The 2014 Sundance Film Festival officially bid adieu to Park City, Utah yesterday (January 26) after 10 days filled to the brim with film screenings and other festive events. Among those present during the annual film fete was Grey Goose who again hosted their Grey Goose Blue Door lounge.
Part celebratory space, part craft cocktail haven, the signature cocktails were of course plentiful at this year’s Grey Goose Blue Door lounge. Among the cocktails served at the lounge were the “Grey Goose Le Fizz,” a combination of Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, and soda water and the “Grey Goose Hot Apple Cider.” I can personally vouch for the “Grey Goose Le Fizz” (that is one tasty cocktail, folks), but I’m sure Grey Goose’s take on hot apple cider was a hit especially given the brisk temps typically present in Park City.
The Sundance Film Festival may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t login into your Netflix account, fix yourself one of the Grey Goose cocktails below, and enjoy your own personal film fest.
Grey Goose Le Fizz (Pictured Above)
1 ¼ oz Grey Goose Vodka 2/3 oz St. Germain ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 ½ oz Cold Soda Water
Shake over ice and strain into a flute glass, serve topped with soda.
In case you missed out on National Hot Toddy Day, which took place over the weekend, then I suggest you head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble or Office Depot (preferably B&N) and pick up a calendar to ensure that you never miss another Lushworthy holiday. Although you may have missed out on National Hot Toddy Day, we’ve likely got ourselves a number of frigid days ahead to enjoy the warm, boozy beverage that is the Hot Toddy. And in case we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of another delightful polar vortex here are a few Hot Toddy drink recipes that’ll keep you nice and warm and probably a little tipsy this winter.
Plum Toddy (Created By Joaquín Simó)
1 1/2 ounces Unicum Plum Liqueur 1 dash Aromatic Bitters Hot Water for Top
Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
Combine Unicum Plum Liqueur and aromatic bitters into a glass mug. Top with hot water. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
You ever wonder what cocktails your favorite holiday characters would treat themselves to if that opportunity ever presented itself? Come on, I know I’m not the only one on that boat. Well, that thought has definitely passed my mind this month since Home Alone and Home Alone 2 have aired a total of 13,234 times this week alone, and I’ve seen 208.8 versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on TV. So, in addition to hopefully adding a little humor this holiday season, my cocktail choices for The Wet Bandits, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Ralphie’s dad, and more will hopefully give you a few options for this week’s holiday festivities. Enjoy!
Frosty The Snowman – “Minty Mistletoe”
Imagine the pain of knowing that you can never truly indulge in a hot cocktail. Thankfully for Frosty, there are a number of hot cocktails that can be enjoyed while cold. You know, for those days when you don’t want to turn into a pile of water. Also, something tells me Frosty would be a big fan of all things Pinnacle.
1 ½ parts Pinnacle® Peppermint Bark Vodka ¼ part DeKuyper® Crème de Cocoa Dark 1 ½ parts black coffee
½ part heavy cream
Can be prepared hot or cold as well as with or without cream/ Cold: Shake all ingredients together and pour into martini glass. Hot: Stir ingredients in mug.
Top with whipped cream or marshmallow and garnish with crumbled peppermint bark.
To create a cocktail inspired by Thanksgiving dinner you don’t actually have to create a stuffing-infused simple syrup or garnish a drink with a turkey leg. It’s as easy as choosing one element of Thanksgiving dinner, take cranberry sauce for example, and using that element to craft a cocktail like the “EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry.” Or you can even try your luck at a cocktail made using a boozy infusion of various spices and cranberries. Take the Wild Turkey-created “Kentucky Thanksgiving,” it calls for the addition of Wild Turkey infused with cardamom seeds, dried cranberries, and cinnamon.
In case either of those two cocktails sounds like an enticing addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, you can find their recipes blow. Oh, and I’ve also included a bonus, non-Lushworthy recipe as well courtesy of Crown Royal Maple.
For additional Thanksgiving-inspired drink recipes, check out my dessert cocktails and champagne cocktails blog posts.
1.5 oz. Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Infusion* 1 oz. lemon juice .25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur .25 oz. Campari
.5 oz. Demerara syrup
Mix all ingredients in a mug and add 3oz hot water. Stir and garnish with a wide lemon disc twist.
As much as I love drinking green tea, I’ve never been one to indulge in the extra stuff (i.e. green tea frappucinos, green tea cookies, green tea facials, etc.) Since I tend to play it safe with my tea of choice, I figured it’d be fun to mix things up a bit by creating a cocktail using green tea.
I tend to drink my green tea straight, but on occasion I will add honey and/or lemon. So, I knew I wanted those two ingredients in my green tea cocktail. The honey element in my “Green Tea-ni” comes courtesy of Smirnoff Honey Vodka and I stuck with good ol’ fresh lemon juice for this latest Lushworthy Creation.To sweeten things up just a tad bit, I added homemade simple syrup.
The holidays are all about giving thanks and celebrating with good friends and family, so why not treat your guests to a celebratory champagne cocktail this Thanksgiving? The bubbly stuff has always been known as a celebratory beverage, but sipping on merely champagne all night can occasionally leave a little to be desired. Well, desire no more because I’ve compiled a list of champagne-based cocktails that are sure to be a perfect, boozy addition to your Thanksgiving. You can find recipes for four of these cocktails below. And be sure to check out my list of dessert cocktails that are also perfect for Thanksgiving. Cheers!
Chambord & Champagne (Pictured Above)
¼ oz Chambord Liqueur
Korbel California Champagne
Add Chambord to bottom of a flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a raspberry.