You’re Invited to Celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day with The Botanist

Hey Gin lovers, did you know that tomorrow, April 9th, is National Gin & Tonic Day? To honor this highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, Botanist Gin invites you to partake in one of many unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drinks available at a few choice locations across New York City.

On April 9th, stop by any of these four locations and order yourself any of the following Gin and Tonic drinks, made with Botanist Gin (please note these drinks are not complimentary; price depends on the bar):

    • Monarch Rooftop – 71 West 35th Street (Midtown West)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Fiery
    • Rochelle’s – 205 Christie Street (Lower East Side)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Misirizzi – 36 East 4th Street (NoHo)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Drink – 768 Franklin Street (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Tonic

If you find yourself unable to attend one of the above locations, we’ve provided you with a few unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drink recipes you can create and enjoy at home to celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day.

The Elder’s Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4oz.
Grenadine – .25 oz.
Lime Wheel
In a cocktail glass, add The Botanist Gin and Grenadine. Add ice and top with Tonic Water. Garnish with 1 lime wheel

Fruit of Thyme

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4 oz.
Slim Ruby Red Grapefruit Wedge
Sprig of Thyme
Squeeze grapefruit wedge into a cocktail glass and leave it. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Poached & Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 1 bottle
Bosc Pear – 1 slice
Cinnamon Quill
Press Bosc Pear into a cocktail glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a Cinnamon Quill.

M & B & T

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4-6 oz.
Fresh mint leaves
Press mint in a glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

The Cure for Winter Weariness: Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum

Since the warmer seasons are clearly not getting here fast enough, we are finding ways to enjoy the warmth, vibe, and essence of the warmer seasons now. When we think of summer, we think of laying on the beach soaking up the sun while enjoying a delicious rum cocktail. Nothing says summer like rum, which is why we highly recommend adding these two Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors into your winter weather-weary lives. Founded in 2016 by Food Scientist Kevin Mowers and Eva Maria Janerus, these will have you shaking your Bom Bom.

Join us in saying hello to Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rums, the award-winning premium cream liqueurs. The must-try creamy rum liqueurs are available in two flavors – Coco Mochanut and Nilli Vanilli. Both of which can be enjoyed hot, cold, on the rocks, frozen or mixed in cocktails. Bom Bom, what we can best describe as a creamy rum punch and summer-in-a-bottle, means “Good-Good” in Portuguese and also slang for “My Sweetie” in Spain.

Bom Bom Coco Mochanut is a delicious, all-natural, gluten-free, and kosher silky-smooth blend of chocolate, coffee, coconut and Caribbean Rum. At 18% ABV, it has a slightly higher alcohol content than Baileys’ 17% ABV. Shortly after its 2016 launch, it received 94 Points from the International Review of Spirits making it the highest rated in the category. Bom Bom offers a variety of Coco Mochanut cocktail recipes to warm you up or cool things down.

Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli is a delightful vegan, all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free blend of almond milk, cookie flavors, and Caribbean Rum. At 14% ABV, it is slightly higher than RumChata (13.75% ABV) and Baileys Almande (13% ABV). The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Nilli Vanilli a “Best of 2017” seal in their International Review of Spirits. The award was given in the cream category, which is a true testament to the wonderful flavor of this drink because the product is made with almond milk and contains no cream or dairy. We’ve already elevated our evening chai drink with a splash or two and can testify to the absolutely delicious result.You can also find a variety of Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli cocktail recipes to enjoy.

Both Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors are currently available in 750 ml sizes and retail for $19.99-$21.99. They are currently sold in ten states at more than 1,000 liquor stores, restaurants, resorts, and bars.

Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails from Milagro Tequila

Why you may assume all St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are typically made with Whiskey, we’re seeing more and more crossover with different spirits. Today we’re sharing St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila. We know what you’re thinking, “Irish cocktails made with a Mexican spirit?”  Yes, and they are delicious! Milagro’s National Ambassador, Jaime Salas, has crafted some great St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails that will make you dance an Irish jig and probably shout, “kiss me, I’m Irish”, even though these libations are not made with traditional Irish spirits.

Today we present three curated cocktails. One cocktail whose name means shamrock in Spanish and is the perfect alternative to whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day! A tangy margarita that is a perfect drink to help get you Irish stepping on the dance floor! and a round of spicy shots that will make you feel like you have the luck of the Irish.

