamon + Raw sugar mixture 

Directions: 

Add rum, spices, molasses and maple syrup into an ice-filled shaker. Dip the rim of a glass in water and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Add ice into the glass and strain shaker overtop. Finish off with Barritt's Ginger Beer.

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Toasted Christmas Mule via The Spruce

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Grey Goose Pear Vodka

4 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Cinnamon stick

Directions: 

Gently warm Barritt's Ginger Beer over the stovetop. Bring it to a very low simmer, but not a boil to avoid losing the carbonation. Transfer into a copper mug and add the vodka. Finish by dropping the cinnamon stick into the mug.

What's your go-to cocktail to celebrate the holiday season? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

No Leftovers Left Behind

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When it comes to the holiday season, perhaps one of the most beloved parts is the delectable desserts that are sure to be integrated into every celebration. From apple pie to pecan tarts, we all have our favorites that the holiday just wouldn't be complete without. We're sharing a few of our go-to dessert recipes that pair perfectly with a ginger beer cocktail and are guaranteed to get gobbled up at your next gathering.

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Apple Pie Cookies via Two Sisters Crafting

Cookie Dough Ingredients:

1 cup Butter

1 cup Granulated sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

3 cups All-Purpose flour

2 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Baking soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 cup Tart apples

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter

8 oz. Cream cheese

3 tsp. Vanilla

4 cups Powdered sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

Cookie Dough Directions: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and finely dice apples. In a large bowl combine butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla before mixing in the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in half of the flour before folding apples into the dough. Add the remaining flour and combine. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. 

Frosting Directions: 

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until it is incorporated. Frost the cookies and dust with additional cinnamon. 

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie via Pillsbury

Ingredients:

1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust

2 Eggs

3/4 cup Sugar

1 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. Salt

15 oz. Pumpkin

12 oz. Evaporated milk

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place pie crust in a 9 inch glass pie pan. Beat eggs with wire whisk and stir in remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

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Harvest Caramel Corn via Two Sisters Crafting

Ingredients:

10 cups Popped popcorn

Salt

1 cup Butter

1 cup Light brown sugar

2 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

Mini Rolos

M&M's

Directions: 

Remove any un-popped kernels from popcorn. Melt butter on stove over medium heat before adding brown sugar. Stir until combined and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, cook for five minutes without stirring. Add vanilla before the four minute mark. After boiling for five minutes, add baking soda and drizzle three-quarters of caramel mixture over popcorn. Gently fold the mixture until covered. Pour onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet and drizzle remaining caramel mixture overtop. Immediately add the Rolos and M&M's on top. 

Which desserts do you never show up to a holiday party without? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Blessed with Barritt’s

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Thanksgiving can be a bit of a nostalgic time with the usual, hardy dishes and the ritual of preparing and sharing a meal with those who matter most to us. Surrounded by familiarity, we finally get a chance to relax, unwind and appreciate those around us -- add some classic cocktails worth giving thanks for into the mix and life couldn't get much better!

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Cape Cod Mule

Ingredients:

2 oz. Tito’s Vodka

2 oz. Cranberry juice

4 oz. Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Lime wedge

Directions: 

Combine vodka, cranberry juice and Barritt’s Ginger Beer into an ice filled copper mug. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Rum Berry Cocktail via Kitchen Sanctuary

3 oz. Spiced rum

17 oz. Pomegranate juice

1 oz. Triple sec

8 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

2 cups Mixed berries

Fresh thyme

Directions: 

Stir spiced rum, pomegranate juice, triple sec and Barritt's Ginger Beer in a large jug. Fill four to six glasses with frozen berries halfway and top with the cocktail. Garnish with fresh berries and a sprig of fresh thyme.

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Johnny Apple Mule

Ingredients: 

2 oz. Rye whiskey

2 oz. Apple cider

2-4 oz. Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Directions: 

Shake rye whiskey and apple cider in a cocktail shaker. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with Barritt’s Ginger Beer. Garnish with a lemon slice.

What are you grateful to be sipping on this Thanksgiving? Share your favorite holiday cocktails in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Pass the Boos: Halloween Party Cocktails

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Whether you love Halloween for the costumes, the candy or are just here for the boos, tis the season for transforming into whomever and whatever you want. With a line-up of spooktacular Halloween parties likely filling your social agenda, we have an array of boo-zy cocktails sure to scare party guests with how delicious they are.

