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A Los Angeles-based brunch and cocktail blog by Brielle Galekovic.

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End of Summer Cocktails to Celebrate Labor Day with Friends

How have we already reached Labor Day?! I feel like it was just 4th of July. Well, I am totally a summer girl and I'm having a hard time accepting this, like I do every year. On the bright side, there's fresh and festive cocktails to be made to celebrate Labor Day and beyond with friends. Especially here in SoCal, it may be summer till November. LOL. Here are my 3 faves for celebrating with a group - total crowd pleasers!

Carrot Pineapple Punch

Carrot Pineapple Punch with NOLET's Gin

Ingredients: 

2 cups NOLET’S Silver Gin 

2 cups Carrot Juice 

2 cups Pineapple Juice 

1/2 cup Lemon Juice 

1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger 

2 cups Ginger Beer 

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with edible flowers and citrus wheels. Make ahead: freeze an ice mold adding citrus fruit or edible flowers. Makes 8-10 cocktails.

Sweet Heat Margarita

Sweet Heat Margarita - The Gilded Bellini

Ingredients:

2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Agave Nectar

4-5 Raspberries

Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Rim

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass

Garnish with a raspberry or jalapeño slice

Bushwick Punch

Smoke Tree Rosé - Bushwick Punch

Ingredients: 

4½ cups Smoke Tree Rosé

2 cups unsweetened black tea

¾ cup lemon juice

½ cup bourbon

½ cup raw cane sugar syrup

1 cup blueberries

1 lemon sliced

Directions:

Fill a punch bowl with ice

Top with Smoke Tree Rosé, unsweetened black tea, lemon juice, bourbon and raw cane sugar syrup.

Stir to chill and combine ingredients

Top with lemon slices and blueberries

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Sweeten Your Day with This Recipe for National Watermelon Day

If there's one fruit of the summer, it is hands down, watermelon! And it just so happens that National Watermelon Day falls on an extremely hot August 3rd. With watermelon in one hand, the only proper thing to do is to have a watermelon cocktail in the other, right? My kind of double fisting! Watermelon and gin is my new favorite combination, and surely one which I know you will love. Here's my recipe for a Silver Watermelon Cooler! 

Silver Watermelon Cooler

Silver Watermelon Cooler on The Gilded Bellini

Recipe

1.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin

.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

.5 cup Fresh Watermelon

4 Basil Leaves

Directions:

Muddle basil and watermelon in the bottom of a shaker. Add ice and all other ingredients to the shaker. Shake and strain into a goblet. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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It's National Tequila Day... So Let's Make Lots of Tequila Cocktails

National Tequila Day might just be one of my favorite days of the year. But I mean... isn't any day you drink tequila one of your favorite days? Maybe I'm just biased because tequila is my fave (sorry vodka... actually not sorry), but there's nothing like a nice refreshing tequila cocktail on a hot day -- perfect that this day falls during a summer month! Here are some of my favorite recipes to celebrate with: perfect for parties, get togethers or simply just sitting by the pool or in your own backyard with one in hand. Cheers!

Corralejo Spicy Pineapple Paloma

Corralejo Spicy Pineapple Paloma

Ingredients:

2 ounces Corralejo Silver

½ ounce grapefruit juice

½ ounce lime juice

½ sliced Serrano pepper

¾ ounce agave syrup

Pineapple soda (to top)

Tajín (for rim)

Directions:

Rim your glass with Tajín

Add all ingredients except the bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients

Strain into your glass over fresh ice

Top with pineapple soda

Garnish & Enjoy!

Pomegranate Margarita

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Ingredients: 

2oz tequila

2oz pomegranate juice

1oz lime juice

1oz simple syrup

Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade

Vanilla flake salt rim, for garnish

Lime wedge, for garnish

Directions: 

Rim glass with a lime and dip into salt, fill glass with ice and set to the side. In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and shake. Strain into glasses and top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade, stir lightly to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Los Arango Spicy Ginger Margarita

Los Arango Spicy Ginger Margarita

Ingredients:

2 ounces Los Arango Blanco

1 ounce lime juice

½ ounce ginger simple syrup

3 slices fresh cut jalapeño

Tajín for rim

Directions: 

Rim your glass with Tajín

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake to chill and combine ingredients

Fine strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice

Garnish & Enjoy!

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