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Adult Juice Boxes

Juice boxes and drink pouches aren’t just for kids, and I’ve got a travel-friendly, make-ahead, crowd-pleasing recipe to prove it.

How many times have you packed for a picnic, tailgate, or beach hang, and had to limit your adult beverages to just plain old wine and beer? Getting a well-made cocktail to a remote destination is always a bit of a head scratcher. You’re not gonna pack a bunch of shakers and jiggers, after all, and most large-format party drink vessels (like pitchers and punch bowls) don’t travel well. 

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Enter these adorable disposable flasks. They look like fill-your-own Capri Suns without the annoying straw, and they provide a spill-free, easy-to-pack answer to the problem of bringing great drinks with you on the go. 

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This adult juice box life hack isn’t just about hitting the road, either (I’m looking at you, barbeques and backyard hangs). Here’s the thing: I’ve attempted to make cocktails 'to order' for my guests one too many times, and frankly I usually end up looking less 'effortless hostess' and more 'very hot mess'. I'm now ALL about recipes I can make ahead of time. There’s nothing like packing an ice-filled cooler with these adorable pouches, then walking away and enjoying your own party.

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The recipe itself is a total crowd pleaser. Stronger than wine, but low key enough that you can drink the eight ounce pouch without hitting the floor. Lillet Rose, the key ingredient here, brings a lovely array of summery, jammy flavors to the table, which will pair well with almost any fruit or herb garnish you care to throw in there. 

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Slice citrus thin with an OXO Mandoline, then roll it up to fit it through the spout. A bamboo skewer or chopstick will help you guide your garnishes into the flask – I used edible flowers, mint, and fennel along with my lemon slices. 

Adult Juice Boxes

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INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups vodka

1.5 cups unoaked Chardonnay

½ cup Lillet Rose

¾ cups fresh squeezed/strained lemon juice

¾ cups fresh squeezed/strained grapefruit

¾ cups simple syrup

1 ½ tsp angostura bitters

Hearty pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Stir all ingredients in a pitcher.

2. If using, add thinly sliced citrus to your flasks, then fill using the included funnel. Let cool in the fridge until well chilled (ideally 4 hours).

3. Add herb/floral garnishes and serve immediately, or in an ice-filled cooler. 

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