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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.

Drink and be Scary: Spooktacular Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is almost upon us and it is the time to let the spirits out, and when we say spirits, we’re not talking ghosts. We get dressed up in wonderfully interesting and spooky costumes for Halloween, so why shouldn’t we honor this spooktacular holiday with a few killer cocktails that are also frighteningly delicious. Today we present some great Halloween cocktails made with Zacapa 23 RumHornitos Black Barrel Tequila, and Skinnygirl Vodka. Are you ready for a ghoulish twist on traditional cocktails?

Zacapalypse (Created by Mixologist Lynnette Marrero)*

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2/3 oz ZACAPA 23 Rum
1/3 oz MYERS’S Dark Rum
1/3 oz CAPTAIN MORGAN Grapefruit Rum
1/3 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz Don’s Mix (2 parts grapefruit juice to 1 part cinnamon simple syrup, or purchase pre-made!)
1/4 oz Passionfruit Puree
1 tsp Absinthe
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
Orange slice for Garnish
Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Pour into glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice
*Mixologist Lynnette Marrero has put a ghoulish spin on a traditional tiki cocktail with the Zacapalypse, made with Zacapa Rum. Crafted in Guatemala, by Master Blender Lorena Vásquez, Zacapa Rum is a blended with rums aged between 6 and 23 years, resulting in a rich and complex flavor profile that stands out in inventive cocktail recipes.

Potion de Muerto

Potion de Muerto
2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
3/4 part orange juice
3/4 part lemon juice
3/4 part chipotle agave *
2 dashes orange bitters
1/2 part beet juice
*Substitute agave nectar for chipotle agave if unavailable. Serve in a tall glass over crushed ice with a beet juice float – the beet juice will slowly float down the glass through the crushed ice, making it look like blood dripping down. Garnish with an orange slice.

Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper

Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper

1 part Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka
1/2 part grenadine
1 part orange juice
Splash of pineapple juice
Orange slice for garnish
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice, pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Fright-tini

Fright-tini

1 part Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps
Squeeze of fresh lime
2 parts seltzer
Apple slices for garnish
Shake all ingredients except seltzer vigorously with ice. Pour mixture into a cocktail glass, top with seltzer and garnish with apple slices.

Green-Colored Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

It may not be easy being green, but it sure is easy to drink green, especially when they come in the form of delicious St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. This year, we’re celebrating by giving you two drink options – emerald hued, and non-emerald hued cocktails……what else do you need to toast the Emerald isle? We begin with green-colored cocktails of course and shockingly, they’re not made from whiskey. That’s right, we’re showing you how Tequila, Vodka, and Prosecso can enchant you on this traditional Irish holiday. Today we offer incredible options that range in color from brilliant green, to pale moss green, from some of our favorite spirits: Sauza Tequila, Hornitos Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re counting calories, or counting kisses, but we’re not skimping on extraordinary taste. Break out your shamrocks and dive into one of these emerald brews.

Lucky Rita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Melon Liqueur
2 parts limeade
Sugar
Lemon slice ( for garnish)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!

The Mexichaun

2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
⅔ parts green chartreuse
1 part fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Strain over ice.

Hornitos® Green Mexican

1 Part Hornitos® Plata Tequila
1 Part Midori®
4 parts sweet and sour mix
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add Hornitos® Plata Tequila and Midori®, fill rest of glass with sour mix, and garnish with an orange slice.

Mint Margarita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 ½ parts club soda
1 part fresh lime juice
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 part sugar
Salt to rim (optional)
Extra mint leaves (for garnish)
Lime wedge (for garnish)
In a glass, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add tequila. Fill glass with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. If you want, rim your glass with salt by rubbing the rim with a lime wedge and dipping in a plate of salt. Fill glass with club soda and garnish with an extra sprig of mint and lime wedge.

Lucky March Mojito

1 part Skinnygirl® Prosecco
1 part light rum
1 tsp. agave nectar
3 parts lime juice
Splash of lime flavored sparkling water
3 sprigs of mint
Shake rum, lime juice and agave nectar in cocktail shaker with ice. Top with Skinnygirl Prosecco and sparkling water, and pour into tall Collins glass. Muddle in mint leaves and enjoy!

Sour Apple Margarita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker
2 parts frozen limeade
2 parts apple juice
1 Granny Smith Apple (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled or over ice. Garnish with apple slice.

Shamrock Sipper

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
6 parts green tea (water steeped with tea bags OR diet green tea)
Cucumber wheel for garnish
Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Let the Good Times Roll w/ these Mardi Gras Cocktails

It is that time once again for day long celebrations, debauchery, and delicious cocktails that free you from your inhibitions. Oui, Mais Amis, it is Mardi Gras time!! This iconic celebration has been an time honored holiday in the city of New Orleans since the 1720, and if you’re like us and unable to attend in person, we give you the next beast thing…..cocktails inspired by the Carnival celebrations. So grab your Krewe and let the celebrations begin with these drinks from Hornitos Tequila, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey, and Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.

Hornitos® The Gold Doubloon

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1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
¾ part lime juice
¾ part pineapple juice
¼ part agave
Pinch of cilantro leaves
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Hornitos® French Quarter Faithful

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2 parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila
½ part lime juice
3 parts pineapple juice
2 dashes green habanero hot sauce
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and pour into a martini or highball glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Basil Hayden’s® Cajun Sazerac (Created by Brittini Rae Peterson)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1/2 part Cajun Spice Syrup*
5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
Lemon Zest
Sprig of Thyme
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the zest of a lemon a sprig of thyme.

*Cajun Spice Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Cajun Spice
Combine all three ingredients in a saucepan and warm. Stir until sugar and Cajun Spice are fully dissolved into the water. Strain into an empty container and set aside.

Knob Creek® Bourbon Street Nightmare

3 parts Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
3 parts orange juice
½ part blood orange syrup
Place all ingredients in a Hurricane glass over ice, mix well. Drizzle blood orange syrup over top. Garnish with a black licorice stick.

Mardi Gras is set to hit the streets of New Orleans on February 17th. As they say “Laissez les bons temps rouler”….let the good times roll!