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Plundering Pumpkin via Captain Morgan

Ingredients: 

1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

3 oz. Pumpkin beer

1 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Ice

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients in an iced filled glass and stir to combine.

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Bourbon Butterbeer via The Gastronom

Cocktail Ingredients: 

1 1/2 oz. Bourbon

1 oz. Buttered brown sugar simple syrup

4 oz. Apple cider

2 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Ice

Simple Syrup Ingredients:

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Light brown sugar

1 tsp. Butter extract

Simple Syrup Instructions:

Bring water and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Once cooled, add butter extract and store in the refrigerator.

Cocktail Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients in an iced filled glass and stir to combine.

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Midnight's Shadow via Cosmopolitan

Ingredients: 

Sugar Island Spiced Rum

1/4 cup Ground espresso

Fresh lime juice

Barritt's Ginger Beer

Lime wheel

Instructions:

Infuse Sugar Island Spiced Rum with espresso and let soak for 30 minutes before straining mixture. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add two parts espresso-infused rum and one half part fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Barritt's Ginger Beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween? We'd love to hear! Share your costume ideas in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share.

Falling for Barritt's

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"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen." - Unknown

With its arrival, fall brings not only cooler temperatures but also warm colors and comforting flavors. Now that we've officially reached October, it's safe to say fall is upon us and its time to savor its spicy-sweet tastes. What better way to say "cheers" to the beauty of autumn than with cocktails inspired by the most beloved flavors of fall? 

Falling for Barritt's

Apple Pie Mule via The Cookie Rookie

Ingredients: 

4 oz. Apple cider

4 oz. Tito's Vodka

1 bottle Barritt's Ginger Beer

Cinnamon sticks

Apple slices 

Directions: 

Fill two mugs with crushed ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider and Tito's Vodka. Shake to combine. Pour half of the apple cider mixture into each mug. Top each mug with Barritt's Ginger Beer until full. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

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Pumpkin Spice Mule via ForRent.com

Ingredients:

4 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

2 oz. Pumpkin spice syrup

1.5 oz. Tito's Vodka

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks

Directions: 

Combine Barritt's Ginger Beer, Pumpkin spice syrup and Tito's Vodka. Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with a shake of nutmeg on top and a cinnamon stick stirrer.

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Campfire Mule via The Gastronom

Ingredients: 

2 oz. Brulee Liquor

.5 oz. Tito's Vodka

.25 oz. Lime juice

5 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Ice

Marshmallows

Directions: 

Combine Brulee Liquor, Tito's Vodka, lime juice, Barritt's Ginger Beer and ice. Toast marshmallows to your liking on a garnish pick and place atop glass for garnish.

What are your favorite fall Moscow Mule flavors? We'd love to hear! Share your favorite combos in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Celebrating Game Day the Barritt's Way

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Crisp fall weekends were meant to be spent cheering on your favorite football team to victory. Whether you're tailgating at the stadium or inviting a crew over to catch the game on the big screen, cocktails are a football celebration staple in our book.

First down or fourth down -- get ready to raise a glass and make a toast with these three fall cocktail favorites. May the best team (or cocktail) come out on top.

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Cornerback Carmel Apple Mule via The Casual Craftlete

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Caramel Flavored Vodka 

4 oz. Apple cider

4 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Apple slice

Cinnamon stick

Directions:

Fill a glass with ice. Top with Smirnoff Vodka, apple cider and Barritt's Ginger Beer. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. 

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Sideline Spicy Mule

Ingredients:

2 oz. Jose Cuervo Tequila

1 oz. Lime juice

4 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Jalapeño

Lime slice

Directions:

Add ingredients into copper mug. Garnish with a lime slice and jalapeño.

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Gridiron Ginger Beer Shandy via Canadian Living

Ingredients:

4 oz. Hellman's Old Style Lager

4 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

1 lime

Directions:

Fill a glass halfway with ice and squeeze lime over top. Add Hellman's Old Style Lager and Barritt's Ginger Beer. Stir to combine.

What team are you rooting for this season? Share your favorites in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share.