Spring Cleaning Tricks Using Alcohol

Spring Cleaning Made Easy With Interesting Uses for Alcohol

Spring Cleaning tricks using alcohol

Getting ready to do some spring cleaning? Put down that bottle of Silver Polish, and grab a bottle of Vodka.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy With Interesting Household Uses for Alcohol

 

Yeah, you read that right. Almost everything you need to accomplish your spring cleaning tasks can be found in your liquor cabinet. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to get rid of your biggest messes.

You might be surprised how else you can use your favorite liquor, wine, and beer around the house. These are just a few interesting household uses for alcohol that you don’t know about yet.

Your liquor cabinet might just be holding the keys to making your spring cleaning tasks much easier.

 

Streak-Free Shiny Windows and Mirrors

Save on the Windex and fill a spray bottle with a mixture of vodka and water to clean your windows instead. Wipe away for a streak-free shine. The Vodka-Water cleaner makes a great glass cleaner too.

 

Clothing Stains Meet Your Match

Saving your laundry from makeup or oil stains could as simple as soaking the spot in Tequila. The alcohol helps to dissolve the oil, allowing you to remove the stain in your favorite shirt. Remember to put a towel down under the garment you are spot soaking to protect your surfaces.

You can also use vodka to blot remove red wine and grass stains from clothing. Spray the spot with vodka, rinse with water. This process might take a few rounds.

 

Shower Mold Be Gone

Fill a spray bottle with gin and spray it onto the mold in your shower. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wash away with warm water to remove.

 

Bye Bye Toilet Rings

Mary Findley, the green-cleaning expert of Go Clean, suggests using 1/2 cup of vodka once a month in your toilet. The Vodka helps to keep those ugly rings from forming in your toilet, as it acts like a disinfectant. You can use it to clean your toilet seat too while you are at it.

 

Clean Your Jewelry

Believe it or not, soaking your silver or stone-studded jewelry in vodka, for about 10-20 minutes, and will bring them back to their sparkling selves. Sotheby’s Diamonds says soaking a diamond ring in a shot glass of vodka for a few hours, and rinsing it with warm water will dissolve dirt attached to your diamond.

This is not recommended for your opals and pearls!

 

Perk Up Your Plants

Don’t sacrifice an Aspirin tablet to the flower gods again! You can use Vodka and Beer to keep your plants from drooping. Pouring a little bit of beer into flower beds and pots perks plants and flowers back up. While mixing a tablespoon of vodka and sugar to a flower vase can help elongate the life of fresh cut flowers.

Vodka can also be used to keep pests off of your waxy leaf plants, instead of pesticides. Dip a cotton ball into vodka and dab it onto the waxy leaves to keep the aphids away. You can also do this with Christmas trees, later in the year, using a spray bottle.

 

When the spring cleaning is done, treat yourself to a Drink of the Week cocktail. You’ve earned it.

Spring Cleaning Tricks Using Alcohol

Check out more uses for alcohol around the house with Better Homes and Gardens

 

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Brio Drink Of The Week: The Irish Buck

Drink of the WeeK: The Irish Buck

“Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey! Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy-O!”

The citrus twist of this Drink of the Week, The Irish Buck, is sure to put a bit of a Jig in your step.

Brio Drink of the Week: The Irish Buck

Whiskey and Ginger Ale have had a casual love affair for such a long time, that many Irish Whiskey distillers have put their name on this spicy flavored classic.

As part of the Buck family of cocktails, which is mixed with ginger ale or beer and citrus, the Irish Buck is a smooth mixture of Jameson, ginger ale, and lemon juice that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Now let’s show you how you make an Irish Buck!

 

Irish Buck

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jameson Whiskey
  • 3 Ounces Cold Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Lime for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

The Irish Buck: Add ice to glass until about 3/4 full. Pour whiskey, ginger ale, and lime juice over ice. Stir together, garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

Try this Irish Buck cocktail.

