I’m sure we’re all eager to break out the fruity-flavored vodka’s and other spirits now that we’ve finally found ourselves welcoming Spring and while those are of course pretty ideal, you can also create a pretty refreshing, seasonal cocktail using sparkling wine. With the launch of their new “Flower Power” campaign, Chandon has released a handful of drink recipes that are perfect for the season. The addition of St. Germain in the “Chandon Spring Blossom” caught my attention almost immediately, but can we talk about how amazing the “Chandon Rose Granite” both looks and sounds? How perfect would that icy concoction be for a Spring shindig?
You can find recipes for all three cocktails below and be sure to lookout for exclusive Chandon bottles that include a plantable necker at your local retailer. Made using biodegradable paper, the plantable necker’s are just one aspect of Chandon’s green-friendly “Flower Power” campaign.
Chandon Rose Granite
1 bottle (750 ml) Chandon Rose 1 3/4 cups/525 ml Simple Syrup 1 cup sparkling water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
In a large bowl or plastic container, combine the Rose, Simple Syrup, sparkling water, and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly. Cover and place in the freezer until solid, 5–6 hours. To serve, use a spoon or fork to scrape the ice into a martini glass or any other small stemware. Serves 8–10
With Spring only a matter of hours away, I think we can finally grant an official welcome to those refreshingly fruity cocktails that are very much prominent during the warmer months. Among the most popular spring cocktails is the daiquiri, the rum-based concoction that typically calls for rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. Like many standard cocktails, the daiquiri has of course had its fair share of remixed versions with the newest daiquiri creation coming courtesy of Cruzan Rum. Created by Jesse Card, Cruzan Master Mixologist, the “Cruzan Passionway Daiquiri” is a perfect spring cocktail thanks to a combination of fresh lime, grapefruit juice, and Cruzan Passion Fruit Rum. You can find the full recipe for the “Cruzan Passionway Daiquiri” below.
Cruzan Passionway Daiquiri
2 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum ½ parts Fresh Squeezed Lime ¼ parts Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice ¼ parts DeKuyper® Cherry Liqueur ¼ parts Rich Simple Syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Thin Lime Wheel
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a thin sliced lime wheel.
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I briefly tapped into my not so Lushworthy side last week while attending a media dinner at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown Atlanta when I had absolutely no idea what a “Black Velvet” cocktail was. For the record, it’s a simple albeit surprising cocktail that’s made using champagne and Guinness extra stout. Interesting combination, right? I still have yet to get my hands on one so I’m curious to know if anyone’s ever had one of these bad boys and if so, what were your thoughts? Hit me up in the comments section!
Oh, and here’s a short video from the folks at the Guinness Storehouse on how to make a “Black Velvet” cocktail.
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Valentine’s Day may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch all things pink and pretty, especially when it comes in cocktail form. For the entire month of February, The St. Regis Bar at The St. Regis Atlanta will be been serving up their “Pink Of Perfection” cocktail. The perky cocktail combines Karma Silver Tequila, simple syrup, orange blossom water, lime juice, and club soda, and as you can tell from the picture above it isn’t too bad to look at either. You can purchase the “Pink Of Perfection” cocktail for $16, but be sure to head over to the St. Regis Atlanta ASAP since the cocktail will only be available until the end of this month. And in case you do want to try your hand at whipping up the “Pink Of Perfection” at home, I’ve included the recipe below.
Pink Of Perfection
1 part Karma Silver Tequila ½ part Simple Syrup 3 dashes Orange Blossom Water ½ part Fresh Lime Juice
Combine the first four ingredients in shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with rose petals.
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You’ve seen the movies and you’ve loved them, hated them, and were possibly completely confused by a few of them. Now it’s time to root on your favorites during the 85th Academy Awards which will air tomorrow, February 24th beginning at 7 P.M. EST. No awards ceremony is complete without a few tasty bites and a Lushworthy cocktail or two. You’re on your own when it comes to those “tasty bites,” but I do have a handful of Oscar-worthy cocktail recipes to share. I’ve included included a drink recipe to the “Kilbeggan Funny Guy Fizz”, a Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey cocktail that was inspired by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane. I’ve also included recipes to the Pernod Absinthe-crafted and Beasts Of The Southern Wild-inspired “The Green Beast” and a cocktail from Skinnygirl that’ll hopefully bring out “The Showstopper” within. Enjoy!
The Showstopper (Pictured Above)
2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka Squirt of fresh lime Squirt of fresh lemon Squirt of fresh orange Splash of Lemon-lime soda
Orange slice to garnish
Shake vodka, lime, lemon and orange juices with ice and strain into martini glass. Top off with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.
Congratulations on making it to yet another National Margarita Day and to celebrate another year of all things tequila and lime-juice based why not celebrate with an assortment of margaritas? In honor of National Margarita Day, which takes place today (February 22), I’ve gathered a handful of margarita recipes that’ll hopefully peak your interest. There’s Skinnygirl’s low-calorie and extremely easy to make “Pomegranate Margarita” and if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, but with an added twist I’ve also included drink recipes for both the “Sauza Golden Margarita” and Camarena Tequila’s “Frozen Sangria Margarita.” Cheers and try not to get too wild on this oh so Lushworthy holiday!
Sauza Golden Margarita (Pictured Above)
1 1/2 parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila 1/2 part John Dekuyper & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Ice, salt and orange for serving
In a shaker filled with ice, combine lime juice, Sauza® Blue Reposado Tequila, and liqueur. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice and rimmed with salt (optional). Garnish with an orange wedge.