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4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall 4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall


4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall Including Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Credit: Duke and Dame press release



Pumpkin may be the flavor of the fall, but nothing sounds better or cozier than salted caramel flavored whiskey.
Thankfully, the indulgent flavor is available from Duke & Dame, and is available for all your fall cocktail needs.
The whiskey contains only 1g of sugar per serving and features 100% natural ingredients, per the press release. 
Here are some of the cocktails you can whip up to create the festive fall mood while watching Halloween classics and all the Halloween offerings on Netflix
Caramel Pumpkin Pie 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1/2 oz Real Pumpkin Puree 
3/4 oz Lemon Juice 
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 
1 Egg White 
Caramel Apple Mule 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1 oz Apple Cider 
1/2 oz Lemon Juice 
Top Off w/Ginger Beer 
Caramel Sour 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1 oz Lemon Juice 
1 oz Simple Syrup 
Egg White (or Aquafaba) 
Duke In The City 
1 oz Duke & Dame 
3/4 oz Luxardo Liqueur 
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth 
3/4 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice 
Brandied Cherry (garnish) 

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The Best Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Illinois to Check Out This Fall



The Best Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Illinois to Check Out This Fall

Fall is the best time of the year.

Pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, pumpkin and apple donuts… the list goes on.

But best of all, it’s time to visit a pumpkin patch and get lost in a corn maze!

It isn’t just kids and adults that want to get in on the fun, so do our furry four-legged friends!

If you’re a crazy dog parent (and who isn’t?), there’s no reason to leave Fido at home on a beautiful fall day. 

After all, your pup loves the crinkling leaves and brisk fall weather just as much as you do.

You can obviously take your pup to the park, but if you’re going for the full fall experience, you’re likely making your way to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard so that they can run around, play, and socialize. It’s all especially important after we’ve spent a lot of time cooped up at home amid the pandemic.

The good news is, there’s a handful of pup-friendly farms near the Chicagoland area that will greet your whole family with open arms.

Just make your Fido also gets a #basic fall photo from the day’s activities.

*Most farms have COVID-19 protocols in place, so be sure to double-check those before going!*


Richardson’s Adventure Farm – 909 English Prairie Rd, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Open: September 11 – November 7

Fun for the whole family” takes on a new meaning here. Not only does Richardson’s Adventure Farm boast the world’s largest corn maze with 28-acres, but you can get lost in the corn maze with your dog!

“With its 9 – 10 miles of trail winding through 28 acres of live corn, you are in for a challenge and a treat,” the website notes.

There’s also a petting zoo, kiosks with food and drinks, and more!

Per the website, “you are welcome to bring your dog if it is on a leash and plays well with others!”

I speak from experience when I say this is my doggo’s favorite pumpkin patch to visit. He loves socializing with all the other pups!


Konow’s Corn Maze – 16849 Cedar Rd, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Open: September 18 – October 31

A maze, an animal barn, and fun rides — what more do you need?

Other fun activities include a corn pit, shooting gallery, and straw playground. You won’t run out of things to do here. ? Best of all, dogs are allowed on the premises.


Abbey Farms – 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL 60502

Pumpkin Daze Opens: September 18 – October 31

Priding themselves on ol’ fashioned fun, Abbey Farms welcomes the families + pups to explore their 40-acre pumpkin farm, sip of craft beer, get lost in a corn maze, and pick pumpkins for at-home celebrations.

If you’re bringing a pup, be sure to be courteous: “We love our furry four legged friends. A few rules do apply tho. We do require all owners to take full responcibility for their pets, clean up after them and abide by the areas of the farm that do not allow pets due to close proximity to other guests. Abbey Farms reserves the right to ask any guest to leave for any reason. Abbey Farms requires all owners to accept all liability for their pet while on Abbey Farms grounds!”


Eckert’s Farm – 951 S Green Mt Rd, Belleville, IL 62220

Open: Yearround

This one is a bit of a drive, so make sure you plan it on a weekend when you have some time to spare. But it’s definitely worth it. As the farm is open year-round, you can enjoy the summer months strawberry or peach picking, or check out the sunflower maze.

When fall comes around, you can go apple picking, taste cider, or find the perfect pumpkin to carve.

