Celebrate National Lemonade Day w/ Skinnygirl Cocktails

It wouldn’t be summertime without the refreshingly delicious, sweet, and tart taste of a glass of lemonade. It is the quintessential summer drink and the ultimate American small business and that is what we’re celebrating today, August 20th. You see, today is National Lemonade Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing three invigorating, and very grown-up drink recipes from Skinnygirl Cocktails that will leave you guilt-free when it comes to your calorie intake. What better way to say goodbye to the summer than putting a twist on summer’s signature drink. Tantalize your taste buds with the Skinnygirl Lemon Drop and Skinnygirl Lemon Patch cocktails, both made with the Meyer Lemon Vodka, which features a bright lemon flavor with a hint of crisp lime; and the Skinnygirl Splash cocktail, a tasty lemon iced drink made with Bare Naked Vodka, a smooth, clean and slightly sweet vodka.Skinnygirl® Lemon Drop

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka
Sugar-free lemonade mix
Splash of lemon juice
Lemon slice for garnish
Rim glass with lemonade mix, shake ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a lemon.

Skinnygirl® Lemon Patch

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka
Splash of DeKuyper Triple Sec
Splash of diet lemon-lime soda
Raspberries or lemon slice for garnish
Mix ingredients in a glass with ice. Top with diet lemon-lime soda. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon.

Skinnygirl Splash

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Bare Naked Vodka
1 part black tea (or powdered iced tea mix)
1 part lemonade
Lemon wedge (optional)
Mix ingredients in tall Collins glass. Garnish with lemon wedge (optional).

Don’t these three lemon-flavored cocktails sound delicious? There are many more lemon-based cocktails on the Skinnygirl Cocktails website you can celebrate the day with. So when life hands you lemons, grab a bottle of Skinnygirl Natural Flavored Vodkas and make some delicious cocktails. Have a great time toasting National Lemonade Day.

Get Some R & R w/ Cruzan Rum | Toast to National Relaxation Day & National Rum Day

Are we surprised that National Relaxation Day and National Rum Day are a day apart? Not at all, we think the universe set it up this way for a very good reason – one doesn’t work without the other. Today we celebrate the two R’s – RUM and RELAXATION. So attention, all you rum-enthusiasts, we’re talking to you and sharing delicious cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum to enjoy both days. Life can be stressful but you must remember to take time to slow down, breathe deeply and kick back and relax with a delicious Cru-Zen rum cocktail on tomorrow, August 15th, National Relaxation Day. This zen cocktail will have you in a calming mentality so the focus can remain on you and enjoying the day.Cru-Zen Cocktail

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part White Vermouth
1/2 part Chamomile Syrup*
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
Dash of Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake without ice to combine. Add ice, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with two drops of Bitters.

*Chamomile Syrup: 
Steep two Chamomile Tea Bags in 8oz. hot water for 5 minutes to make double strength tea.
Add 8oz. sugar to tea and stir until sugar is dissolved. This syrup will be good for one month.

After you’re done relaxing, it’s time to kick up the festivities just a little bit. On National Rum Day, Saturday, August 16th, honor this celebratory day with a bit of coconut creme and peachy rum goodness. Seeing as August is also National Peach Month, the Cruzan Peach Perfect Day cocktail is an ideal drink to toast this national observance day.

Cruzan Peach Perfect Day

1 part Cruzan Peach Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Coconut Creme
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a Lime Wedge.

Got any rum cocktails you’d love to share? Feel free to recommend your favorites drinks with us.

Take a Bite Out of Shark Week with ZYR Vodka & TY KU Sake

Don’t go in the water, it’s Shark Week!! Instead, stay on land and enjoy some of these delicious Shark Week-themed cocktails from ZYR Vodka and TY KU Sake. Sink your teeth into these cocktail recipes while you shake and stir them up like the second coming of Sharknado. Fall prey to such delicious, easy-to-make shark week cocktails like Blood in the Water, Sake Shark Attack Sangria, and the most dangerous part of this terrifying sea creature, the Shark’s Tooth. You won’t regret surrendering as each of these cocktails has a bite you’re not soon forget.

Blood In The Water

2 oz ZYR Russian Vodka
2 oz Club Soda
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
Dash of Grenadine

Sake Shark Attack Sangria

TY KU Sake Silver
Wedges of Fresh Fruits
Splash of Agave Nectar

Shark’s Tooth

2 oz TY KU Coconut Sake
1 oz Rum
1 oz Cointreau

Happy Shark Week!

