Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Summer is nearly upon us, which means you may already have a good reason to take to the porch. Although many bars and restaurants have reopened, there’s something to be said about staying home — and enjoying a refreshing cocktail while you’re there. The CDC reports that approximately 1.8% of California drivers admit to driving after drinking too much. But if you never leave the house, you won’t have to drive home after one too many.

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes Anyone Can Make

Fortunately, staying home doesn’t have to be boring (or dry!). Check out your fridge and see what kind of cocktail you can make from what you find there. It’s easier than you think. Here are some easy summer cocktail recipes that anybody can make.

Green Apple Grown-Up Tea

We’re not using Granny Smiths here; instead, the “apple” comes from apple juice and apple gin, while the “green” comes from green tea and lime juice. Combine approximately 50 ml each of apple gin and lime juice with half a liter of apple juice and two cups of green tea. Sip, then add more of whatever you think is missing. This is a refreshing twist on the iced tea you enjoy from the pitcher — and while apples are often associated with fall, they provide a neutral sweetness that’s well-suited for almost any recipe.

Rhubarb and Ginger Snapped Sap

It’s estimated approximately 1.8 billion websites are all operating simultaneously at any given point each day. Some of those are liquor delivery websites, which have grown in popularity during the pandemic. You may want to visit one of those sites to order a lime cordial, as you’ll need it for this recipe.

Rhubarb might be intimidating to some, but using it in a beverage is a great way to enjoy its flavor. Get some rhubarb stalks and chop them up, then boil them on the stove. When the rhubarb becomes mush, take it off the heat and strain it into a bowl. Stir in about one-half cup of sugar and cool it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Then, you’re ready to make your cocktail. You’ll need about 50 ml of your lime cordial, 50 ml of the rhubarb syrup you just made, 10 ml of lime juice, and 100 ml of ginger ale. Rhubarb and ginger ale balance each other beautifully. Combine in a fancy glass and enjoy!

Ode-to-Strawberry Overload

Furnaces are built to last you approximately 15 to 20 years, but you’ll probably be more concerned with your AC unit’s performance this summer. Fortunately, a cocktail is a perfect way to cool off.

First, make your strawberry syrup in the same way you made the rhubarb version. After you strain it, chill until you are ready to use it. Then, add 20ml lemon juice and a shot (or several) of vodka.

Lime or lemon juice pairs well with strawberry. Lemon makes strawberry pop with freshness, whereas lime complements the sweetness of the strawberry. It’s up to you. Make two different drinks and see what you like the best. You can also try this one with raspberries. They work as well with lemon or lime.

Other Ways to Chill Out

There are some pointers on chilling you may want to make note of. Flash-freezing the fruit syrup you just made is easy and fast, but so is puréeing your mixture with some ice. Then, your cocktail becomes a slushie, which is a great option to beat the summer heat.

If you don’t want to add water to your drink, get creative with your ice chips. You can freeze rosé or another kind of wine in ice cube trays and either throw that in a blender or add them to the cocktail itself. The taste of wine will elevate these cocktails a bit. The key here is to use what you have. These are great drinks for entertaining or to enjoy at the end of a long, hot day.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Despite the strides made in ocean cleanup and other cleanup projects, there’s still so much that has to be done to clean up the environment. Unfortunately, we cannot do it on our own, we (individuals and brands) must continuously work together to reverse or at least stop the damages we’ve done to the planet. Since Earth Day is coming up, we want to recognize one brand doing amazing things, including working with consumers to help the planet. With 69 billion plastic water bottles produced in the US each year, now is a good time to take a closer look at just how much we Americans u.se single-use plastic. If you think about the products we use daily, almost everything comes in a plastic container. It’s safe to say we’re addicted. Boxed Water is here to change that with its sustainable packaging and practices, and you can help.

Sustainable Brands: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

We recently had the opportunity to virtually chat with Boxed Water CMO Rob Koenen, where we learned some disturbing facts. Did you know the largest contributor to plastic waste (31%) is beverage bottles? The second (15%) is bottle caps. A New Science Advances Study shows the US generates the largest amount of plastic waste of any country in the world. We were also shocked to learn the amount of plastic the US contributes to the ocean is actually FIVE TIMES greater than originally estimated. Imagine how much cleaner (and safer to animals) the ocean would be if we eliminated this toxic contribution.

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Many of you may not know this but Boxed Water Is Better is the leading sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. they have changed the way packaged water is shipped, sold, and enjoyed, becoming the most sustainable brand in the water aisle. All of Boxed Water’s cartons are 100% recyclable, refillable, and BPA-free. They source the carton paper from trees in well-managed forests, where new trees are continuously planted to replace the ones harvested. Going further, now both the caps and their cartons are plant-based, making the overall company a 92 percent plant-based one.

