Boo-zy Halloween: Drinks to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, these Halloween Spirits”. Okay, so that’s not how it goes, but the beginning theme to the Adams Family show perfectly describes the following spirits. As many of you will be soon, these alcohol brands are rocking their best Halloween costumes just in time for the spooky holiday. Join us as we highlight some great Boo-zy Halloween libations. Feast your eyes on the Halloween-themed Stella Rosa Wines “Stellaween Collection”Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series, and Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard); and great cocktails from Avion Tequila, Cruzan RumNovo Fogo Cachaça, and more.

Stellaween Holiday Collection


Do you dare to Taste The Magic of Stella Rosa Black, Red, and Peach wrapped in their spooky, limited-edition Stellaween sleeves? When you purchase these dangerously delicious, semi-sweet wines this Halloween and you’ll get a free spooky collectible art sleeve! Available for a very affordable $8.95-$11.95, you will truly have yourself a Boo-zy Halloween. For those of you who are looking to double the treat, the Halloween Stella Rosa offers an exclusive 1.5 Magnum bottles available in Stella black and rosé.

Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series

Multi-award winning, ultra-premium Crystal Head Vodka, known for its signature skull bottle, is really upping the spooky factor with the debut of the first limited-edition artist series bottle by artist John Alexander. Alexander’s work is celebrated in this exquisite artist series keepsake which provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of his art – “Dancing on the Water Lillies of Life”. Each of the 25,000 bottles is hand-decorated by one of three highly skilled craftsmen and then numbered to further emphasize its scarcity. The John Alexander Artist Series No.1 bottle will be available in 750 mL format, retailing for $149.95. The ghostly skull bottle makes a perfect Boo-zy Halloween conversation piece.

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard)

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is the first release in a series of mezcals that honors an old tradition where some of the world’s best mezcals are aged in glass, generally underground, to be later unearthed for family celebrations. This unique mezcal features aromas of roasted chestnuts and dried fruits and a flavor profile that exhibits buttery notes and mild smoke with a long finish. A portion of sales proceeds of Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is donated to purchase tourism equipment of Tzitzio, Michoacán. This promotes the ‘desentierros mezcaleros’ (mezcal unearthing) traditionally held during the celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). A bottle of this amazing mezcal retails for $279.99.

Crystal Head Smokin’ Head Caesar

2oz. Crystal Head Vodka
5 oz. Clamato( Caesar) or tomato juice (Bloody Mary)
dash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of hot sauce
tiny dash of liquid smoke
garnish of your choice

Rim Garnish:
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge and dip into a salt, pepper, and smoked paprika mix. In a shaker half-filled with ice, add in all ingredients and shake well. Strain into the pre-rimmed glass filled with ice.

Optional Garnish Ideas:
Celery and lime wheel
Bacon wrapped mini meatball with two hot peppers
Scallop and hot pepper skewer
Spicy halved long bean skewer

Tequila Avion Gummy Bear Jello Shots
(Makes around 10 2oz shots)

GUMMY BEAR SYRUP (Makes about one cup)
1 cup – Gummy Bears (Your choice in flavor- I did half cherry half lemon. Get creative!)
1 ½ cups – Water
1 pinch – Citric Acid
1 pinch – Salt
Prepare a double boiler. Add the Gummy Bears and the water to the top of the boiler. Let Gummy Bears slowly melt into the water, stirring occasionally. Once they are completely incorporated, transfer the mixture into a separate saucepan. Add citric acid and salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has reduced to 1 cup, you’re ready to build the shots.

THE JELLO SHOT

1 cup – Tequila Avión Silver
1 cup – Gummy Bear Syrup
1/3 cup – Powdered Gelatin (This is about half of what you’d normally use in a Jello shot, but since there’s gelatin in the Gummy Bears, you don’t need so much.)
Add the Tequila Avión to the Gummy Bear Syrup while it’s still hot enough that it hasn’t started to set. Slowly whisk in gelatin, so that there are no big clumps. Prepare your serving vessels by spraying the insides of them lightly with olive oil cooking spray, so the shots will release more easily when they’re set up. Transfer the mixture into a pourable container and pour into the prepared serving vessels. Place vessels in the refrigerator and let set up (about 2 hours). When they’re fully set, they’re ready to enjoy!

Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass
By Mariena Mercer of Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (Las Vegas)


1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
¼ oz Mezcal
½ oz Novo Fogo Cachaca
½ oz Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur
1 oz Lime juice
1 ½ oz Bols Pineapple Chipotle
2 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz clarified milk per cocktail
Mint sprig garnish

Liquid Smoke by Mandarin Hide

1 1/4 oz Slow and Low Rock & Rye
3/4 Coffee Infused Cynar
2 Dashes of Walnut Bitters
Stir with rocks, strain and garnish with a cherry.

Cruzan Midnight Potion

1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Apricot Liqueur
3 parts Orange Juice
1 dash Lime Bitters
Orange Peel
Cherries
Combine Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, apricot liqueur, orange juice and lime bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a large glass filled with ice. Float one part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum on top of each glass, then garnish with the orange peel and a cocktail pick of cherries.

For Skeleton Garnish: Peel orange rind and lay flat on a surface. Take circle cookie cutter and cut circle space out of the peel. Use a paring knife to cut mini-circles for eyes, nose, and jaw of skeleton garnish.

Hendrick’s Gin Fall Cocktails: A Delicious Way to Fight Off Your Cold

If you are like us, you are probably getting sick or are already sick. There are many things you can do to get better but did you know that Gin can help! Yes, enjoying a delicious gin cocktail can help you get over that cold, fight off coughs and lung congestion. Thanks to the medicinal benefits of Juniper Berries, the main ingredient in Gin, you could help yourself get better. Since it’s the fall season when most people tend to get sick, we wanted to share some Hendrick’s Gin fall cocktails that are sure to have you feeling better.

Gin is great for those who desire a more “natural” spirit. Not only will the juniper berries in these cocktails help fight off your cold, but it also helps if your joints are aching, helps with digestion, and bloating (thanks to the diuretic capabilities of juniper berries). Plus it’s a great way to lull you into a nice warming sleep. What else is there to say but let’s jump right into these delicious Hendrick’s Gin fall cocktails.

Chronic Munrosis, Nr.3 Hot Gin Punch

Created by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Erik Andersson
5 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
3 Parts Apple Juice
3 Parts Mandarin Juice
5 Parts Rooibos Tea
1 Part Lemon Juice
1 Part Rich Hibiscus Syrup
6 Cinnamon Quills
4 Star Anise
4 Rosemary Sprigs
Add all ingredients but the gin in a pot. Let it marinate for 1 hour then add the Hendrick’s Gin

Wanderlust


Created by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman
2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
1.5 Parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 Part Vanilla Simple Syrup
2 Parts Plumb Bitters
1 Part Brandied Amarena Cherry Syrup
Shake all ingredients together with ice. Double strain into chilled and sugar-coated glass. Garnish with a ½ powdered sugar rim and 1 cherry with a tiny amount of syrup at the bottom of the glass.

Witching Hour


Created by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman
3 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
.5 Part Chambord
1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Part Lavender Syrup
Dry Sparkling Wine (to top off)
Shake all ingredients except the sparkling wine, double strain into a flute. Garnish with a blackberry.

Will you be adding these Hendrick’s Gin fall cocktails to your cold recovery?

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

Brunchology: Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

It doesn’t take much for us to enjoy a good Sunday Brunch. But nothing beats a fantastic Sunday Brunch experience than creating your own fall brunch cocktails with a great, ultra-premium spirit. That was our recent experience with Casamigos Tequila as we celebrated the fall season by creating three delicious cocktails at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Jersey City.

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Armed with all the mixology tools and ingredients we needed, we were all set to create three vastly different  Casamigos Tequila fall brunch cocktails. We started with the quintessential fall flavors of apple cider and cinnamon for the Casa Cider; continued with a smoky margarita with Casamigos’s new Mezcal, and finished off with a not-so-classic Old Fashioned.

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We loved the fall brunch cocktails and know you will too, so we’re sharing the three drink recipes we created, so you can enjoy them for yourself at home. Check them out below:

CASA CIDER

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Angostura
1 Pinch Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds then strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a thin apple slice, thyme sprig, star anise, and cinnamon sprinkle. This cocktail can also be served hot.

REPOSADO NEW FASHIONED

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine all ingredients into crystal or glass mixer and add ice. Stir with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds, then strain into the glass. Add a large ice block and garnish with 1 rolled grapefruit peel through skewer.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

12 Fall Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Fall Happy Hour

As they say, it’s 5 O’Clock somewhere. And happy hour is the great stress reliever we look to unwind after a hectic day at work. In honor of entering the fall season, we’re sharing fall cocktail recipes that truly celebrate the season of sweaters, warm spices, and cooler days.

