I hate to choose favorites, but I will say that the margarita is definitely top five as far as cocktails are concerned, in my opinion. With that being said, I’m pretty amped for National Margarita Day next week. It takes place on a Sunday (February 22) this year, so… “Mimosa who? Bellini what??” If you plan on celebrating National Margarita Day during a brunch with friends then I’ve got the perfect drink recipe.
I recently received a bottle of Casa Noble Crystal Tequila to create a unique National Margarita Day recipe with, and since I love the combination of tequila and lemonade, I chose to jazz it up a bit and create a Sparkling Lemonade Margarita. In addition to lemonade and tequila, this particular margarita also calls for fresh lime juice and lemon-lime soda. And it is oh-so-delicious.
You can find my Sparkling Lemonade Margarita recipe below. Cheers!
1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila 4 oz Simply Lemonade Splash Of Sprite Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice
Combine Casa Noble Crystal Tequila and Simply Lemonade in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top off with a splash of fresh lime juice and Sprite. Garnish with lime wheel.
Now that we’re well into the month of February, the countdown to find a boo, bae, sweetheart, etc. by Valentine’s Day is officially on and popping. If it appears that cupid’s letting you down, no need to worry. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to link up with friends and swoon over Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and other boos-in-your-head while enjoying a V-Day-inspired cocktail. In fact, save any saltiness for that cocktail. Wait, what? Bear with me here, people…
As a member of The Bar Insiders, I was recently challenged with creating a Valentine’s Day cocktail using Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème. My cocktail creation is the “My Salty Valentine,” a decadent combination of Baileys Salted Caramel, Ketel One Vodka, and Caramel Frappuccino (the bottled kind). And to add some extra V-Day vibes, I topped the cocktail off with a dash of maraschino cherry juice.
You can find the “My Salty Valentine” recipe below. And for added cocktail inspiration this Valentine’s Day check out my Pinterest board for the special occasion. Cheers!
1 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème
0.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
1 oz. Bottled Caramel Frappuccino
Maraschino Cherry Juice & Cherries
Add Baileys, Ketel One Vodka, and caramel frappuccino to a glass with ice. Stir and add a dash of maraschino cherry juice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or two.
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Let’s face it, any Super Bowl party without Lime-A-Ritas really isn’t much of a party. But if you find that serving Lime-A-Ritas, SOTC (straight out of the can) is a little boring, then boy have I got the fix for you. What’s this fix, you ask? Lime-A-Rita Punch! And yes, it’s just as amazing as it sounds. It combines three different Lime-A-Rita flavors (Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita, and Raz-Ber-Rita) and receives an added kick thanks to the addition of fresh lime juice and tropical punch.
It’s super easy to make, so no need to be cooped up in the kitchen all day when the New England Patriots get their behinds handed to them on Sunday. Also, the recipe below is big batch-friendly (just add extra lime juice), so you can make a bunch at one time if you’re short on time. Enjoy!
1 Part Lime-A-Rita 1 Part Raz-Ber-Rita 1 Part Straw-Ber-Rita 1 Part Minute Maid Tropical Punch Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice Lime Wedge
Build all ingredients in a glass (all three Lime-A-Ritas and Minute Maid Tropical Punch). Add a splash of lime juice. Stir and add ice. Garnish with lime wedge and maraschino cherry.
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So, this was originally a drink recipe I didn’t plan on adding to the blog. I merely wanted to create something quick and tasty for the Playoff games yesterday. But given that the recipe was pretty popular on Instagram, and the Seattle Seahawks quite literally smashed the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter, it seemed only right to share my “Seattle Smash” drink recipe with you guys. It’s a pretty simple cocktail to make and the blueberry/lime garnish should be perfect for any Super Bowl party given the blue/green color combination.
Speaking of which, do you guys have any favorites for the Super Bowl? I’m a Falcons fan, but I’ll personally be rooting for the Seahawks. I mean, you you can’t deny the epicness of the trio that is Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, and Marshawn Lynch.
Check out the “Seattle Smash” recipe below!
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka 3 oz. Simply Lemonade 3 oz. Minute Maid Tropical Punch Fresh Lime Juice Lime Wedge
Build ingredients (vodka, lemonade, and tropical punch) in a highball glass. Stir and top with a splash of fresh lime juice. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge and blueberries.
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Create a holiday-inspired cocktail using unconventional ingredients like cream cheese and cranberry sauce? No problem. That’s exactly what I was challenged to do as part of Piehole Whiskeys influencer competition. Last week, I received a package with all three of the Piehole Whiskey’s (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie) and a handful of ingredients including walnuts, apple cider, whipped cream, canned pumpkin, and cream cheese. I was then tasked with creating a cocktail using at least two of those ingredients. As much as I wanted to, I wasn’t brave enough to choose the cream cheese, but I did use the cranberry sauce and apple cider. The end result was my Cran-Apple Sangria, a holiday twist on a boozy classic. Oh! And did I mention that the winner of the challenge will win a cooking class for two? Much needed on my end, so wish me luck! Check out the Cran-Apple Sangria recipe below, cheers! Cran-Apple Sangria (Single Serving)
2 Spoonfuls Of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1/2 Cup Apple Cider
1/2 Cup Red Wine
1.5 oz Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey
Cannelle Decor Cinnamon Spiral (Or Cinnamon Stick)
Place two spoonfuls of whole berry cranberry sauce into an old fashioned glass. Muddle cranberry sauce. Add red wine, apple cider, and Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey. Stir, then add ice and diced red apples. Garnish with Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral or cinnamon stick.
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Hosting friends and family during the holidays is always a great time, but being the Lushworthy individual that I am there tends to be a little bit of pressure when it comes to creating a cocktail that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the classic Moscow Mule, and for the holidays I figured I’d add my own twist to this much-loved cocktail. I used all of the ingredients in your standard Moscow Mule, but added cranberries and a Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral for a “Holiday Mule.” It calls for a little extra work, but trust me it’s worth it.
Since you have to both boil and muddle cranberries, this is a cocktail that’s best enjoyed if you plan on hosting at your home. My suggestion? Dollar Store Not-So-Secret-Santa. You can be amazed at how many somewhat legit trinkets you can find at your local dollar store. So, instead of taking part in your standard Secret Santa this year, switch (and cheapen) things up a bit by asking your guests to buy five, $1 dollar gifts from the dollar store. Have everyone place their gifts in a large red bag (for instant Santa swag, of course). You can then have your guests pull a gift from the bag every 30 minutes or so.
Whether you find yourself sipping on a Holiday Mule or a cocktail of your own creation this holiday season, be sure to enjoy responsibly.
Holiday Mule (Makes two servings)
3 oz. Ketel One
Approximately 50-60 cranberries
1/2 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
Cannelle Decor Cinnamon Spiral (Or Cinnamon Stick)
Boil cranberries in water (with sugar) until they burst. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove cranberries and allow to cool. You’ll be using the leftover water/sugar mixture in your pot, so make sure you don’t dump it. When the cranberries have cooled, add them to a cocktail shaker and smash/muddle.
Once the cranberries have been thoroughly muddled, add Ketel One and about three spoonfuls of the leftover water/sugar mixture set aside in your pot. Add lime juice, Cannelle spiral (or cinnamon stick), and ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and cranberry.
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