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Party like a pro with Valerie Bertinelli's spicy margaritas, champagne cocktail and more

Valerie Bertinelli shows Megyn Kelly Today how to make delicious cocktails everyone will love, including spicy margaritas, Kir Royales and more, all from her new cookbook, "Valerie's Home Cooking."

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See Valerie Bertinelli make spicy margaritas, Irish coffee and more

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See Valerie Bertinelli make spicy margaritas, Irish coffee and more

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The actress-turned-cooking channel show demonstrated some of her favorite recipes from her book — proving that you don't have to be a bartender to make world-class cocktails!

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My husband can wax poetic about the kick of a ripe jalapeño, so it makes the perfect addition to one of his favorite drinks.. Together, ginger and spicy peppers pack an invigorating punch. There’s just enough tang to energize this potion without having to worry you’re going to get burned. The tequila mellows out things, so the heat lies on your tongue but doesn’t overpower your taste buds.

Berry Kir Royale
Valerie Bertinelli's Berry Kir Royale
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This favorite of mine dates back to when I first came of age to order a cocktail in a restaurant. The sophisticated sound of the name made this drink fun to order (“I’ll have a Kir Royale, please”), and made me seem like I knew what I was doing (I didn’t). It was served in a tall, elegant flute, which made every occasion feel like a celebration, and still does. And, of course, the light effervescence of this drink — i.e. the bubbles — made me feel grown-up. Though traditionally made with Champagne, I substitute prosecco.

Valerie's Irish Coffee with Lemon-Vanilla Whipped Cream
Valerie Bertinelli's Irish Coffee with Lemon-Vanilla Whipped Cream
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According to popular lore, this drink dates back to a stormy winter night in the 1940s when a group of air travelers became stranded in a small port town in Ireland. A resourceful bartender provided a double-dose of just what these weary people needed by adding whiskey to coffee, and a classic was born. This drink remains perfect for the nighttime, especially in the winter months when the temperature drops and you want to warm up from the inside out. This particular recipe relies on the tried and true original lineup of coffee, whiskey, and whipped cream, though I’ve given the latter my own twist with the addition of lemon.

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