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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too. 

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you’re ready to celebrate our wonderful country today with an outdoor barbecue, fireworks and a little booze. I’m normally a red wine person, but white wine is my go-to during the summer months. For that extra refreshing summertime flavor, I love to mix a little lime soda and orange juice with my wine. To keep your drink cold (and for a patriotic touch), add frozen blueberries in lieu of ice and incorporate strawberries for added color and flavor.

Patriotic Wine Spritzer

Patriotic Wine Spritzer

6 ounces white wine
2 ounces lime soda
splash of orange juice
handful of frozen blueberries
handful of strawberries
wooden skewer
patriotic scrapbook paper or washi tape (optional)

Combine white wine, lime soda and orange juice in a wine glass. Alternate strawberries and blueberries on a wooden skewer, and place in the glass with a handful of frozen blueberries. For a patriotic touch, use double-stick tape to attach a piece of patriotic scrapbook paper to the top end of the skewer. Cheers to America!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour. 

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

It’s officially the lazy, hazy days of summer, that time of year when all I really want to do is enjoy a cocktail on my deck. Or by the pool. Or the beach. You get the idea. With this mindset, it was pretty easy to come up with my player for HGTV Cocktail Week. Glamorous people of the internet, I bring you the cocktail most likely to make you friends (or friendly!): The Magic Hour.

The Magic Hour Cocktail Recipe

I can’t explain how delicious this cocktail is. The gin is herb-y, the mint and cucumber are refreshing, the fruit and lemonade add sweetness, and the secret ingredient of Aperol adds a bitter note that keeps it all oh-so-delicious and very easy to drink. The name is inspired by the “Magic Hour,” that idyllic time of day when then light makes all of your photographs look like you’ve run them through your favorite Instagram filter. It also just so happens to be the perfect time to enjoy a cocktail. Cheers!

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What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

The taste and smell of fresh watermelon always take me back to summers spent in my grandfather’s garden here in East Tennessee. My cousins and I would crack open ready-to-eat watermelons and let the juices just run down our faces. I ate so much watermelon as a child that it’s probably my least favorite fruit these days, but this refreshing cocktail has brought it back to the top of the list. A fresh and colorful twist on the classic Moscow Mule, this summery version features the perfect mix of fresh watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice and both ginger beer and ginger syrup for fizz and spice.

If you’re looking for me I’ll be on a patio somewhere drinking THIS.

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

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What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

Thanks to Bespoke Post for sending over a specially branded kit including the Smirnoff Vodka, Liber & Co’s Fiery Ginger Syrup and copper mugs.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

I don’t know what the weather’s been like in your neck of the woods (paging Al Roker…), but here at the HGTV offices it’s been downright tropical — muggy, steamy and hot, hot, hot! And what could go better with tropical temps than a tropical cocktail? Usually, a margarita is my summer go-to, but this unrelenting heat calls for something special — a drink that’s as colorful and fun as the waterbird for whom it’s named:

Pink Flamingo Cocktail Recipe and Ingredients

Pink Flamingo

1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces pineapple juice
splash orange juice
4 ounces clear soda

Combine ingredients in a tall shaker with crushed ice. Shake, strain, then pour into a stemmed glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a strawberry. Enjoy a taste of the tropics wherever you may be!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

Lately, I’ve been on a beer+rum cocktail kick, so when Liz introduced to me to grapefruit beer, I knew I had to try it. Turns out, it’s pretty delicious and I had a hunch it would pair well with the coconut rum sitting in my freezer. So I started experimenting and came up with a summery beer-tail using pineapple, orange and lime juices, coconut rum and, of course, grapefruit beer. It sounds super sweet, but the lime and beer give the mix a light, crisp flavor that’s refreshing instead of sugary. It’s absolutely perfect for those sweltering days on the lake here in East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Fizz

1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 small lime
3 ounces coconut rum
1/4 cup grapefruit beer
lime wheel, for garnish

1. Add rum, pineapple and orange juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker.

2. Cut a lime in half and lightly squeeze about 1/4 teaspoon of juice into a shaker. Shake well. (Don’t add too much or it will overpower the other ingredients.)

3. Pour over fresh ice in a glass tumbler until 3/4 full.

4. Top with about 1/4 cup of grapefruit beer or to taste. Stir twice quickly with a spoon.

5. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy while fizzy.