Del Campo Cocktail

1 ½ parts Milagro silver
½ part lime juice
¾ part celery juice
½ nopal (optional)
1 part pineapple juice
½ part cilantro or parsley
Chicharron Salt Garnish
With a half lime, rinse around the rim of a rocks glass and salt with Chicharron salt. Separately, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain and mix over fresh ice into the salt-rimmed glass.

“This cocktail was inspired by the Mexican “green” juice served during a typical breakfast in Mexico. It’s refreshing vegetal and tropical notes along with the savory notes of the chicharron awaken the senses.” – Jaime Salas

El Vocho Cocktail

4 parts Milagro Reposado
2 part Pineapple juice (tinned)
10 mint leaves
10 cilantro leaves
1 small jalapeno slice
In four shooter glasses, pour Milagro Reposado neat, Blend all other ingredients together. Strain and pour into four separate shooter glasses.

Trebol Cocktail

2 parts Milagro Silver
1 slice tomatillo
1 part lime juice
4 cucumber slices
1 pinch cilantro
1 slice jalapeno
1 pinch salt
Blend all ingredients without ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber.

What are your thoughts on these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila? Could you enjoy these non-traditional St.Paddy’s Day cocktails?

Captain Morgan Introduces Watermelon Smash Rum Shot

Although spring is mere weeks away, Captain Morgan already has us thinking of summer. The famed rum company is introducing the newest addition to its shot family with Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash Rum Shot. What better two things that celebrate the summer season better than rum and ripe, juicy watermelons? Thankfully we don’t have to wait until the summer months to enjoy the sweet and refreshing rum drink. What makes Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash so incredible? Not only does this limited edition rum it taste like a watermelon, it looks (and smells!) just like one too.

Similar to the LocoNut Coconut Shot, which they launched last year, the Watermelon Smash Rum Shot’s packaging resembles a watermelon and produces the sweet aroma of ripe watermelon when you scratch the bottle.

The explosively delicious, watermelon-flavored rum shot is arriving just in time for backyard cookouts and pool parties. The Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash blends Caribbean rum with ripe, juicy watermelon flavor that’s synonymous with summertime. It’s best enjoyed as a chilled shot, but you can also indulge in the flavorful Watermelon Smash in a variety of delicious cocktail recipes. We’ve included a few choice recipes you can enjoy below:

Watermelon Mojito


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.5 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
0.75 oz. lime juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Club soda
Mint leaves
Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice, top with club soda and garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

Watermelon Spritzer


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.75 oz. club soda
0.75 oz. lemon-lime soda
Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon.

Chilled Watermelon Smash Shot

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
Pour 1.5 oz. of Watermelon Smash into a shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve.

So pay attention all you watermelon fans out there, if you’re pinning for the sweet taste of summer, grab a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Watermelon Smash (50 proof, 25% ABV). It is available now at a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

A Love Potion Made for Two: Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room NYC

Have you got solidified plans for tonight’s Valentine’s Day celebrations? Could you use a little help on some last minute plans that will wow your date? Look no further than the modern New York City Speakeasy, The Tuck Room, for an evening filled with delicious aphrodisiacs. For Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room, you and your date are definitely going to feel the love with you sip on their limited edition Valentine’s Day curated cocktail, Love Potion for Two. Created with their proprietary Heizenberg, Love Potion for Two takes you on a journey reminiscent of a whirlwind romance (without the heartbreak of course because this specialty cocktail does not disappoint). Ladies, this is the perfect way to impress your Valentine with an amazing V-Day experience that’s as delicious as it is sensuous.

LOVE POTION FOR TWO

1 Cup Brewed Lemon Berry Meritage Tea (Rareteacellar.com)
1 Cup Banana, Almond and Cinnamon-infused Blanco Tequila
2 oz Ginger Syrup
1.5 oz Cranberry
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
Juice of 1 Lemon
Serve in the rocks in a big stemmed glass with two straws and rose petals

Inspired in part by the movie, Fifty Shades, we promise you this magical concoction will not disappoint in taste, visual appeal, or sensuality. If you want to go the extra mile and really wow your date, ask The Tuck Room’s Chef Bartender and Corporate Sommelier, Adam Seger, to see just how this sinfully delicious Heizenberg Aphrodisiac infused cocktail is created. You will be presented to what we can only be described as a “cocktail altar worthy of the gods” (you can see in the photo directly above). We could worship at the Heizenberg cocktail altar all day! Want to know more about the Love Potion for Two? Check out the video below where Adam Seger breaks down what makes this cocktail so special:

The Love Potion for Two Valentine’s Day cocktail is available tonight for $32.00 (each serving is for two people…..hence the name). If you have no plans or want to include a late night treat for your and your Valentine, head over to The Tuck Room at 11 Fulton St in NYC. Ready to try this love potion?We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Valentine’s Day at The Tuck Room. Let us know in the comments.

