Drink Recipes

To celebrate the refreshing new boutique sodas (pops, if you prefer) that we’re carrying at selected Nordstrom stores, we’re experimenting by adding our favorite adult ingredients (clear, brown or bubbly) to these distinct flavors.

Next in our series is a beverage with an Australian twist: the Kanga Mule uses Buderim Ginger Brew plus some fruit accoutrements for a refreshing drink to nurse while you’re sitting Outback.

Kanga Mule cocktail

Photo and recipe by Tom Burritt

Variations of the classic mule aren’t hard to come by, but the Aussie-style ginger brew from Buderim makes this a cocktail with an exotic kick. The typical ginger “beer” has a certain amount of spice that we’ve all come to expect, but Buderim’s has a sweet and tangy balance that makes it one of the smoothest we’ve tasted. Drawing out the sweet with tones of blackcurrant, lemon and berries makes this the one your mates will remember.

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To celebrate the refreshing new boutique sodas (pops, if you prefer) that we’re carrying at selected Nordstrom stores, we’re experimenting by adding our favorite adult ingredients (clear, brown or bubbly) to these distinct flavors.

Next in our series is a delightful drink reminiscent of our childhood literary canon, the Wilder Wonka, made with Batch Craft Soda’s snozzberry-flavored soft drink.

Snozzberry Soda

Photo and recipe by Tom Burritt

What once was available only in a wallpaper-based medium for in-home consumption (if you were a candy tycoon, at least), that great “snozzberry” flavor is now the backbone of your favorite cocktail. The mysterious fruit won’t be adorning your garden any time soon, but the combined berry flavors in this soda make a fizzy mixture that’s a golden ticket to party popularity. Make Willy proud. Because Mr. Wonka was right when quoth he, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”

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To celebrate the refreshing new non-alcoholic boutique sodas (pops, if you prefer) that we’re carrying at selected Nordstrom stores, we’re experimenting by adding a few of our favorite adult ingredients (clear, brown or bubbly) to these distinct flavors.

The series kicks off with a favorite that uses Saiteaux Absinthe Botanical Soda. Alone, the soda has a pleasant, effervescent taste.

Saiteaux Absinth Soda Cocktail

Photo and recipe by Tom Burritt

While botanical-flavored beverages are striving to gain a foothold on mainstream menus, everybody has a story about their first (or last) sip of absinthe.

You won’t be “tripping” from this cocktail made with Saiteaux’s Absinthe Botanical Soda, but the sparkling beverage is a highly refreshing brunch-class concoction. Gin and grapefruit highlight the underplayed herbal flavors of the anise-heavy soda, adding to the freshness of the carbonation. Lemon, bitters and mint give a glistening finish that will carry down to your toes.

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We don’t know about you, but come January our aim is true yet our energy is low. Although we want to exercise five days a week, go on that elimination diet, cut out sugar and stop our Netflix binging, well, wellness seems like a goal for someone who’s run out of episodes of The OA–and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. 

But Hum Nutrition is giving us zero excuses not to adopt healthy behaviors. Their line of super supplements and vitamins addresses specific, every-body concerns like detoxing (Daily Cleanse), energy (Raw Beauty), digestion (Flatter Me) and appearance (Red Carpet). Hum’s specialized formulas are clinically tested, sustainably resourced, organic and gluten-free.

As an added incentive, their team has given us four delicious, nutritious recipes to go along with their formulas to give your diet an added boost.

Hum Nutrition Recipes

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Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases this month’s cocktail and party looks.

Jessica Tousignant at Sun Liquor, The RealestAdrianna Papell beaded crop top and tulle midi skirt | Topshop ball stop hinge bangle and mirror statement ring | Charles David Ivette sandal | Glint lattice beaded minaudière 

Sun Liquor’s Jessica Tousignant can teach you something about spirits, style and enjoying life. In fact, she taught us how to saber a Champagne bottle and mix a Spanish G&T—more on that later. The sales and marketing professional for Seattle-based boutique distillery Sun Liquor has the enviable job of evangelizing the company’s quality gins, vodkas and rums around the globe. Naturally, that brings her in contact with many fascinating industry folks, among whom she easily holds court, at international bars and restaurants.

We had the chance to talk with the energetic traveler and food-and-drink enthusiast over an equally effervescent cocktail. Here’s what she told us about her personal style, beverage predilections and what to do in Cuba, her most recent, favorite destination.

Jessica Tousignant at Sun Liquor, The RealestTell us about what you do at Sun Liquor. 

I’m the vice president of sales. In short, I’m in charge of everything related to sales and education, and I have a hand in marketing as well. I find and establish new markets and support existing ones, which means that I’m out travelling all over the place for roughly half of every year. It’s a quickly growing company, so I really wear a lot of hats, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. A lot of people think I party for a living, but really it’s a lot of behind-the-scenes heavy lifting in order to make that part possible.