Tip: You likely won’t find grapefruit beer at the grocery store, so save yourself some time and stop by your local beer market or package store first. It’s definitely worth the trip!

Do you have a favorite beer-infused cocktail? Tell us in the comments. And for more delicious cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

When I think of summer I think of hand-churned ice cream, soft-serve swirl cones and Nutty Buddies from the Good Humor man. This absurdly easy-to-make cocktail is a grown-up version of those sweet, creamy desserts, but in drink form. It’s the perfect refreshing sip when the weather turns steamy. Through some alchemic magic, the combination of vanilla vodka and ginger ale transforms into a dead-ringer for a cream soda. Since we’re in the midst of bathing suit season, you can sub the calories in regular ginger ale for diet. But don’t skip the maraschino cherries or a tall soda glass in order to really savor the frothy goodness.

Cream Soda Cocktail Recipe

Cream Soda for Grown-Ups

2 ounces vanilla vodka
6 ounces ginger ale
2+ maraschino cherries
crushed ice

Combine vodka and ginger ale in a tall soda glass with crushed ice. Garnish with at least two maraschino cherries.

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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Welcome to Design Happens’ Cocktail Week! Each day from now until July 4th we’ll be sharing our favorite summer cocktail recipes on our Facebook page and here on the blog. Join us for #HGTVHappyHour and share your favorites, too.

Suddenly in the summer, a good Cabernet (my usual go-to beverage) isn’t very appetizing unless it’s in sangria form. Tequila, on the other hand, when mixed with the right goodies, is an instant summer refresher that still feels light enough to drink poolside in the sweltering heat. Margaritas are great, but lately I’ve been swapping the lemon-lime mix for grapefruit soda. Enter: the Paloma.

For this cocktail, I made my own grapefruit soda using a seltzer bottle but you could easily skip the extra steps and use a store-bought brand. Squirt, IZZE and Fresca are all good choices.

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Paloma

For the grapefruit soda:

1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons simple syrup* (more or less to your liking)
1 cup water

Stir ingredients together to combine. Pour into a seltzer bottle or soda stream until ready to serve.

*To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, strain the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Paloma:

3 parts grapefruit soda
1 part tequila
pink Himalayan sea salt
lime wedge, for garnish

Swirl the lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in the sea salt to coat. Fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and top with grapefruit soda. Stir and add a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy!

What cocktails are you sipping this summer? Let us know in the comments. And for more delicious (and gorgeous!) cocktail recipes, check out #HGTVHappyHour.

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You may or may not have gotten your dad a gift for Father’s Day yet. I hate to break it to you, but Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you can’t think of anything to top last year’s surprise camping trip or that amazing tech gadget, then surprise him with homemade food for every single meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert — keeping Dad’s belly full with delicious food is the best gift of all. You can prep our easy recipe suggestions below ahead of time, so you can still spend time with the dad(s) in your life on his special day.

Father's Day Breakfast Recipe

This Tex-Mex cowboy skillet recipe is a fiery way to start Dad’s day off right. Serve it alongside fruit, coffee and bread, and get the kids to surprise him with breakfast in bed. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Lunch Recipe

Since you have so many other meals planned for the rest of the day, giving Dad a lighter lunch option is the way to go. Even though this Greek chicken pita is healthy, it’s packed with lots of flavor and nutrition. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Snack Recipe

If you choose only one of these recipes to make for Dad, it should be the pub pretzel and beer cheese dip (smoked gouda and cheddar to be exact). Trust me on this one. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Dinner Recipe

The Creole-inspired sauce in this chicken and sausage pasta dish adds hard-to-resist spicy flavor and will have Dad coming back for seconds. Get the full recipe >>

Father's Day Dessert Recipe

This dessert looks like bacon and tastes like it, too! The shortbread recipe gets its bacon flavor from applewood smoked salt. You can chill the dough overnight, and bake it fresh on Father’s Day. Get the full recipe >>

Try our other delicious recipes and cocktails that Dad is sure to love.

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Okay, so it’s not really summer yet, but with daily temperatures in the 80s, it’s certainly starting to feel like it. Long, balmy days always put me in a beachy frame of mind. Sadly, HGTV Headquarters is a long way from the coast, so I decided to whip up a virtual vacation in a glass: a classic lime margarita with a tropical twist.

