Lauren Conrad played host at POPSUGAR and Malibu Island Spiced's recent LA soiree, and at the bash, she gave us her tips on making the most of the final weeks of Summer. Lauren shared one of her favorite cocktail recipes, tips on garnishing a Summer-friendly drink, and advice on decorating for a pool party. She also filled us in on how to prep our hot-weather wardrobes for Fall and how she mixes up her makeup routine season to season.
If you're as obsessed with Bruno Mars's "Locked Out of Heaven" as its legions of fans are, then toast to it — and to its MTV VMA nominations with a cocktail that's as heavenly as the viral tune. Made with pisco, sparkling wine, and St-Germain, this fizzy cocktail is like a Peruvian take on the perennially popular Moscow Mule, hence its name. Make sure to tune in to the awards show this Sunday, Aug. 25, and sip away on this sultry sparkler as you watch the magic unfold.
The next time you're hosting an outdoor party, keep things simple by letting St-Germain — an elegant, aromatic elderflower liqueur — do the heavy lifting in the drinks you serve. Expert mixologist Lynnette Marrero swung by POPSUGAR Live! in NYC to share an easy-to-make cocktail starring the liqueur that will have your friends asking for a refill — and an invite back! Watch the segment, then get the recipe.
Move aside, Mai Tai. The tropical drink's got some competition with the Kon-Tiki Swizzle, a contemporary tiki creation that boasts some surprising ingredients, from Campari to coconut water. For this edition of Happiest Hour, Morgan Schick, bar manager of San Francisco's Trick Dog and partner at Jupiter Olympus, shows us how to swizzle our way to Summer refreshment. Watch the video to get inspired, then see the recipe.
To infuse a little excitement into your life without living dangerously at 50,000 feet, whip up a batch of the Chamomile High Club, a beer and bourbon cocktail. Kate Bolton, bar manager at San Francisco's Maven, shows us how to make this bracing yet complex cocktail — verdant garnish included. Watch the video to see how it's made, and then snag the recipe just in time for happy hour.
Japanese restaurant Benihana may be known for its teppanyaki grill masters, but it also boasts some solid signature cocktails, among them a strawberry saketini. We learned how to make the drink, which melds unfiltered sake with fresh strawberry puree for a drink that's refreshing for Summer (we'd try pairing it with the chain's chicken fried rice!). Watch how it's done, and then get the recipe.
Packing for a picnic is simple: little more is needed than a trusty blanket, an assortment of snacks, and — perhaps most important of all —a bottle of crisp, refreshing wine. Quaffable, approachably priced (all three bottles are less than $20), and food-friendly, these options are practically tailor-made for sipping in the park or on a mountaintop. Watch the video to find your perfect alfresco tipple, and then gear up for a relaxing afternoon spent outdoors.
In honor of 7-Eleven's 86th birthday (yesterday, July 11), we're celebrating with sweet, booze-spiked Slurry Slurpees. To join in on the fun, stop by your nearest 7-Eleven, pick up your favorite flavor (or a couple complementary options), and add a splash of alcohol — one shot per 12 ounces of Slurpee — for a grown-up take on the hot-weather treat. Watch the video to see how it's done, and then get sipping.
We're so excited for the impending royal arrival of Will and Kate, but the big question remains: will they have a boy or a girl? Since it's anybody's guess, we've created two perfect cocktails: a refreshing, tart pink grapefruit martini for a baby girl, as well as a blue margarita (complete with blue sanding sugar!) that's perfect for a little boy. Watch and see how they're made.