Sustainable Brand Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Boxed Water is also a member of 1% For The Planet and partner of the National Forest Foundation and Ocean Blue Project. Together, they have planted over 1,000,000 trees in our National Forests and cleaned thousands of miles of beaches. You can help plant more trees by posting a photo or video of a carton of Boxed Water or favorite houseplant, what you would name your houseplant, and what that name means to you. Tag @boxedwater and hashtag #betterplanet on either post and they will plant two trees.  As if there weren’t enough reasons to love the sustainable Boxed Water, they recently launched a range of flavored waters that are refreshingly delicious.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Purified through an eight-step purification process and UV treated, each Boxed Water flavor boasts the crisp, fresh taste you love from the original, with a twist. The four naturally and subtly flavored water options include:

  • Blackberry – a natural brightness for a change of pace
  • Lemon – a classic flavor with a light hint of lemon
  • Cucumber – a spa-influenced refreshing taste
  • Grapefruit – an energizing way to kick start the day

The Lemon and Grapefruit flavors are great to brighten your morning. Grab a Cucumber when you’re treating yourself to a spa day, and the Blackberry is great for when you’re looking for a better alternative to sugary drinks.

Like the original, the Boxed Water flavors have no minerals added and it’s 100% pure. Unlike the classic black and white original packaging, the flavors come in a plant-based carton that features bold pops of color. Replacing your single-use plastic water bottle with Boxed Water Flavored Water, lowers your carbon footprint by 64% and protects our planet from the overuse of single-use plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

We have long enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty flavors. There’s one cocktail we can’t help but sing the praises of for this very reason. The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail, which can be easily made with the CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit, is a short drink that’s perfect as a nightcap. For those wondering, what is the French Connection cocktail? A proper French Connection requires a very aromatic Cognac like CAMUS Cognac’s Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac and a dry Amaretto, in order to guarantee a good balance of sweet and roasted notes.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

This slow-sipping cocktail is a highly sophisticated drink that also happens to be one of the easiest in the world to make. The French Connection is part of the International Bartenders Association’s IBA official cocktails list. Legend has it that it was invented in the 70s, named after the 1971 movie of the same name, with Gene Hackman.

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

CAMUS Cognac makes creating this cocktail at home incredibly easy, thanks to the CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit. CAMUS added a slight twist to the cocktail recipe by pairing the iodine-rich notes of Ile de Ré Fine Island cognac with Amaretto Adriatico; this reinterpretation of original amaretto is crafted with handpicked Italian almonds and a pinch of salt. This brings us back to our initial thoughts of loving the combination of sweet and salty flavors.

The CAMUS Cognac French Connection cocktail kit has everything you need (and we mean everything), including:

  • bottle of Ile de Ré Fine Island 70cl
  • bottle of Amaretto Adriatico 70cl
  • tumbler glass
  • professional cocktail spoon
  • booklet to discover the secrets of the perfect recipe

Savor the Smoothness: CAMUS Cognac French Connection Cocktail Kit

With this amazing drink kit, all you need is ice and your thirst. The other wonderful thing about this kit is you can create up to 14 cocktails with it and it retails for only €69.00 on the CAMUS Cognac website. As you can see, it makes a great gift.

We adore CAMUS and have enjoyed it for years. Read about our other CAMUS Cognac coverage here: CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other and Cognac Connoisseur: Lunch with Cyril Camus and Camus Cognac.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Everyone has their own way of trying to stay healthy. Many people focus on exercise and make a commitment to going for a jog every day or participating in a cycling class, which can lower the risk of developing cardiorespiratory diseases by 40%. Other people prefer to switch up their diets, integrating healthy foods into their meals and eliminating the junk. And then some would rather work on their mental health and engage in activities like meditation or going to therapy.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

A new option to improve your health has just entered the wellness market and it comes from a rather unexpected source: PepsiCo. The famous beverage brand is well-known for its staple, Pepsi, as well as other soft drinks such as Mountain Dew and Mug Root Beer. Although they’re delicious, these carbonated treats aren’t renowned for their health benefits. Soda is notorious for causing dental issues such as cavities, which about 78% of Americans experience by the age of 17. With so many healthier beverage options on the market, soda isn’t the go-to drink that it used to be for many households.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

That’s why PepsiCo is launching Driftwell. Driftwell is an enhanced water beverage that contains L-theanine, which helps promote relaxation. This drink is non-carbonated and is designed to help you unwind from the stressors in your life. Each 7.5-ounce mini can contains 200mg of L-theanine, 10% of the daily value of magnesium, 0 calories, and 0 sugar. The flavor of Driftwell is inspired by the spa and contains soothing hints of blackberry and lavender.

