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Last Call: St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Hello revelers, this is the last call on St. Patrick’s Day cocktails to help you thoroughly enjoy celebrating everything Irish (even if you’re not Irish) for the next 24 hours. We had so many amazing St. Patrick’s Day cocktails to share, we had to do a third highlight of even more of these wonderful drink recipes.

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We bring you more cocktails from Midori Melon Liqueur, Roca Patron Silver Tequila, and a delectable Basil Hayden’s Bourbon cocktail created by San Francisco Bartial Artist, Zachary Brian Taylor, and a refreshing cucumber drink from Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin. If you’re ready to dive in one more time, may we present to you the following five cocktails.

Midori Emerald Daiquiri

Midori Emerald Daiquiri

1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
Juice of 1 Lime
Melon Balls or Lime Wheels
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with an optional sugared rim. Garnish with a melon ball and/or lime wheel on the rim.

Basil Hayden’s Lucky Ginger Created by Zachary Brian Taylor

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1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Lemon Juice
1/2 part Brown Sugar Syrup*
1 spring of Rosemary
Ginger Beer
Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice, and brown sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker. Remove rosemary needles from the bottom 3/4 of the spring and add to the shaker. Save the top of the spring for use as a garnish. Add ice to shaker and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with the remaining rosemary spring.

*Brown Sugar Syrup
1 part Water
1 part Brown Sugar
Combine water and brown sugar in a saucepan and warm. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved into the water. Pour into an empty container and set aside.

Midori Green Eyed Ginger

Midori Green Eyed Ginger

1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
2 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey
2 parts Ginger Ale
Lemon Wheel
Lime Wheel
Build in order over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon & lime half moon wheel on the rim.

Basil Lime Margarita

Basil Lime Margarita
2 oz Roca Patrón Silver
1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
4 basil leaves, 1 for garnish
Lime wheel, for garnish
Kosher salt, for glass rim
Combine liquid ingredients and three basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wheel and basil leaf.

NOLET’S Silver Cucumber Gimlet

NOLET'S Cucumber Gimlet
1.25 oz. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
Dash Celery Bitters
Cucumber + Basil
In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber and basil with syrup and lime juice. Add Nolet’s Silver, celery bitters and ice. Shake well and serve up in a martini glass. Garnish with a long slice of cucumber and fresh basil leaf.

Now that we’ve shared sixteen wonderful St. Patrick’s Day cocktails with you, we think you’re ready to really enjoy the day deliciously. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and be safe.

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish w/ Green St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

It’s time once again to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, the day that honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates Irish heritage and culture. Along with a parade, celebratory festivities include the wearing of the color green and drinking green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Today we concentrate on the latter with some delicious green-hued libations.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY COCKTAILS

Whether you’re staying home to create and enjoy these recipes on your own, or you’re participating in a bar crawl and a bartender will be making these for you, prepare to indulge in great drinks from Sauza Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. Ready to indulge? Here goes:

Shamrock Sipper

Shamrock Sipper

2 parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
½ part fresh lime juice
Club soda
Muddled mint leaves
Shamrock-shaped cucumber slice for garnish
Shake all ingredients except club soda with ice and pour into a glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a shamrock-shaped cucumber slice.

Sauza Midori Margarita (Serves 8)

Sauza Midori Margarita

1 ½ cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 cups Midori
2 cups fresh lemon sour
1 cup fresh lime juice
Lime wedges for garnish
Melon balls for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Pour into martini glasses. Garnish with a skewered lime wedge and melon ball.

Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

2 ¼ slices jalapeño chile, seeds removed (use more slices if you like it spicy)
3 parts Skinnygirl Margarita
Chili powder or Mexican chili seasoning mixed with coarse salt
Lime peel for garnish
Muddle the jalapeño slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Pour Skinnygirl® Margarita over the jalapeños. Add ice and shake well. Rim a rocks glass with the chili powder mixture and pour in the margarita. Garnish with a lime peel.

