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Tea-Infused Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail

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Get ready to celebrate with a fun and festive Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail! Our new favorite way to toast friends and loved ones is a blend of gin, tea, and winter-time fruits, with chilled Prosecco floated on the top for a bubbly finish. It’s both sweet and tart, with hints of blueberry and pomegranate and herbal […]

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A large jar and glass of citrus white sangria sits on a table next to a platter of oranges, lemons, and limes with a background of daisies.

Green Tea and Citrus White Sangria

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Sangria is a wonderful summer drink, and this Citrus White Sangria is so exquisitely refreshing and zingy, you may want to keep a pitcher handy for leisurely sipping on every sweltering afternoon. As the sun sinks lower in the sky and the hope of cooler evening temperatures inches closer, an icy glass of Citrus White […]

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A pitcher full or fruit and iced tea sangria is in the foreground along with thinly sliced lemons on a floral plate. A glass of sangria and daisies are in the background.

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Sangria

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As summer temperatures soar each afternoon, a tall glass of iced tea sangria is a luscious way to bid farewell to the heat of the day and beckon a balmy summer evening. A delightful blend of wine, sweetened tea, and fresh fruit, iced tea sangria is not only a refreshing drink, it is beautiful to […]

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Tea and Orange Juice: 3 Citrus-Infused Drinks

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Tea and orange juice may not be the combination that first comes to mind when you are thinking up new recipes for your next brunch, but we think it’s a combination you should definitely try. So, we paired orange juice with three of our favorite teas to create a delicious trio of drinks that are […]

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Spiked Hot Tea: A Trio of Warming Winter Toddies

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In my home, growing up, there were two remedies to treat a cold: sleep, and a hot toddy. Now, in my adulthood, I turn to a cozy, spiked hot tea for more than just the sniffles. A traditional hot toddy typically consists of a simply brewed black tea, lemon and honey, and an ounce or […]

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What Liquor Goes With Tea

What Liquor Goes With Tea

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Here at Plum Deluxe we think tea can pretty much go with anything. This is because there are so many varieties of tea and an infinite number of tea blends that it’s pretty easy to find a pairing that works. We have paired tea with cheeses and tea with soups, and now we are talking […]

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Pumpkin Spice: Hot Buttered Rum and White Chocolate Truffles

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Pumpkin Spice Season is here! How can you tell? First, it’s hard to miss the store displays of pumpkin spice everything, from coffee to chips to beer to room deodorizers. I’m pretty sure I spotted some pumpkin-flavored cat treats in Target. Back-to-school displays are emptied and replaced with Halloween costumes, and folks are breaking out […]

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Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Scones with Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea

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Pumpkin and spice and everything nice make this pairing of Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea and rich, tender Spiced Pumpkin Scones a perfect combo for fall brunch or tea time. You can make the tea in advance and let it cool overnight, saving you prep time. Scones are always best made the day they’re served, but […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail and Sorbet

Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail and Sorbet

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Fall is apple cider time! Here are two recipes that make the most of the season’s apple cider — be sure to get freshly pressed cider if possible. The Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail is a cold cocktail featuring the addition of pumpkin spice tea. It’s extra autumn-y! You’ll want to use the cider reduction that […]

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3 Arnold Palmer Drink Recipes With a Cocktail Twist

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Step aside, sweet tea! The Arnold Palmer is teeing up to be the go-to summertime punch. What’s an Arnold Palmer, you may ask? It’s a blend of iced tea and lemonade named after the famous professional golfer, who was known to order the drink at country club bars. We are utterly besotted with them, especially […]

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Three Elegant Prosecco Cocktails

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Prosecco is such a convivial drink, laid back and sprightly, the perfect thing for an alfresco lunch or a posh dinner. Especially as spring days warm up and you get your first chance to sip a glass of bubbly whilst sitting in the garden or on a sun-drenched veranda. While Prosecco is lovely on its […]

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Novel Idea Tea Cocktail Recipe

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Our Reading Nook Blend tea was the first Plum Deluxe tea, and has always been a best seller. It’s just a fun, floral black tea. It’s also the tea Plum Deluxe gets the most requests for using in recipes. Today, I’m sharing a creative tea cocktail that’s great for happy hour regardless of the season; […]

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“Conversation Starter” Tea: An Earl Grey Cocktail

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When I’m enjoying a cup of Earl Grey tea, I tend to go for a London fog (e.g. Earl Grey latte).  But did you know that Earl Grey makes a fabulous cocktail base?  Much better than those sugary, preservative-laden cocktail syrups. Try this easy-peasy Earl Grey cocktail recipe that is just perfect for a dinner […]

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A Freshly Minted Cocktail for Year-round Enjoyment

When we first blended our Evergreen Mint Tea, I was blown away by its extraordinarily minty — yet well-balanced — potency. But I confess, I don’t normally drink mint tea straight up, so I decided to do a little experimentation. The results? My friends, this tea makes a Really. Good. Grasshopper. (Teahopper? Mintyhopper?) The creme […]