Tropical Margaritas

Ready to make your own? Trust me, they’re a snap to make and so, so delicious!

You’ll need just a few things you likely already have in your kitchen, like sugar and water (for the simple syrup), limes, an orange or two, pineapple juice and not one but two types of booze: tequila (of course!) and the tropical twist: coconut rum.

Tropical Margarita Recipe

Yum! Beach or no beach, one of these is sure to get you into a vacation state of mind. Get the recipe >>

Margaritas are my warm-weather cocktail of choice. But we’d love to know — what’s your favorite summery sip? Tell us in the comments below. Plus, check out more summer entertaining ideas.

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I’m always the one that shows up to the barbecue with a dessert in hand. Savory sides are fine, but sweets are where it’s at. I love experimenting with new recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out my grandmother’s cookbook and whip up some crowd-pleasing classics. If you’re a fan of the old-school favorites, then you’ll love these new twists, too.

If You Like Peach Cobbler…

Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim

…then try peach cobbler ice cream cake.
Peach cobbler is the perfect way to finish any summer meal. Combine the beauty of cobbler, cake and ice cream, and you’ve just created the ultimate summertime dessert masterpiece that’s utterly irresistible. Get the recipe >>

If You Like Banana Pudding…

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel

…then try milk chocolate banana pudding.
It’s the same banana pudding that you know and love, except you’re making homemade chocolate pudding and topping with chocolate shavings. There’s nothing wrong with that! Get the recipe >>

If You Like Strawberry Shortcake…

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel

…then try grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream.
You need less than 10 ingredients to make this summertime staple. There’s nothing better than smooshing sliced strawberries and homemade lemon cream between pound cake slices. It’s ok to skip the napkin on this one. Get the recipe >>

More Sweet Treats to Try

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Summer is (un)officially here! You can take your rules about when summer “starts” and when I’m allowed to wear white pants somewhere else. I’ll be busy firing up the grill and savoring these delicious recipes on the patio with friends.

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges With Zesty Dipping Sauce

sweet potato fries

Image courtesy of Floating Kitchen

Nix the Plain Jane fries that everyone else serves, and forget trying to use your oven on an 80-degree day. These grilled sweet potatoes are the answer to your picnic wishes, and they’re nutritional powerhouses, too. Plus, the homemade dipping sauce sounds better than any store-bought variety you could find. Get the full recipe at Floating Kitchen >>

Steak Fajitas

steak fajitas

Image courtesy of Apples & Sparkle

Everything about this meal is grilled! The steak and colored peppers—even the tortillas all get that smoky char on them for the perfect blackened flavor. I love the use of red and orange peppers for their boost of vitamins C and A. You can also try this with chicken for a leaner protein option that cuts down the fat. Get the full recipe at Apples & Sparkle >>

Asian-Marinated Grilled Shrimp Skewers

asian shrimp

Image courtesy of This Silly Girl’s Life

These skewers pass right over the typical garlic and lemon shrimp, and jump into a sweet and tangy Asian-inspired sauce that only gets better when grilled.  You can prep the low-cal skewers (don’t forget to soak in water if using wood) ahead of time, and pop them on the grill when guests arrive—they only take a few minutes! Get the full recipe at This Silly Girl’s Life >>

Grilled Stone Fruit  + Almond Mascarpone Dip

grilled stone fruit

Image courtesy of Dessert for Two

Yes, you can grill fruit. Yes, you’ve been missing out if you haven’t already tried it. Peaches, plums, apricots and pluots (a plum-apricot hybrid) were quickly put on a hot grill and served with a dollop of what sounds like fluffy heaven. Caramelized almonds are mixed with mascarpone, almond extract and honey to create a sweet dip for this healthy dessert. Get the full recipe at Dessert for Two >>

Try one (or all!) of these recipes at your next barbecue, and let us know your favorite.

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Your classic margarita goes as follows: tequila, triple sec, (fresh!) lime juice, ice and salt for the rim — simple with a kick. This year, we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo by taking the classic margarita and transforming it with the season’s most enticing fruits, vegetables and spices. From coconut and blood orange to chopped mango, we’ve got six new ways to amp up your margarita game.

Pomegranate Lava Margarita

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

Mixologist and tequila expert Jay Silverman uses a delicious blend of summer fruits to give this margarita both a savory and fruity taste.

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces Mandarine Napoleon
  • smoked gray salt, for rim
  • lime wheel, for garnish

1. Rim a rocks glass with smoked gray salt.

2. Combine fruit juices, Mandarine Napoleon, pomegranate molasses and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

3. Serve over fresh ice in the glass.

4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

FIVE MORE SIMPLE + DELISH MARGARITA RECIPES

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I’ll be embarking on my 7th journey to sunny Mexico in three weeks (eek!), so I’m currently obsessed with all things taco and tequila. But to be honest, I adore everything about Mexican culture; the people, the crafts and of course, the food. So needless to say, I’ll be going all out for my Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Tuesday with a full day of cooking and eating. Join me in celebrating with these fiesta-worthy recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and more!

BREAKFAST: PIONEER WOMAN’S HEARTY BURRITOS

Image courtesy of Food Network

¡Buenos días! Get your day going with a hearty breakfast burrito that’s just spicy enough to wake you up. This recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, kicks off the festivities with hot sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños and crispy potatoes. Get the recipe here >>

LUNCH: CARNE ADOBO SKEWERS + AVOCADO FRIES

Carne adobo skewers and avocado fries

Set the patio table and gas up the grill for a lunch of fresh carne adobo skewers paired with some crispy avocado fries — a unique take on Mexico’s most famous fruit.

APPETIZER: QUESO FUNDIDO

Quick and easy queso fundido recipes

Switch up the plain queso this year with these three easy and flavorful queso fundido dips that will satisfy meat lovers, seafood fans and vegetarians alike. Simply serve them with warm tortillas chips. Get the recipes here >>

Tortilla chips also pair great with this go-to guacamole >>

More Fiesta-Worthy Bites

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Let the kiddos get in on the food prep this Easter with these fun, easy and super adorable recipe ideas that require minimal ingredients and no baking. Plus, each recipe contains either fruits, dairy or protein presented in a fun way for little ones with picky palates.

BUNNY PARFAIT

Bunny Parfait

Photo and recipe courtesy of Yoplait

Hop into spring with a tasty parfait made with layers of just three simple ingredients.

Yield: 1 parfait

  • 1 Yoplait Original French Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 small can sliced peaches or fresh sliced peaches
  • 1 handful Annie’s Honey Bunny Grahams

1. Layer yogurt and peaches in a bowl.

2. Top with a handful of bunny grahams.

HATCHING CHICK EGG

Hatching Chick Egg for Easter

Eggs — hard-boiled, deviled, dyed and plastic — are an Easter staple. But you can take a simple hard-boiled egg to the next level with a few simple materials and ingredients. Seriously, this is adorable.

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More Fun Bites for Kids

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You’re never too old to decorate Easter eggs! So, while the kids are having their fun, you can have yours — cocktail in hand.

CHERRY PEEPS COCKTAIL

Cherry Peeps Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe by Michelle Edgemont

An unexpected take on a dessert cocktail, this creamy beverage is garnished with your favorite Easter treat — Peeps!

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DEW DROP COCKTAIL

Easter Dew Drop Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Jung Lee and Clos du Bois

Serves One

  • 4 ounces Clos du Bois California Chardonnay
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1-2 ounces simple syrup
  • grapefruit slice, for garnish

1. Create a simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove pan from heat.

2. Shake all ingredients with ice, and serve in champagne coupes or vintage tea cups. Finish with a grapefruit slice.

4 More Spring Concoctions to Try

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Ashley!

Welcome to Spring Essentials, a Design Happens mini-series where we’ll highlight our favorite products to help you get your home ready for spring. The fourth installment: Kitchen tools that will help you turn spring produce into a delicious feast. See our product picks, then enter for a chance to win one of these tools for your home.

Felicia has you digging in the garden in style, so you’re going to need to do something with all the fresh greens, asparagus, peas and other fresh spring produce that sprouts from your soil. Using the right kitchen tools makes a world of difference in making cooking with fruits and veggies easy and enjoyable. Grab these tools and get cooking so that you can take advantage of the beautiful spring bounty!