Midori and Ale
Midori® and Ale

1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 bottle Light Beer
Combine Midori and light beer in a tall glass. Stir and enjoy!

Knob Creek Mint Ginger Old Fashioned (Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)

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1 ½ Parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
Ginger Beer
½ Part Lemon Juice
¼ Part Green Chartreuse
6-8 Mint Leaves
Combine all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a bar tin with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled Collins glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a single mint leaf.

Are you loving these green cocktails? Any favorites among this bunch? We plan on sharing more St. Patrick’s Day cocktails as the day gets closer, so keep an eye out for more.

New Year’s Cocktails to Celebrate 2016

We, along with everyone else, cannot wait to raise a glass to the new year and today we’re sharing a short list of New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016 (we will be sharing a few more cocktails as the time gets nearer). We’re looking forward to welcoming the new and wonderful opportunities, adventures, and experiences 2016 has to offer. We’re starting the new opportunity to start over by breaking the rules a bit. Instead of toasting with a straight glass of traditional champagne, we’ll be ringing in 2016 with a non-traditional cocktail from Sauza Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, Brotherhood Riesling, and Blanc de Blancs.

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Who says you’re only allowed to toast to the new year with a flute of champagne? As humans, we love to show our individuality and let’s face it, some traditions are now outdated and can be changed. So if you’re ready to ring in the new year with a delicious drink, here are some of our favorite New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016:

Tequila Sparkler

Sauza's Tequila Sparkler

1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
½ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
4 parts champagne (chilled)
Add tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Champagne.

 

Midori® Mebuki (Created by Chef Morimoto)

Midori® Mebuki

1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
1 part Junmai Style Sake
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Splash Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Midori® Sparkle

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1/2 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Pour Midori® into a champagne glass. Top with dry Champagne or sparkling wine.

The Sage (cocktail image not available)

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4 oz. Brotherhood Riesling
8 small fresh sage leaves
½ ounce simple syrup
½ slice of lemon
Rip up sage and muddle with syrup and lemon. Shake Riesling with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an edible flower.

Bellini (cocktail image not available)

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2/3 cup white peach puree
1 teaspoon raspberry puree
1 bottle chilled Blanc de Blancs
Place 1 ½ tablespoons peach puree in the bottom of a flute glass and add 2-3 drops of the raspberry puree. Add sparkling wine and serve.

Got some New Year’s cocktails to share? Leave your favorite cocktail recipe in our comments.

6 Holiday Cocktails to Toast the Festive Season

What better way to get into the holiday spirit, than with a few marvelous holiday spirits. We’re toasting the season with these festive and delicious holiday-themed concoctions that are sure to have you merry, cheery and bright. We’ve got wonderful holiday cocktails from Midori Melon Liqueur, Sauza Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails that will keep you spirited. Are you hosting a holiday get-together? How about some pitcher-style cocktails help you spend less time behind the bar, and more time with your guests. If it’s just the two of you or if you’re going solo this Christmas, we’re also highlighting some easy-to-make holiday cocktails that require no more than three ingredients.

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Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, or by yourself, we hope you will celebrate this remarkable year and lift a glass or two to your loved ones with one of these yummy holiday cocktails.

Midori® Holly Jolly

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1 1/2 parts Midori® Melon Liqueur
1/2 part DeKuyper® Creme de Cocoa White Liqueur
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass or martini glass.

Midori® Elf’s Kiss

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1/2 parts Midori® Melon Liqueur
1 part Pinnacle® Citrus Vodka
JDK & Sons 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
1 1/2 parts Sweet & Sour
Two 1/2 inch squares of Fresh Ginger
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Cranberry Juice
Orange Slice
Fill a tall glass with ice and add Midori®. In a shaker, muddle fresh ginger and the juice of half a lemon. Add sweet & sour and vodka and shake with ice. Strain and pour into the glass over Midori®. Top with cranberry juice and a floater of orange liqueur. Garnish with a twisted orange slice.