 
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Drink Of The Week: Gin Rickey

Drink of the Week: Gin Rickey

It’s a Gin Drinker’s Best Friend

The Gin Rickey is a real contender if you are looking to upgrade the classic Gin and Tonic.

Drink Of The Week: Gin Rickey

 

If you love Gin ‘N Tonics, you’re going to love this Drink of the Week: The Gin Rickey. Named after “Colonel Joe” Rickey, the Gin Rickey has delicious herbal qualities derived from the beautiful marriage of juniper berries and lime juice. Gin is known for its particular aroma that is reminiscent to the smell of Christmas trees.

Do you know what F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite cocktail was? I’ll give you three guesses, but the first two don’t count. Fitzgerald even makes reference to the cocktail in his novel, The Great Gatsby. With bathtub gin in ready supply from 1920 to 1933, it’s not surprising that cocktails like the Gin Rickey became pretty popular during the Prohibition era.

This low calorie and low carb drink is a favorite for those on a diet, but still wish enjoy a cocktail from time to time. The Gin Rickey is a real contender for if you are looking to upgrade the classic Gin and Tonic. Grab yourself a glass and add this cocktail to your drink list!

 

Gin Rickey

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Club Soda
  • Lime Wedges For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Scotch Glass

 

Preparation

Pour gin and lime juice over ice in a chilled highball glass. Top with club soda, squeeze in some extra lime from wedge, and mix with stir stick. Garnish with lime wedge, and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 2.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0.6 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Cocktail Tools

Add these 5 Cocktail Tool Hacks to your at home bartending skills

Let’s face it. Not all of us have a complete bar at home, stocked with all the tools of the trade. But never fear! Your kitchen holds the key to at home bartending success.

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

Picture this: You get the idea to make a fancy cocktail at home, like this Manhattan cocktail, that you’ve found on Pinterest. You’ve read over the ingredients and instructions, but what’s this? You’re missing the proper equipment to make it. Oh no!

Don’t fret. There are some simple bartender hacks that you can use to make your favorite drinks with tools found in your kitchen. We offer up alternatives for some common cocktail tools in a couple of our Drink of the Week cocktails. These simple bartender hacks can help you get creative with what you put in your glass.

 

Use Measuring Spoons in place of a Jigger

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

What’s a Jigger? Jiggers are the basic hourglass-shaped measuring device used by bartenders to count ounces. Measuring spoons or measuring cups can work wonders in place of a jigger. This might require you to do a little extra math in order to get equivalent amounts. If you can’t remember that 1/2 Ounce is equal to 1 tablespoon, this conversion chart might help.

Replace a cocktail shaker with a Tumbler or Mason Jar

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

James Bond takes his cocktails shaken, not stirred. Shakers are used to mix drinks, and to chill them when shaken with ice. Basically, any container with a lid will do the trick for this, but a 16-24 oz Tervis Tumbler works great, and you can drink right out of it if you like. A mason jar is the real MVP of bartender tool hacks. It’s a shaker, strainer, and glassware all in one.

We actually utilized hack number two in The Nor’easter

 

No fancy cocktail strainer needed

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

A strainer does exactly what you think. They keep the ice and chunks of herbs/fruits out of your cocktail when pouring it into a glass. A tea strainer, small kitchen strainer (pictured above), whisk, or slotted spoon will do the trick in place of a cocktail strainer.

 

Swap out a Bar Spoon with common kitchen stirrers

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

Bar spoons are used to stir together drink ingredients, and are elongated to reach the bottom of high shafted glassware. Straws, kitchen spoons, tongue depressors (Popsicle sticks), and coffee swizzle sticks work just as well, and are more likely to be in your house at any given time. Using party straws and swizzle sticks can add a nice touch to your drinks as well.

 

Lastly, know how to pour the perfect cocktail

 

 

You can use these bartender hacks to mix yourself up on of our Drink of the Week cocktails. You’ve Earned it!

 

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No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine's Day instead!

No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine’s Day instead!

Indulge yourself this Valentine’s Day!

