Let’s be honest here, I’m sure we can all make room for a Hot Toddy any day of the year, but today in particular is an ideal day to indulge in this boozy, steamy drink given that it’s National Hot Toddy Day. Yes, National Hot Toddy Day. No need to head to Target to cop mugs for loved ones or send your neighbor a “Happy Hot Toddy Day” card to celebrate this Lushworthy holiday, but you can check out one of the Hot Toddy recipes below to take full advantage of National Hot Toddy Day. Cheers!
Bulleit Hot Toddy (Pictured Above)
1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 1 tsp. fine grain sugar 2 small clove(s)
1.5 oz. boiling water
Add Bulleit Bourbon, fine grain sugar and cloves in a mug. Add boiling water. Stir.
If you live in, or have relatives that hail from Mexico then you’re probably very familiar with the holiday that is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). On the Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, people celebrate those who have passed away. And like any holiday, there are of course a handful of cocktails inspired by Dia de Muertos. The drink recipes I’ve listed (courtesy of Don Julio, Milagro Tequila, and Patron) are of course all made using tequila and range from savory to hella unique. And by “hella unique” I’m referring to you “El Diablo.” I’m all for a sweet and savory combo, so the “El Diablo” is right up my lane. Check out the recipe for the “El Diablo” and other Dia de Muertos cocktails below.
El Diablo (Pictured Above)
3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1/3 ounce Orange Liqueur 1 teaspoon Vanilla Liqueur 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice Dash bitters Dash Tabasco® Green Jalapeño Sauce Ice cubes
Whole Jalapeño Pepper for Garnish
Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, orange liqueur, vanilla liqueur, fresh lime juice, bitters, Tabasco green jalapeño sauce into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with whole jalapeño pepper.
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)
1 Quart SKYY Vodka ½ Quart Fresh Lemon Juice ½ Quart Fresh Lime Juice ½ Quart Pineapple Juice
¼ Quart Agave
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.
When Fourth of July rolls around this Thursday, the last thing you want to do is rack your brain in the hopes of coming up with a cocktail that’ll impress the bevy of guests you’ve invited to your Fourth of July fete. With so many great Independence Day-inspired drink recipes out there coming up with a great cocktail for the holiday should be the last of your concerns. Whether you’ve invited half the neighborhood to your backyard BBQ or simply plan on celebrating with a handful of friends at an intimate rooftop gathering you’re sure to find a fitting cocktail, courtesy of SKYY Vodka, Alize, and more, below. As always, be sure to drink responsibly.
Lady Liberty (Pictured Above – Far Left)
1 ½ oz. SKYY Vodka 1 ½ oz. White Grapefruit Juice 1½ oz. White Grape Juice ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice ½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. Cold Water
Pour all ingredients in a bottle and close with a metal cap. Chill before serving.