Mistletoe Margarita (serves 8)

Mistletoe Margarita
1 ½ cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec
1 ½ cups cranberry cocktail juice
½ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup simple syrup
1 cup fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
Sugar for rimming (optional)
Lime wheels for garnish (optional)
8 cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
Combine the first five ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Place lime slices and cranberries in the pitcher for added flavor. Rim glasses with sugar before serving. Skewer fresh cranberries with a toothpick and roll in remaining sugar. Pour into glasses over ice, top with cranberry skewer and finish with a cinnamon stick.

Very Merry Crush (serves 8)

Very Merry Crush
2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
4 ginger beers
½ cup lime juice
1/3 cup cherry preserves
11 rosemary sprigs
Strip leaves from three rosemary springs and place in a pitcher with lime juice and cherry preserves. Muddle these ingredients together. Add tequila and ginger beer and stir well. Pour into tall glasses over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Candy Cane Cocktail

Candy Cane Cocktail

1 part Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Peppermint Schnapps
1 part fat-free sweetened condensed milk
Candy cane for garnish
Shake liquids with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with a candy cane

Very Merry Mulled Wine

Very Merry Mulled Wine

1 bottle of Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir
3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
¼ part whole cloves
3-star anise
1 whole nutmeg, cracked with the side of a chef’s knife into a few pieces
1 orange peel
Agave nectar to taste
Lemon slice for garnish
Star anise for garnish
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Pour wine into a large saucepan and cook over low heat. Make a sachet with the spices by tying them together in cheesecloth and put the sachet into the saucepan. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Add agave nectar to taste, then pour the wine through a strainer and serve in a heatproof glass. Garnish with a lemon slice, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet: Happy National Liqueur Day

For the longest time it seems spirits have been getting all the love, we admit we’ve guilty of showcasing more spirits than liqueurs on the blog, even though we’re huge fans of the remarkably decadent concoctions, but luckily there’s National Liqueur Day, a day to celebrate these cocktail stars. What exactly are liqueurs? Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic beverages made from distilled spirits flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts, and bottled with sweeteners (usually sugar or corn syrup). because of this, they are versatile and full of unique flavors that bring out the best qualities in light and dark spirits. In honor of National Liqueur Day, we’re sharing cocktail recipes made with Midori Melon Liqueur, a versatile liqueur that delivers a high-quality, melon taste, and DeKuyper Cordials, a range of flavorful liqueurs that includes Triple Sec, and fun flavors such as  Razzmatazz, Peachtree Schnapps, Blackberry Brandy, etc.

Dancing With the Devil

Dancing With the Devil

1 part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur
2 parts Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon Whiskey
1 part Lemon Sour
1 part Passion Fruit Juice
2 dashes Tabasco Hot Sauce
Garnish with Cherry, Maraschino
Shake all with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or orange slice.

Midori Midtown Muse

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2/3 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 1/2 parts Yamazaki 12 Year Old Whisky
1/3 part DeKuyper Vanilla Liqueur
1 dash bitters
Pour the ingredients over ice in a glass and stir well. Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Front Porch Peach Tea

Front Porch Peach Tea

3/4 part DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps Liqueur
4 parts Iced Tea
1 1/4 parts Jim Beam Black Bourbon Whiskey
Garnish with Lemon Wedges
Build ingredients in order listed over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Midori Melon Ball

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1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 part Pinnacle vodka
Orange juice
Fill the glass with ice, pour in Midori and Pinnacle vodka and top with orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice or melon balls.

We hope you try one of these delicious cocktail recipes ideas to toast to National Liqueur Day. If you’re looking for more cocktail recipe ideas, make sure to bookmark the newly launched The Cocktail Project, a great resource for hundreds of cocktails featuring most of your favorite liqueur and spirit brands.