If you’re like me, then you’re probably finding it hard to believe that we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of yet another holiday season. Thankfully though, the newly-released Crown Royal Vanilla has a handful of cocktails that are sure to get you in the mood. The holiday mood, that is.
The Vanilla Old Fashioned is definitely calling my name, but I’m sure that in addition to the cocktails below, Crown Royal Vanilla likely works well with egg nog, hot chocolate, apple cider, and other holiday beverages. So, grab yourself a bottle and toast to your newfound holiday cheer.
Vanilla Old Fashioned
0.25 oz. Simply Syrup 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 3 dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Peel Twist
In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.
Upon walking into Target yesterday, I immediately locked eyes on a tank top that read: “You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice.” [Sigh] The leaves have yet to hit the ground and already pumpkin spice is invading coffee shops and big-name retailers across the nation. And with news of Captain Morgan’s pumpkin-inspired, Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, pumpkin spice has now entered the world of booze.
Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is described as “a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices.” I’m not gonna lie, I’m curious. And from the description, it sounds like the latest from Captain Morgan could mix really well with Baileys Pumpkin Spice (or similar).
With the news of their latest flavor, the folks over at Captain Morgan have concocted the fall-friendly, Apple Jack-O cocktail, which sounds like a win. You can find the full recipe, below.
Also, the limited-edition Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast can be purchased for $15.99 (750 ml bottle). Cheers!
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
4 oz. chilled apple cider
Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.
I’m sure the pumpkin-obsessed are just counting down the days until fall starts. In only a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to sip on your pumpkin-nutmeg chai latte while nibbling on a pumpkin-brown butter cookie, with zero guilt. In all honesty though, who says you have to wait until September 22 to indulge in all things pumpkin? Absolutely no one! There are some amazing, pumpkin cocktails out there that are still summer-friendly. To hold you over before fall, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best, so you can live your pumpkin-loving life to the fullest. Cheers!
Pumpkin Pie White Russian – It only makes sense to start off with a cocktail I made for Lushworthy almost two years ago. Although it was created smack dab in the middle of fall, it’s still a great, dessert-y cocktail to enjoy as late summer nears. [Recipe – Lushworthy.com]
Smashing Pumpkin – Rum is my absolute favorite spring/summer spirit, and this cocktail is made using just that. With the addition of homemade lemon-pumpkin soda, the Smashing Pumpkin is one of few pumpkin cocktails that’s also refreshing. [Recipe – Liquor.com]
After receiving some bogus intel from rapper French Montana via Snapchat, it has now been confirmed that Ciroc Mango is the newest Ciroc flavor. Congrats to all you mango-loving, Ciroc sippers out there. Personally, the only tropical fruit flavor I really rock with is pineapple, but I can imagine that Ciroc Mango would make for some pretty tasty, end of summer cocktails. In fact, I’ve created a handful of Ciroc cocktails that I think will be a worthy addition to your Labor Day festivities, or any festivity for that matter.
It’s currently unclear when Ciroc Mango will be released, so for your convenience I’ve gone ahead and made recipe cards for my cocktails, so you can easily print and/or save them. Cheers!
A boozy take on the Arnold Palmer.
- 1.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
- 3 oz. Sweet Tea
- 2 oz. Simply Lemonade Mango
- Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
- Stir and garnish with mango wedge.
LUSHWORTHY http://lushworthy.com/ A boozy tropical punch made using Ciroc Mango, Ciroc Coconut, and Ciroc Pineapple.
- 0.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
- 0.5 oz. Ciroc Pineapple
- 0.5 oz. Ciroc Coconut
- 3 oz. Mango Juice
- 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
- Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
- Stir and top with a splash of fresh lime juice.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
“Stranger Things” gave me life, last month. And now I’m receiving even more life thanks to “The Get Down.” In addition to being binge-worthy, Netflix hits, “Stranger Things” and “The Get Down” have also given us a nice dose of nostalgia. Hello shiny disco balls, perfectly-picked afros, and awkwardly over-sized glasses (sup Barb?).
While you prepare to watch either television show, which you definitely should, be sure to consider these retro cocktails for nostalgia in booze form.
Hailing from the disco era is the Langham Colada. Although pretty similar to the pina colada, the Langham Colada also calls for coconut water and two, different types of rum. [Recipe]
Although the Cosmopolitan gained popularity thanks to the Lushworthy gals from “Sex & The City,” the fruity drink was a popular sip in the 1970s. Simply combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice to make this cocktail. [Recipe]
Birthed in the 1980s, the Fuzzy Navel serves as yet another fruity addition to our list of nostalgia-inducing drinks. Created decades ago by bartender Ray Foley, the Fuzzy Navel became quite popular among younger drinkers. [Recipe]
While the Long Island Iced Tea is a personal enemy of mine, it also peaked in popularity in the 70s. Packed with all the booze you can think of, the Long Island Iced Tea became a favorite among many due to its relatively smooth taste. But beware, it packs quite a punch. Trust me, I would know. [Recipe]
During one episode of “The Get Down,” I watched as one character made a big-batch punch using Bacardi 151. Some call it Hunch Punch, some might not call it anything at all, but big-batch punch made using cheap likka and fruit punch was pretty major in the 80s. [Recipe]
Please don’t judge me, but it took a minute before I became hip to the shandy. For those unfamiliar, the shandy is a refreshing combination of beer and soda and/or juice. It’s basically a beer cocktail, and it’s delicious. I was recently tasked with creating my own shandy as part of Guinness Blonde American Lager’s Guinness Blonde Shandy Challenge.
I knew I wanted a lemon-y ingredient and also something that was a bit unexpected. After a visit to my local farmer’s market, I ended up with lemonade and pineapple soda as the ingredients for my shandy, which I’ve appropriately named the Lemon-Pineapple Shandy. Beware, my penchant for creative cocktail names is contagious.
Another thing I love about the shandy is how easy it is to make. Simply combine your ingredients in a tall glass and give it a stir, if you like. See, even the stir isn’t really needed. Given that you need this shandy in your life this summer, I’ll go ahead and get to the good stuff…the recipe.
You can find the recipe to my Lemon-Pineapple Shandy, below. Cheers!
4 Parts Guinness Blonde American Lager 1 Part Lemonade 1 Part Pineapple Soda
Combine all liquid ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.