From libations for pumpkin spice lovers, not-so classic drink aficionados, and everyone in between, these fall cocktail recipes are perfect to cozy up with at home or enjoy with friends at your favorite hangout. Enjoy these 12 fall cocktail recipes made with Deep Eddy Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Avion, Corralejo Tequila, Pelotón de la Muerte, Stella Rosa Imperiale, and Zaya Rum.

Pumpkin Spice Pie Martini

2 oz. Deep Eddy Original Vodka
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Half n half
2 tbsp. Canned pumpkin puree
1 oz. Maple syrup
¼ tsp Pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp Vanilla extract
Graham crackers
Cinnamon
Sugar
Smash up the graham crackers, cinnamon and sugar together. Wet the rim of the glass with maple syrup and dip it into your cinnamon, sugar, cracker mixture. Combine remaining ingredients into your cocktail shaker and shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour and strain into your rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a little bit of grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Deep Cranberry Bliss (created by Bartender, William Escalante at The Bygone Restaurant)

1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
¾ oz. ginger syrup*
¾ oz. Tait Farms spiced apple shrub
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of apple bitters
Shake and strain into a highball glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with dried cranberries and a lime wedge.

*Peel and mince ½ pound ginger. Add ginger to 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and discard ginger. Add 8 cups sugar, stirring to dissolve.

Diamond District (by Max Green, Amor y Amargo, Coup)

1 oz. Rye (we prefer Woodford Reserve Rye)
2 oz. Carpano Antica
2 dash of Scrappy’s Lime Bitters
Add all ingredients to the mixing glass, stir and strain into a chilled coup, garnish with a lemon twist. The spice and bright citrus note from the Sancho pepper drive those flavors that we all love in a classic Manhattan while remaining lower in ABV than the original. The lime Bitters add to the drink and challenge your pallet without overwhelming your senses.

Pear in Spirit (Created by Veronica at Stateside using Cardamom Bitters)

1 1/2 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
1 1/2 oz. House Infused Chai Spice Rum
1 oz. Crimson Pear Juice
1/4 oz. Chai Simple Syrup
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat
Shake, double-strain, & serve up. Garnish with a dried slice of Chai-spiced pear.

Anejo Old Fashioned

2 oz. Avion Anejo
1 barspoon full of Agave nectar
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Beyond The Promenade

1 ½ oz. Avion Anejo
30ml Cinnamon Anise Syrup
30ml Pumpkin Puree
15ml Fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into Pilsner glass with crushed ice.
Garnish: Cinnamon dust and Star of Anise

Sub Recipes:
Cinnamon Anise Syrup: Add 1qt. of simple syrup, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 star of anise, and 1 clove. Simmer in med heat for 8 – 10 minutes

Blood Orange Margarita

2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
3 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
¾ fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
Rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of Kosher or Sea Salt to the Rim. Combine a few cubes of ice into a salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

NOTE: 1 basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. Example—one cup of sugar dissolved into one cup water

Mezcal Mule

2 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal
1.5 oz. ginger beer
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Milk Punch Milk Punch

 

2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
½ vanilla bean
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Sparkling Apple Cider

 

1 bottle of Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato
1 cup of apple cider
Apples
Pomegranate
Orange slices
Lemon slices
Ice
Combine Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato with all other ingredients. Add ice when ready to serve. Garnish with apple slices.

Sun Ra

 

1 1/2 oz. Novo Fogo Silver
½ oz. Zaya Rum
½ rosemary simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
Shake with a sprig of rosemary. Fine strain over fresh ice. Top with the ½ oz. Zaya Rum. Garnish with rosemary

Buon Viaggio (created by Pietro Filipponi)

1 ½ oz. Fernet-Branca
1 oz. Brancamenta
½ dry curacao
¾ oz. Owl’s Brew coco-lada tea
½ oz. hazelnut crema
Dash of hopped grapefruit bitters
Garnished with a dehydrated key lime infused with Carpano Antica vermouth.

You will want to bookmark these fall cocktail recipes for your next happy hour, so you can fully enjoy the season.

