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.

Sweet & Delicious Low-Calorie Valentine’s Day Cocktails

According to Nielsen, Americans alone will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate during the days leading up to Valentine’s Day – that’s A LOT of sugar. Some of you may not want to add even more sugar with the cocktails you will be enjoying, but there is hope. You are still able to enjoy a delicious, low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails to toast your sweetheart thanks to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water and these following Valentine’s Day-inspired recipes. Cascade Ice sparkling waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar without losing its delicious flavor. Below are three delicious cocktails you are sure to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. Say goodbye to boring champagne and spend your romantic night enjoying these sexy and sweet drinks:

Love Potion Pizzazz

Cascade Ice Love Potion

To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2oz of Cascade Ice’s Pomegranate Berry with 1oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Cascade Ice Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail

Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5oz of tequila and 3oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and you’re ready to serve!

Blushing Sparkler

Cascade Ice Blushing Sparkler

Mix 1oz of whipped vodka, 4oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

What do you think of these low-calorie Valentine’s Day cocktails? Which of these three would you try?

X-RATED Fusion Liqueur Unwraps Holiday Cocktails

I love holiday parties. I know what you’re thinking – who doesn’t, right? But maybe unlike you, i don’t love everything about it. I love the decor, the togetherness, the gifts, etc but my god I am sick of eggnog. I know its a holiday party staple but we are seriously in desperate need of a change. Holidays cocktails do not have to be the same old boring stuff. Even a shot of smooth rum (or two) cannot persuade me anymore.We need cocktails that are a bit more excited, a bit more thrilling, a bit more x-rated. I’ve been on the hunt for new holiday cocktails and since X-Rated Fusion Liqueur gave me the wonderful Haunted-X Halloween Cocktail, I didn’t have to go too far to get some spicier and sexier cocktails. So to begin, I’ll ask – are you in the mood for a little holiday mischief? Hopefully you shouted out YES!!! I hope you are prepared because the recipe is below. This pink and orange bubbly is sure to tickle more than you fancy

Holiday Mischief Maker

mischief maker1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

½ oz. orange liqueur

1-2 dashes orange bitters
4 oz. sparkling wine
1 teaspoon grenadine
garnish: sugar rim
Rim a champagne flute with sugar by rubbing it with a cut lemon, then dipping it into white, granulated sugar. Set aside. Pour X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, orange liqueur and bitters into a mixing glass. Shake with ice. Gently strain into sugar-rimmed champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Gently drizzle grenadine into the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom to create a layered effect.

Now if you are the type that is a bit shy and reserved (until you’ve had a drink or two) or can’t decide whether you’ve been both good and bad? Then St. Nick’s Naughty or Nice Punch is definitely for you. Either way, you will definitely enjoy this gift – no coals for you this time around. So why choose? Be bad while enjoying this very good drink.

 

St. Nick’s Naughty or Nice Punch
Naughty or nice
2 parts X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 part SKYY Infusions Pineapple
2 parts brewed peach herbal tea
½ part freshly squeezed lime juice
pinch of ground clove (approx 2 teaspoons for 1 punch bowl)
1 part club soda (use lemon-lime soda for sweeter punch)
garnish: whole cloves embedded into citrus wheels
 
Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl just before guests are due to arrive. Float clove encrusted citrus wheels on the surface of the punch for décor and aroma. Ladle into ice-filled wine glasses when serving.

Of course there’s always the sweet and innocent part of ourselves – the angel, the adorable cherub, the part of you that wishes good will to all men (and women). What would that side of you like to drink – perhaps something equally sweet like guava or wholesome like milk. If you combine the two and add a little zest (like lemon) then you’d have the Sassy Little Elf.

Sassy Little Elf
Sassy elf
2 oz.X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 ½ oz. guava juice or nectar
1 oz. half-n-half
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
garnish:lemon zest (or mini candy cane)
 
Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Serve with the garnish on the rim of the glass.

Say goodbye to Eggnog during this festive holiday season and say hello to X-Rated Liqueur’s sinfully delicious holiday cocktails, your guests will thank you.