You guys jamming to Beyonce and JAY-Z’s Everything Is Love yet? I’m currently silently turning up in the library to “Nice” as I type this. The music powerhouse dropped their first ever joint album over the weekend as they tour overseas. And speaking of tours, it’s only a matter of weeks before Jay and Bey head back to the states to kick off the U.S. leg of their On The Run II Tour. And if, like me, your On The Run II tickets are but a figment of your imagination, D’USSE has shared the recipe to two of the cocktails served backstage to VIPs during the tour. So, we can at least sip like Jay and Bey as we indulge in a D’USSE & Lemonade or The 13th. Check out the recipes below, cheers!
D’USSÉ & Lemonade
D’USSE VSOP Lemonade
Add 1 1/2 parts D’USSE VSOP and 2 parts lemonade into an ice filled highball glass. Garnish with lime.
D’USSE VSOP Fresh Lime Juice Simple Syrup Ginger Beer
Add 2 parts D’USSE VSOP, 1 part Fresh Lime Juice, a splash of simple syrup into a shaker, Shake, then strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime.
Surprise, surprise. It has now been revealed that Ciroc’s latest offering, Ciroc VS (Very Special) is actually a French brandy. Given that past Ciroc releases have included coconut, apple, and red berry-flavored vodkas, the decision to release a brandy is certainly unexpected. My guess is that Ciroc VS is Ciroc’s response to the increase in millennials purchasing craft bourbons/whiskeys. Ciroc putting out a bourbon/whiskey isn’t really an option, but a French vodka releasing a French brandy does work.
Given that brandy has always come across as a fall/winter spirit to me, I wanted to create a summer-friendly Ciroc VS cocktail perfect for the upcoming holidays. Given that sangria is absolutely the first cocktail that comes to mind when I think of brandy, I knew that “Ciroc Very Special Sangria” was the one. I also wanted to offer up a classier cocktail, so I opted for a twist on the Old Fashioned cocktail, which I’ve dubbed the “Amour Old Fashioned.”
You can find both drink recipes below, and look out for Ciroc VS when it’s release this June. Cheers!
Ciroc Very Special Sangria
1 Bottle Red Wine (750 mL) 1/2 Cup Ciroc VS 5 oz. Ciroc Pineapple 1 Cup Orange Juice 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Chunks And Orange Slices
It’s been a minute, but I finally stepped back into the Lushworthy Lab to work on some boozy, new creations this week. First up was my own personal take on the ultra-popular frosé wine cocktail. Although everyone has their own twist on frose’, it typically consists of frozen rosé blended together to make a boozy slushie. My wine of choice was Little Black Dress Rosé. And I opted to kick things up a notch with the addition of Smirnoff Red White & Berry (a cherry, citrus, and blue raspberry-flavored vodka). That’s how I ended up with the name Firecracker Frosé. Smirnoff Red White & Berry is basically the classic Firecracker popsicle in boozy, liquid form.
Check out my recipe for Firecracker Frosé, below. Cheers!
1 Bottle Little Black Dress Rosé Smirnoff Red White & Berry Vodka Frozen Strawberries Fresh Lemon Juice
Pour Little Black Dress Rosé into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least five to six hours.
Once your rosé ice cubes have solidified, add seven cubes to a blender, along with three frozen strawberries, 1 oz. Smirnoff Red White & Berry, 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup, and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Blend all ingredients together. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon wheel. (Makes one serving)
I haven’t been to a concert in forever, so I was pretty amped when a rep for Avion tequila invited me to the Atlanta stop for Jeezy’s The Cold Summer Tour. Jeezy made news at the top of this year after selling his stake in Avion, but he still appears to be pretty involved with the brand. During the sold-out concert, the hometown hero put on quite the show, performing classics like “Go Crazy” and “All There.” Prior to the concert, guests of Avion sipped on their Elevated Margarita in the Avion Suite backstage. I love a simple margarita and Avion’s boozy backstage offering was just that. In case you’re interested in recreating the Elevated Margarita at home, I’ve listed the full recipe below. Enjoy!
2 Parts Avion Silver Or Reposado Tequila 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Part Agave Nectar
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice in a tumbler glass.
For me, you can’t have booze without food. With that being said, I live for a good food and cocktail pairing. If you’re in need of a solid pairing, the folks over at Korbel have created a cocktail and appetizer recipe that is definitely worthy of your attention.
Korbel’s cocktail, the Crimson Sparkle, is a boozy combination of Korbel Rosé, blood orange juice, and vodka. What delectable dish have they chosen to pair with this bubbly cocktail? Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs! This appetizer combines two favorites of mine, so I’m already sold. The pairing of the Crimson Sparkle with the Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs is certainly worthy of being placed on a game day food/drink spread, but I think it’d be perfect for a game night or even a girl’s night in. You can find the recipe to both below. Cheers!
Crimson Sparkle (Serves 4)
12 full oz. Korbel Rosé, chilled 8 full oz. blood orange juice, chilled 4 full oz. vodka, chilled
Blood orange skewer garnish
With a vegetable peeler, peel strips of rind off of the orange. Press gently while peeling to avoid catching too much white pith. With a knife, cut around the orange to remove the remaining skin and pith. Cut out segments of orange and wrap one piece of peel around each piece of segment, securing with a bamboo skewer or toothpick.
In each glass add 2 full oz. of blood orange juice and 1 full oz. of vodka. Pour in 3 full oz. of Korbel Rosé. Top with Blood orange skewer garnish.
So, there’s this little movie coming out this weekend that you may or may not have heard of. It’s called Black Panther. Ring a bell? All jokes aside, Black Panther will likely be one of the most epic releases in movie history. And take it from someone who’s already seen the movie, the hype is well worth it. Now what I haven’t seen much of are cocktails inspired by Wakanda, the East African nation Black Panther hails from. Thankfully, while scrolling through Instagram I came across a cocktail menu (courtesy of Berk Communications) featuring the Black Panther and Wakanda-inspired cocktails from a special D’USSE/OkayAfrica after-party for a screening of the film. You can find the recipes below. Oh, and…All Hail The King!
1.5 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac 0.5 oz. Disaronno
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Build ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and serve.
2 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Combine D’USSE, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge.