Danielle Harling

20 Nov

Forget your orange juice, grenadine, and other boring mixers. When it comes to the holiday season, hot chocolate really is the mixer of choice. There’s so many decadent cocktails you can create using this fall/winter staple. Just in time for the holidays Kahlua has released several new spirits including Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha and as you can imagine they’ve got some amazing drink recipes that are made using hot chocolate.

Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha

2 oz Hot Chocolate

4 oz milk

DIRECTIONS

Bring milk to a simmer. Whisk in drinking chocolate. Simmer for 30 seconds while stirring. Add Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. Garnish with peppermint stick and marshmallows.

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19 Nov

This blog is obviously about liquor and I never want to get too off track content wise, but there was so much Ciroc at the Young Jeezy listening event that I just had to do a write-up. So I had the opportunity to check out Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy’s private listening session for his upcoming album “TM: 103″ thanks to a last minute invite from a friend. The event was pretty empty when I got there so I immediately got a few random camera phone pictures in.

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19 Nov

I gotta tell ya, I was really craving egg nog earlier this evening and couldn’t possibly resist the urge to create a “Lushworthy Creation” using the holiday favorite. I knew for a fact that I wanted to use vodka, but I really really wanted to add another liquor to spice things up a bit. So for my “Golden Nog” I chose to use both Russian Standard Gold Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur as my liquors of choice. I hate to use the term “match made in heaven,” but those two liquors really were when it came to creating this drink recipe.

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19 Nov

To celebrate the launch of their brand new Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow flavors Smirnoff is offering customers a $2 rebate if they purchase a bottle before December 31st, 2011. The details for the rebate is as follows: “Save $2 by mail when you purchase one bottle (750 ml or larger) of Smirnoff Whipped Cream or Fluffed Marshmallow flavored vodkas.” To print out the rebate form visit DiageoCoupons.com.

18 Nov

Sorry I wasn’t able to get a better picture of this magnificent pina colada, but as you can imagine I was too busy drinking it. But man was it delicious. And the best part is it was served right at the restaurant in our hotel, Hotel La Playa. The restaurant is called La Playita and on top of serving up great food and drinks it’s right on the beach and features amazing views of the ocean. Unlike most restaurants La Playita doesn’t use any pre-mixed concoctions to make their pina coladas instead their drink is made in a blender using fresh ingredients. And I’m about 95% sure they use Coco Lopez a.k.a. the key ingredient in the best pina coladas to make their drinks. So tasty.

Now I hate to do it, but I feel obligated to tell you about the worst pina colada I had in Puerto Rico. It was in the casino at the Ritz Carlton in Isla Verde. Have you ever had a pina colada that tasted like what sunblock smells like? Well, the Ritz Carlton pina colada is exactly that. I’ll give them a pass since it was one of those free casino drinks, but something that nasty shouldn’t even be given out for free.

16 Nov

When money is of no concern holiday gifting can become quite the extravagant task especially when it comes to liquor and spirits. You’ve got tequila tastings at extravagant resorts, champagnes fit for a king, and so much more. The possibilities really are endless.

1. 60-Year-Old The Macallan In Crystal Lalique Decanter ($20,000) – When you have a liquor in this luxurious of a container do you keep it on display forever? Drink it and then use the decanter as an uber-expensive vase? I have no idea. But if you’d like to buy me one of these bad boys I think I’d be willing to solve that little dilemma for you. TheMacallan.com

2. Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Gift Set ($1,095) – It’s like the French say, “One Moet is better than one.” Okay, the French don’t actually say that but who in their right mind would disagree with that statement? The set features a 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque, a 1998 Dom Perignon Rose, and a 2000 Dom Perignon.  Sokolin.com

3. One&Only Palmilla Four-Night Stay And Tequila Tasting (Roughly $470 per night, $55 per person for tequila tasting) – Can you imagine taking part in a tequila tasting at a place this beautiful? I’m practically drooling on my keyboard just thinking about it. Located in Los Cabos, Mexico One&Only Palmilla is a lavish resort that features an even more lavish selection of tequilas. As part of the tequila tasting guests have the opportunity to sample seven high quality tequilas. The tasting is led by Wine Director Manuel Arteaga. OneAndOnlyResorts.com

16 Nov

My cousin hipped me to this the other day and I of course had to hop online to see what these Michelob Ultra fruit-flavored beers are all about. Turns out they do exist and the beer comes in three different flavors: Dragon Fruit Peach, Lime Cactus, and Pomegranate Berry. I’m not a huge beer fan, but the fruit-flavored part has really sparked my interest. The Lime Cactus flavor had me chuckling a bit though. What in the hell does cactus taste like and who wants their beer to taste like a desert plant? Has anyone had any luck finding these beers? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in any grocery store, liquor store, bar, etc.

15 Nov

Belvedere is one brand that really is on top of things when it comes to mixology and unique drink recipes. I received their list of November cocktail recipes earlier this month and I was immediately impressed by their list of ingredients and also the presentation of each of the drinks. They sure know how to deliver when it comes to what I like to call “garnish wow factor.” I know it’s a bit cornball-ish to be impressed by a garnish, but the little things really do matter sometimes. That block of ice and orange twist in their “Antique Martini” really looks exquisite.

Belvedere Pink Port

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Pink Grapefruit

½ oz Strawberry Juice

½ oz Port

Dash simple syrup

2 dashes Rhubarb bitters

10ml Chilled water

DIRECTIONS

Stir and serve at room temperature in a spirit glass.

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14 Nov

Who knew that all Diddy had to do to get over that whole Ciroc/Grey Goose fiasco was release a hilarious online ad. In fact, I’ve completely forgotten about Diddy’s belligerent rant…wait, what rant? The commercial is pretty funny though. He swan-dived over a bull, I don’t think it gets any funnier than that folks.

14 Nov

You know you’ve made it when a drink is made after you. To say so long to Regis Philbin who will be bidding adieu to his on-air television career this week after almost 30 years, Sauza Tequila has created the “Marga-Regis” in his honor. The “Marga-Regis” is a very intriguing blend of fresh kiwi, simply syrup, lemon juice, sparkling wine, and of course Sauza Tequila. The cool thing about this drink is that it’s actually being served at the Atlantic Grill in New York City so if you’re in the New York area you can have this drink made by a professional. But if you’re hundreds of miles away from the Big Apple, like myself, then you can whip up your own “Marga-Regis” using the recipe below.

Marga-Regis

INGREDIENTS

Kiwi, peeled and sliced, estimating three ¼ inch slices per cocktail, reserving 1 for garnish

4 parts Sauza® Silver Tequila

1 part simple syrup

1 part fresh lemon juice

1 part sparkling wine

DIRECTIONS

In a shaker, muddle kiwi. Add next three ingredients. Shake and pour over fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a slice of kiwi.