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Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria

During the holidays I always tend towards large format cocktails that can please a crowd. If it’s super easy and can be made in less than 10 minutes? Even better! This Holiday Sangria is the perfect addition to any holiday party. Sangria is typically wine, […]

Charred Blood Orange Negroni

Charred Blood Orange Negroni

I’m clearly on a bit of an apéritif world tour right now, last week with the French Kir Royale and this week a Negroni. An apéritif is meant to be served before a meal to stimulate appetite (as opposed to a digestif which follows a meal to […]

Kir Royale

Kir Royale

The simplest, fancy drink you’ve never heard of – the Kir Royale. Everyone needs a go-to bar order. Something that isn’t a glass of wine or a beer that sounds slightly sophisticated. Mine is a Kir Royale. A Kir Royale is a good one because […]

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

You know that feeling when your throat is hurting, you are starting to get sniffly and you just feel off? You aren’t quite sick yet, but you know it’s coming? The worst. But, my tried and true method of mixing up a hot toddy and […]

Plum Thyme Prosecco Cocktail

Plum Thyme Prosecco Cocktail

Thanksgiving! What is not to love about a holiday centered around being grateful and eating delicious food? I’m a fan. My head naturally goes to beer and red wine for Thanksgiving dinner, but I think there is something fun about a sparkling cocktail. Since most […]

Grapefruit Sage Mimosa

Grapefruit Sage Mimosa

When we decided we were going to do an episode during Ladycamp on the importance of female friendship, I knew I couldn’t serve just any old cocktail. I narrowed it down to two and put it up for a vote on Instagram. The vote was […]

Pineapple Rum Punch

Pineapple Rum Punch

Larisa and I enjoyed this super fruity and flavorful Pineapple Rum Punch on the third episode of the Crunchy Cocktail Hour where we found out what kind of crunchy moms we are – crunchy, scrunchy or silky. Click here to listen to Episode 3: What […]

Skinny Margarita

Skinny Margarita

On the second episode of the Crunchy Cocktail Hour Podcast, I made a Skinny Margarita. I can’t say that it necessarily married well with our topic, but it was yummy. On this episode, we discussed the many uses of breastmilk besides feeding your child. Things […]

My Birth Story

My Birth Story

Ok, ok, this post may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I get that. Will not be offended if you click back over to the cocktails – they are delicious and a hell of a lot more fun. No hard feelings. But giving birth is one […]

Cucumber and Lime Infused Gin & Tonic

Cucumber and Lime Infused Gin & Tonic

The Crunchy Cocktail Hour is officially live! On this first episode, Larisa and I talk through our dietary restrictions and the challenge of dining out with friends. The title of the episode is ‘Noone Will Eat With Us’, so of course, we needed a silly […]


Meet Alison!

Meet Alison!

Meet Alison!

Alison is a Canadian-born, American-raised, working mom of one under one. She has been described as a dainty maple leaf with resting pleasant face, but she’d say she’s SLIGHTLY more edgy than that.

Alison is the less-crunchy voice behind the Crunchy Cocktail Hour and SilverLinedandWined.com. Working full-time for a Management Consulting firm, Alison likes to unwind with home projects, baking, soaking up every minute of her daughter and, of course, enjoying cocktails with friends and family. Prior to having her daughter, Alison thought crunchy only referred to pizza crust. Oh the simpler times.

Follow Alison as she fumbles through a healthier lifestyle via @crunchycocktailhour on Instagram and Facebook, or check out her blog SilverLinedandWined.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Crunchy Cocktail Hour on iTunes or Apple Podcasts.