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Spread The Love Potluck

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It is really easy to get caught up with what is next in our lives; what movie we want to see, what vacation to plan, what the next five years will look like, etc. But, we are missing the most important part… we are forgetting to think about what is right in front of us, […]

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Spicy Orange Champagne Cocktail

I recently attended the Portland launch party for ZICO’s new beverage line of chilled juice blends. I was really intrigued by the concept, because I don’t like to drink straight juice — too acidic, too much sugar, too much. Love the idea of pairing it with some coconut water. Love the idea of pairing it […]

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Spice Is Nice: Three Perfect Chai Cocktails

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It’s my favorite time of year: chai season! Actually, if you know anything about me you know I think any time or season is perfect for chai, but the crisp air and spicy scents of fall make the autumn months even more so. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my very special, very […]

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Miguelito: Italian-Themed Beer Cocktail

If you’ve spent any time here at Plum Deluxe, you know that beer cocktails are very en vogue. The same can be said for classic Italian cocktails or anything with Campari. That’s why we were so intrigued when we saw the Miguelito cocktail recipe from one of our local mixologists here in Portland. This drink […]

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3 Beer Cocktails to Set Your Summer Scene

Beer: it isn’t just for hipsters and microbrew mavens anymore. This trio of recipes will introduce you to the alchemy that happens when you mix a brewski with various other ingredients you might never have thought compatible. You can use your favorite beers in these cocktails, but remember that their flavors will be layered with […]

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Celebrate Negroni Week: Negroni Cocktail Recipes with a Twist

It’s Negroni Week, a nationwide event where bars offer signature negroni cocktails, with a portion of each cocktail sold going to charity. A negroni, if you aren’t as familiar with your Italian cocktails, is simply equal measures of campari, gin, and vermouth. To celebrate, we’re bringing you a couple of negroni cocktail recipes with a […]

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I Will Be Your Gin In a Bottle: Top 3 Indie Gins from the US

Some like tequila, while others go straight for the beer. Call me an old man, but for me, in the summer, nothing beats gin. Here are our top three picks for the best and brightest independently-produced gins in the United States — all perfect paired with a poolside lounge or a hammock in the shade. […]

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After-Dinner Delight: Set Up a Coffee Bar that Will Make You a Legend Among Hosts

You’ve nailed the appetizers. Your entrée brought water to the mouths of angels with its heavenly aroma. The craft beer and wines you paired with both showed absolute genius. Now, how are you going to finish off your epic feature of culinary quintessence? The after-dinner coffee bar, of course. Your guests will rave, and you […]

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Holiday Cocktail: Egg Nog White Russians

Okay, I have a confession to make.  I really want to love egg nog, but I just can’t enjoy it.  Unless it has booze in it. *hangs head in shame* I know that I am not the only one who enjoys an egg nog cocktail – my favorite these days is the wonderful egg nog white russian.  Here’s […]

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Milk and Cookies for Big Kids: 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Moo

Ok, so brownies and port aren’t really your thing and you’re craving the traditional plate of cookies with milk. Except… you’re a grownup now, so why have just plain milk? Here’s how to upgrade your moo for 21-and-up enjoyment. The Basics Getting “adult” on your glass of milk doesn’t have to be hard. The simple […]

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4 Fab International Holiday Cocktails

’Twas the month before Christmas and all through the world, people were mixing their favorite holiday cocktails in hopes of making spirits merry and bright. Here’s a sampling of international cocktails that will light the star on your tannenbaum. Gluehwein — Germany Germany’s version of mulled wine is spicy, sweet, and lushly festive. Enjoy this […]

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Apple and Spice and Everything Nice: 3 Cocktails for Autumn Sipping

It may be time to bid farewell to the frozen margaritas of sultry summer nights, but don’t despair. This trio of cocktail recipes featuring the favorite fall flavors of lush ripe apple, warm cinnamon, and sweet apple pie will help make the transition to chilly nights and falling leaves considerably more enjoyable. Three Apples Cocktail […]

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Harvest a Collection of Great Seasonal Pumpkin Cocktails

’Tis the season for pumpkin picking, carving, and … cocktailing? Maybe you’ve never had a cocktail featuring this bright orange fall favorite. It’s high time to change that. Here’s a sampler of cocktails that utilize pumpkin puree (make your own or use store-bought) to bring autumn’s harvest to your next cocktail party! Pumpkin Pie Olé […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Brandy (But Were Afraid to Ask)

When you think of brandy, what comes to mind? Is it your grandpa, smoking a stogie and sipping from a snifter? Is it a mystery to you, a beverage from the past, shrouded in words like “cognac” and “armagnac”? Not to fear! Brandy is less intimidating than you might think, and it goes perfectly with […]

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Ciao Bella! Surprisingly Sexy Classic Italian Cocktails

If classic Italian cocktails make you think of ill-tempered older gents wearing dark suits and smoking cigars in a soundproofed back room with dramatic overhead lighting, you could be forgiven. But consider that the Italians are professionals when it comes to sexy. Think cars, fashion, food. It’s no real wonder that these favorite libations of […]

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Getting Tippled: Eastern European Liqueurs to Make Now for Fall

When temperatures fall, I like to look to Eastern Europe for inspiration as I brew liqueurs and spirits to keep us warm on cold nights. Countries such as Hungary, Russia, and Slovakia have been turning their excess stone fruits and other ingredients into luscious tipples for centuries. Plums and Cherries to Warm Your Soul I […]

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Hate Overly Sweet Daiquiris? Try One of These for a Twist.

