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Good Cheers: The Kiss My Cranberries Cocktail from Our Restaurants

’Tis the season for family get-togethers and tiffs around the table. Although this year may seem particularly ripe for strife, bypass any arguments and give thanks for this sassy cranberry cocktail instead. Kiss My Cranberries doubles as an antidote to the stress of Thanksgiving entertaining and a tacit response to any possible disagreement. Instead of mouthing off, sip this refreshing bittersweet beverage. The balanced combination of citrus, tart berry, cinnamon and bourbon perfectly captures the holiday mood, while tempering yours.

If you do need to escape your rellies, you can always stop by one of our Nordstrom restaurants to have a Kiss My Cranberries prepared for you. You’ll find us all quite agreeable.

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Stonewashed cocktail from the Nordstrom Bars Food & Drink

Good Cheers: the Stonewashed Cocktail from Our Restaurants

Like the perfect pair of jeans, a delicious cocktail feels easy and pairs well with most things. As the week ends and the weekend begins, slip on your comfy denim (you know the ones) and sip this pretty purple cocktail from our Nordstrom restaurants. The recipe is simple, but the resulting drink has a unique violet flavor that strengthens along with its faded plum shade as you imbibe. Sweet but not sugary, with an herbal gin base, the Stonewashed possesses a mellow fragrant flavor that will set the tone for your Friday and beyond.

And if you don’t feel like mixing your own, you can always stop by one of our Nordstrom restaurants to have one prepared for you.

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How to Throw a Bridal Shower Food & Drink Weddings

Throw a Bridal Shower Like a Party Pro

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

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Although you never need a reason to celebrate, you were just given the best one: your friend is getting married! Once the squeals, hugs, tears and proposal story conclude, the bridal shower planning begins. To help steer it in the happiest direction, we’ve collected cheery recipes, fun favors and pretty place settings to make your newly affianced pal’s party a success.

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Beach Mojito: A Cocktail Made with Peach Soda

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.

When we heard there was a fluorescent blue soda made by Jeff’s brother, we knew we had a winner on our hands. Who is Jeff or his brother? No clue, but he put his name on it—or his sibling’s—so it had to be good.

Beach Mojito

Photo and recipe by Tom Burritt

You’d expect peach soda to be pink, but Redondo Peach shatters all the norms. And so will this delectable mojito that pairs perfectly with an endless supply of sun and sand—even if the beach is really just a figment of your imagination. Our concoction is like drinking in the ocean air on a coast lined with peach trees, coconut groves and blueberry bushes. So soak up the deep blue with a little rum for a vicarious vacation that’ll be peachy.

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Kanga Mule: A Cocktail Made with Buderim Ginger Brew

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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Wilder Wonka: A Cocktail Made with Snozzberry (Yeah, Snozzberry) Soda

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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Twinkle Toes: A Cocktail with Absinthe Soda

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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A Fresh Twist on the Champagne Cocktail for the New Year

Ah, champagne. There is no wrong way to drink it. But you can make it even better by using it in a cocktail. Traditionally, the champagne cocktail is made with a brown-sugar cube and aromatic bitters distilled from herbs, roots and fragrant bark. The botanical bitters cut the sweetness of the champagne, and the molasses-infused sugar cube folds it right back in, letting the sweetness sit underneath the first wave of bright freshness. The result is a nuanced and convivial cocktail.

NYE cocktail from Good Bar

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Mirroring the ball drop at Times Square, the sugar cube sinks to the bottom of the glass, captivating your attention as it fizzes and nearly sparkles. Bonus: the cube acts as your personal time drop. If you finish your drink before the cube dissolves, you might want to think about slowing your roll, ever so slightly.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh start in 2017, or savoring every last moment of 2016, we can’t think of a better metaphor for considering this year in retrospective. The sweet is rarely appreciated without the bitter, and the bitter adds depth and complexity to the sweet.

NYE cocktail from Good Bar

In the hopes of bringing in a new year that’s bright and balanced, we enlisted the help of an expert: Josh Batway. The bar manager of Good Bar, a well-provisioned and light-filled bar and restaurant in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, shared his tips for putting a special twist on a classic.

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Eat, Drink, Dress: the Lela Rose Way, and the Brand’s Post-Runway Show Celebration

“My motto is ‘Match your drink to your dress,'” Lela Rose tells me as she gets ready to uncork a bottle of bubbles. Earlier today, she held her small, personal spring runway presentation inside chef Ignacio Mattos’s Cafe Altro Paradiso. They served a light, quick lunch and a cocktail called Pretty in Peach: Blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, peach shrub, Peychaud’s bitters and a splash of soda.

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As you’ve no doubt already guessed, the spring line is full of fruity peach tones as well as sunny yellows and rich, oceany blues. Once you know the Texas-born founder’s credo, and then the fact that she recently issued a Rizzoli volume on entertaining, a book full of gorgeous and meaningful tablescapes, you can only imagine the dining tables and beautiful drinks that each season might inspire.

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Today’s affair, however, is relatively low key. Relatively. Sunrise-colored, organically sculptural floral arrangements from the intimate runway show line the table and artful little snacks sit at the ready. A member of the party comes in with a stack of bright plates and a cake knife, and once the champagne is flowing, a delicate grapefruit tart is divided and passed, and the precise tone of a well-deserved celebration comes into full bloom.

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Throw a Tony Awards Watching Party with Our Recipes, and Join Us on the Red Carpet

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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