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Jack Rose Cocktail

The Jack Rose cocktail gets its name from a play on the word Applejack brandy and the lovely rose colored hue of the sip. Applejack brandy is an all-American spirit dating back to the Pilgrims, and in colonial circles was the in-crowd’s drink of choice. One of the best Applejacks comes from the garden state of New Jersey’s Laird & Company, known for jamming twenty pounds of apples into each bottle.

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Kick off Summer with the Perfect Party

How to Host a Black and White Movie Night

Summer entertaining is easier than you think. If you’re overwhelmed at even the thought of hosting friends and family, choosing a theme may be the perfect thing for you. A theme party takes the guesswork out of entertaining. One of my favorites for summer is a black and white movie night. For everything from what you wear to the food and drinks you serve, simply let the black and white color scheme guide you.

The Set-Up:

1.       Cue up an old black and white movie on your TV. Some classic favorites that are easy to find and fun to watch are Sunset Blvd., Casablanca, All About Eve, A Streetcar Named Desire, or shake it up with Hitchcock’s Psycho. The movie is meant to be the back drop for your party, not the main focus so remember the visual is more important than the audio.

2.       OR take your cues from the pros and use a movie projector to project the black and white movie onto an interior wall, or if entertaining outdoors hang a white sheet to use as your screen and project onto that.

3.       Décor is simple with things like black and white napkins, table runners or table cloths. Vases of white flowers next to black and white pillar candles create ambiance in minutes. Add lots of pillows and throws (mix of black and white of course) for sitting on the ground or getting comfortable on the couch.

4.       Keep the lights dim to create a cozy mood that allows guests to mingle but still watch the movie if they choose

The Food & Drink:

1.       Popcorn is perfect because it’s already white and can be dressed up with fresh herbs, different kinds of salt or infused butter, like truffle butter or sriracha butter.

2.       Crostini are also an easy way to stick to the theme! Take sliced baguette, spread with chevre, top with black tapenade, warm in an oven and you have a go-to appetizer.

3.       Fill tall water glasses with black licorice and set out bowls of black gum balls or other black colored candies.

4.       Use black and white sesame seeds to top store-bought sushi rolls.

5.       Offer an on-theme dessert option like black and white cookies.

6.       Serve a nice chilled white wine like the new Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay, the first ever Chardonnay to blend California winemaking with the Southern tradition of Bourbon Whiskey aging. It works as décor too because the label is black.

The Guest List:

Invite your guests with a black and white colored e-vite, and encourage all attendees to wear only black and white attire. This can be as formal or casual as you like.

And voila your summer is off to a fabulous start. See, summer entertaining is easy. Clink!

White Peach and Basil Sangria

There is a simple formula for making great sangria. Gone are the days of red wine only pitchers. Here’s a no- fail template for making a fabulous pitcher drink this weekend. Simply choose your wine- red, white, rosé, bubbly, or other. One 750ml bottle will do. Pick your fruit, whether it’s berries, stone fruit or tropical you need at least a cup and can use as much as 2 or 3 cups.

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Fresh Raspberry Margarita

You may just find your new favorite cocktail with one tiny tweak on a classic. Here, I’ve added fresh raspberries to the traditional margarita for a pop of color and perfect hint of berry flavor. The small addition transforms the drink into a summery sip. Strawberries have the same effect — just be sure that whichever fresh fruit you use is ripe and perfectly sweet before adding them to your glass.

For the full recipe, visit today.com.