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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.

Cruzan Rum: A Diamond in the Rum for National Rum Day

As we’ve stated before, summer is the season of Rum, and August is when we honor the distilled alcohol made from sugarcane or molasses. August is National Rum Month, and Wednesday, August 16th is National Rum Day. What better way to celebrate than to taste the authentic spirit of the island of St. Croix with Cruzan Rum cocktails.

We recently highlighted their newest rum, Tropical Fruit Rum, to ring in Rum month, and wanted to share some more for National Rum Day. You will find four delicious cocktail recipes from some very talented mixologists from Austin, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta.

Cruzan Aloe Can You Go (Serves 4-6)
Recipe by Justin Lavenue, Austin, TX

5 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Falernum
4 parts Aloe Juice
2 parts Coconut Cream
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Build ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Fill with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint sprigs, and grated nutmeg. Serve with 4-6 straws and enjoy!

Cruzan Star (Single serving)
Recipe by Julia Momose, Chicago, IL

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Ambre Vermouth
1/4 part Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy!

Cruzan Crush (serves 4-6)
Recipe By Teddy Collins, Miami

4 parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
4 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
6 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Apricot Simple Syrup*
Fresh Mint and Thyme
Combine lemon juice, apricot simple syrup, and pineapple juice into a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Lightly smack 10 mint leaves and drop into the bucket along with 2 stems of thyme and muddle softly. Add rums, crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint, thyme, and 4-6 straws. Enjoy!

*Apricot Simple Syrup Instructions: Over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and apricot juice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool.

Cruzan LocoCoco (Serves 4-6)
Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta

8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
8 parts Coconut Water
2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill the bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy!

There you have it, four great Cruzan Rum cocktails to help you celebrate National Rum Day. Which one of these rum cocktails is your favorite recipe?

Add NEW Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum to Your Cruzan Bucket List

The Islands are calling!! We haven’t been to the Caribbean in years, we’re so overdue for a visit. We miss the tropical beaches, lovely weather, and of course, the delicious cocktails. What do you do when you can’t go to the tropics? You bring the tropics to you of course, or rather, let Cruzan Rum bring it to you. We’re really excited for Cruzan Rum’s latest contribution to cocktail and island enjoyment, the Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum, a fruity white rum infused with the flavors of the islands – juicy pineapple, tart passion fruit, and sweet guava, accented with bright notes of fresh citrus.

To celebrate the summer season and the launch of Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum, Cruzan Rum launched its “Cruzan Bucket List,” a multi-channel marketing campaign encouraging rum enthusiasts to celebrate the moment. The campaign is inspired by Cruzan rum’s popular rum punch bucket cocktails and offers a fun twist on the traditional concept of the bucket list.

The “Cruzan Bucket List” campaign encourages rum fans of legal drinking age to participate in on and off-premise activities. These fun activities included enjoying a Cruzan bucket cocktail, creating your own personalized bucket lists on www.cruzanbucketlist.com and track your progress, and enter one amazing sweepstakes where one winner won the amazing grand prize of an all-expenses paid “Ultimate Bucket List Experience” trip to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the island Cruzan Rum calls home. Although the sweepstakes is over, you can still participate to win some cool prizes like your own Cruzan Rum Bucket (pictured above) and t-shirts. To get yourself in the “Bucket List” state of mind, we suggest trying one of the below Cruzan Rum cocktails

Cruzan Island Life

2 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
3 parts Pineapple Juice
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a cherry and lime wedge

Cruzan Hula Hula

2 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
2 parts OJ
1 part Pineapple Juice
Float of Cruzan Black Strap Rum
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge

Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include of Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum, Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 15 flavored rums. The Cruzan Rum Tropical Fruit Rum is now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $10.99 per 750ml bottle.

Happy National Rum Day with Cruzan Rum, Mount Gay Rum, & Bacardi

If ever there was a day to take it easy, it is today, National Rum Day. No other spirit truly captures the idea of relaxing island vibe and life like rum. No matter what craziness you have going on today, take a moment to enjoy a cocktail or to and “take it easy, mon”. In honor of this great day (well, technically it’s National Rum Month), we present some very delicious cocktails you won’t want to miss. We’re bringing you great rum cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum, known for their decadent varieties of flavored rums, Mount Gay Rum, which is the oldest rum distillery in the world at300+ years old, and Bacardi Rum, who’s taking rum from the beach to more classic and sophisticated cocktails. Ready to dive into some delicious and refreshing National Rum Day cocktails?

