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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!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème

0.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka

1 oz. Bottled Caramel Frappuccino

Maraschino Cherry Juice & Cherries

DIRECTIONS

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!

INGREDIENTS

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

Maraschino Cherry

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.

With the NFC and AFC titles now claimed, the stage is set for Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Whether you’ll be rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots one thing we can agree on is our desire to see a great game that’s decided by the players and not the officiating (ask Cowboys and Lions fans if you don’t understand what I’m getting at here).

With that in mind, ask yourself “Wouldn’t it be cool to take the power of penalization out of the officials hands and put it into the fans for a change?” If you answered “yes”, sober up like I had to and come to your senses. The Super Bowl would be absolute bedlam if we ran things. However, all hope isn’t lost, my friends…

Luckily, a byproduct of these thoughts was left behind and a drink was inspired, The Penalty Flag. A cocktail that’s a touchdown celebration in a collins glass. Perfect for sipping on come game day. It has pineapples, rum, vodka, cherries, and even a mini friggin’ penalty flag! Do yourself a favor, fix one of these on February 1st, grab some hot wings and enjoy yourself. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Ciroc Pineapple 1 oz. Bacardi Pineapple Infused Rum 4 oz. Pineapple Juice Maraschino Cherry Juice Pineapple Wedge(s) Maraschino Cherry

Mini Penalty Flag

DIRECTIONS

Combine pineapple vodka, rum and juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously (this will give it the frothy look seen in the picture). Strain this mixture into a chilled, ice filled collins glass. Drizzle some maraschino cherry juice into the mixture to give it a reddish tint. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry and mini penalty flag.

To create the penalty flag, simply cut a yellow piece of cloth about 1/4″ wide and double fold the strip in half. Wrap a small rubber band at the fold of the cloth to create a loop that a garnish pick can fit through.

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I don’t know what the situation is for you guys, but I just received some vital intel from my cousin and it looks like my Girl Scout cookies will arrive by mid-February. Thank the snacked out heavens! And after coming across a list of recommended booze pairings for a variety of Girl Scout cookies on FirstWeFeast.com, I’m even more excited about receiving the goods next month. Thin mints and bourbon? Yes, please.

The pairings come courtesy of The Bourbon Review and Craft Beer & Brewing. Check out a handful of their pairing suggestions below.

Thin Mints

Recommended Bourbon Pairing: Basil Hayden’s

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Don’t get me wrong, BYOB paint classes are cute and all, but eventually they get kinda been-there-done-that. There’s only so many times you can paint a bottle of wine and a bunch of grapes or a boxy cabin sitting beneath snow-capped mountains. There is good news though for those of you in the Atlanta area. They’re holding another Drank ‘n’ Paint class in the city this week, January 22 to be exact.

Unlike other boozy paint classes, Drank ‘n’ Paint is a street art painting class. In addition to your admission to the two-hour class you’ll also be able to check out the “Hard In The Paint ATL” art exhibition and partake in a mild turn up during “Snap Or Die,” the official Drank ‘n’ Paint after party.

There are a variety of ticket options for Drank ‘n’ Paint. You’ll have to check out their website for more details on that, but for $30 you’ll receive admission for one to the paint class, art exhibit, after party, and a free specialty cocktail or glass of wine.

Drank ‘n’ Paint begins at 6 PM on January 22 and takes place at Department Store on Edgewood Ave.

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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!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka 3 oz. Simply Lemonade 3 oz. Minute Maid Tropical Punch Fresh Lime Juice Lime Wedge

Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

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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