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It’s All About the Stout! 4 Tasty Stouts for Fall


Stouts are the beer to drink during the fall and winter months. Breweries often release stouts around Christmas, meaning they’re at the peak of freshness at this time of year. Their dark and robust flavorings pair well with savory stews, and as the popularity of stouts has expanded beyond true beer nerds, breweries are getting… Read more »



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Flavors of Fall—Delicious Bourbon Cocktails


Bourbon is possibly the perfect spirit for fall. Its warming, rich flavors find their way to the center of your chest, radiating heat and enjoyment throughout. Cozy up to one of these tasty cocktails around your fire pit or fireplace to enjoy crisp air and good times. Bourbon-Spiked Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate is a fall… Read more »



Splish Splash: 2019s Best New Pool Gadgets


Cannonball! No pool day is complete without some fun gadgets and gizmos to kick up the fun. We gathered up the best of 2019. From ways to keep your bottled drinks cold, to the best floating speakers. Blue Wave Aqua Golf Backyard Game A day at the pool is no reason to miss time on… Read more »



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Patio Sipper: Sumptuous Summer Sangrias


First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair, sangria is a refreshing punch made from any variety of fruit, wine, and liqueurs. One of the best things about sangria is the nearly limitless number of combination possibilities. Mix up a batch before your next summer happy hour using one of these tasty… Read more »



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Patriotic Patties: Creative Burgers for Your July 4th Cookout


July 4th is right around the corner. Celebrate your independence from “the ordinary” with these patriotic burger recipes. Pair them with a delicious summer sangria or home-brewed beer for a star-spangled smorgasbord. Red White and Blue Burgers It’s a July Fourth staple. This burger from Tablespoon keeps it cheesy with mozzarella and bleu cheeses, complemented… Read more »



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Brain Freeze: Make Your Own Slushies at Home


It’s HOT! Spending time outside is a great way to beat the heat on summer days, but adding a sweet, refreshing homemade slushy to the mix is a great way to take your cool factor to the max. Use this simple recipe to create the base for your homemade slushy. Of course, you could use… Read more »



Veg Out: Five Surprisingly Delicious Vegetarian Grill Recipes


It’s cookout season! With spring in full bloom, it’s time to spend time outside with friends and neighbors around the fire pit. Below are some unique recipes to help you veg out. Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi and Pesto Burgers  Photo: VeggieBelly One great thing about vegetarian recipes is cooking with things you can’t pronounce. Halloumi is… Read more »



Tech in Bloom: Awesome New Spring Tech


Know what’s better than having an amazing outdoor living space? Having one equipped with gadgets galore. We gathered up some of the hottest new outdoor tech to turn your patio into the ultimate entertainment zone. Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer Photo: Manufacturer Don’t be a chronic hood lifter. Let the Meater wireless thermometer send notifications… Read more »



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Flower Power: Floral Spring Cocktails


Flowers are being used more and more often to complement flavors in foods and cocktails while adding aesthetic beauty. Capture the sights and smells of spring in a uniquely floral cocktail with one of these clever recipes. Sakura Martini Photo: Saveur   Created by Tokyo native Kenta Goto of Bar Goto, this inventive cocktail combines… Read more »



Snack Madness: Slam Dunks from the Grill


The big tournament is in full swing! These creative recipes are perfect for flexing your grilling skills and keep your guests cheering. Invite over a group your team’s super fans and get grilling. Blue Cheese Hot Wing Dip Grilled hot wings are a no-brainer for any party. They are quick, easy, and great for feeding… Read more »



Warm Up: Out of the Ordinary Warming Drinks


Gathering around a crackling fire pit on a cold winter night is a tradition as old as time, and nothing mixes better with the smell of woodsmoke than time with friends and a delicious warmed cocktail in the hand. Cinnamon Tequila Hot Toddy In a twist on the classic recipe, the smoky flavors of tequila… Read more »



Wireless Wonderland: The Best Outdoor Tech for Winter


One of the great things about having a patio is the ability to get the most out of your backyard year-round. Fire features and integrated lighting are great ways to extend your outdoor entertaining season, but making sure you have the best tech will encourage you to spend more time outdoors. These nifty devices will… Read more »



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Festive Favorites: Southern Takes on Christmas Cocktails


Holiday cheer is best served cold. We gathered up some classic Southern cocktail recipes and gave them a festive twist for the holiday season. Try out one of these tasty recipes at your next party or around the firepit on a crisp night. Holiday Milk Punch Milk punch is a Southern staple originating from New… Read more »



5 Delicious Smoked Drinks That You Can Make at Home


Adding a smoky infusion to your cocktail is an easy way to impress your guests with your bartending skills and tantalize taste buds. Smoked cocktails acquire the flavor of whatever they’re smoked with and can be prepared using woods like hickory, maple and applewood or with your favorite cigar or tea leaves. Ready to smoke?… Read more »



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Rosé All Day: 5 Easy Sipping Rosés for Your Next Gathering


Rosés are versatile, flavorful wines suitable for almost any occasion. According to The Manual, rosés were also among some of the first wines ever made. Rosés are light in body and served chilled, making them perfect for cookouts or hanging out around your fire pit. We found five delicious wines to try before your next… Read more »



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Patio Puffing: 5 Great Cigars to Enjoy on Your Patio


For some, there’s nothing more relaxing than spending a couple of hours puffing away on a nice cigar outdoors. We gathered up five of the best cigars on the market, from mild beginner-friendly sticks to robust dark smokes, so you can find your flavor. Cigars for Beginners Knowing what makes a quality cigar can be… Read more »



Merry Madness: Celebrate Your Bracket with A Regional Bloody Mary


Photo: Google Image Royalty Free Bloody Marys are commonly viewed as brunch drinks, reserved only for weekend mornings, but in recent years, they’ve become a statement piece for many bartenders. Popular at bars across the country, each recipe reflects the flavors of the region. “What makes Bloody Marys great is that everyone has their own… Read more »



Heat It Up- Tasty Warm Cocktail Recipes


Warmed cocktails are the perfect way to fight the dreadful winter chill. We sat down with seasoned bartender Sam Park and had him whip up three of his favorite warm cocktails. Learn how to make them yourself with these easy recipes. Lapsang Toddy This cocktail is Sam’s own creation and molds the smoky herbal flavors… Read more »



Poppin’ Bottles: Tasty Holiday Beers


The holidays are upon us! Maybe you’re looking for something tasty to sip next to the roaring fire, or something to pair with a holiday dinner. We rounded up some of the best holiday beers for you to try at your next festive get-together! Tröegs Mad Elf Mad Elf has become a renowned holiday favorite… Read more »