Cocktail

A Four-Ingredient Nightcap Cocktail

The holidays are all about luxury and indulgence, and the same should go for the cocktails you serve. This Coffee Mate is the quintessential cocktail to serve at a late night gathering around a fire. Your guests will think you’re a master mixologist when you tell them the secret ingredient: brown-sugar simple syrup!

 

 


 

Ingredients

2 oz. unsweetened plain almond milk

1 oz. cognac

1/2 oz. coffee liqueur

1/4 oz. brown-sugar simple syrup

 

Directions

To make the brown-sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and water in pot; heat until sugar dissolves. Cool. (Can be used in oatmeal, coffee and other fun holiday cocktails!)

To make the Coffee Mate, shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.

 
 
 

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If you thought Shandies were just for summer and tailgating, think again: we’ve got a recipe perfect for cold, snowy nights by the fire. A Winter Shandy is just what your holiday party or night in needs. It’s light enough to casually sip among friends, but the warm and spicy hints of orange and pumpkin will make you feel as cozier than a cashmere sweater. Wanna know the best part? Each serving is less than 150 calories!

 

Ingredients

5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer

2 ounces lemonade

1/4 ounce warm orange marmalade

Orange slice

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a chilled highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice. Makes 1.

 

 

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Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

8 ounces vodka

4 ounces triple sec

1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

Directions

Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.

 

Have a happy Halloween!

 

 

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Whether it was at a carnival, concession stand or movie theater, we all remember the thirst-quenching power of a frozen slushie. Even in the dead of winter, a frozen slushie was just the thing to make us feel happy, energetic and, of course, like a kid. Luckily, we’ve created a recipe that brings back those feelings of nostalgia with a grown-up twist perfect for game-day: Rum & Coke Slushies

 

Ingredients

2 12 ounce cans cola

1 cup ice

4 ounces dark rum

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

 

Directions

Refrigerate 1 can cola. Pour the other into a shallow container; freeze until nearly solid, 6 to 8 hours. In a blender, puree the chilled and frozen colas with the ice, rum and lime juice. Makes 4.

 

 

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A Three-Ingredient Tailgating Cocktail? Score!

If you haven’t noticed, we love a good tailgate. But between all the sliders, wings and dip, it’s hard to find a place for a signature cocktail to really shine. Enter: the shandy, a refreshing mixture of beer and citrus that looks way more impressive than a six-pack but will still leave beer enthusiasts pleased. Typically made with lemonade, a shandy is a definite crowd-pleaser that doesn’t require much effort. Our Grapefruit Shandy is a twist on the classic that your friends probably haven’t had before. The best part? All you need are three ingredients!

 

 

Ingredients

3 12 ounce bottles Hefeweizen beer, chilled

3 12 ounce bottles grapefruit soda, such as Izze, chilled

1 grapefruit, sliced

 

Directions

In a pitcher, mix beer and soda. Divide among cups and garnish with grapefruit slices. Makes 6.

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Mint Julep

No cocktail party is complete without a signature drink, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with a zillion different mix-ins. Keep it simple (but still impressive!) with a four-ingredient cocktail. It’s contains just enough flavors to make your guests think that you’re a master mixologist. This week’s pick? A Mint Julep because this classic sipper never goes out of style. We love it for summer because it’s minty-fresh, sweet and just strong enough!

 

Ingredients
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1/2 cup (4 ounces) gin
Crushed ice

Directions

Add the sugar, the mint leaves and a few drops of the bourbon to a chilled glass. Muddle or crush the mint with a spoon to create a thick paste. Add a handful of crushed ice to the glass. Place a straw so that it reaches the mint paste at the bottom of the glass. Pour the remaining bourbon over the ice. Add more crushed ice, making a mound that reaches to the top of the glass and leaving about 1 inch of the straw peeking above the rim. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

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Photo courtesy of Red Jacket Orchards

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Thirsty Thursday: Bring Your Own Blender!

 
What could be easier than throwing all of your favorite cocktail ingredients into one vessel and pressing a button? Nothing. That’s why we’ll be spending happy hours this summer blending up our favorite slushy beverages– and we don’t just mean margaritas. Plus, we’ll be making big batches of simple syrup to have on hand at all times. It’s the fastest way to add just the right amount of sweetness to your drink!

 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s a Pimm’s Cocktail?

This Thirsty Thursday, mix up your cocktail game with a drink that may not be too familiar: a Pimm’s Cup!

 

 

What’s a Pimm’s Cup?

A Pimm’s Cup cocktail originates in London in the 1820′s when James Pimm offered a gin-based tonic at his oyster bar to aid in digestion. The drink contained a secret mixture of liqueurs and herbs and to keep up with demand, Pimm began distilling it in mass quantities. Soon, Pimm’s No. 1 was frequently used in cocktails containing fruit and either ginger ale or lemonade. It has since been declared one of two official drinks of Wimbledon– the other being champagne– and has gained popularity among British universities. The Pimm’s cocktail is great for the summer because it’s light and refreshing and won’t leave you feeling woozy or overheated. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use up some summer produce!

 

Our Pimm’s Cocktail recipe (makes 2)

1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur

2 cups chilled lemon-lime soda

4 cucumber slices

2 orange slices

2 strawberries, sliced

ice

2 sprigs mint

 

Divide liqueur and soda between 2 tall glasses. Add cucumber, orange and strawberry slices, then ice. Garnish with mint.

 
 
 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s a Gimlet?

This Thirsty Thursday, mix up your cocktail game with a drink that may not be too familiar: a Gimlet!

What’s a Gimlet?

A gimlet is a historic cocktail dating back to the 1920′s made of one part gin, one part lime juice. It’s name is derived from a tool used to drill holes, and given the potency of the cocktail, it is said to have a “penetrating” effect on the consumer. A gimlet can also be made with vodka, if that’s more your poison of choice.

 

Our Gimlet recipe (makes 1):

ice

4 ounces gin

2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice, such as Rose’s

1 lime wheel, for garnishing

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin and lime juice for about 1 minute. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with lime.

 

 

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