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Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
¾  part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾  part Lime Juice
½  part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo Neo Rum
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant cucumber twist.

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral Launch O’Everyone Campaign

You know how every St. Patrick’s Day, many of you pretend to be Irish for the day as you bar hop enjoying several mugs on green beer. This year you don’t have to pretend. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral launch the O’Everyone Campaign. Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey is celebrating how everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day by transforming non-Irish bars and restaurants into Irish-fusion pop-ups in four cities this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We had the pleasure of attending a delicious and fun Irish mashup event where James Beard Award Nominee JJ Johnson’s subterranean NYC bar, Gibson + Luce, was turned into O’Johnson’s.

The O’Everyone campaign celebrations highlight the unique blend of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and the love of celebrating other cultures. To bring your own Irish spirit to life, t-shirts (O’insert-your-last-name or nickname) are available at www.OEveryone.com for purchase, ensuring that truly everyone can become a part of the celebration, in uniform, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Now the O’Connors and O’Sullivans will be joined by O’Johnsons, O’Rousseaus, O’Spinellis, and of course, O’Everyone.

Throughout the holiday weekend, people from all backgrounds can join into experience St. Patrick’s Day festivities without green beer and shamrocks; instead, they can combine your own culture with the fun and delicious ways the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Everyone Campaign revelers can enjoy custom Irish-fusion food and drinks menus, selected by IrishCentral in the following four cities:

In New York, we saw Chef JJ Johnson’s Caribbean/American South concept Gibson + Luce become O’Johnson’s (see above photos). The O’Johnson’s menu included Crispy Irish Potato Cake with Eggplant Curry, Guinness Braised Jerk Chicken Wings, and a Corned Beef Smash Burger. Cocktails included The Shaking Shamrock and Pot of Gold.

Also in New York, French Champagne spot Flute Bar will become O’Flute’s, and hip Indian/Australian eatery Babu Ji will be, you guessed it, O’Babu Ji’s.

In Los Angeles, Santa Monica’s Mexican standby Gilbert’s El Indio will become O’Gilbert’s; the refined Indian eatery O’Bombay’s will showcase Irish stout and curry mashups; Malibu’s beachfront beauty Gladstones will become O’Gladstones, and Hollywood’s old-timey cocktail lounge Spare Room will be O’Spare Room.

Chicago’s Mexican restaurant by day, nightclub by night spot El Hefe will transform into O’Hefe; Bub City’s Country Western Honky Tonk will become O’Bub’s, and BIG Bar at the Hyatt Regency will become O’BIG’s.

Boston will play host to a never before seen tropical Irish hybrid with O’Tiki Rock; the classic Southern dive Loretta’s Last Call will become O’Loretta’s, and Menetomy’s patriotic tavern will become O’Menotomy’s.

“As the leading Irish digital media company in the U.S., we are proud to share our culture and partner with these versatile bars and restaurants, all representing new and unexpected St. Patrick’s Day destinations for our readers to reinterpret our country’s traditions,” said Michelle Hanley, Manager of Brand Partnerships at IrishCentral. “America is quickly becoming a melting pot of ex-pats from all over the world, and we feel that O’Everyone reflects the fact that today you’re you, but on St. Patrick’s Day you can be an adopted member of the Irish community.”

“If ye don’t have an O in your last name, we’re here to give ye one and say anybody can be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day,” said Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. “We’re proud to be working with this killer group of talent from all backgrounds in the food and cocktail world, and we’re excited to celebrate with everyone on our favorite holiday of the year.”

For more information on the O’Everyone campaign festivities (and to order your shirt), please visit www.OEveryone.com, www.tullamoredew.com or www.IrishCentral.com.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

Strongbow Hard Ciders: Experience This Natural Apple Refreshment

For some reason, it was decided that anything made from apples should be only enjoyed during the fall season. It’s true that apples harvest in the fall but many apple products can be enjoyed year’ round. One of those products is the refreshingly delicious Strongbow Hard Ciders, the #1 global cider brand and #1 imported cider in the US.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These easy-to-drink flavors are 100 calories each and offer a light, refreshing alternative to canned wine and hard seltzer. It’s a great way to cut the calories while still enjoying a delicious drink. We were lucky enough to try the above three flavors and were blown away by its deliciousness (and how quickly they disappeared). Don’t believe us? Strongbow was just named 2019 “Product of the Year” in the Alcoholic Beverage category by Product of the Year USA – the nation’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation.

