I know I’ve probably made one too many Beyonce analogies on here, but let’s be real, boozy lemonade is to Labor Day as fancy leotards are to Beyonce. The two practically thrive off of one another. You guys know I love my Simply Lemonade as a mixer, but sometimes it’s nice to get a little creative with your drink options. Thankfully, Snow Leopard Vodka has got you covered. Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, they’ve crafted two boozy lemonade options that are sure to be a welcome treat for this weekend’s festivities.
Sparrow Swizzle – Created by Garrett Mikell at Eveleigh in Los Angeles, CA (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz Snow Leopard
1.5 oz Lavender Lemonade
Build in a collins glass, add crushed ice, swizzle and a lemon twist.
Summer’s coming to an end, and I couldn’t be more excited because…BOOTS and spiked hot chocolate. But seriously, I will truly miss you fruity, fizzy, captivatingly colorful, and oh-so-Lushworthy drinks of summer. You were a true and dear friend throughout these sweltering, summer months. With Labor Day serving as the unofficial end to summer, it’s time to gather the freshest of fruits, some worthy mixers, and a few bottles for some end of summer libations. Check out a few Labor Day-inspired cocktails, below!
Shimmer Citrus Punch – Created By Cali Mixers (Pictured Above)
¾ part Ruby Viniq ½ part Amsterdam Pineapple vodka 1 part Sweet N sour
½ part Pineapple juice
Combine ingredients in punch server. Garnish glass with pineapple, orange wheels. Garnish with pineapple orange wheels and cherries.
If you’re a New Yorker or a true baseball fan in general, hopefully you know what a bleacher creature is. If not, I’m going to explain it to you the best I can in just a few sentences. Bleacher Creatures are the most hardcore Yankee fans you’ll ever sit next to at Yankees Stadium. They claim the cheap seats in the outfield religiously and run things by their rules. From the roll call of each player that takes the field at the start of each home game, to the banishment of opposing teams’ fans, it’s truly an experience to see these cats in action. As a life long Yankees fan myself, this drink was created as a tip of my Yankee cap to these blue collar fans.
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks because you’ll be using both for this cocktail…Well, maybe not the peanuts, but they do go well on the side. I went with Bulleit Bourbon to reflect the quality of these fans along with hints of hazelnut and almond liqueurs. So the next time you’re watching the game or pre-gaming prior to going to the ballpark, enjoy this cocktail. Play ball and cheers!
2 Parts Bulleit Bourbon 1 Part Disaronno Amaretto 1 Part Frangelico 1/2 Part Fresh Lemon Juice 1 pinch of salt 1 pinch of sugar 1 box of Cracker Jacks
1 Lemon Wedge
Crush about 3 handfuls of Cracker Jacks and set aside. Next, take a chilled cocktail glass and rim your glass with lemon juice from your wedge. Take the glass and rim the glass with the crushed Cracker Jacks and set aside.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into your prepared cocktail glass over ice and enjoy.
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It’s not much of a secret, but if you didn’t know, Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is a pretty amazing soda. As a chaser, this uniquely tasting pop would go great with some tropical fruit flavored booze. Combining Bacardi’s Pineapple Fusion Rum, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and blue curacao ought to fulfill your need for a tropical cocktail. Get your mate, grab some lawn chairs, and get your tan on while sipping one of these.
Check out the recipe, and Dew Me Right by leaving a comment on your opinion of the cocktail. Enjoy, cheers!
1oz Blue Curacao 1/2oz Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum 1/2oz St. Germain Liqueur 1/2oz Passion Fruit Cocktail Mountain Dew Baja Blast
In an ice filled shaker, combine all ingredients with the exception of the Mountain Dew. Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass and top with Mountain Dew Baja Blast. Garnish with a cherry.
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Can you think of a flavor combination more decadent than that of banana and caramel? Let me help you out, pal. No, you absolutely cannot. But seriously, I’m a huge fan of anything that combines both banana and caramel. So, when I had the opportunity to create a Memorial Day cocktail using Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana, which is described as boasting a “caramelized banana flavor,” I knew I had to create a boozy, caramel-banana treat.
Using both Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana and Southern Comfort Caramel, I created the “Banana Caramel Crush,” because you’re sure to be crushing on this cocktail all season. If you’re eager to whip up a “Banana Caramel Crush” then I’ve got some pretty sweet news. Thanks to Blue Chair Bay Rum, I’m giving away a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum! Yes! Free booze!
To enter, hit me up in the comments section and let me know what your favorite rum cocktail is. Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win. Those entering must be 21 and up, and must also reside in the United States. One winner will be chosen on Friday, May 22.
Good luck, and be sure to check out my “Banana Caramel Crush” recipe below!
1 oz. Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana 0.5 oz. Southern Comfort Caramel 1.5 oz. Milk 0.5 tbsp. Caramel Sauce
Half Of A Banana
Coat the inside of a cocktail glass with caramel sauce and set aside. Combine Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana, Southern Comfort Caramel, milk, and caramel sauce in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into your cocktail glass (filled with ice) and garnish with bananas and a caramel drizzle.
Be sure to check out Blue Chair Bay Rum’s Facebook page for other rum-tastical drink recipes!
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I’m all for putting my own twist on a classic cocktail, so when I was challenged by Maker’s Mark to create a unique and creative spin on the Mint Julep for their #JulepOff, I was down for the cause.
If you live in or have ever visited the South, then you know that we take our sweet tea very seriously. It’s practically pumping through our veins. So, for my #JulepOff cocktail I knew I wanted to incorporate sweet tea somehow. And to up the ante on creativity just a tad, I chose to use a lemon simple syrup to create the sweet tea effect. In addition to bourbon, mint is a primary ingredient in a Mint Julep, so I chose to keep that addition.