If you’re a fan of the decadently sweet and warming beverage that is hot chocolate then there’s a good chance that you first fell in love with the drink at a pretty young age. And with National Hot Chocolate Day taking place on January 31 you owe it to yourself to enjoy this childhood favorite in a more adult fashion with Van Gogh Vodka’s “Dutch Hot Chocolate.” A relatively simple drink recipe, the brand’s “Dutch Hot Chocolate” recipe calls for hot chocolate, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, and of course a few roasted marshmallows. Cheers!
2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka 4 oz. hot chocolate
3 roasted marshmallows on small skewer
Pour Van Gogh Dutch Hot Chocolate into a warm mug and add hot chocolate. Garnish with home-roasted marshmallows on a skewer or whipped cream.
To what I’m sure is the delight of many Sundance Film Festival attendee’s, “The “World’s Best Tasting Vodka,” Grey Goose will be heading back to the annual festival with an array of signature cocktails that will be served at their exclusive Blue Door Lounge in Park City. Last year’s Blue Door Lounge film parties were attended by a number of Hollywood heavy’s including Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, Andy Samberg, and more. The film parties last year also proved to be an even bigger treat since it was around the time Grey Goose launched their new Grey Goose Cherry Noir.
Since an invite to the Blue Door Lounge is a lot like getting your hands on a Lushworthy golden ticket you can still enjoy the cocktails featured at the lounge thanks to the drink recipes below. Also, the “Le Fizz” cocktail is quite near and dear to my heart [insert sappy violin music here] so you definitely have to indulge in that cocktail at least once in your life.
Cherry Noir Mule (Pictured Above)
1 ½ oz GREY GOOSE CHERRY NOIR® 1 oz POM WONDERFUL (Pomegranate juice) ½ oz Fresh lime juice ½ oz Homemade 5 spices syrup* 2 oz Ginger beer (BUNDABERG)
Mint sprig and a black cherry
Combine all ingredients into a shaker glass shake and strain over ice then top up with ginger beer and garnish.
Now that we’ve hit mid-January, it’s about that time when those healthy-eating New Year’s resolutions start to become more and more difficult. And if you happen to enjoy a great cocktail then you’re probably really struggling to avoid those decadent pina colada’s and calorie-packed margaritas. Fortunately, for all you cocktail lovers out there, the folks over at Skinnygirl have a number of cocktails that happen to be both tasty and low on the calories so you can still indulge in a Lushworthy number or two while sticking with your healthy eating resolutions. Here is just a small sampling of the brand’s calorie-conscious drink recipes.
Skinnygirl Pumpkin Martini (Pictured Above)
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Bare Naked Vodka
1 part canned unsweetened pumpkin
¾ part fat free sweetened condensed milk
¾ part unsweetened almond milk
Dollop of fat free whipped cream
Dash of pumpkin pie spice
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fat free whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m the type of gal who can easily enjoy a piping hot cup of hot chocolate (preferably spiked) during the sultriest of summer days and ice cream in the dead of winter. With that being said I really couldn’t pass up on posting these summer-friendly SVEDKA vodka recipes in one of the coldest months there is. So cover yourself up in about three of your favorite Snuggie’s and indulge in some icy, Lushworthy goodness courtesy of SVEDKA.
SVEDKA Tropop (Pictured Above)
2 Parts SVEDKA Raspberry
1 Part SVEDKA Colada
2 Parts Pineapple Juice
1/2 Part Coconut Milk
2 Parts Coconut Water
1 1/2 Part Water
1/2 Part Cinnamon Syrup
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and stir. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
For those new to the wonderful world of spirits, whisky can sometimes be quite the intimidating spirit, but with whisky’s like Canadian Club’s Dock No. 57 you can gradually work your way up the whisky ladder. As a blackberry-flavored whisky, Dock No. 57 boasts full-bodied blackberry flavor with the occasional hints of vanilla thrown into the mix. And since it is in fact a blackberry-flavored whisky both whisky aficionado’s and whisky newbie’s may be stumped as to what kind of cocktails can be made using Dock No. 57.
Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly), you can use Canadian Club’s newest addition to make your typical whisky cocktails including a “Whisky Sour” and the deliciously simple “Old Fashioned.” I’ve included a few Dock No. 57 drink recipes below and if you’d like to get your hands on this new spirit you can purchase a bottle for only $15.99.
CC Blackberry & Ginger Ale
1 oz Canadian Club Dock No. 57 Blackberry Ginger ale
1 lime wedge
In a lowball glass filled with ice, add whisky and top up with ginger ale. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.
Believe it or not, but this Tuesday will mark exactly one week until we hit Christmas Day and do you know what that means? One week to crunch in all your holiday shopping? One week before you can indulge in those much needed holiday vacation days? Not quite. Instead I was thinking something more along the lines of us only having one week to get our Christmas cocktails in order. But fear not fellow cocktail connoisseurs because I’ve compiled a list of three spirited cocktails that are sure to inspire a little Christmas cheer in all (if you’re 21 and over that is). We’ve got a holiday margarita recipe courtesy of Camarena tequila, a minty cocktail made using Citadelle Gin and homemade peppermint simple syrup, and lastly Flor de Caña rum’s refreshing “Santa’s Surprise.”
Santa’s Surprise (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum 0.5 oz Lemon Juice 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice 0.75 oz Vanilla Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon, strawberry, and sprig of mint.