Cheers to Love: 15 Fabulous Cocktails to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

We’ve got 15 ways to toast to love. Whether you’re enjoying the day with your Valentine, Galentine, or family, we have 15 fabulous cocktails to help you and yours celebrate Valentine’s Day. Are you celebrating love with that special someone? Drowning your sorrows with your single friends? Either is the perfect excuse to whip up one of these 15 fabulous cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Ranging in shades of sumptuous scarlet to blush pink, each one makes adulting (with or without cupid) a little more delicious (and probably less lonely)…..and will have you cheering to love even if you’re dateless.

If you find yourself dateless this V-Day, why not stay in and enjoy them. Trust us, with these 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14th will not disappoint. Please enjoy these recipes….responsibly, of course.

BLEEDING HEART (serves 6- 8)

1 cup Van Gogh Pomegranate
1 750ml bottle LBD Cabernet Sauvignon
1 lemon sliced
I orange sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 oz. club soda
Combine all ingredients but club soda in a large bowl or pitcher and chill. When ready to serve, add club soda, stir, and pour into individual glasses.

SERENADE (serves 6- 8)

2 cups Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 cups lemonade
1/2 cup club soda (or top to taste)
Combine ingredients in a pitcher or punch dispenser with ice. Add lemon wheels for color. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge and mint.

LE PUNCH (serves 2)

3 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum
3 oz. Guava Juice
3 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass and pour into two tall glasses. Garnish with a peeled blood orange wheel and orange twist

CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY MARTINI (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry
2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate
1 1/2 oz. Crème de cassis
Shake ingredients very well with ice. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT (serves 2)

4 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. apple juice
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir well with ice. Strain over fresh ice into two tall glasses. Garnish with an apple slice.

BLUSH APPLE MARTINI

1 3/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 1/4 oz. Pressed Apple juice
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Gomme syrup
3 raspberries, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice; shake and strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.

HONEY BE MINE

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 oz. sparkling water
1 strawberry
Muddle strawberry in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add vodka, honey syrup, and lemon juice and shake well with ice. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

CAITHNESS COBBLER

1 3/4 oz. Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur
4 blackberries
1/4 oz. Crème De Mure
3/4 oz. Port
1/4 oz. Vanilla syrup
Add 2 blackberries and remaining ingredients to shaker, muddle together, add ice and shake for 10 seconds, strain over cracked ice and garnish with remaining blackberries and mint sprig.

HONEY POMPOM

11/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake very well with ice and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

GOODNESS ROSE

2 oz. Caorunn Gin
1 barspoon Raspberry jam
5 drops Rosewater
3 drops Orange bitters
1 1Ž4 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
Shake and strain with cubed ice into an Old Fashioned glass, then add crushed ice on the top. Garnish with a lemon twist and rose petal.

LOVIN’ THE BLUES

2 oz. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, dissolved)
5 blueberries
Muddle the blueberries in the lime juice and honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two raspberries and a lime wheel on a pick.

LBD MINT ROSÉ

4 oz. of LBD Rosé
1/2 oz. of Elderflower Liqueur
4 fresh mint leaves
3/4 oz. simple syrup
In a shaker muddle mint with simple syrup. Add ice. Add raspberries to a stemless wine glass. Pour all ingredients over raspberries.

THE BOUDOIR

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 Años
3/4 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1 oz. Sparkling Wine
1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 tsp Homemade Grenadine
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker mixed with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

WEE PINK ROSE

1 1/4oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 strawberries
3/4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 oz. Rose Liqueur or Rose Syrup
1/2 egg white
Muddle strawberries well, add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Fine strain into a flute. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.

CRANACHAN COCKTAIL

1 1/4 oz. Caorunn Gin
1/2 oz. Calvados
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 raspberries
3/4 oz. Pasteurized egg white
Soda water
Shake first six ingredients then double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and dust with cinnamon sugar.

What are your thoughts on these delicious 15 cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any favorite you want to try?

The Tuck Room’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas Cocktail Experience

The holiday season is a time of boundless festivities and activities to celebrate. While there are several childhood activities we have enjoyed as an adult during the holidays, none was as amazing as enjoying the Twelve Days of Christmas as told through specialty cocktails. We were back at our favorite modern Speakeasy, The Tuck Room for their Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails. You may remember we celebrated National Doughnut Day with an evening of their Drunken Doughnuts, an experience you can enjoy every Thursday night, and one we highly recommend.

