Snow Day Sips

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As the winter months drag on and the snow continues to fall, it's no question your restlessness increases with each passing day. Peak cabin fever season is here and will likely stick around for a little bit longer. And while you may be ready for spring to arrive, there's something that's both comforting and relaxing about knowing you're snowed in for the day with nowhere to go. So the next time those flakes start to fall from the sky, do yourself a favor -- sit back, relax and reach for a bottle of Barritt's Ginger Beer because these cozy cocktails are perfect to whip up when you're surrounded by a winter wonderland. 

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Smoky Whiskey Mule via Chili Pepper Madness

Ingredients:

6 Bacon slices

3 tbsp. Brown sugar

1 tbsp. McCormick Chili Powder

1 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice

3 oz. Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Whiskey

12 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bacon on a lined baking sheet and cover with brown sugar and chili powder before baking until crispy. Cool completely. Place four bacon slices in a cocktail shaker with Jack Daniel's. Shake vigorously and then steep for at least 10 minutes or overnight. Strain bacon and whiskey mixture into two ice-filled glasses and split lemon juice between each. Top with Barritt's Ginger Beer and garnish with a slice of candied bacon.

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Pomegranate Irish Mule via Fox and Briar

Ingredients:

2 oz. Whiskey

4 oz. Pomegranate juice

6 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

Pomegranate arils

Sugared rosemary sprigs

Directions:

Fill a copper mug with ice and add whiskey and pomegranate juice. Stir until combined before topping with Barritt's Ginger Beer. Garnish with pomegranate arils and sugared rosemary sprigs.

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Rosemary-Ginger Sparkler via Food & Wine

Ingredients:

2 oz. Jim Beam Bourbon

1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. Rosemary-Ginger syrup

2 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

1 Rosemary sprig

Directions:

Fill a copper mug with ice and add Jim Beam Bourbon, lemon juice and rosemary-ginger syrup. Stir well. Top with Barritt's Ginger Beer and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

What sips do you always have on hand in case you get snowed in for the day? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Sweet Treats for Your Valentine

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They say the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach and after putting this theory to the test, whoever "they" is was definitely right. Whether you'll be spending this month with someone special celebrating Valentine's Day or will be gathering together your crew to celebrate Galentine's Day, let your sweet tooth loose and indulge in one of these delicious desserts. Sure to make hearts skip a beat, we guarantee these sweet treats paired with one of our bright cocktails, like the Red Vespa, will make your February complete.

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Conversation Heart Cookie Sandwiches via I Spy DIY

Ingredients:

1 c. Unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/4 c. Sugar

1 Egg

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. Almond extract

3 c. Flour

1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

Vanilla frosting

Sprinkles

Red gel food coloring

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the egg, vanilla and almond extract, mix until combined. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet one until combined. Divide dough into two bowls and add 1/8 teaspoon of gel food coloring into each. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Once dough is chilled, set out for five to 10 minutes before using. Flour your work surface and roll dough out to 1/4" thick before using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for seven to nine minutes. Let cookies cool before piping your frosting on the bottom side of each cookie. Place two together to form a sandwich and roll in sprinkles. 

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Cupid Heart Cake Pops via Hello Little Home

Ingredients:

1 Baked Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake

16 oz. Betty Crocker Chocolate Frosting

Wilton Candy Melts in pink and bright white

Vegetable shortening

Lollipop sticks

Gold cardstock

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Directions: 

Put the baked cake into a large bowl and break into fine crumbs. Stir in the frosting, adding just enough to hold the cake together. Form the cake mixture (approximately a tablespoon for each) into a ball and flatten slightly before molding it into a heart shape. Use a toothpick to refine the edges. Place the hearts on their sides on a parchment-lined baking sheet, insert the lollipop sticks and freeze for one hour. Microwave the candy melts following the instructions on the package before adding in two teaspoons of vegetable shortening. Dip each heart into the candy melts and put back onto the baking sheet to harden. Once hardened, decorate the pops as desired and place into the fridge. Cut arrows out of the gold cardstock and glue onto the end of each lollipop stick once candy melts have hardened. 

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Red Velvet Cookies via The Domestic Rebel

Ingredients:

3/4 c. Softened butter

1/2 c. Brown sugar

1/2 c. White sugar

1 Egg

1 tbsp. Vanilla extract

1 1/4 c. Red velvet cake mix (dry)

1 1/4 c. Flour

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1 1/2 c. White chocolate chips

Directions: 

Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla until combined. Finally add in the red velvet cake mix, flour and baking soda until dough is formed. Stir in one cup of white chocolate chips. Chill overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking sheets with cooking spray. Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough approximately two inches apart and bake for nine to 11 minutes. Place the reserved white chocolate chips onto the tops and allow to cool. 

What sweet treats do you use to capture hearts for Valentine's Day? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes to get festive for the fourth in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

Toasty Toddies

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While January is known on average as being one of winter's most brutal months in the Northern Hemisphere, truthfully Northerners know it's really just the beginning. And though some may consider ginger beer to be more of a go-to for their summertime sips, we're here to tell you that no matter the season nor the weather it brings, nothing beats a Barritt's cocktail. Whether you're just getting home from a bitterly cold afterwork commute or have just come indoors from shoveling snow, these toasty toddies are sure to warm your soul and fill your heart with happiness all day, every day. 

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Ginger Hot Toddy via Robust Recipes

Ingredients:

1 oz. Jim Beam Original Bourbon Whiskey

1 tbsp. Honey

12 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer 

Lemon wedges

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe glass, combine Jim Beam Whiskey with the honey and heat in the microwave until slightly warmed. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Add in Barritt's Ginger Beer and stir to combine. Microwave until warm before squeezing one lemon wedge into the drink. Garnish with a lemon wedge. 

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Winter Tea Rum Punch via Sugar Salted

Ingredients:

1 c. Water

3 Wintery teabags such as cinnamon or baked apple

1 c. Fresh orange juice

1 1/4 c. Barritt's Ginger Beer

1 c. Dark rum

1/2 c. Honey

Orange twists

Sugar swizzle sticks

Directions: 

Bring water to a boil on stove. Remove from heat and let tea bags brew for five minutes. Discard the bags. Combine orange juice, Barritt's Ginger Beer, rum and honey in a separate saucepan. Stir in hot tea. Bring to a boil before lowering to medium heat and letting simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and pour into serving glasses. Garnish with an orange twist and swizzle stick. 

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Hot Ginger Punch via Metro

Ingredients:

5 oz. Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

27 oz. Barritt's Ginger Beer

15 to 20 Cloves

6 to 10 Star Anise

1 Vanilla pod

Orange twists

Directions: 

Gently heat Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum and Barritt's Ginger Beer on the stove for five to ten minutes. Do not bring to a boil. Slice the vanilla pod from top to bottom and add to the pot along with cloves and star anise, keeping the heat on low. Add a few orange twists and gently stir. Ladle into glasses and garnish with remaining spices or twists.

What's hot toddies do you turn to when the heart of winter hits? Do tell! Share your favorite recipes in the comments below or head to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account to share. 

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.