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Father’s Day

Written by: Celia Chen

We believe that life’s little luxuries can be found in everyday pleasures. With our busy schedules and attempts at balancing work and family, sometimes the simple things are the ones that make us smile the most. With that in mind, we suggest an approach to entertaining for Father’s Day that celebrates a return to the classics - just like Dad’s favorite pair of jeans, his vintage watch and special chair.

Bring back fond memories by creating a menu of signature dishes that use cherished family recipes. Cooking together is half the fun, so gather up family and friends, roll up your sleeves and get ready for a night that is all about Dad!

SIMPLY BETTER COCKTAILS
While Dad may reach for his favorite brew while watching the game, this event should be marked with something a little more special. A refreshing summer cocktail, the traditional mojito gets a little kick with the additional of ginger for this new Stirrings® recipe.

To make a Stirrings® Ginger Mojito, combine Stirrings® Clarified Key Lime with Rum and Gingerale. Muddle some mint leaves in your glass for a splash of color.

Younger family members can have a mocktail made in the same spirit as Dad’s drink. To make a Stirrings® Ginger Limeade, put Stirrings® Clarified Key Lime in a blender with some fresh ginger. Pour into a tall glass and top with lemon lime soda.

SIMPLY BETTER FOOD
Give your grill master the night off on his special day and bring the action back into the kitchen so the whole family can be together.

For creative menu ideas that are family friendly and easy-to-make, we turned to Margaret Zakarian, restaurateur and wife to famed chef and Food Network star, Geoffrey Zakarian. When the entrepreneur and marketing executive isn’t at one of her New York restaurants – The Lambs Club and The National – she’s in the kitchen with her young children preparing healthy and delicious food the whole family can enjoy.

While cooking for a chef might sound daunting, Margaret relies on some simple recipes adapted over the years that never fail to impress. This year Father’s Day at the Zakarians will include a menu of Grape Focaccia, Great Green Salad, Margaret’s Roast Chicken and Chocolate Toast.

SIMPLY BETTER TIMES
For a casual dinner of salad and roast chicken at home, you can forget the fancy table settings and décor. Instead focus on creating the mood with music for your Father’s Day party. Curate a playlist that includes classic tunes by Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and John Legend. What better way to salute Dad than with songs by the greatest male performing artists of their time!

A seasoned event planner and entertaining expert, Celia Chen is the Founder and Editorial Director of Notes on a Party, an online magazine about entertaining that celebrates Events from the Inside Out™. For more inspiration, ideas and tips on party planning, visit www.notesonaparty.com

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Best enjoyed on the high seas! A tasty combination of rum, Stirrings® Key Lime Juice and Ginger Ale.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Stirrings® Clarified Key Lime Juice
1.5 oz Captain Morgan® Spiced Rum
Splash of Ginger Ale
6 mint leaves
3 slivers of fresh ginger

Directions
In a tall glass muddle mint leaves ginger and lime juice. Add Captain Morgan® and ice. Top with Ginger Ale and garnish with a mint sprig.

Ingredients
6 oz Stirrings® Clarified Key Lime Juice
3 oz Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer
Peeled Ginger

Directions
Add Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice to a blender. Add peeled and sliced ginger. Mix on medium for 30 seconds. Strain well into lemon lime soda.

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