Spring Kitchen Tools 2015

1. Chef’n SpinCycle Salad Spinner: Give your greens and herbs a good wash to get them fully clean, and then rid them of excess water to keep them crisp with this handy salad spinner. The Chef’n SpinCycle comes in a cute spring green color and lays flat for handy storage. ($25)

2. KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife, 8-inch: Every good chef has a quality knife, and a chef’s knife is the perfect workhorse for slicing, chopping and dicing just about anything — especially spring produce. The 8-inch KAI for Williams-Sonoma Chef’s Knife comes in a bright, bold red that is perfect for spring. ($19.95)

3. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Triple-Ply Stainless Universal Steamer With Lid: Steaming is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to cook fresh produce, and it’s a great way to make veggies easier to eat without losing their bright flavors. This universal steamer from Cuisinart fits inside 2-, 3- and 4-quart saucepans so that you can choose the cooking vessel that works best at any given time. ($34.99)

4. Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector: If you’re cooking with veggies and fruits, you’ll end up with scraps which you’ll want to compost and use to add nutrients back to your garden (circle of life!). The Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector allows oxygen to easily flow through your organic waste, reducing odor and preventing fruit flies. A win for everyone! ($29.95)

5. Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection: When you’re done preparing your meal, how about serve your delicious culinary creation to friends and family on the back patio? The cute dishes in the Kate Spade New York Melamine Collection come in fun colors with festive sayings and won’t shatter if dropped. ($14-$40)

Are you ready to start cooking? One lucky Design Happens reader will win a Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Collector, just in time for Earth Day. 

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. This giveaway’s question: What spring vegetable or fruit have you been looking forward to eating the most?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2015 and 6:00 p.m. ET on April 3, 2015. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Jennifer H.!

Believe it or not, Easter is the second highest candy-consuming holiday in America — right behind Halloween, of course. It’s no wonder, with several popular candy brands featuring Easter editions every year. Who wouldn’t love egg-shaped chocolates covered in pastel-colored candy coating? If you aren’t quite sure which candy to fill your kids’ (or your own) baskets with this year, we’ve listed our favorites you can buy — or if you’re feeling ambitious — DIY!

DIY: Chocolate Coconut Candy

These white- and dark-chocolate covered coconut balls have a delicious filling made with real raspberries. Place them in your kid’s Easter basket, or wrap them in cellophane for guests to enjoy after Easter brunch.

Chocolate Coconut Candy

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smoothies
Spring is right around the corner, and by right around the corner, we mean tomorrow. “Wait, what?!” That’s right. Even though it may not feel like spring is in the air, warmer weather, sunshine, and yes, shorts and swim suits, will be a reality before you know it.

So as we adjust our closets from cable knits to maxi dresses, let’s make some changes in the kitchen, too. These healthy smoothies are just the light and fresh recipes to help you make the transition.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, party people! I couldn’t pass up this holiday without sharing some downright mouthwatering cocktails that just happen to be — you guessed it — green. (Or, topped with green sprinkles at least!)

SOMETHING DECADENT

Irish Root Beer Float Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Elegant Affairs

  • 1 ounce Root Beer Schnapps
  • 1 bottle root beer soda
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ice
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the soda.

2. Pour into a frosted beer mug or an Irish coffee mug, then pour in the soda.

3. Top with whipped cream and green sugar crystals for a sweet and festive touch.

SOMETHING REFRESHING

Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of SVEDKA Vodka

  • 2 ounces SVEDKA Vodka
  • 3/4 part fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 part simple syrup
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Create a simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove pan from heat.

2. Muddle mint at the bottom of a Pilsner glass and build your drink on top over crushed ice (except for bitters, mint and sugar crystals).

3. Agitate with a spoon (or swizzle), making sure not to disturb the mint at the bottom.

4. Top with ice, rim with green sugar crystals and garnish with mint.

SOMETHING HEALTHY

Green Leprechaun Kale Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sakara Life

  • 4 ounces tequila (or any spirit you prefer)
  • 1 ounce ginger juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup kale juice
  • 1/2 lime
  • ice, for shaking
  • frozen pomegranate seeds, for garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, liquor, ginger juice, pineapple juice, kale juice and lime.

2. Shake until all ingredients are mixed together and drink is chilled from the ice.

3. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

4. Top with frozen pomegranate seeds and an extra squeeze of lime.

What festive recipes are you whipping up today? Let us kn0w (aka share your yummy secrets!).

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