STRONGBOW® HARD CIDERS 100-CAL SLIM CANS

These divine beverages recently launched in the above slim cans. So far, only three flavors are available in this new packaging but we hope the other delicious flavors will soon follow. Let’s get to know these Strongbow Hard Ciders,  they will surely be your spring and summer drink of choice:

  • (NEW) Dry Pear – the newest flavor for Strongbow, this subtly-sweet pear-apple cider boasts a light, dry finish. It’s a great alternative to the traditional dry wines. You get the classic dryness with a subtle hint of natural sweetness from the apple. It will have you rethinking your traditional white wines.
  • Rosé Apple – this semi-dry apple-pear cider features a touch of red-flesh apple. You’ll love its clear, light-coral pink appearance and sparkling rosé-wine-like effervescence with apple notes. One sip and you’re gifted with a light and refreshing taste with a pleasant tartness balanced by fruity notes of the red-fleshed apple and pear. You’d better get yourself a few of these flavors because one can of this seraphic nectar was nowhere near enough.
  • Original Dry – this recently-relaunched fan favorite, and England’s #1 Cider is exactly what you’d expect, a refreshingly dry finish. It features a distinctive golden color and boasts a less sweet taste, with a crisp apple flavor for a balanced, dry finish.

Available now, a 12-can variety pack of Strongbow Hard Ciders with three 8.5 oz. flavors retail for approximately $13.99. They are currently available in 79 countries in supermarkets or selected retailers, bars and venues. What do you guys think? Are you up to giving Strongbow Hard Ciders a try? We promise you won’t regret it if you do.

NEW BEVERAGE ALERT: Nine Pin Releases Earl Grey Cider in Cans

Over the next few weeks, as long as life doesn’t keep interrupting, we will be highlighting some wonderful new products. We’re starting tonight with a new category of beverages. One that combines the intoxicating combination of cider and earl grey tea. You already know about our love of all things tea, so of course, we were intrigued by the interesting fusion. As a lover of all things tea (you can see the many ways we enjoy tea), we’re always up to trying innovative tea products. The Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, available in slim tin cans, definitely fits the bill.

What makes Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider so unique? Its crafted with 100% New York apples, cold infused with Short & Shout earl grey tea, and aged on lemon peel. The result is a bright and floral cider with tropical mango-like notes and an earthy citrus finish; this makes this a perfect winter cider and great to enjoy on those cold and cloudy winter days. If you’re an earl grey tea fan like we are, you’ll cherish (and easily identify) the subtle tasting notes of black tea and bergamot. It is quite a distinctive taste after all. The addition of earl grey sort of gives the cider a “smoky feel” without actually being smoky. It’s delightful and enjoyable. Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. This new Earl Grey release is a continuing collaboration with Guilderland, N.Y.-based Short and Stout Tea Co.

“Dramatic dark skies and swirling snow make Upstate New York great in winter. We recommend you crack open a can of Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider, and embrace the grey,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker.

“Short and Stout Tea is all about pushing boundaries on different ways to enjoy tea. We are happy to work with Nine Pin year after year, so people can further enjoy this versatile ingredient,” said Matt Zacharewicz, co-owner, Short and Stout Tea Co.

Nine Pin Earl Grey Cider is available in 12oz cans; we highly recommend trying it at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District.

About Nine Pin Cider Works:

Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary®, Consider The Apple®, and Drink New York Apples®.

Michael B. Jordan Inspires Bacardi’s The King Cuatro Cocktail

He may not play the King in Black Panther but Michael B. Jordan certainly inspires the title. In honor of this year’s Academy Awards and Black Panther’s seven Oscar nominations, we present The King Cuatro cocktail from made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum. The rum cocktail was inspired by the Hollywood heartthrob who has captured our hearts (and our daydreams).