Cruzan Black Diamond Swizzle (Recipe by Jane Danger, NYC)

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1 1/2 parts Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 /2 part Bitter Red Liqueur
3/4 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
2 Fresh Strawberries
Muddle two strawberries in the bottom of a Belgian beer glass with the red bitter liqueur and fill with cracked or crushed ice. Then, in a cocktail shaker combine fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Whip and shake with no ice. Pour lime juice and cane mixture over ice, and fill again as needed. Gently float Cruzan Black Strap Rum on top. Garnish with berries and lime.

Cruzan Tropical Storm (Recipe by Teddy Collins, Miami)

Tropical Storm (Teddy)
2 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Fresh Mango Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a cocktail shaker, combine Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, fresh lemon juice, and fresh mango juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 8 seconds. Immediately strain into an ice filled tiki mug. Top with 2 dashes of bitters and sprinkle a pinch of crushed black peppercorn, to taste. Garnish with a fresh mint spring and tiki umbrella skewered with a maraschino cherry and fresh mango slice. Finish with a straw and enjoy!

Mount Gay Rum’s Barbadian Rum Punch

Rum Punch

1 Part Sour (lime juice)
2 Parts Sweet (simple syrup)
3 Parts Strong (rum, preferably Mount Gay Black Barrel)
4 Parts Week (water or unsweetened iced tea)

RUM Mule

Bacardi RUM Mule
1 part HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
2 parts chilled ginger beer
2 lime wedges
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Fill highball glass with ice and squeeze in lime wedges. Pour in HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum and ginger beer. Complete by adding a dash of bitters and stir gently.

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned
2 parts BACARDÍ® 8 Años rum
1 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
0.5 part water
Orange peel for garnish
In an Old-Fashioned glass, pour in the sugar, water, and Angostura Bitters. Combine everything with a bar spoon (or muddler), add the BACARDÍ 8 Años. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with large ice cubes and stir repeatedly, around 10 stirs. Top with a little fresh ice. Cut a piece of orange peel and squeeze over the cocktail before dropping it into the drink.

GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins

Bacardi GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins
2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp fine white sugar (caster sugar)
To fill: Soda or sparkling water
Pour the BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, lemon juice, and caster sugar into a cocktail shaker with cubes of ice and then give it a good, hard shake. Fine strain the mixture into a serving glass and top it up with soda. Finish by garnishing it with a lemon peel.

East India Negroni

Bacardi EAST INDIA NEGRONI
2 parts Banks 5-Island rum
1 part Campari
1 part Lustau East India sherry
Orange peel for garnish
Add all the ingredients but the garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with the orange peel.

Will you be enjoying one of these cocktails on National Rum Day? We certainly will be. Enjoy the rum cocktails today and all month month long. Cheers to you all and Happy National Rum Day.

Red, White and Booze: Independence Day Cocktails

We are days away from celebrating the 240 years that the United States of America has no longer been a part of the British Empire. Naturally, we all will be raising a glass or two celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Today we’re sharing a few Independence Day cocktails from a melting pot of brands. Just like the USA is a melting pot, we’re bringing you some delicious cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Pinnacle Vodka, Sauza Tequila, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cascade Ice Water.

Citrus-Spangled Spritzer

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1 part Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur
2 parts Lemon Soda
1 part Grenadine
Lemon for garnish
Blueberries for garnish
Mint Sprig for garnish
Lightly mix the vodka and lemon soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and set aside. In a tall glass, add the grenadine slowly to the bottom. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Strain the vodka soda mixture over the back of a bar spoon, followed by the blue curacao. Garnish with fresh mint, lemon rind star and berries (optional).

Raspberry Sparkler

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1 part Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka
2 parts Club Soda
Raspberries for garnish
Lemon wheel for garnish
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Cruzan Independence Sparkler

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1 part Cruzan Strawberry Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Sugar
1 half of a Fresh Lime, cut into quarters
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
Soda Water
Muddle lime and basil with sugar in a tumbler. Add Cruzan Strawberry and Aged Light Rums and ice, then
shake 2 times to mix. Pour into a rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with basil & a fanned strawberry slice.

Sauza Watermelon Margarita (serves 8)

Sauza Watermelon Margarita
1 cup Sauza Tequila
½ cup Lime juice
½ cup Triple sec
1 cup Watermelon juice
Drop of Honey
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour into salt or sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

For those of you looking for lower calorie Independence Day cocktails, you’ll love the following drink recipe options from 100 calorie Skinnygirl, and zero calorie Cascade Ice.