National Vodka Day | Celebrating the US’s Favorite Spirit

If you love a good Martini, Cosmo, or Screwdriver then we’re speaking directly to you. National Vodka Day is coming up. Mark your calendars for on October 4th because we’re celebrating the most popular spirit in America. Whether you treat yourself to a Martini, Cosmo, or Moscow Mule, we’d like to share some interesting facts about this beloved spirit and share some recipes. Dominating one-third of all spirits consumed by volume, vodka is here to stay and rightfully so. For this upcoming National Vodka Day, we get to know more about the beloved spirit. We’ve never understood those who find vodka boring when it allows you to do so much. Unlike other spirits, Vodka provides a clean canvas, one that can easily – and should – be manipulated to suit individual tastes and preferences (think Moscow Mules, Espresso Martinis, Vodka Sours, etc).

With a vodka spirit a your base, your cocktail can become whatever you want. Which is why it works so well year’ round. Whether you want a drink that’s light and clean, sweet and fruity, or warm and spicy, you can create it with vodka. There’s also so much the average person doesn’t know about vodka. For example, did you know that Vodka does not contain any sugar, yeast, fat, cholesterol, sodium, or carbs? It can also be gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher-certified. A great example is RÅVO vodka, which retails for $20.00. It’s vodka in its purest form, made from winter wheat, continuously distilled five times, and blended with natural spring water. Flavored vodkas, such as Chase Smoked Vodka, combine Chase (retail $32.99) with smoked water to achieve an intriguing palate closely reminiscent to a fine reposado tequila or mezcal – no artificial flavoring! Check out some great drink recipes from Chase and RÅVO that are perfect to celebrate National Vodka Day.

Espresso Martini

2 parts Råvo Vodka
1 part Coffee Liqueur
2 parts Espresso coffee
Coffee beans for garnish.
Pour Råvo Vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur into a shaker with ice and shake hard to chill. Strain into a Martini cocktail glass and garnish with a couple of coffee beans.

Vodka Martini

3 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Dry Vermouth
Olive garnish
Stir Chase vodka and Vermouth with ice in a stirring glass to chill and strain into a Martini cocktail glass. Serve with an olive garnish.

Moscow Mule

2 parts Råvo Vodka
4 parts Ginger beer
½ p Lime juice
Squeeze a couple of lime wedges into a rocks glass or copper mug and drop in the wedges before filling up with ice. Pour Råvo Vodka and ginger beer over the ice and serve with a stirring rod.

Great Chase

1.5 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Chase Elderflower Liqueur
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Top with soda
Build all ingredients in a wine glass over lots of ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Now that you know more about vodka, we want to know, which vodka cocktails will you be National Vodka Day this National Vodka Day?

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

Labor Day Cocktails from Patron: Cheers to the American Labor Movement

Despite the difficult time we are currently facing in America, we must always celebrate the small victories. The things and people that help build this melting pot of a country. The strength of this country is its so-called “blue collar workers”, and we must always celebrate the contributions these workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the U.S. What better way to do so than to raise a glass of Patron Tequila, preferably delicious margaritas, Palomas, and tiki cocktails. Not sure how to do so? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these Labor Day cocktails from Patron.

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

As you know once Labor Day comes around, it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. We’ve got some great Labor Day cocktails, made with Patron Tequila from Beverage Coordinators, Grace Kim of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, Mindy Kucan of the legendary Tiki bar Portland, Oregon, and Ravinder Singh of Rapscallion and Boulevardier in Dallas, Tx, and the Middle Branch bar in New York.

The Miss Grace Paloma (available at Red Rooster in New York)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

1.5oz Patrón Silver
.75oz Grapefruit juice
.5oz Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur
.5oz Watermelon juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Cucumber juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Lime juice
.25oz Agave syrup
.25oz Jalapeño shrub
2-3 dashes Grapefruit bitters
2-3 dashes Smoked chili bitters
Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit salt-berbere rim*
Half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Rim glass with grapefruit salt-berbere mixture.
Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA. Garnish with a half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube.
*Grapefruit salt-bebere rim: Mix 2 tablespoons grapefruit salt with 1 teaspoon berbere spice

A Grape[fruit] Time (available at Middle Branch in New York *available off-menu)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Silver
2 drops of Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters
.5 oz fresh lemon
1 oz fresh grapefruit
.375 oz Orgeat syrup
.375 oz Tamarind syrup
Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice, strain into hollowed out grapefruit half. Garnish with the other half of the grapefruit or grapefruit slice.

Patron Reposado Tiki Rita

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
.25 oz Allspice Dram
Grated nutmeg for garnish
Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
Hawaiian sea salt rim
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh crushed ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with 3 cloves.