Michael B. Jordan at the BACARDI Mixology Lab on February 13, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for BACARDI rum)

The King Cuatro made its debut the Lower East Side’s newest rum bar, Las’ Lap. Just in time to celebrate with Black Panther, the first ever Superhero movie to get a Best Picture Oscar nod. Many may not know this but Michael is a huge rum fan. Like many, he grew up with his grandmother’s famous rum cakes made exclusively with Bacardi rum.  It’s only fitting that his signature cocktail contains Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. This premium rum is aged four years under the Caribbean sun with delicious notes of honey, vanilla and oak spices.

The King Cuatro will be available exclusively on the Las’ Lap cocktail menu until March 14th. You can either visit Las’ Lap, to enjoy this delicious concoction or check out the recipe below to recreate it at home. Get better acquainted with The King Cuatro cocktail below.

THE KING CUATRO

1.5 parts Bacardi Añejo Cuatro
0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
0.25 part Honey
2 Blackberries
Martini & Rossi Prosecco
Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour all cocktail ingredients in. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a Blackberry-speared purple orchid.

Will you be watching the Academy Awards this Sunday? Are you ready to experience the regal The King Cuatro cocktail? Here’s to Black Panther winning most, if not all of their nominated categories.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery: The Big Apple’s Vodka

Ready for a new vodka that just hit the market? We know what you’re thinking, what makes this particular vodka so special? What makes it unique is it is distilled from apples. Before we continue, we must stress, Upstate is in no way, shape or form, an apple-flavored vodka. It is also not an apple infused vodka. Upstate Vodka is a small batch, craft-distilled vodka made from apples. We know you’re used to vodkas made from potatoes or grains, but we promise you will love it.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Raise a glass to this latest offering from Sauvage; already known for their popular Comsi Comsa range of apple-based wines. Upstate Vodka is a craft spirit produced in small, limited batches with high-quality standards.  This handmade vodka is distilled and bottled at Sauvage Winery & Farm Distillery in New York, using natural ingredients and water that is known to be the cleanest.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

As you can guess, the apples used to distill this innovative vodka comes from upstate New York farmers; Oneonta to be exact, where Upstate Vodka is also produced. It features a little sweet pre-taste from apples which disappears almost right away. Upstate is 90 proof and contains 45 Alc/vol, higher than the industry standard of 80 proof and 40 Alc. It is available in 50ml, 375ml, and 750ml bottles (the latter are pictured above). There are many delicious cocktails you can create with Upstate and we’re happy to share a few with you below

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

NEW FASHIONED

1 oz Upstate Vodka
1 oz Bourbon
2-4 dashes of Angostura Biners
0.5 02 Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with orange twist and/or maraschino cherry.

UPSTATE MULE

2 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Lime juice Ginger beer
0.5 oz Triple Sec
Shake vodka and lime juice and strain into a mule copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.

COSMOPOLITAN

1.5 oz Upstate vodka
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
0.5 OZ Lime Juice
0.5 OZ Triple Sec
Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

APPLE PIE SHOT

0.75 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Cinnamon schnapps
0.5 oz Comsi Comsa Apple Crisp {or apple Cider} Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Jagermeister
Pour the vodka, cinnamon schnapps, Comsi Comsa into a Double Shot glass, Layer a splash of Dark chocolate liqueur and Jagermeister on top.

Upstate vodka is available in major liquor stores including Columbus Ave Wine & Spirits, Cabrini Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits in NYC. Get the 750ml bottle of Upstate for $19.99. What are your thoughts on this apple-distilled vodka? Are you open to trying an alternative to potato and grain vodka?

Captain Morgan x Adam Devine Get Romantic this Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, Captain Morgan Rum and Captain Morgan Chief Party Officer Adam Devine brought fun, delicious rom-com and Valentine’s Day themed rum cocktails to the “Isn’t It Romantic” movie premiere. What better time for some Captain Morgan x Adam Devine romance than Valentine’s Day.

Captain Morgan Chief Party Officer and Isn’t It Romantic costar, Adam Devine, at the movie’s premiere at The Nomad Hotel in Los Angeles.

Isn't It Romantic Movie Premiere

Celebrities and guests enjoyed hanging out at the Captain Morgan bar while sipping a specialty Captain Morgan Love Bites cocktail named appropriately for the movie and of course Valentine’s Day. After the movie screening, guests attended the Captain Morgan sponsored afterparty at the NoMad Hotel. Along with enjoying more specialty cocktails, they also partook in an on-site photobooth and pose for photos in front of the Captain Morgan floral wall (as Adam Devine shows above).