On the most love-filled day of the year, why not show some love for yourself? Spend this Valentine’s day with some of these self-indulgent ideas.

Happy Selfintine's Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about showering someone else with gifts and loving. If you have no valentine this year, splurge on some self love and be your own awesome valentine.

Try some of these self-indulgent ways to shower yourself in appreciation for valentine’s day.

 

Pamper Yourself


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Treat yourself to a day of self care and pampering! Take a long bath with a glass of wine, get that deluxe mani/pedi that you’ve always wanted, or rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing facial or massage. Spending a spa day to yourself or with your other single friend(s) might just be what the doctor ordered.

 

Enjoy a home crafted cocktail

This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Grapefruit Mimosa recipe via brio smart life

Crack open some bubbly and celebrate the awesomeness of you. Whether you are planning to spend Valentine’s day alone or with some friends, we’ve got dozens of cocktail recipes for you to enjoy! You’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

 

Make it Galentine’s Day


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What’s Galentine’s day? It’s only the best day of the year! Get all your gals together and hit the town. Go to your favorite restaurant, hit the clubs, and celebrate the awesomeness of you with your girlfriends. There will be other singles doing the same thing on Valentine’s day, so get your flirt on if you want. It’s all up to you tonight.

 

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth on Selfintine's Day
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Crack open Pinterest and find the most sinfully decadent dessert you can find, and eat it. This chocolate covered strawberry trifle from Lovestru.ck Events is to die for! Or try this molten chocolate lava cake recipe from Giverecipe that is super easy to make and is as delicious as it looks. It tastes even better is you use dark chocolate.

 

Go Watch a Movie


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Whether your in the mood for an awesome action flick, some tear jerking romance or bust your sides laughing comedy, grab your single friends and head out to the theater. Check your local movie theater listings on Fandango.

Don’t feel like going out or doling out the money to go to the theater? Create yourself a movie marathon of all your favorite movies. Pajama day and a movie marathon can be a great way to entertain yourself and stay comfy at the same time.

 

Have a Series Day


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Binge watch your favorite series on Netflix or Hulu, or find a whole new series to watch. Make some snacks, put on your hang out pants, and not have a care in the world…except for maybe when you get to the end of the series. Why is the season you want never on there?!

 

Have a Party

Have a little extra fun. Call all your friends and have an awesome party. Good friends, good music, and awesome drinks will liven up the night. Need some drink ideas? Check out the Drink of the Week page for some awesome cocktail recipe ideas.

 

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Drink of the Week: Sweet Love’n Martini

Drink of the Week - Sweet Love'n Martini

 

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

This Drink of the Week is a mash up of the Melting Pot‘s crowd favorite Love Martini and the Woo Woo cocktail. The Peach and cranberry merge to add sweet flavor, while the mixture of rum and Vodka give it a smooth feel. The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious combination that will complement a romantic evening with your Valentine.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • .75 Ounces Light Rum
  • .75 Ounces Peach Schnapps
  • .75 Ounces Vodka
  • 4.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Strawberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass

 

Preparation

Pour the rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into the shaker. If your cranberry juice is not chilled, add ice into the shaker. Shake the cocktail mixture together, and pour into martini glass. Garnish drink with a strawberry and enjoy! For extra dreaminess, rim the martini glass with pink or red sugar first.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal)250 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 15.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 13.4

 

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Drink of the Week - Sgroppino

Drink of the Week: Sgroppino

Just like Nona used to make!

Move over Margaritas, this delicious Venetian classic is here ‘to untie’ your choke hold on the frozen cocktail competition! Mix yourself up some citrus deliciousness with this Drink of the Week: the Sgroppino al Limone.

Drink of the Week - Sgroppino
 

Italian classics make great cocktails, don’t you think?

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco. The Sgroppino is a summer favorite in Venice, Italy where temperatures dance in the mid-80’s during the summer months. This drink was made and passed around by the aunts and uncles at some summer family dinners when I was a kid. Of course, I couldn’t enjoy it back them, but now I find myself sipping on them in the southern summer heat on the back porch as early as mid-April.