Blue Crush

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila
2 oz Patrón Silver
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Demerara Syrup
.5 oz Blue Curacao
Pineapple ring for garnish
Orange peel for garnish
Pineapple leaf for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple ring, orange peel, and leaf.

So this weekend, raise a glass of one of these Patron Labor Day cocktails to the “little man”, the “blue collar worker” and thank them for all they’ve done for this country. We’d love to hear what you guys think of these Labor Day cocktails from Patron. Maybe they could also help you get ready to say goodbye to summer?

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, everyone’s favorite rum captain has launched a new shot flavor. Say hello to the Captain Morgan Apple Smash, a blend of Captain Morgan’s Caribbean rum with a burst of green apple flavor that is sure to be a favorite amongst any crew. Basically, it’s like a jolly rancher for adults….that you drink.

Now that we have your full attention, let’s get to know this captivating new rum. Not only does Apple Smash taste like an apple, it smells like one too! Like it’s predecessors, two of which we’ve previously highlighted, LocoNut and Watermelon Smash, the Captain Morgan Apple Smash packaging resembles the fruit the rum is mixed with. In this case, an apple and the bottle also emanates the aroma of tart green apple when you scratch it. The result is an experience that entrances your sense of smell and taste. You will absolutely want to shoot your shot with this delicious libation.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

The ready-to-serve apple rum shot tastes delicious as a chilled shot, a mixed shot, or simply mixed with club soda for a fresh tasting cocktail. If the thought of a boozy jolly rancher sounds good to you (of course it does), then we highly recommend adding Captain Morgan Apple Smash to your home bar. Not just for today, National Rum Day, but for any day that requires adulting.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Speaking of cocktails, we especially love the Apple Smash with a splash of club soda or ginger ale. Both cocktails are easy to make and highlight the essence of this apple flavored rum shot. Try out these recipes below:

Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Soda

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. Club Soda
Muddle mint leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and stir.
Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Ginger

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. ginger ale
Add ice and stir. Garnish with lime

Captain Morgan Apple Smash is 60 proof with an ABV of 30% and gluten-free. The 750ml bottle is available now and retails for $15.99.

Are you ready to live #LikeACaptain?

patriotic drinks: red, white, and blue cocktail

Red, White + Booze: Vodka Cocktails to Enjoy this Weekend

While the current state of our country doesn’t put most of us in a celebratory mood, our nation will be celebrating its independence in a few days. For those who still want to raise a glass to the freedoms we have left or for those who need a drink to take their minds off the craziness, we present the following cocktails to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Join us in celebrating the U.S’s Independence or drowning in our sorrows this July 4th with some great tasting cocktails to enjoy this weekend from two great vodka brands, Three Olives Vodka and Van Gogh Vodka. Whether you’re left, right, or somewhere in between, it’s safe to say, we could all use a delicious drink to ease all tensions.

Red, White & Rosé

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
Top with Soda Water
2 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda and a dash of bitters. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Boozy Berry Snow Cone


2 oz. Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry, chilled
4 oz. pink lemonade, chilled
1 cup of ice
Add chilled vodka and lemonade to a mixing glass, stir and set aside. Blend ice cubes in a blender until desired snow-like consistency, then scoop into a glass or white container. Top with chilled Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry and lemonade mixture, and garnish with red berries.

RWB Spiked Lemonade


1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1/2 oz. lemonade
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka

Crushed ice: Combine crushed ice with grenadine and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka, add to the bottom of a highball glass. Combine crushed ice with lemonade and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the red layer. Combine crushed ice with blue curaçao and remaining 1/2 ounce of Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the white layer. Garnish with floating blueberries and a mint sprig.

Bomb Pop Cocktail

Red Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
3 oz. fruit punch
½ oz. grenadine

White Layer:
2 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
1 heaping tsp. coconut cream
1 oz. pineapple juice

Blue Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
½ oz. blue curacao
3 oz. lemonade
Blend red layer, pour in a glass and place in freezer until a good slush consistency is achieved. Blend white layer, rest gently on top of the red layer and place in freezer. Blend blue layer and fill to the top of the glass. Freeze until ready to drink. Garnish with a mint sprig.

A Trio of Red, White & Blue Martinis

Classics never go out of styles and these traditional vodka drinks are high on the list of cocktails to enjoy. Whether you opt for a Pomegranate Martini, classic vodka Martini, or Acai-Blueberry vodka martini, all it takes is minimal ingredients, a little shaking and serve.

What are your thoughts on these vodka libations? Will you be making one or two of these cocktails to enjoy for July 4th?