When it comes to going green, cocktails are likely the last thing to come to mind, but you’d be surprised at how green some cocktails can be. You’ve got a number of mixed drinks that are made using organic spirits like American Harvest and well, there’s also plenty of cocktails that are made with what are quite literally green ingredients. Take for instance Skinnygirl Vodka’s “Going Green,” a cocktail that’s made using a combination of basil, mint, and lime. But if you’re truly hoping to go organic this Earth Day then you can’t go wrong with American Harvest’s “Sustainable Seabreeze” and Casa Noble’s “Organic Margarita,” a margarita that’s made using a handful of organic ingredients.
You can find the recipes to all three cocktails below and don’t be afraid to get your Captain Planet on and do something good for the planet when Earth Day rolls around on April 22.
Sustainable Seabreeze (Pictured Above)
2 parts American Harvest Organic Spirit 1 1/2 parts fresh squeezed orange juice 1 part R.W. Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice
1/2 parts agave nectar
Combine ingredients and garnish with an orange slice.
The Spring friendly drink recipes keep on rolling in, with Hennessy serving as the latest brand to introduce a handful of seasonal cocktails. If you’re all for the use of tropical fruit in your cocktails then you’ll probably love Hennessy’s “Privateer,” a cocktail that combines Hennessy V.S, coconut water, strawberries, fresh squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar. I’m sure the “Privateer” is quite the tasty cocktail, but their “Stinger Sour” is right up my lane. It’s a minty, frothy concoction that actually reminds me of a cocktail I had at the W Atlanta Downtown last year and absolutely fell in love with. You can find the recipe for both cocktails, which were created by Hennessy mixologist, Jordan Bushell, below.
Privateer (Pictured Above)
2 oz Hennessy V.S 3 oz coconut water 3 Strawberries .5 oz Fresh Squeezed lime juice
1/3rd oz Agave Nectar
Muddle 3 strawberries in a shaker tin. Add all liquids with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a strawberry on the rim.
If you’re looking to add a little spice to your seasonal, spiked punches then look no further than Captain Morgan’s line of spiced rums. Just in time for spring, Captain Morgan Rum has rolled out a handful of punch bowl recipes that are sure to get the party started. Because that’s essentially what spiked punch bowls are all about, right? On top of being immensely delicious that is. So, break out your favorite pair of swashbuckling boots (I’m pretty sure you can find a pair at Urban Outfitters), avoid walking the plank by all means, and be sure to get your hands on a bottle of Captain Morgan Rum for use in one of the Lushworthy drink recipes below.
Port Royal Punch (Pictured Above)
2 (46 oz.) cans of pineapple juice 3 cups mango juice 1 (750 mL) bottle of Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum 4.5 ounces of grenadine 3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
3 cans of Sprite for fizz
In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.
Moms are usually about as sweet as they come, unless your mom happens to be a combination of Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Kathy Bates’ character in Misery. And if that’s the case then good luck with that. So why not treat your mom to a sweet, whisky-based cocktail from Crown Royal Maple Finished this Mother’s Day? While all three of the Crown Royal Maple cocktails I’ve listed below are ideal for Mother’s Day, they also serve as pretty stellar Spring cocktails if you’re still in the market for a Lushworthy addition for your next get together.
King George Cocktail (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake, top with 1 oz. Club Soda & strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
It looks like the folks over at Ciroc were just as excited about the start of Spring as I was because they’ve managed to concoct a number of extremely delicious looking cocktails for this season. With ingredients that include rose water, chocolate coconut water, and rosemary-infused agave, master mixologist Billy Ray clearly wasn’t playing any games with these drink recipes.
There’s a little something for everyone with Ciroc’s Spring-friendly cocktails. If you prefer your cocktail on the savory side there’s the “Spring Spice,” which combines basil, jalapeno, lime, and a handful of other flavors. And if you’re looking for a lower calorie option there’s always the “Chocolate Coconut Latte,” a cocktail that combines Ciroc, chocolate coconut water, agave, and iced coffee. You can find recipes for both cocktails as well as the “Peach Ambrosia” and “Equinox Environment” below.
Peach Ambrosia (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. CÎROC Peach
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Lavender Syrup
3 Drops of Rose Water
Place six blueberries in mixing tin and muddle. Add lavender syrup, lemon juice, rose water, and CÎROC peach. Pack with ice and give it a hard and long shake. Strain into a double old fashion glass with ice.
Traditionally speaking, the Easter holiday has become pretty well-known for its Easter egg hunts, egg-dying, and a plethora of other egg-centric activities. You might be surprised to hear that you can also incorporate eggs into your cocktails, egg whites specifically. If you’ve never had a cocktail that’s made using egg white then I assure you you’re missing out. The addition of egg white normally adds a welcoming froth and creamy element to drinks. I’m a big fan of rich, decadent cocktails so I’m all for the use of egg whites in cocktails.
I’m sure coming up with your own egg white cocktail might be a tad difficult so I’ve gone ahead and included recipes for both The Black Grouse’s “Good Morning Milan” and KAPPA Pisco’s “KAPPA Sour.” Either of the two make for an ideal Easter cocktail and also a nice introduction to cocktails made using this unexpected ingredient.
Good Morning Milan – Created by Michael Klein (Pictured Above)
2 oz. The Black Grouse
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Sage Honey Syrup
.5 oz. Mascarpone Milk (1:1)
2 Dashes of Lavender Tincture
Dry shake, then shake with ice and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Top with Soda, garnish with lavender.