9 Classic Cocktails to Know (and Order) to Sound Like an Adult

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There comes a time in every drinker’s life when combinations of booze and soda no longer cut it. To help you through this time—and to help you make a good first impression on, say, a date or during a business dinner—we’ve put together a list of cocktails that sound fancy, but are probably only a step outside your comfort zone.

1. OLD FASHIONED

These days, pretty much every bar has a signature Old Fashioned, and many seasoned drinkers use this whiskey cocktail to size up new bars and new bartenders. But the drinks that fall under this name range from austere, whiskey-heavy drinks to sweet, fruit-laden spectacles. If you like straight whiskey or whiskey and soda, you may have just found a new go-to. 

2. WARD 8

If you like Whiskey Sours, you’re in luck: The Ward 8 is a just a hop, skip, and a jump away. It’s made with grenadine (but not too much), and the citrus sets it apart from the suite of (sweet) drinks that fall under this name. 

3. TOM COLLINS

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a Tom Collins on a warm day. Though it’s named for a 19th century prank, it’s a simple, delightful drink that’s been compared to boozy lemonade.

4. FRENCH 75

Love champagne and are OK with gin? The French 75 puts them together to create an easy-to-drink cocktail. Drink responsibly: The libation was appropriately named after a canon for its substantial kick. 

5. MOSCOW MULE

It may have been created as a marketing ploy (and started the craze for vodka), but the Moscow Mule is undeniably delicious. With a bit of spice from the ginger beer and a nice kick from the vodka, it’s perfect for pretty much any drinking occasion.

6. HARVEY WALLBANGER

If a Screwdriver is your go-to, step up your game with a Harvey Wallbanger. To make a Harvey Wallbanger, add a float of Galliano (an herbal Italian liqueur) to your Screwdriver. Et voilà.

7. CUBA LIBRE

Love rum and Coke? Add lime and you’ve got a Cuba Libre—a drink with a much more storied history.

8. DAIQUIRI

Luckily for us, the classic Daiquiri isn’t a slushy sugar bomb. Instead, it’s a super simple mixture of lime, sugar, and rum: Perfect for beach—or for reminiscing about warmer times. 

9. PALOMA

Though the Margarita was the cocktail that popularized tequila, the Paloma is a slightly subtler blend of grapefruit soda (or grapefruit juice and soda water), lime, tequila, and a touch of salt. 

Love Red Wine But Hate the Stains It Leaves on Your Teeth? Wine Wipes Can Help

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How your mouth looks after a glass of red wine depends on your genes and hygiene habits. People with strong enamel and not a lot of plaque can emerge from a wine bar with a relatively clean smile, but for those of us without those markers of exceptional dental health, red wine usually leaves dark, unsightly stains. If you fall into the latter group, there's a way to enjoy wine and preserve your smile without sticking to whites and rosés.

Using Wine Wipes is a convenient way to remove red wine stains from your teeth. The wipes come in individually wrapped packets like wet wipes. If you suspect your mouth is looking more purple than you'd like it to, tear open a packet, remove the wipe, and rub it over your pearly whites to make them pearly white again. The wipes comes in an orange blossom flavor, which won't spoil your palate in case you want to have another glass of wine or two.

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The Wine Wipes are billed as toothbrush alternative for when you're drinking outside your home, but wiping your teeth may be even better that brushing them if you want to remove wine stains. The bristles of a toothbrush can scratch enamel, creating entry points for dark pigments. While brushing your teeth can help reduce stains if you do it 30 minutes before you start drinking, or after you’ve had your last glass, Wine Wipes can be applied between glasses.

A package of 12 2-inch wipes is now available on Amazon for $5.74. If you want to stay extra prepared, the wipes also come in packs of 36, 48, and 60.

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Host an Epic Summer Party at This 40-Seat Pop-Up Bar—Without Leaving Your Backyard

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The Yard Bar

Wishing you could go down in history as the host of the best backyard summer bash that your neighborhood has ever seen?

With the Yard Bar, you can. The portable bar, created by husband-and-wife team Andy and Kerri Marin, is 30 feet long, seats up to 40 people, and comes with virtually everything you need for an unforgettable party: wooden bar stools and high-top tables, a flat-screen TV and commercial sound system, recessed lighting, running water, a generator, and plenty of room for a fully stocked bar. And the retractable awning will prevent any actual rain from raining on your parade, wedding, birthday party, or whatever offbeat summer holiday you might be celebrating.

You’ll have to provide the alcohol yourself, but don’t worry if you don’t have much bar-stocking experience—the Marins can work with you to create specialty cocktail recipes for your event, and they’ll even help you figure out how much alcohol you’ll need depending on the size of your party.


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If your own yard isn’t quite ideal for such a legendary affair in the making, feel free to book the Yard Bar for somewhere less conventional. “If you can imagine it somewhere, it can probably go there,” Kerri Marin told Philadelphia Magazine, “It’s even been on top of a boat!”

The simple, rustic elegance of the Yard Bar achieves the perfect blend of indoor warmth and outdoor freshness, and it’s a great solution for people who love the idea of going to a bar, but aren’t so keen on the crowded, rowdy, noisy nature of hordes of strangers drinking in a contained space.

The Marins have seen such success with their Philadelphia-based bar that they’ve now expanded to upstate New York and several areas of Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, and Miami.

If you’d like a portable pub with more of an Irish vibe, be sure to check out The Shebeen or the inflatable PaddyWagon.

[h/t Philadelphia Magazine]

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