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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?

Happy New Cheer: Sparkling New Year’s Eve Cocktails

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Will you be out in the cold watching the ball drop? Packed in a crowded nightclub? Or will you be at home surrounded by family and friends enjoying a cocktail or four? No matter your plans, make sure your New Year’s Eve cocktails are festive and fizzy! We’ve rounded up some delicious sparkling New Year’s Eve cocktails for you to indulge in from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice, world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita, and authentic ginger ale brand Brooklyn Crafted.

These seasonal cocktail recipes are just what you need to welcome 2018, and toast to all the wonderful things the new year may bring. Ready your palates for the following sparkling cocktails:

Prosecco Punch – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1 Part Prosecco
1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig

Sparkle Shots – Recipe by Sparkling Ice

1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
1 oz Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.

Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer – Recipe by Santa Margherita

Servings: 2
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.

ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

Ginger Raspberry Sparkler – Recipe by Brooklyn Crafted


1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
Splash of Limoncello
4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and remember to drink responsibly. Happy New Year!

Celebrate National Sangria Day with Santa Margherita and Sparkling Ice

Did you know that today is National Sangria Day? What better way to raise a glass to Wine Wednesday than to raise a glass with a time-honored cocktail made with wine – Sangria! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite sangria drink recipes from world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita Wines and zero-calorie beverage, Sparkling Ice. The great thing about Sangria is not only is it easy to make, it’s also perfect for holiday entertaining. Check out these quick and easy big-batch recipes that are sure to make celebrating National Sangria Day a delicious experience.

Holiday Red Sangria

SERVINGS: 4
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva
1 large orange, sliced
1 large apple, chopped
1 large pear, chopped
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
4 cinnamon sticks
Add fruit to a large pitcher. Top with Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva. Place in fridge for an hour before serving. Spoon fruit into a glass before pouring the wine. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Add ice to the top (optional).

Sparkling Sangria

1 peach, sliced
½ orange, sliced
¾ cup peach brandy
1 bottle white wine, chilled
4 cups Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade
Place peaches, oranges, and brandy in a pitcher then lightly muddle. Add wine and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.

Bubble Gum Sangria

¼ cup gumballs
1 cup vodka
1 bottle red wine
1 cup Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
1 peach, sliced
1 orange, sliced
½ cup raspberries
Place gumballs in a jar, pouring vodka over. Cover and allow to sit for at least 12 hours. In a large pitcher or bowl combine gum balls and their vodka, red wine, Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon, and fruit. Add ice and serve.

Winter Sangria

1/2 Apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1/2 pear, sliced
Cinnamon Stick
1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup Sparkling Ice Orange Mango
Cut fruit into equal sizes and place in a pitcher with the cinnamon stick. Pour in the bottle of wine, bourbon, and Sparkling Ice Orange Mango over fruit. Gently stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, up to 2 days. Serve cold over ice.

Are you ready to enjoy a bright and sparkling Sangria drink during the holidays? Which one (or more) of these cocktail recipes will you be enjoying on National Sangria Day?

The Perfect Pairing: Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut

There are some things that just go together, peanut butter and jelly, Ying and Yang, cheese and crackers, and wine and donuts. Yes, you read that correct, wine and donuts. Thanks to Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut, we not only discovered but thoroughly enjoyed this pairing. We had the pleasure of experiencing this non-typical, yet perfect pairing to celebrate the launch of Santa Margherita‘s two new sparkling wines, Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

Just in time for the holidays, world-renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita Wines, and The Salty Donut, makers of small-batch artisanal donuts, collaborated to create exclusive Sparkling Rosé & Prosecco Superiore donuts. These two decadent, limited edition, artisan donuts are for lack of a better word, quintessential desserts. We say quintessential mainly because they incorporated the Santa Margherita wines into the donut and frosting, adding to their decadence.

We watched in awe and anticipation, as the Chefs created donut hole sized versions of the Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG Donuts. We took extreme pleasure in filling each of our donut holes with a special concoction that added the finishing touch to our crafted donut. Of course, nothing compared to the drool-inducing beauty of the limited edition donuts from Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut.

Founded in 1935, Santa Margherita is a world-renowned Italian winery that prides itself on its deep-rooted values of provenance, character, and craftsmanship. We must note that we tasted a taste similarity between the two new wines, which we attribute to the Glera grapes, which are present in both (the rosé at 40%, and the prosecco at 100%).

Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé ($29.99)

A pink hue introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits while offering a versatile drinking experience. This pale pink wine brings a full bouquet of pleasing floral aromas with hints of red berry, artfully crafted with a blend of white wine made from Chardonnay and Glera grapes and a red varietal, Malbec. Its flavor is delicate, but vibrant and well rounded, remaining on the palate and making this a deliciously easy-drinking wine.

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG ($27.99)

A sparkling wine with a clean, pleasantly fruity bouquet, reminiscent of rennet apples and peach blossom. its flavor is rounded and well-balanced. This sparkling wine has fine bubbles winding through its bright straw yellow color and greenish reflections. Its flavor includes fruity hints of pineapples and Rennet apples.

The full Santa Margherita portfolio is comprised of Pinot Grigio Alto Adige and Valdadige, Chianti Classico Riserva, Sparkling Rosé, and Prosecco Superiore DOCG. For more information of all four wines, visit www.santamargheritawines.com. What do you think of the Santa Margherita Wines and The Salty Donut’s wine-based donuts? We think they should add it to the Salty Donuts’ menu, don’t you?