What and where are the liquors currently available for purchase? 

We have a lot! Everything we make is organic. We have UNXLD Vodka, Hedge Trimmer Gin, Gun Club Gin, Silver and aged agricole (cane juice) style rums, as well as a line of bitters and our eggnog, which has an astounding cult following. We also have a few special releases coming up that everyone should keep their eyes peeled for: we got our hands on some of the raw honey that comes from the beehives kept on the rooftop of the Fairmont Olympic hotel—very exciting! Nationally, everything can be found at Total Wine & More, and also on all Alaska Airlines flights.

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Tony Awards watching party: easy party appetizer and cocktail recipes for entertaining a crowd from Nordstrom.

We’re excited to again be the official red-carpet sponsor for the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11. While you’re watching all the style and excitement at Broadway’s biggest night, why not  invite some friends over and enjoy all the action while imbibing and snacking on some delicious nibbles from our cookbooks and restaurants?

We’ve got four simple recipes for entertaining a crowd: an easy, creamy artichoke dip with Parmesan cheese; a gourmet popcorn bar with three flavor-packed seasoning salts; a wine-spritzer-meets-sangria cocktail; and our version of a French 75 champagne cocktail made with orange liqueur and real gold flakes—so fancy.

Tony Awards watching party: easy party appetizer and cocktail recipes for entertaining a crowd from Nordstrom.

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Party punch idea: Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade from Nordstrom. A fresh, homemade lemonade from real lemons with hibiscus tea concentrate and club soda. Recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

Our recipe for freshly squeezed homemade lemonade—with the perfect tart-to-sweet balance—gets friendly with the concentrated flavors of tropical hibiscus for a refreshing summer party drink that effervesces with a top-off of club soda. (Though we won’t tell if you swap out the club soda for champagne, or tip in a bit of quality vodka to take this kid-friendly party punch into adults-only territory.)

Like with our recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, this makes two gallons for a big crowd. You can halve the recipe for a smaller gathering, or, as I did, use up any extra to make a super-delicious granita in your freezer—a dessert perfectly suited for a warm summer night.

Dried loose-leaf hibiscus tea leaves.

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How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

One day each year, folks dress in their spring finery and head to the racetrack. Or, for about two minutes, some with otherwise no interest in equine affairs turn to their televisions. Mint juleps are poured. Bets are placed. Rapt eyes focus on Louisville, Kentucky, where for over a century 20 of the most beautiful and athletic horses in the world compete in the first of three races that form the Triple Crown.

“The Run for the Roses”—or the Kentucky Derby—is one of our enduring national pastimes. Although originally modeled after the English Epsom Derby, it has become distinctly American. Southern style, food and customs pervade the event and the many events surrounding the main one. But just as the race’s founders took liberties with the equestrian traditions of Europe, many households and barrooms throw alternative versions of the party on the lawn at Churchill Downs.

How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

Since the sporting life is as good a reason as any to rally around delicious food and drink, we invited some of our favorite Nordstrom people over for a Kentucky Derby party. Our menu included snack variations on traditional Southern foods, some strong cocktails and plenty of horsing around in front of the camera in candy-colored clothes. Since the main event usually takes just minutes, there’s ample time to catch up with each other and enjoy a pleasant, lazy afternoon that can easily drift from a casual cocktail hour into a light dinner.

How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7. Undercard races begin at noon ET and the main event is at 4pm ET.

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To celebrate our newest store opening–September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—this month we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

Watermelon tequila cocktail recipe Rent Check from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell

There’s officially just under one month of summer left. Squeeze every drop from those last warm, sunny days and savor this cocktail from our Nordstrom bars showcasing flavors that exploit the end of peak watermelon season.

Bright and refreshing with a nice little kick, our Rent Check cocktail features muddled watermelon, freshly squeezed lime juice, floral St.-Germain liqueur and our sweet and spicy jalapeño simple syrup (as seen in our Smoke & Heat cocktail recipe). A seriously tasty way to raise a glass with friends to the end of a beautiful summer.

Watermelon tequila cocktail recipe, Rent Check from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Party Drink Ideas: Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade Recipe from Nordstrom with Blackberry Syrup. Photo by Jeff Powell.It’s summer. You’re hosting a crowd. Throw together this refreshing pitcher drink to cool off your guests at your next party! Our simple recipe for freshly squeezed lemonade hits the perfect sweet-to-tart ratio and gets topped up with pomegranate juice, blackberry syrup and club soda for an effervescent sparkle.

Try this pomegranate lemonade seasonally at any of our Ebar locations, or make it at home for your next large event. Our recipe yields two gallons (or is easily halved, for one)–enough for a big backyard barbecue, sporting event or potluck. And yes, you can most definitely make this kid-friendly beverage into an adults-only party punch; just switch out the club soda for a dry Prosecco or splash in a bit of high-quality vodka.

Nordstrom Ebar Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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