Thirsty Thursday

Four-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktail

No party is complete without a signature cocktail. But that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impress guests with our four-ingredient sipper. Your friends will think you’re a master mixologist (trust us) when you make this Bourbon Cocktail!

 

 
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Four Ingredient Cocktails: Vanilla Pear-tini

 

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Here’s an idea that’s a lighter, fruity twist on a classic martini: a cool and creamy Vanilla Pear-tini!

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Cocktails: Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Do you like to add herbs to your cocktails? How about a light and refreshing Blueberry-Tarragon Sparkler?

 

 

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Juice Cocktails? Count Us In!

Have you ever had a sip of juice and thought, “the only thing that would make this juice better is alcohol”? Those were our exact thoughts upon trying Red Jacket Orchards cold-pressed juice. Red Jacket Orchards is located in upstate New York, and ever since 1958, the company has been dedicated to harvesting and offering only the freshest produce and juice.
 

Photo courtesy of Red Jacket Orchards

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s an Egg Cream?

Consisting of neither eggs nor cream, an egg cream is a soda fountain classic made with milk, flavored syrup and seltzer. It gained popularity in the late 1800′s in candy stores and soda shops, and has recently resurfaced to the scene of today’s soda fountains. Though chocolate and vanilla are the two classic flavors, egg creams can be made with any flavored syrup you can find. Here are some of our favorite recipes!

Brookyln Farmacy’s Maple Egg Creams

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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!

 

Mangorita

 
 

Sour Melon Ball

 
 

Blended Bellinis

 
 

Floridita Daiquiri

 
 

Lillet Slushes

 
 

Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. But there’s also a no-cook method: Use a jar and shake it ’til you make it!

 
 
 

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Thirsty Thursday: Grill + Cocktail Pairings

One of the best parts about summer grilling is the fact that you can eat outside underneath the sun. But no outdoor meal is complete without a fabulous cocktail to keep you cool. So while you’re grilling this week, here are our recommendations of what you should be sipping on:

 

Go Mexican with Grilled Paprika Shrimp Quesadillas and Jalapeño Margaritas

 
 

Sip on a Vikings Cooler while you’re grilling up Sausages with Tomato-Chickpea Crostini

 
 

Watermelon and Mint Coolers pair perfectly with Grilled Cheese with Fresh Cherries

 
 

A refreshing Basil-Gin Lemonade will wash down Grilled Teriyaki-Glazed Salmon

 
 
 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s a Tom Collins?

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

 

 

What’s a Tom Collins?

A Tom Collins dates back to 1876 when “the Father of American Mixology,” Jerry Thomas, first described the it in writing as a “gin and sparkling lemonade” drink. The cocktail gets its name from the glass it’s served in, a Collins glass, which is cylindrical in shape and narrower than a highball glass.  The traditional ingredients are simple: gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water, but many variations exist, including the Brandy Collins (using Brandy), the Jack Collins (using applejack) and the Ron Collins (using rum).

 
 

Our Tom Collins Recipe (makes 6):

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups gin

3/4 cup lemon juice

2 cups club soda

Ice

 

In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons water to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Let cool.

In a pitcher, stir together the gin, lemon juice and cooled sugar syrup. Stir in the club soda. Pour into 6 ice-filled tall glasses.

 
 
 

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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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