While it is undervalued in restaurants and cocktail bars here in the US, the Sgroppino al Limone is a popular Italian favorite as a common palate cleanser that makes for a wonderful dessert drink. In Italy, ‘digestivos’ are commonly drunk after a meal, but this digestivo is so fresh and clean that it makes a great companion for a warm sunny day. They help to refresh you after the meal and restore you in the heat a bit. Here’s how to whisk yourself up this delicious little treat.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Tbs Chilled Vodka
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Sorbet
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Chopped Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl or pitcher
  • Whisk
  • Champagne Flutes

 

Preparation

Sgroppino al Limone: Chill champagne flutes in the freezer for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the Prosecco, Vodka, and lemon sorbet in a small chilled bowl or pitcher. Remember to not whisk too much or it will become too liquidy. Remove glasses from freezer, pour in the Sgroppino mixture, and garnish with mint. For extra lemony flavor, add a spoonful of the lemon sorbet on top. Divertiti (Enjoy yourself)!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 157 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

 

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Drink of the Week: The Nor’easter

Oh no! Anything but snow!

This is the only Nor’easter that we don’t mind.

Drink of the week - Nor'Easter

This drink of the week recpe comes from the folks behind the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey, where they sure know how to make a killer bourbon cocktail, like this Nor’easter.

The Nor’easter cocktail puts a Southern twist on one of our past Drinks of the Week the Dark and Stormy.

Let this delicious beauty accompany your next Netflix session as you wait out the cold weather this winter.

 

The Nor’easter Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Bourbon
  • 2 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1+ Ounce Lime Juice (To Taste)
  • Lime Wedge
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Whiskey Glass

 

Preparation

The Nor’easter cocktail: Combine Maple syrup, lime juice, bourbon and ginger ale in a cocktail shaker (Tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a Tervis Tumbler with a tight lid to do this step). Shake it up until well mixed. Chill in the freezer for 2–4 minutes, until very cold. Strain and pour over ice, then garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 
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Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

This classic fave never goes out of taste.

This Drink of the Week: the Dark and Stormy is an American classic cocktails that you will want to make for all of your friends.

Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy combines spicy ginger beer and dark rum together for a taste sensation that makes your taste buds happy. The Gosling Brothers loved it so much they trademarked the name Dark ‘N’ Stormy, and created Gosling Black Seal Rum as the perfect pair for ginger beer.

Dark and Stormy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 2 Ounce Dark Rum
  • 3 Dashes Lime Bitters
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Highball

Preparation

Dark and Stormy: Fill highball glass with ice. Combine the bitters with ginger beer, and pour into the glass. Next, slowly pour the dark rum on top to create the “stormy” effect. Lastly, stir to combine and garnish with lime wedge. You can squeeze the lime wedge into the drink for an extra limey kick.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 208 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 20 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20.4 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9.6

 

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Drink of the Week: Kir Royale

Time to ring in the New Year with this Drink of the Week!

Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? Try our Drink of the Week: The Kir Royale.

Drink of the Week: Kir Royale Cocktail

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne. Kir Royales differ from Kirs, a French apéritif’ – meaning to be drunk before a meal, in that they are made using Champagne, rather than the Aligoté white wine.

In France, this cocktail tends to be expensive, so it is reserved for special occasions. This combination of champagne and Crème de Cassis has become an iconic favorite in France and around the world. For this Kir Royale cocktail, we used Briottet Crème de Cassis which makes a great pair with classic dry champagne. This French cocktail is sure to be a party pleaser with its sweet profile and notes of dark currant. Here’s to a very Happy New Year, Cheers!

 

Kir Royale Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Dry Champagne
  • 1/2 Ounce Crème De Cassis
  • Lemon Twist for garnish (optional)
Glassware You’ll Need:

  • Champagne Flute

 

Preparation

Kir Royale: Pour 1/2 oz of Crème De Cassis into the bottom of the Champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne, and garnish with the lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne.

 

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