Did you know that July is national daiquiri month? Not that I really needed an excuse for a cocktail, but frankly, most daiquiris are too sweet and filled with icky syrups and artificial flavors. Not exactly a cause for celebration. Let’s talk about the history of the daiquiri for a second. It is believed this […]

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Mint Condition Cocktail Favorites: Brighten Up Classic Cocktail Recipes with Fresh Mint for a Summer Sensation

Throwing a midsummer’s eve cocktail party or simply serving drinks with dinner? Surprise your guests with these updated versions of favorite cocktails flavored with fresh mint, the “hospitality herb.” Fresh mint — and fresh is nonnegotiable in these cocktails; don’t be tempted to use the dried stuff — adds a sweet, lively, aromatic element that […]

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The Art of Saké: Everything You Need to Know to Fall In Love with Saké

The first introduction that many have to saké is not usually the best: a bottle of hot saké forced upon them in a Japanese restaurant. I know because I used to work in one and served bottles of that stuff all day. The smell of it still haunts me. What most people do not know […]

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Summer Switch: Cold Versions of Favorite Hot Drinks

When the temperatures start to rise and we pack away the jackets and long sleeves, we also replace our warm, winter drinks with summer thirst quenchers. Here are some refreshing cold counterparts to our favorite hot beverages. Cold-brewed Coffee Cold-brewed coffee (also called toddy coffee) is new to me, but I’m hooked. As a fan […]

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The Art of the White Wine Spritz

When I lived in Europe, the second the temperatures started soaring – and if you’ve ever walked a mile on centuries-old stone boulevards in 80F+ heat, you’ll know that the temperatures indeed can soar – the restaurant terraces and patios that rolled out months earlier were packed to the rafters. What’s on the table?  Lots […]

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Cocktail Casual: Fun Twists on Old Classics

In the cold winter months I love hot toddies and mulled wine, but come spring and summer I crave a sweet cocktail laced with fruit and cream. The fun thing about cocktails is they’re so easy to play around with, substituting one liqueur for another, changing the fruit or herb, switching out white wine for […]

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Sophisticated ‘Hooch’: The Ultimate Guide to Legal Moonshine

The word “moonshine” conjures up images of backwoods, moonlight at midnight, bathtubs, and maybe even car radiators. But this liquor has recently happened upon a renaissance, since many states have relaxed liquor laws long on the books. Much more refined than its wayward predecessors, moonshine brands are now looked upon as top shelf liquor, and […]

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Spirited Infusions with a Twist: 5 Favorite Tea Cocktails to Try at Home

Tea is rich in antioxidant benefits, naturally sugar-free (a teaspoon of tea brewed with water only contains 2 calories), contains the calming amino acid L-theanine, and is quite impressive when it comes to its lustrous history, deep cultural roots, and veritable characteristics. It is the most widely drunk beverage in the world beside water. Here […]

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A Mixologist’s Picks on When to Upgrade Your Liquor

Unfortunately, although I don’t know you, I can almost guarantee you that it’s time to upgrade your liquor. Don’t worry, though, it’s not bad and not necessarily an expensive thing. As Martha Stewart would say: it’s a good thing. Most of us get our original knowledge of liquor when we were in college. And most […]

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Cordially Yours: How to Make Your Own Cordials

My first encounter with homemade cordials came through the pages of Anne of Green Gables with her infamous raspberry cordial. For years, I thought it must be some exquisite elixir made with secret and exotic ingredients, only to discover that it is simplicity itself. Fruit. Sugar. Water. What Is a Cordial? Although in America, “cordial” […]

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5 Micro-Distilleries You Have to Visit (And What to Wear)

America is loving a rise in artisanal craft distilleries. From the Hudson Valley to the Pacific Coast Rain Forest, the opportunity to visit and taste some of the best spirits being made since the prohibition era are numerous. Here’s a rundown of five of the most popular for you to consider visiting this year. Normally, […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Absinthe but were Afraid to Ask

Absinthe. La fée verte. The Green Fairy. What began as a medicine became a craze that sparked almost 100 years of controversy. In the 1800s, it was so popular that happy hour was named after it; by the early 1900s, it was maligned and vilified to the point that it was banned in most of […]

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Winter Warmers: Locally Inspired Holiday Cocktails

This time of year it seems certain types of drinks come into fashion, and the most popular of course, are warm cocktails. Personally, I think when done well, a tasty winter warmer (even if cold by temperature) can be the perfect thing to warm up a chilly afternoon, a great start to the night, or […]

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