Happiness is Cold Watermelon…..Cocktails | Celebrate National Watermelon Day w/ Drinks

Everyone knows watermelon is the official fruit of the summer. Many of you have enjoyed a slice or two on a hot summer day, the delicious juice dripping down your chin and maybe even enjoy seed-spitting competitions. But there are also interesting ways to enjoy watermelon besides just eating it. In honor of National Watermelon Day (August 3rd), we’ve assembled some delicious cocktail recipes that will have you celebrating summer’s favorite fruit the right way. We’re bring you watermelon deliciousness from FAIR Quinoa Vodka, a fair trade vodka made from Quinoa; Prairie Organic Vodka, a naturally smooth, organic vodka; and Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila. If you don’t feel like creating cocktails, you can always try Sauza’s new, ready-to-serve Sparkling Margarita Watermelon, boasting an authentic margarita taste with the unique addition of watermelon and effervescent bubbles. Now let’s get to the cocktails!

FAIR Quinoa Vodka



WATERMELON & CUCUMBER COOLER
1/4 watermelon, chopped into pieces
1 cup water
juice from 2 limes
1/2 cup sugar
Ice
simple syrup
sliced cucumber
1 oz FAIR vodka
soda water
Start by placing the watermelon meat in a blender and blend until it’s a pulp, do this in batches and pour into a sifter that you place over a bowl. Discard the pulp. In a small saucepan bring water, lime and sugar to the boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Cool down completely. Fill 4 mason jars with ice and sliced cucumber. Fill up 1/2 with the watermelon juice, the rest with simple syrup, FAIR Quinoa vodka and a splash of soda on top. Garnish with lemon and cucumber and enjoy.

Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila (click on photo for larger view)

WATERMELON & BASIL MARGARITA

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
Juice of one whole lime
(4) 1” cubes of seedless watermelon
Fresh basil leaves (2 to muddle; the rest for garnish)
Lime wedge (for garnish)
Preparation: In a mixing glass drop in the watermelon and basil leaves (tear the leaves) then muddle. Add all remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Double strain the cocktail over fresh ice in a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh basil leaves.

WATERMELON PASSION

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
2 parts watermelon juice
1 part fresh lemon sour
Watermelon balls (for garnish)
Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with watermelon balls.

WATERMELON BREEZE

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part DeKuyper® Watermelon Squeeze
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part cranberry juice
Watermelon slice (for garnish)
Preparation: Build in order over ice in a glass then stir. Garnish with a slice of watermelon on the rim.

WATERMELON SOUR

2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part DeKuyper® Watermelon Pucker
2 parts fresh lemon sour
1 part cranberry juice
Lemon wheel (for garnish)
Preparation: Build cocktail in order over ice in a glass then stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Prairie Organic Vodka (click on photo for larger view)

GARDEN VARIETY

2 oz Prairie Cucumber Flavored Vodka
2 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon
1 diced lime (bitter ends removed)
1 oz organic agave nectar
Salt
1 cucumber slice
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, then serve in a lowball glass over ice with a lightly salted rim. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

PRAIRIE VODKA INF– USED WATERMELON

1 bottle of Prairie Organic Vodka
1 large watermelon
Place the watermelon on a counter and with a sharp knife, cut out a small hole slightly larger than the top of your vodka bottle. Remove the watermelon rind and insert the top of your bottle of vodka into the hole you’ve created. Flip the bottle upside down and, keeping it upright, apply gently pressure until it’s firmly lodged into the top of the fruit and is infusing the watermelon with vodka. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. When the bottle is nearly empty, your watermelon has been infused with vodka. Remove the bottle carefully. Slice and enjoy!

WATERMELON JELLO SHOTS

10 scooped out limes, halved
1 3-oz package watermelon-flavored gelatin
1 cup water
1 cup Prairie Organic Vodka
Boil 1 cup of water on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Add gelatin to the boiling water and stir with a whisk until completely dissolved. Stir in vodka next. Pour the gelatin mixture into the lime halves and refrigerate for approximately 3 hours until the gelatin has set. Cut the lime halves into 4 equal portions and serve!

There are so many interesting facts about watermelon, like did you now it’s 92% water and the first documented watermelon harvest happened about 5,000 years ago in Egypt? What better way to toast to it’s rich history than enjoying this sweet, delicious, and juicy fruit on a hot summer day than with a bit of a kick. Happy Watermelon Day!

Long, Hot Summer? Cool Down with a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle

Yesterday was a very hot day. Before the rains came down and saved us all from melting, our lips were practically glued to bottles of water. While water did help keep us hydrated, we needed much more to cool down. One of our favorite frozen treats to help us stay cool and happy on those scorching summer days are Popsicles. We have enjoyed quite a few this summer and are always on the lookout for new, fun recipes to try. While Popsicles are always fun for kids of all ages, we’re concentrating on ones for the 21-and-over crowd. We came across two Popsicle recipes created by Molecular Mixologist, Rob Floyd – Basil Hayden’s® Berry American Popsicle and Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate Popsicle, that are sure to be a hit during these sweltering summer days. They’re frozen cocktails on a stick – what could be better! Are you ready to enjoy a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle this summer?
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Whether you’re at the pool, relaxing on your back/front porch, or entertaining friends, these Basil Hayden’s Bourbon popsicles will make great summer treats. the perfect snack to cool you down from the heat the best way we know how – with bourbon! The recipes, which are made with Basil Hayden’s trademark spicy bourbon and delicious fruit or decadent chocolate, are very easy to make and we’re sharing them with you today.

