Drink Recipes | – Part 7

Smirnoff is continuing to appeal to those with a sweet tooth with the announcement of their two newest flavors, Wild Honey and Cinna-Sugar Twist. Obviously a little less dessert-oriented than last year’s Smirnoff Kissed Caramel and Smirnoff Iced Cake, I’m sure these two newest additions will create some pretty unique, fall-inspired sips. While you ponder ways to put your bottle of Smirnoff Wild Honey and Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist to good use, Smirnoff has released a handful of easy-to-make recipes that should hold you over in the meantime. Check ‘em out below!

Smirnoff True Temptation (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka

3 oz. lemonade

2 oz. club soda

DIRECTIONS

Shake and serve over ice; top with club soda.

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For those of you attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week you’re probably at the point where your thumbs are numb from live-Tweeting your way through dozens of fashion shows, you’ve become sleep depraved thanks to the abundance of raucous after parties, and the four-inch stilettos you’ve been rocking have become the devil himself. Yeah, I would certainly say a good cocktail is in order if you plan on keeping your sanity until fashion week concludes on September 12.

With their newly introduced EFFEN Salted Caramel, EFFEN Vodka has a handful of cocktails made using their new addition that happen to be perfect for fashion fanatics. You can find those drink recipes below. Oh, and even if you’re nowhere near all the fashion week frenzy, you can still indulge in one of EFFEN Vodka’s Lushworthy libations.

EFFEN® Caramel Dipped Apple’tini (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka 3/4 part Apple Schnapps 1 part Fresh Sour Mix Garnish: Apple Slice

Garnish: Caramel Dipping Sauce

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a red apple slice dipped in caramel.

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In a matter of weeks we’ll be switching from shades to scarves and from daiquiris to Irish coffees. Yes, we’ll be saying goodbye to summer next week as we celebrate Labor Day, so you might as well indulge in a little spiked punch or one of many seasonal cocktails while you still can.

If boozy, fruity punches aren’t quite your cup of tea then I’ve also included the drink recipe for the sweet and savory “EFFEN Salted Caramel Popcorn Martini.” I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a cocktail that’s made using caramel popcorn. And if you’re hoping to tap into your inner mixologist this Labor Day, there’s also the Jaime Salas-created “Hi Teq Punch,” a cocktail that combines Milagro Silver, hibiscus tea, and Lillet Rose. But if it’s spiked punch you fancy then I’ve got plenty of those recipes as well. Check ‘em out below and be sure to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Cheers!

Berry Bliss Punch (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 Quart SKYY Vodka ½ Quart Fresh Lemon Juice ½ Quart Fresh Lime Juice ½ Quart Pineapple Juice

¼ Quart Agave

DIRECTIONS

In a pitcher, combine all ingredients and refrigerate until chilled. Stir the punch and strain it into a punch bowl. Add the Berry Infused Ice (below) and garnish the punch with raspberries and lime wheels. Serve in small rocks glasses or tea cups.

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The days of summer are now numbered and if you’re hoping to get your fruity fix with a summer cocktail or two then you may want to do so soon. And to ensure that you enjoy those last few summer cocktails, Courvoisier teamed up with One Flew South’s Tiffanie Barriere to create a handful of summer-friendly libations that are inspired by the mixtress’ Creole/Texan roots. With ingredients that include fresh watermelon and blueberries, the “5 O’Clock” and “Louisiana Purchase” cocktails are heavily indicative of the season we’ll soon be bidding adieu to. Enjoy!

5 O’Clock (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Courvoisier® Rosé Liqueur

6 blueberries

½ part fresh lemon juice

½ part simple syrup

Soda

DIRECTIONS

Muddle blueberries. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and Courvoisier® Rosé. Shake. Top with soda. Garnish with blueberries.

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If you’re a rum fanatic then chances are you don’t need me to tell you that National Rum Day takes place this week on August 16. Although National Rum Day’s probably been marked in your calendar for months now you may need a little inspiration when it comes to crafting cocktails for this year’s rum-heavy holiday and I’ve got plenty of rum-centered drink recipes to choose from. Whether you’re looking to make the classic “Cuba Libre” with help from Bacardi or are in the market for something a little more off-the-wall, take the “Zacapa Rum Negroni” for example, you’ll likely find the ideal, National Rum Day cocktail below.

As for me, there’s probably a 78.7 percent chance (please don’t ask how I come up with these percentages) that I’ll be sipping on the “Sailor Jerry Root Beer Float” come Friday. I’m sorry, but I can in no way pass on a rum and ice cream combo.

Cheers to a safe and enjoyable National Rum Day!

Zacapa Rum Negroni (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23 2/3 ounce Sweet Vermouth 1/3 ounce Bitter Italian Aperitif 1/3 ounce Semi-Bitter Italian Aperitif

Grapefruit Twist for Garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine Zacapa Rum 23, sweet vermouth, bitter Italian aperitif and semi-bitter Italian aperitif in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

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Since we’re already a week into the month of August, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do when it concerns “National Eat Your Dessert First Month.” Yes, you read that correctly. There’s an entire month dedicated to indulging in dessert before noshing on your meat and potatoes or whatever your dinner might be. And if you prefer to sip your dessert, a spiked one at that, Pinnacle Vodka has a handful of drink recipes that are perfect for kicking off “National Eat Your Dessert First Month.” Here’s to hoping September is “National Burn All Those Calories You Packed On In August Month.”

Pinnacle Strawberry Shortshake (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Pinnacle® Strawberry Shortcake Vodka Double Scoop Strawberry Ice Cream

Splash of Milk

DIRECTIONS

Blend together, pour it into a glass and top it off with a strawberry.

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