Your options aren’t limited to summer and fall either as you can pick your Christmas tree in the wintertime.

Thankfully, your best furry friend can come along for the adventures.

“We are a pet-friendly company and we welcome leashed dogs on the farm and bike path. Service dogs are the only dogs permitted inside buildings. We welcome leashed dogs to ride on the wagons. They are also permitted in the apple & peach orchards, Christmas tree fields, and the pumpkin patch. Dogs are not allowed to enter the strawberry or blackberry patch or the veggie fields. Reminder: Please be prepared to pick up after your pet,” the website notes.

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Cheesecake Factory Treating Customers to Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes This Fall



Cheesecake Factory Treating Customers to Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes Cheesecake This Fall

I know I don’t need to tell you that it’s officially pumpkin season.

 The minute the clock strikes September, pumpkin-flavored items take on a life of their own. 

The Cheesecake Factory is tapping into the pumpkin obsession as the chain released the seasonal Pumpkin and Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes. 

As the Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake has “a layer of pecan pie topped with a layer of pumpkin cheesecake, finished with caramel and chopped pecans, all in a pastry crust.”

You can purchase both flavors by the slice or as a whole now through Thanksgiving! 

Bon Appétit, pumpkin lovers! 

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7 Refreshing Cocktails Your Labor Day Party Needs



It’s time to soak up every last bit of summer this Labor Day weekend.

And in order to do it properly, you’re going to want to make one of these essential summer cocktails.

Here are the best drinks to toast the summer with:


The Savoy at Red Rooster Overtown

  • 2 oz of E11EVEN Vodka
  • 1 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 1 oz of Agave Nectar
  • 6 Grapes – Green and/or Purple


In shaker, muddle 6 grapes, add agave, citrus, and E11EVEN Vodka. Hard shake and dirty dump into a rocks glass. Garnish with grapes through a skewer

E11EVEN Vodka - The Savoy at Red Rooster Overtown - Photo by Felipe Cuevas - 1

Photo Credit: Felipe Cuevas


Luau Libre by Hayden Miller Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

  • 1.5oz Gem & Bolt Mezcal
  • .35oz Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur
  • .75oz Agave Syrup
  • .75oz Fresh Lime
  • 2d Tiki Bitter

Directions: Combine all liquid ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice. Shake roughly 20 seconds to fully combine ingredients. Strain shaken ingredients over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Photo Credit Felipe Cuevas


Citrus Bomb Gin & Tonic by Naren Young at Sweet Liberty

  • 1.5 oz. Fords
  • ¼ oz. Italicus
  • Barspoon Suze
  • Barspoon grapefruit oleo saccharum
  • Barspoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash lemon bitters

Directions: Fill Wine glass with ice, then add all ingredients. Top with Q tonic and stir. Garnish with 1 lemon wheel, 1 lime wheel and 1 orange wheel


Photo Credit: Michael Pisarri


Marrakesh Garden at Byblos Miami

  • 2oz.  Rum
  • 1oz. Lime
  • 1oz. Cucumber Juice
  • 1oz. Mint Syrup

DirectionsCombine ingredients in a long glass. Add ice and garnish with nigella seeds.

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Photo Credit: Felipe Cuevas)


A Head of Lettuce at Warren Delray

  • 2oz Wheatley Vodka
  • 1oz Fresh Pressed Citrus Juice
  • 1oz Cane Syrup
  • 1 leaf Romaine Lettuce
  • Bar spoon Olive Oil 

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin, shake for 10 seconds, double strain and serve in a chilled coup. Garnish with salt & pepper and chili oil

Head of Lettuce - Warren - Photo Credit Felipe Cuevas



Hornitos Tequila Zarza


  • 2 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila
  • 1-part Simple Syrup
  • 1-part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Blackberries
  • Float: DeKuyper Creme de Cassis Liqueur


Combine all ingredients, excluding liqueur. Shake well. Strain and serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Float liqueur on top. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Credit: Hornitos



On The Rocks The Cosmopolitan

A wildly popular cocktail, the Cosmopolitan is a simple cocktail with a big history. This classic cocktail blends flavors of cranberry, triple sec, lemon zest and lime – cut through with smooth EFFEN Vodka.


Simply pour over ice and enjoy

Credit: OTR

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