According to PepsiCo, 55% of Americans experience high levels of stress throughout the day and 45% report having trouble sleeping because of stress. About 21% of people also say that they feel more stressed when they can’t sleep, causing a harmful cycle in which you’re stressed out because you can’t sleep and you can’t sleep because you’re stressed out. It’s like when you have a small leak in your plumbing, which one in 10 American households do. You try to use more water more quickly so that the leak doesn’t create a mess, but it only makes it leak more. By creating Driftwell with L-theanine, PepsiCo hopes to help people fall asleep more easily by getting into a relaxing mindset at the end of the day.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

Driftwell progressed from conception to execution in less than a year, which is the fastest timeline on record for a beverage brand. An internal competition program at PepsiCo known as “The Next Big Idea” is responsible for fast-tracking the idea. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta launched the program last year and Driftwell is its first result. With this program, the company was able to take an employee’s idea for Driftwell and combine it with the practical knowledge of its specialist departments, swiftly bringing the product to the market.

If you want to experience the soothing effects of Driftwell, you can purchase a pack through online retailers. PepsiCo planned to launch the product on retail shelves in select markets at the beginning of 2021, so you should be seeing it soon.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon’s Whisky Series

We all know the saying, “they just don’t make stuff like they used to”. For many, being able to enjoy the nostalgic products of a bygone era is becoming more and more valuable. In the midst of all our industry advances, artisanal, small-batch, and traditionally made products are highly sought-after. Last year, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. launched a brand new range of highly limited whiskies as part of their Cascade Moon Whisky series. These limited-edition whiskies, which are described as being “mellow as midnight”, celebrate nostalgia. As of today, two whiskies in the series have now been released. Cascade Moon Edition No. 1 launched last fall and Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 followed soon after, in late December. The whiskies in this series are described as being “mellow as midnight”.  Today, we’re exploring the latter.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

First a brief introduction to their first launch. Cascade Moon Edition No. 1 has a bright and fruity nose, with notes of raspberries, pineapple, and coconut. A surprising savory grain character on the palate with a hint of brothy salinity, and a delicate finish.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 on the other hand, honors the heritage of the George A. Dickel & Co. brand, a distillery known for forward-thinking. This second release from Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. is a bold, mature liquid that celebrates 150 years of passion for cra­fting quality whisky. It continues to set the tone for the future of the whisky category while looking toward the next 150 years.

Cascade Moon Edition No. 2: The Latest in Cascade Moon's Whisky Series

Further tying back to George Dickel’s history, the liquid for this second release was taken from a small batch blend curated around the first barrel of TN Whisky filled a­fter the distillery returned from the shutdown in 2003. This small-batch blend used less than 20 barrels, holding some of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.’s best whiskies aged at least 17 years that are befitting a celebration of a 150-year heritage.

Even the release’s packaging pays homage to whisky-making over the last 150 years.  This unique, sandblasted ceramic bottle is sourced from one of the limited producers in the world. The labels are handprinted using a 130-year-old press, to create a stunning look and feel.

A 750ml of Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 will be sold regionally in Tennessee, California, and Texas for a limited time for the suggested price of $249.99.

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden’s Own New Canned Drink Offerings

While cities across the country slowly beginning to open, many of us are still not fully comfortable with venturing out like we used to. Speaking to several people, no one feels safe enough to venture to bars and pubs. Thankfully, the Spirits industry has really stepped up and adapted to our current situation. The canned cocktails market has been a welcomed pleasure of delicious convenience and we’re excited that Ogden’s Own Distillery has joined this exciting drinks segment with the launch of their Five Wives Canned Cocktails; specifically Five Wives Moscow Mule and Five Wives Vodka Soda.

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

The two new ready-to-drink varietals are Ogden’s Own first-ever foray into the canned beverage segment. Expect to see more canned cocktails on the horizon for release later this year. Packed with bold flavors and infused with all-natural ingredients, the Five Wives canned cocktails are both made with Ogden’s Own’s award-winning Five Wives Vodka. Each can of Ogden’s Own’s ready-to-drink cocktails contains two servings at 162 calories each and 16.5 carbs per serving. Both varietals are also completely gluten-free, as Five Wives Vodka is distilled with 100% corn.

Five Wives Moscow Mule

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Five Wives Vodka Soda is made from a simple yet balanced blend of Ogden’s Own Five Wives Vodka and a delicate hint of fresh-squeezed lime citrus. It’s not tart, rather it’s faint enough to add a layer of flavor depth and balance to the flavor of the vodka. Crisp and clean, Ogden’s Own’s Canned Vodka Soda is a smooth sipper that is equally refreshing whether you’re enjoying it directly from a chilled can or poured into a glass over ice. At 7% ABV, each can contains roughly two cocktail servings, so you definitely won’t confuse it with your grocery store seltzer!