Basil Hayden’s® Berry American

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup
2 parts Water
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Strawberries, medium size
12 Blueberries
Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside.
Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard.
Add to the popsicle molds.
Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
16 parts Low Fat Milk
1 1/2 parts Unsweetened Chocolate
1 1/2 parts Sugar
1 bar of Dark Chocolate (4 oz bar)
4-5 dashes of Chipotle Chili Pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate.
Warm, and stir continuously until all ingredients are combined (Do not boil).
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir.
Add to popsicle mold and freeze.

Are your mouths watering yet? Why not try one or both of these delicious Popsicle recipes this summer  as temperatures continue to rise, you’ll thank us for it.

Celebrate the 4th of July w/ Red, White & TY KU Cocktails

It’s time once again to toast America’s independence and what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with delicious summer cocktails that are red, white and TY KU. These patriotic themed cocktails are made with TY KU Coconut Sake and TY KU Sake Silver respectively. TY KU Coconut Sake is a premium Nigori Sake, imported from Nara, Japan, that is infused with the refreshingly sweet taste of Coconut and hints of vanilla, while TY KU Sake Silver is a premium Junmai Sake brewed and imported from Nara, Japan. The fresh and slightly sweet sake features subtle pear notes and is crafted from sake rice that is polished so only 70% of the grain remains, a process which removes impurities and refines taste.

Summer Sake Splash

3 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
Muddle in fresh Raspberries

Coconut Dream

2 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Shake well, serve chilled

Silver Shooter

2 oz. TY KU Sake Silver
3 oz. Soda Water

Whether you’re looking for low calorie options or want to try a non-traditional cocktail this July 4th, the above easy to make TY KU Sake cocktail recipes will have you feeling patriotic upon the first sip!

Your Taxes are Done, Celebrate w/ this Refreshing Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Cocktail

It’s officially here, April 15th aka Tax Day. After probably stressing out over getting your taxes done, wondering whether or not you owe or getting a refund, you may need a cocktail. This cocktail can be used to celebrate a refund, drown your sorrows if you owe the government or to just celebrate surviving yet another Tax Day. One great cocktail to turn to is the Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, created by Marie Zahn and made with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon. The American-made, Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, is a modern twist on two classic bourbon cocktails that have been around longer than Tax Day itself. The cocktail combines the spicy, trademark finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with sweet honey syrup, tangy raspberry vinegar and tart grapefruit juice to make the perfect cocktail to end the dreaded tax season.

Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice,
created by Marie Zahn (Louisville, KY)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 tsp. Honey Syrup*
1 tsp. Raspberry Vinegar
Grapefruit Soda
Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.


*Honey Syrup Preparation:
1 cup Honey
1 cup Water
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.
Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.

So whether you get a refund or not, just celebrate the fact that this day is almost over. Cheers!

Toast to Spring w/ Cruzan Rum’s Paradise Punch Cocktail

What better way to toast the beginning of spring than with a delicious and refreshing, spring-inspired cocktail. get ready to enjoy a sip or six of the Cruzan Rum Paradise Punch, made with the newly launched Cruzan® Peach Rum. This sweet and fresh rum blends fine Cruzan® Rum with the sweet taste of juicy, ripe peaches that will arouse thoughts and memories of carefree summer days and succulent summer peaches.

Cruzan® Paradise Punch

12 parts Cruzan® Peach Rum
12 parts Ginger Ale
4 1/2 parts Honey Syrup*
3 parts Lemon Juice
Combine Cruzan® Peach Rum, Honey Syrup & Lemon Juice in a pitcher. Stir to mix and refrigerate. Add Ginger Ale right before serving. (Serves 8)

*Honey Syrup

6 parts Honey
6 parts Hot Water
Combine 6 parts Honey and 6 parts Hot Water. Stir and set aside.

Cruzan® Peach Rum is a fresh, succulent flavor to the enticing Cruzan® Rum lineup. Like all Cruzan® rums, Cruzan® Peach is crafted by Cruzan® Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. Cruzan® Peach is made from tropical rain water and high-quality molasses, it is distilled with a unique five-column distillation process to create the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“Cruzan® is constantly searching for the freshest flavors and innovations that will appeal to loyal fans of our rum, as well as those trying it for the first time,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Inc. “That’s why we are especially excited to introduce Cruzan® Peach to the Cruzan® Rum family.”

“This flavor embodies the spirit of St. Croix and is the perfect addition to any cocktail that rum lovers will want to enjoy this season and beyond,” said Nelthropp.

Cruzan® Peach is available now, the 750ml bottle retails for $14.99. It joins Cruzan® Aged Light Rum, Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan® Black Strap Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum, Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan® 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum and 13 other flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, coconut, key lime, passion fruit, mango and strawberry.