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4 Refreshing Fourth of July Cocktails Made with LaCroix

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How lucky are we that the upcoming 4th of July holiday falls on a weekend?

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — that’s four full days of celebrations. 

And the best way to celebrate on the fourth, other than basking in the rays and lighting up the grill, is with some refreshing patriotic drinks!

LaCroix Sparkling Water has provided us with frozen recipes featuring top summer flavors that will keep the party going while providing plenty of hydration.

The best part is that these mocktails also work as alcoholic beverages, so they’re fun for the whole family! 

They can even be turned into refreshing frozen slushies or popsicles to beat the heat. For slushies, simply follow the recipe instructions, add ice, and blend. For popsicles, follow the recipe instructions, pour the mixture into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

All you have to do is reach for the sparkling water you already have in your fridge anyway!

Check the recipes out below:

 

Patriotic Punch

05 MINUTES
Ingredients:
  • 1 can LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá Sparkling Water
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Handful of fresh blueberries
  • Handful of fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbs. fresh lime juice
Directions:

Combine half of the mint leaves, blueberries, raspberries and lime juice in a glass and slightly muddle together. Add ice and top with LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá Sparkling Water. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves.

Optional alcohol: Vodka

 

Mango Raspberry Margarita

05 MINUTES
Ingredients:
  • Freeze Dried Raspberries
  • 1 oz. mango
  • 1 oz. raspberries
  • Squeeze of orange
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 4 oz. Mango LaCroix
Directions:

Freeze dried raspberry rim. Muddle mango and raspberries. Squeeze orange and lime. Add ice and Mango LaCroix. Stir and garnish.

Optional alcohol: Tequila

 

Coconut Cooler Mocktail

05 MINUTES
Ingredients:
  • 1 can LaCroix Coconut Sparkling Water
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 2 oz. lime juice (fresh)
Directions:

Shake milk and juice and pour over ice cubes in a glass. Fill with coconut LaCroix sparkling water and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.

 

Skinny Mojito Mocktail

05 MINUTES
Ingredients:
  • 6 oz. LaCroix Lime Sparkling Water
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 wedges fresh lime
  • crushed ice
  • 8 oz. glass
Directions:

Squeeze fresh limes over mint leaves. Muddle mint and lime juice. Add crushed ice and top with LaCroix Lime Sparkling Water. Garnish with mint leaves & fresh limes.

Optional alcohol: Rum

 

You can also binge-watch these shows all weekend long!


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

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4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall

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

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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

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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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