The Tuck Room NYC’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails (there are actually fourteen because The Tuck Room give you three options for Three French Hens) includes (feel free to sing along). Our livers wouldn’t allow us to partake in all, but we did enjoy quite a few:

DAY 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree – St George ‘Terroir’ Spruce Tip Gin, Heirloom Pears, Genepy Alpine Liqueur

DAY 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sour Mash Bourbon, Deconstructed Turtle Chocolates

DAY 3: Three French Hens

Calvados, Cognac, Armagnac, Almond Financiers, Bouche de Noel, Coconut Rochers

DAY 4: Four Calling Birds – Wild Turkey 101, Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whisky, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Whistle Pig Rye (when pigs fly), Crispy Duck Skin, Quatre Epices

DAY 5: Five Golden Rings – Homemade Goldschlager

DAY 6: Six Geese a Laying –  Grey Goose, Nutmeg, Almond Eggs

DAY 7: Seven Swans a Swimming – Seagrams 7 Crown Whisky, Smoked Salmon, White Grapefruit, Fennel, White Pepper

DAY 8: Eight Maids a Milking – Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Buratta, Pesto

DAY 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Appleton Female Master Distiller Year Rum, Ron Zacapa Female Master Blender Rum, Grenada Three Sisters Distilled Rhum Agricole, Nine Exotic Citrus

DAY 10: Ten Lords a Leaping – Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Scotch, Laird’s 100 Proof Apple Brandy, Honeycomb, Winter Spices

DAY 11: Eleven Pipers Piping – Balsam Rose Vermouth, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Syrup, Rhum, Cherries

DAY 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Dewar’s 12 Year Old, A Dozen different Holiday Treats

Our journey through the Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas started with The Tuck Room’s Adam Seger having us experience the very essence of each specialty blend via liquid nitrogen. Check out our reaction to DAY 5: Five Golden Rings, made with Homemade Goldschlager (di you see the beautiful golden shimmer?)

Before all this begun, Adam and his amazing team warmed us up with three delicious libations, the DrinkupNY cocktail, a blend of Balsam white Magnolia Blossom Elderflower, New York Aperitif wine, and a housemade tonic; The Kiss cocktail, featuring House-infused lemon berry vodka, rare tea cellar lemon berry tea, Aperol, fresh lemonade, and naughty mint; and lastly a not-so-classic Mulled Apple cider (check them out below):

In between cocktails, we feasted on Reuben Croquettes, “K-Town” Short Rib Sliders, and Brioche Crusted Crab Cakes.

Last, but certainly not least, because all of this happened on a Thursday night, that only meant one thing – DRUNKEN DOUGHNUTS!!!! Our already decadent night of Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktails ended with indulging in Underwest Donuts Lavender, Chocolate, and Peppermint donuts. These donuts were accompanied by Bourbon Dulce de Leche, Boozy Chocolate Sauch with Dark Rum and Red Wine, Beth’s Black Raspberry Jam spiked with Campari, and Boozy Whipped Cream with Cardamon Syrup, Boyd & Blair 151 proof.

It was the perfect ending to an almost indescribable and incredibly wonderful experience. Although Christmas has come and gone, there is still time to enjoy The Tuck Room’s Twelve Heizenbergs of Christmas cocktail experience, but once the limited edition blends are gone, those curated cocktails are gone. And of course, Drunken Doughnuts can still be enjoyed every Thursday.  For more information, visit www.thetuckroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Cheer: Sparkling New Year’s Eve Cocktails

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Will you be out in the cold watching the ball drop? Packed in a crowded nightclub? Or will you be at home surrounded by family and friends enjoying a cocktail or four? No matter your plans, make sure your New Year’s Eve cocktails are festive and fizzy! We’ve rounded up some delicious sparkling New Year’s Eve cocktails for you to indulge in from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice, world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita, and authentic ginger ale brand Brooklyn Crafted.

These seasonal cocktail recipes are just what you need to welcome 2018, and toast to all the wonderful things the new year may bring. Ready your palates for the following sparkling cocktails:

Prosecco Punch – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1 Part Prosecco
1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig

Sparkle Shots – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
1 oz Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.

Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer – Recipe by Santa Margherita

Servings: 2
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.

ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

Ginger Raspberry Sparkler – Recipe by Brooklyn Crafted


1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
Splash of Limoncello
4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and remember to drink responsibly. Happy New Year!