Berry Patriotic

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1 part Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps
Splash of club Soda
5 muddled strawberries
20 blueberries
Add muddled strawberries to a glass and top with ice. Shake Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka and DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps in a shaker with ice. Strain into the glass and top with club soda and blueberries.

Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita

Bethenny Frankel and her “Skinnyguys” toast the launch of new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita following an appearance in Chicago on June 18, 2016. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Skinnygirl Cocktails)

Chill Bottle
Pour over ice in a margarita glass and garnish with a watermelon and lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Wild Berry Bomb

CI Wild Berry Bomb

Two parts Cascade Ice Wild Berry sparkling water.
Add a splash of vodka and a handful of blueberries and strawberries.
Muddle the fruit just a bit to release the flavor and serve over ice.

Coconut Spritzer

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Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut sparkling water and add in one part rum, one part pineapple juice.
Stir well and serve over ice in a cold glass.
Decorate the rim of the glass with blue and/or red sugar crystals for a festive look!

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut Pineapple and one part Blue Curacao.
Add your choice of rum with the juice of two lime wedges.
Stir and pour into a hurricane glass over ice with a cherry garnish.

Well, there you have it, some delicious Independence Day cocktails for you to try out to toast the Fourth of July. There are quite a few we can’t wait to indulge in. Which cocktails are you looking forward to sipping?

Get in the Spirit w/ these St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is now hours away, we’ve already highlighted some delicious green-colored St. Paddy’s Day cocktails for you to enjoy, and today we’re sharing even more St. Patty’s Day-inspired drinks for your enjoyment at home or out bar hopping. Whether you indulge in one of these earth-toned cocktails we’re highlighting today, or one of the brightly green-hued libations we previously showcased, these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails will certainly put you in the celebratory spirit.

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Honor the day where drinking is mandatory (whether you’re Irish or not) by toasting with one or more of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails made from Baileys Irish Creamelit by Stolichnaya, Jägermeister, Cruzan Rum, and Laphroaig Scotch Whisky.

Cruzan Strapped Stout

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1 ½ parts Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 bottle of Chocolate or coffee stout beer
Combine ingredients in a pint glass. Stir gently.

Luck of Laphroaig Created by Tyson Buhler

Luck of Laphroaig

1 1/2 parts Laphroaig Select
1/4 part Sarsaparilla Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange twist
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Lucky One

LUCKY ONE

2 oz elit by Stolichnaya
½ oz Green Chartreuse
½ oz Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters
Grapefruit Twist
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until ice cold. Strain and serve up. Garnish with a grapefruit twist, expressed and discarded.

The Smoky Aye Created by Mixologist Kate Bolton

The Smoky Aye

3/4 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
3/4 oz Irish Whiskey
1/4 oz Campari
1 3/4 oz Freshly Brewed Coffee
1 1/2 oz Zested Orange Crème*
Grated Orange Zest for Garnish

*Zested Orange Crème
1 oz Heavy Cream
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 Large Orange Zests
Combine heavy cream, simple syrup and orange zests in a chilled cocktail shaker. Shake well into whipped cream consistency.
Combine Irish whiskey, Campari, and coffee in a footed coffee mug and stir. Pour in Baileys Original Irish Cream. Top with zested orange crème. Garnish with grated orange zest.

The Dude’s Breakfast Created by Mixologist Michael Lay

The Dude's Breakfast

1 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
1 oz Cîroc Vodka
3 oz Cold Brew Coffee
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Fresh Grated Nutmeg for Garnish
Combine Baileys Original Irish Cream, Cîroc, cold brew coffee and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a double rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dash of fresh grated nutmeg.

Jägermeister Rudi Created by Willy Shine

Jager Rudi
1 part Jägermeister
1 part beer
A crowning moment! Simply top off your Jägermeister shot with a beer cap. While the two will mix naturally, the beer head will form a mousse on top, creating a fun crown.

Will you be participating in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Which of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails will you be raising a glass with?

Cheers to Love: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Hello to all those in love. Whether you’re single or in a relationship with the one your heart desires, we want to help you celebrate and raise a glass to love in all its splendor this Valentine’s Day. Today we share five Valentine’s Day cocktails that will put you in the mood for all things love and romance from some of our go-to spirits, such as the aptly named Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Cruzan Rum, and Hornitos Tequila, three spirits sure to make your Valentine’s Day even more special……tequila, and bourbon, and rum, oh my!!

