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YouTube star Mamrie Hart shares recipes for a lychee-licious sangria and more

by Rebekah Lowin / / Source: TODAY

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As the host of the hugely popular YouTube series, "You Deserve a Drink," Mamrie Hart is an expert when it comes to crafting custom cocktails for whomever in pop culture she thinks deserves one — the way she sees it, she's a "drinking star with a YouTube problem."

Her boozy misadventures are chronicled in "You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Adventures and Tales of Debauchery," a new book of hilarious essays that includes a drink recipe named after each story.

Monday on TODAY, she shared her signature Bad Apple cocktail recipe; then, she tapped Kathie Lee and Hoda as her newest drink muses and created a signature mix just for them.

Bad Apple (Apple Martini)

1 1/2 oz. Calvados or other apple brandy

1 1/2 oz. vodka

2 oz. fresh apple cider

1/2 oz. ginger liqueur

1 tub carmel dipping sauce (used to rim the martini glass)


Thin apple slices, for garnish

Dip martini glass into tub of caramel to rim with the sauce. Add ice to shaker. Add ginger liqueur, Calvados, and cider and shake. Pour into martini glasses, garnish side of glass with apple slice.

The Kathie Lee & Hoda Drink

Kiwi Lychee Grigio Sangria with a splash of Hard liquor

2 kiwis, sliced

2 cans of lychees in juice

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

Any flavored vodka or rum (just a splash)

In a punch bowl, combine a splash of vodka with a generous pour of pinot grigio, lychees, and kiwi slices. Let fruit sit for at least a half hour, then enjoy!

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