Five Wives Vodka Soda

Five Wives Canned Cocktails: Ogden's Own New Canned Drink Offerings

Ginger lovers unite! Five Wives Moscow Mule brings the spice. The original Moscow Mule blend derives its awesome ginger punch from an exotic blend of Chinese and Indian ginger extracts. Once mixed with lime juice, raw cane sugar, and the award-winning Five Wives Vodka, the result is a canned, ready-to-drink Moscow Mule with a boldness that stands out from the crowd. At 10% alcohol-by-volume, Five Wives Moscow Mule delivers a robust fresh ginger zing and real lime burst that tastes like it was made right in front of you.

The Five Wives Moscow Mule and Five Wives Vodka Soda canned cocktails are available now at Ogden’s Own
Distillery Store, 615 W. Stockman Way, Ogden, Utah, for $3.99 per can. Check out our previous coverage of Ogden’s Own: Win Ogden’s Own x Deborah Czeresko Glass Decanter + Rocks Glass Set and Just Launched: Ogden’s Own Distillery’s Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

.As the weather continues to get warmer and more vaccines are administered, everyone is hopeful about the opportunity to fully enjoy time outside their homes. Whether it be get-togethers with friends and family or vacations to exotic and tropical places. While we’re not yet at this point in time, there is a way you can enjoy an escape to a tropical locale; at least via your tastebuds – Biza Cocktails, the tropical canned cocktails.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned-Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

The name Biza is originally inspired by the internationally known Spanish island of Ibiza. Although it celebrates a lifestyle experience, not necessarily tied to a specific location. Contrary to the hard seltzers found in the market today, Biza is a handcrafted cocktail, lightly sparkling and full of flavor. Created from premium vodka, Biza is slightly more alcoholic than the average canned cocktails, at 6% ABV. With only a touch of carbonation, the gluten-free, and malt-free Biza cocktails stand out in flavor and canned cocktail experience. Unlike the competition, Biza has carefully hand-selected their ingredients to create their natural tropical flavors. The low-calorie drinks are available in four bold flavors: Passion Fruit Peach, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Vanilla, and Mango Jalapeño.

Biza Cocktails: These Tropical Canned Cocktails are a Vacation in a Can

If you’re ready to take your happy hour to the next level? These delicious, on-the-go libations will take you there. To gift us with the amazing level of deliciousness, Biza really focused on highlighting full flavor bursts. Their unique combinations are great tasting from start to finish.

Biza was started by a group of friends who came together during happy hour on a mission to fill a void in the marketplace. The goal was to create a brand that caters to their friends and the millennial generation. They tested all aspects of Biza’s product development on 100 millennials across varying age ranges. It’s made by millennials for millennials!

The easy-to-grab Biza Cocktails are available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and online at www.bizacocktails.com.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

While Western cultures observe the start of a new year on January 1, many east Asian cultures celebrate Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is traditional in countries such as Korea, China, and Vietnam and regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. This means the Lunar New Year typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

This year, Lunar New Year was on February 12. In addition to being the most popular holiday in Asia, it is also celebrated by over 16 million Asian Americans each year. This year was no different, despite much of the United States still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there weren’t any large gatherings and festivals that typically mark Lunar New Year, people still found their own ways to incorporate art, craftsmanship, and food into this annual holiday.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

Rémy Martin has long been inspired by Lunar New Year traditions and this year, the cognac producer unveiled a sugar masterpiece. Developed with FRED & FARID New York, an independent boutique agency that is a mix of French, Chinese, and American influences, Rémy Martin used the concept of “sweet art” to create a confectionary triumph and wish the world a sweet Year of the Ox. “Sweet art” is an original art technique that gets its inspiration from sugar painting, a traditional form of art that is made out of caramelized sugar.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

With such an artistic feat in mind, Rémy Martin partnered with a couple of notable artists. Yajun Sui, a traditional Chinese sugar painting Master, and Multimedia Artist Elisabeth Hodes helped Rémy Martin create the sugar masterpiece. Together, they created 65 detailed pieces that made up the work of art, spent over 100 hours on it, and used over 20 pounds of sugar. This is quite the feat, especially when you consider that a human lifting a 20-pound box will put nearly 400 pounds of force on their spine.

Rémy Martin Rang in Lunar New Year With a Sugar Masterpiece

The end result of all of this work and sugar is a celebration of the melding of tea culture and cognac culture, as well as the craft that goes into both of them. The grand piece of artwork, rendered in tones of gold and red, features swirling clouds, cavorting oxen, celebratory humans, a half-full teapot, and a bottle of cognac. Just looking at the sweet masterpiece will make you want to go brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes, although you probably wouldn’t want to take your eyes away even for your dental health. The enchanting work of art gives the world a touch of sweetness after a uniquely challenging year, which was exactly the intention of its creators.