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The day of celebrating love is the perfect time for you and the love of your life to share one of these delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail, one that is clean and sparkly, citrusy with a bit of a kick, or even something chocolatey, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Feast your eyes on the following five must-have cocktail recipes, the first in our Valentine’s Day drinks highlight.

Cruzan® Valentine Sparkler

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1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Vanilla Simple Syrup
1/2 part Unsweetened Fresh Cranberry Juice
4 parts Sparkling Wine
Combine all ingredients in a champagne flute and stir twice. Garnish with an orange peel cut in the shape of a heart.

Old Fashioned

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1 ½ oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1 cube of sugar (or a splash of simple syrup)
2 dashes bitters
2-­3 ice cubes
Twist of lemon
In an Old Fashioned Glass, place a sugar cube or use simple syrup as a substitute. Add bitters and just enough water to help dissolve the sugar. Crush or muddle the sugar in the glass and coat the bottom of the glass. Add 2-­3 ice cubes and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Garnish with a twist, or if you’d like, a slice of orange and a cherry.

Meehan’s Black Flip by Mixologists Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell

Meehans Black Flip
2 parts Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
1½ parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
½ part Demerara Syrup
1 Whole Egg
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and swirl to decarbonate beer. Dry shake, shake with ice and strain into a chilled fizz glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Lovestruck by Lemon

Lovestruck by Lemon

1 ¼ Parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
½ Part Lemon Juice
¼ Part Agave
Lemon Wedge
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Cupid’s Cider

Cupid's Cider

1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
¾ Part Apple Cider
2 Parts Water
¾ Part Cinnamon Syrup *
1 Part Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Angostura® Bitters
Combine all ingredients together and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge. Can be served hot or cold.
*To make cinnamon syrup: Mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 4 crushed cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Once cooled down, strain into a glass.

Are you loving these Valentine’s Day cocktails? Which of these five drinks will you want to try first? Let us know in the comments.

Give Thanks with These Thanksgiving Cocktails

While we’re all getting ready to prepare our dinner menus for Thanksgiving, we must not forget about the drink menu for the evening, because as the saying goes “man cannot live on bread alone”, well, in this case, an elaborate dinner. Yes, you are going to need Thanksgiving cocktails, for before, during and after dinner, especially if want to have a memorable Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones. Today we bring you wonderful Thanksgiving cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, and Laphroaig, to satisfy the varied personalities and taste styles you’re welcoming into your home, like the Seasonal Celebrator, the Traditionalist, the Cocktail Connoisseur, and the Whiskey Novice.

For the Traditionalist:

Knob Creek® Old Fashioned Holiday (recipe by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)

Knob Creek Old Fashioned Holiday

1 1/2 Parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
1/2 Part Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 Part Lemon
1 Part Wild Ale (like Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales®)
1 Egg White
Nutmeg for Garnish
Combine all ingredients in a bar tin without ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 20 seconds. Double strain into a chilled lowball glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

For the Seasonal Celebrator:

Cruzan® Sparkling Honey Diamond

Cruzan Sparkling Honey Diamond

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
3/4 part Lime Juice
3/4 part Honey Syrup
Sparkling Wine
Combine rum, juice and syrup over ice and shake for 15 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine.

For the Cocktail Connoisseur:

Laphroaig® Montgomerie Smoked Cider

Laphroaig Montgomerie Smoked Cider

1 1⁄2 parts Laphroaig® 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
3 parts apple cider
1 part fresh lemon sour
Build over ice in order. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

For the Whiskey Novice:

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Cocoa

Basil Hayden Spiced Cocoa

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1/4 part Nocello® Walnut Liqueur
2 parts Spicy Hot Cocoa* (see recipe below)
2 Chili Peppers (for garnish)
Pre-heat mug by filling it with hot water – discard water after 30 seconds. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and Nocello® Walnut Liqueur to the heated mug. Add the spicy hot cocoa and gently mix together. Garnish with chili peppers.

Spicy Hot Cocoa*
1/2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Cup Water
Mix dry ingredients together, add hot water and stir until dissolved.

Take the stress off planning your Thanksgiving cocktail menu with this variety of cocktail recipes to please every person (and personality!) seated at your table.