Fall’s Favorite Sips – Cooler Weather Cocktails

Fall’s Favorite Sips – Cooler Weather Cocktails

Now that the cooler weather is starting to creep in, it’s impossible not to start thinking of all things apples and pumpkins and spices. Each new season brings new feelings and new flavors… and of course, new cocktail menus! Here are some fun fall flavors incorporated into great party drinks.

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Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
The traditional Moscow Mule gets quite a makeover here, adding both cranberry and sparkling apple juice to the typical vodka and ginger beer, with a sprinkle of fresh cranberries for garnish.

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Apple Hard Cider Sangria
Sliced apples, oranges, and peaches meet fresh raspberries, apple juice, orange juice, brandy, AND hard apple cider in this complex and delicious fall take on the popular summer wine cocktail.

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Cranberry Margaritas
Simple and uncomplicated, this drink combines cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur for a delicious and fall-inspired margarita!

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Pear Mimosas
As simple as it gets – and just as delicious! A great pick for brunch, pear nectar takes the places of orange juice, with fresh pear slices for garnish. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, this is a good pick!

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Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned
For those extra chilly nights, a maple bourbon old fashioned is just the thing. The usual sugar gets replaced with maple syrup, then follows the traditional recipe with water, bitters, orange peel, and bourbon. Add a maraschino cherry for garnish!

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Pumpkin Keg
If you’re looking for a fun fall DIY, this is a great crowd pleaser, and a super fun way to serve your favorite beer, cider, or other party drinks.

What’s your favorite fall libation?

5 Fun Ideas for Corporate Event Swag

5 Fun Ideas for Corporate Event Swag

Corporate events are a wonderful opportunity for employers to show their appreciation for all that their employees do, but they’re made infinitely better – for the staff at least – by the presence of some fun corporate swag. For most companies, corporate events only come around once, maybe twice a year, so it’s a fitting opportunity to give your workers a little something special as a token of appreciation.

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Below we’ve compiled a list of 5 fun corporate event swag ideas, that run the gamut from practical to cutting edge, and everything in between.

1. Nicer Branded Attire
Most companies these days have branded gear for their employees to wear, but it’s often the budget-type t-shirts that are cool looking, but not the most durable or long-lasting. Ordering brand name items – say a heavier embroidered fleece if you’re in a cooler climate, or a higher-end zip-up trainer says that you put some thought, and cash, behind the gift. As a company you still get an opportunity for some “free” advertising, but your employees are much more likely to wear it, and love it.

2. Portable Make-Your-Own Cocktails
This one only applies to companies that don’t view a casual cocktail as something taboo, but these days it seems that a drink after – or at – work is becoming more and more commonplace. And for good reason! Portable cocktail kits are a fun, unique gift, great for companies whose employees are either remote or travel often. All they require is that you add a splash alcohol, and wa-la: a craft cocktail in your hands.

3. Collapsible Coolers
As we head into the warmer months, it’s natural to start thinking of the outdoors. Or perhaps, you’re based in a place where it’s warm year-round? Either way, collapsible coolers are a fun and practical choice. When empty, they compress down into nearly flat packages that are easy to pack or tuck into a bag, but they pop up into useful coolers in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for something really practical that your employees are sure to get a lot of use out of, these are a great pick.

4. The Newest Tech
Whether you’re in the business of technology or not, cool new tech gifts are always a popular pick. If you’re on the smaller side (or have a generous spending budget), you might be able to splurge on something pricier like a tablet or e-reader, but even for larger companies, more affordable items like fitness trackers or quality headphones are sure to be a hit. You could even consider dolling out slightly sillier technology-related gimmicks like selfie-sticks, if your employees would enjoy that kind of (gag) gift.

5. A Philanthropic Gesture
Donations aren’t always considered a “gift” to everyone – it takes a very philanthropically minded individual to appreciate this kind of gesture. But these days, a lot of companies offer their employees such awesome perks on a daily basis – endless snacks, catered meals, unlimited vacation, beer on tap – that it’s a sensible, and generous, alternative to a material gift.

These are just a few of our favorite, less traditional corporate gift ideas. We’d love to know – what’s the best corporate gift you’ve ever received?