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Chill Out With Summer "Poptails" - Cocktail Popsicles That Is

There’s no shame in packing some alcohol when you’re going on a picnic, right? Of course not! That being said, it’s much more fun to mix-up the booze and turn it into a sweet treat for your next summer outing. Say hello to spiked popsicles, the trendy dessert which satisfies your sweet tooth with a playful kick of alcohol. The next time you’re going out in the summer heat, pack these refreshers in a cooler to take with you, and indulge in some outdoor fun coupled with “adult” sweets.

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Cocktails for the Final World Cup Game

Want to get creative for your World Cup party for the final game on Sunday, July 13? Well you've come to the right place!

Read below to create some of the best drinks each of these countries have to offer!

German Cocktails:

1) They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not start your World Cup Sunday Funday by having The German Breakfast.

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Your New Favorite Summer Fruit: The Mango

If there is one fruit of the summer that has been growing in popularity year after year, it is the mango. You can literally find mangos everywhere in and out of the city; you can buy them whole, peeled, diced, and even prepackaged sliced. Plus, they're healthy and have been known to: help prevent cancer, clear skin, promote good eye sight, improve energy level, boost immune system, and act as a remedy for heat stroke, and more. It's the ultimate, perfect health fruit. The amount of things you can do and create with this tropical fruit are endless; and that is why Joonbug.com has made a how-to list for the summer for all of the mango lovers out there.

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Toast to National Martini Day with Your Perfect Martini

While cocktail culture has made a recent mainstream resurgence, there’s one classic cocktail that never went out of style or lost its cool: the martini. This week, it's time to celebrate this perfect drink as part of National Martini Day on Thursday, June 19th.

First created right here in NYC by a man named – you guessed it – Martini, the martini is perhaps best known for being the preferred drink of the incredibly debonair James Bond. Over time, the martini has become so iconic that its triangle martini glass is now a standard cocktail glass behind every bar.

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Learn To Grill the Perfect Ribs This Father's Day

Barbecues are a long-standing tradition for summer holidays like Father's Day and Fourth of July, and there's nothing like getting the family out for some outdoor, carnivorous summer fun. This year, Morgan's Barbecue helped us turn our BBQs up a notch, putting aside burnt hot dogs and burgers for authentic, Texas-style, slow-smoked barbecue. Now we can pass their tips for perfect ribs on to you.

Located at 267 Flatbush Ave. near the Barclays center in Brooklyn, Morgan's Barbecue was created this past fall by Louisiana native Chris Morgan and Brooklyn local Joel Bolden of Elbow Room. They serve up barbecue that is always smoked overnight in an in-house smoker. Signatures of the Brooklyn eatery include fatty brisket, Frito pie and soft tacos with brisket or pulled pork.

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A Roundup of World Cup Cocktails

You are probably as excited for the 2014 World Cup as we are here at Joonbug.com. In honor of the upcoming games in Brazil, here are some recipes created by New York mixologists and inspired by the countries playing in the World Cup that will make any watch party a hit. Of course, to honor Brazil (the country hosting the games), each drink has Leblon Cachaça in it: Leblon is a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro and Cachaça is the main ingredient in Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

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Enhance Your Hot Dog with These Topping Twists

Happy grilling season, everyone! The warm weather of spring and summer means that it’s time to step outside, and nothing accompanies some outdoor fun better than a fiery barbecue. With that in mind, we’re here to help you impress your friends and bring new twists to a classic grilled food — the hot dog.

More and more, people are discovering that just about anything can go on top of a hot dog. Familiar toppings like ketchup and mustard are held as dear as chili and cheese, and who could ever say no to wrapping one in bacon and throwing it in the deep fryer? Well, we opened up the doors of our kitchen and created four new recipes for hot dog toppings which switch up the classics and even bring in some unexpected ingredients. Can you say “dessert dog?” For your next get-together, complete your table with one of these delicious creations. Your guests will love with your culinary prowess, and all you have to do is smile and “relish” in your success!

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Delicious Recipes Inspired by "Chef," Now in Theaters!

Yes, Chef!

The culinary world has officially hit the big screen in a brand new way, bringing out the true side of restaurant and kitchen life with the movie, Chef. When a terrible review of Chef Carl Casper (John Favreau) goes viral, the now unemployed culinarian sets out to start up a food truck (El Jefe) and prepare the types of cuisine that he truly loves. Assisted only by his 10-year-old son and one very loyal line cook, Carl sets out from Miami to California on a road trip which, thanks to social media, provides him with fame, inspiration, and a better understanding of not only himself, but his broken family, as well.

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National Mediterranean Diet Month is Here

Celebrities have the power to take pretty much any diet and turn it into an international phenomena. Take Gwyneth Paltrow’s macro biotic diet, Victoria Beckham’s Alkaline diet, Katy Perry’s M-Plan diet, or Megan Fox’s 5-Factor Diet for example; sworn to be the reason these ladies are in tip-top shape, they became all the rage among fans. So if you are one of the masses who love following diet trends, then check out the Mediterranean Diet! Penelope Cruz is one celeb who uses this diet to stay in perfect shape 24/7.

If you did not already know, this special diet was inspired from the dietary patterns of Greece, Spain, Italy, and Morocco. Basically, the main parts of the Mediterranean Diet consists of a high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and of course veggies. It also includes a moderate-high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (cheese and yogurt), wine, and lastly a low consumption of meat and meat products.

Any diet that is based around consuming a moderate consumption of wine is a winning diet all-around.

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Recipe: Vegan Blueberry Muffins

If you follow today's food trends, then you already know important ones include gluten-free and vegan among many others. Most People don't enjoy eating 100% unhealthy anymore. Luckily, it is becoming easier each day to gorge on tasty food that is also surprisingly not that bad for you. This Vegan Blueberry Muffin recipe by Rachel Conners (Bakerita) is one accidental treat you will not regret making or eating!

Yield: 10 muffins