Captain Morgan cocktails

To make your Valentine’s Day a little extra special, we’re sharing two Captain Morgan x Adam Devine’s Isn’t It Romantic-inspired rum cocktails that you can create at home. Whether you’re celebrating with your best friend or want to woo the love of your life with a delicious libation, we’ve got you covered. Check out cocktail recipes for The Best Friend and The Leading Lady cocktails below:

THE BEST FRIEND

1.5 oz Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice
2.5 oz Champagne
Pour in Captain Morgan White Rum and Passion Fruit Juice. Stir and top with Champagne.

THE LEADING LADY

1.5 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Mixed Berry Preserves
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Seltzer Water
Berries for garnish
Combine Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Fresh Lemon Juice, Mixed Berry Preserves, Simple Syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake (what ya mama gave ya or like a polaroid picture) and strain into a highball glass over ice. Top with seltzer water and garnish with berries.

We hope you enjoy these two amazing Captain Morgan rum cocktails and have fun celebrating the day of love.

Indulgent Valentine’s Day Cocktails Regardless Of Relationship Status

If you picked 10 random people from your local coffee shop and asked them how they felt about Valentine’s Day, you’d probably get 10 different answers. Some people view the love-themed holiday as a capitalistic cash cow, some spend months looking forward to a special day with their loved one. While others resent those doe-eyed couples for reminding them of their singledom.

No matter your connection, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a loving relationship with anyone in your life. With half of the American population identifying as single and a quarter of them planning on doing something for Valentine’s Day, this holiday is no longer reserved for those with a romantic partner.

Photo from www.813area.com

For single women especially, the concept of “Galentine’s Day” has given this time of year an entirely new meaning. Coined by Leslie Knope on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is held on February 13 and focuses on celebrating friendships between women. People around the world have latched on to this alternate version of the heart-filled holiday. It gives anyone with any type of relationship status the chance to get in on the worldwide celebration of love.

Champagne Glasses and Bottles

Whether you’re planning on inviting your closest gal pals over for a night of drinking and debauchery or planning a romantic dinner for two, these Valentine’s Day cocktails are sure to make even the most cynical feel the love.

  • Figgy Sparkler
    Along with chocolate, flowers, and giant teddy bears, champagne is a key ingredient for a classic Valentine’s Day celebration. Luckily, it is also a key ingredient in the figgy sparkler. This unique drink pairs vodka and Prosecco with figs and cranberries for a distinctly fruity palette. If you want to amp up the fig’s flavor even further, infuse your vodka with the dark fruit.
  • Love Potion #9
    This dessert-like drink is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The recipe even calls for vanilla ice cream, the most popular flavor in a survey of International Ice Cream Association member companies. Combine the well-loved ice cream with chocolate liqueur with an option of clear, vanilla, or strawberry vodka to get this boozy smoothie. Top it off with a strawberry, and you’ll have Valentine’s Day in a glass.
  • Kir and Kir Royale
    A wine cocktail for all time, the Kir is a simple addition to any celebration of love, romantic or platonic. The star of the drink is blackcurrant, a lesser-known aphrodisiac for those who want to romance their partner. All you need to do is pour creme de cassis in a glass and top with white wine. If you’re among the 32% of people who are worried about the look of their teeth, choose a white wine with low sugar content and maintain the integrity of your pearly whites.
  • Besame
    Spanish for “kiss me,” this drink will have anyone dreaming of a sunny summer day spent swimming, the fourth most popular sports activity in the country. As you think of warmer days in blue waters, you’ll taste Agavero, the centerpiece of the Besame. This tequila-based liqueur is flavored with the essence of the Damiana flower. Mix it with passion fruit juice and Chambord, and then pour the cocktail over muddled raspberries and lime to concoct this refreshingly fruity drink.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much money you spend on your special someone, but the experiences you share together. Whether you join the masses at the movie theatre, go on one of the 27% of trips that are taken solely to attend an organized sporting event, or serve up these uniquely themed cocktails, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Or at least until next Valentine’s Day.