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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.


Special sequential dates are always heavily circled on the calendar as popular wedding dates, such as July 7, 2007 (07-07-07) and September 9, 2009 (09-09-09). Even though December 12 falls on a Wednesday this year, it hasn’t kept couples from planning on tying the knot on this once-in-a-century phenomenon of a date (it’s also considered lucky!).

If you plan on getting married on this special date, consider having your signature cocktail inspired by 12/12/12. Check out these five delicious cocktail recipes.

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THE LUCKY ONE
Toast to a life of good luck and good fortune with this lucky cocktail on 12/12/12 concocted with Seagram's Escapes.

One 11.2 ounce bottle Seagram's Escapes Peach Fuzzy Navel
10 ounces dry sparkling wine
6 ounces lemonade
Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of lemon

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DRAGON'S HEART
Inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dragon, mixologist Ektoras Binikos of Art and Spirit Mixology in New York City, uses
a fine dark-aged rum from Panama to create this exotic cocktail.

1 1/2 ounce of Ron Abuelo 12 Años
1/2 ounce of Domain de Canton
3/4 ounce of Mezcal
3/4 ounce of elderflower cordial, syrup (* mint/citrus syrup)
1 1/2 ounce of blood orange juice
3 lime wedges
5 drops of angostura bitters

In a shaker muddle lime wedges, elderflower cordial and 3 drop of bitters. Add ice, Ron Abuelo 12 Años, Domain de Canton, mezcal and blood orange juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two drops of angostura bitters and a blood orange slice.

*For the Mint/Citrus syrup (optional)
1 bunch mint, approximately 3 ounces, rinsed, with roots trimmed.
2 tablespoons each: fresh lemon, orange and lime juice.
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
Place the mint, juice, sugar and water in a small saucepan stir and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened, about five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove the mint and transfer to an air-tight container. Refrigerate syrup until ready to use. Can be made up to two weeks in advance.

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12-CLOVE, CINNAMON AND FRUIT CIDER FLOAT
Adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe, Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner makes this seasonal libation adult-friendly.

 1 gallon apple cider
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons whole allspice
12 whole cloves
2 cups spiced rum
2 cinnamon sticks , 3 inches long
In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat all ingredients to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 20 minutes. Strain punch through sieve or colander. Pour into small heatproof container. Add spiced rum and stir. Place a scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream in large serving mugs; add hot rum/cider and garnish with additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Makes 32 servings.

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Photo credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

BOOKSTORE BAR'S IRISH HOOKER
Bookstore Bar in Seattle, Wa., created a drink just for the occasion using Knappogue Castle 12-year Irish whiskey to play off of the number 12.

Combine Knappogue Castle 12-year Irish whiskey, Punt e Mes vermouth, aperol, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters.

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MAYAN COFFEE
Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa in Mexico's Riviera Maya, located steps from an ancient Mayan archeological site with a staff that includes actual Mayan descendants, has created the quintessential Xtabentun cocktail that is perfect for the colder months. A clever take on the Irish Coffee, Sandos' "Mayan Coffee" won't disappoint and gives a nod to the Mayan calendar that ends this month.

1 shot of espresso
1 ounce of Kahlua
1 1/2 ounces of Mayan Liquor Xtabentun
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup
Coffee Mug
Cocktail Glass for the flaming process

Pour a shot of espresso into the coffee mug, mixing it with hot water until you have reached mid-cup. Pour the Kahlua and the Xtabentun into the cocktail glass and flame them. Finally pour the flamed liqueur into the mug where you have the coffee. To decorate, add whipped cream, chocolate syrup or chocolate chips, cherry or whatever you would like.


Brittny Drye is the senior editor at Equally Wed, the nation's premier online magazine for gay and lesbian weddings and honeymoons. Follow her on Twitter @BrittnyDrye.

TRAVEL

Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

ASK KIRSTEN Wedding Advice from our Editor

Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.