Although we still have a little less than a month before summer begins, for most of us Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of the summer season. And with that unofficial start you can expect plenty of people to break out the grills, a few seasonal cocktails, and other summer pleasantries this weekend. If you’re still in the market for a great cocktail or two for your Memorial Day festivities, I’ve compiled a list of six drink recipe ideas that come courtesy of Captain Morgan, SKYY Infusions, and more, and range from the pretty standard to the enticingly intricate.
Be sure to have an enjoyable and safe weekend and let’s try not to forget about the the men and women who lost their lives in the Armed Forces because that’s in fact what Memorial Day really is all about.
Spiced Moscato Grape (Pictured Above/Created By Lindsay Nader)
2 oz. SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape 3.4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 3.4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1 small slice of Serrano pepper, seeds on
In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle Serrano slice in Orgeat. Add rest of the ingredients. Shake and finely strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an edible orchid.
When the clock strikes 5 P.M. today and your work week officially ends, chances are pretty high that you’ll then scramble to the mall for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. Or if that’s not the case, you’ll probably immediately whip out your smartphone and scour OpenTable in the hopes of finding the ideal Mother’s Day brunch spot. Am I right? Well, since you’re likely going to spend most of the weekend planning for Sunday, if anything, at least you don’t have to put in too much effort finding that winning Mother’s Day cocktail. I’ve gone ahead and included the drink recipes to a handful of Mother’s Day-inspired drink recipes to make your weekend a little easier. From tequila-based to those heavy on the vodka, from the sweet to the savory, you’ll likely find at least one cocktail mom will go head over heels for. Enjoy!
Relaxi Taxi Spa-Tini (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon 1.5 oz. Club soda .05 oz. Lemon juice 0.5 oz. Agave nectar
10 slices cucumber (Garnish)
Muddle cucumber slices in the bottom of a mixing glass with SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon, lemon juice and agave nectar. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with club soda.
As lovely as the classic margarita may be, it’s nice to switch it up sometimes. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner why not use the holiday to experiment with a few unique margarita recipes and maybe a few other tequila-based cocktails? Well, in case you need a little extra motivation when it comes to checking out the Cinco de Mayo-inspired drink recipes listed below, I’ve decided to also incorporate a giveaway into today’s Cinco de Mayo post. I’m giving away two Lushworthy t-shirts and all you have to do to enter is hit me up in the comments section with the name of the cocktail (you have to choose from the six below) that appeals to you most. Be sure to use a legit e-mail, so I can contact you if you win. Two winners will be chosen on Monday.
Good luck, and cheers to an enjoyable (though rainy for me) Cinco de Mayo!
Crave Chili’rita (Pictured Above)
1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver Tequila
3 parts Sweet and Sour Mix
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a margarita glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Moonshine and mixology don’t typically go hand in hand, but the good folks over at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine would probably be pretty quick to debate that notion. Believe it or not, but the brand actually has quite a few cocktails that are made using a variety of their products and they were kind enough to share a few with Lushworthy. They’ve got a cocktail that’s made using their much-loved Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries and they also boast their own version of the normally tequila-made margarita. Lastly, I had to include the recipe to Ole Smoky’s “Apple Pie Moonshine Martini” since it uses their Apple Pie Moonshine, which I’m a huuuge fan of. Be sure to get yourself a jar of this Tennessee favorite and check out the drink recipes below!
Moonshine Margarita (Pictured Above)
2 Parts Ole Smoky Original Moonshine 1 Part Lime Juice 1 Part Simple Syrup
1 Part Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice
Combine salt and sugar with zest of lime for rim of glass. Pour ingredients in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into chilled margarita glass.
Confession time…So, I’m about 82 percent sure that “The Great Gatsby” is one of a handful (just a handful!) of novels I bought the Cliffs Notes for during high school. Sorry F. Scott Fitzgerald, but you weren’t quite my cup of literary tea. At this moment you’re probably wondering what exactly is so Lushworthy about “The Great Gatsby.” Well, in honor of the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” Moët, which is featured throughout the film, has introduced a new cocktail inspired by “The Great Gatsby.” Described as “a twist on the classic champagne cocktail,” the “Moët Imperial Gatsby” combines Moët Imperial and Green Chartreuse. And in case you can’t get your hands on any Green Chartreuse, you can always find the Jim Meehan-crafted cocktail at New York City’s The Plaza Hotel.
“The Great Gatsby” will be released in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 10.
Moët Imperial Gatsby
5 oz. Moët Imperial
1 sugar cube soaked in .25 oz. Green Chartreuse
Combine in a champagne flute and garnish with a spiral lime twist.
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When it comes to the annual Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is probably one of the first things to come to mind, especially if you’re a Lushworthy individual such as myself. The relatively simple cocktail has been associated with the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century now and is made using a combination of bourbon, mint leaf, water and sugar. Over time, a number of “remixed” versions of the Mint Julep have been introduced and if you’re hoping to break from tradition when the Kentucky Derby airs this Saturday then I’ve got a few cocktails you may want to consider.
The first is Wild Turkey’s “Bourbon Mojito,” which calls for the unexpected addition of ginger beer and if you’re looking for a really unique spin on the Mint Julep then there’s always Bulleit Bourbon’s “The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback.” I’ve also included the recipe to the Lucid Absinthe-made “The Cool & Skinny,” a cocktail that may not be made using bourbon and isn’t reminiscent of the Mint Julep, but does channel the overall excitement of the Kentucky Derby. As always, you can find the drink recipes for all of the cocktails mentioned below. Cheers!
Bourbon Mojito (Pictured Above)
3 oz. Wild Turkey 101 House Sour Mix Ginger Beer Mint Lime
Combine muddled mint, lime, and simple syrup with Wild Turkey 101 and house sour mix.