Spring Sips from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, we think there should be a do-over. We deserve a spring day without any winter elements and since we got snow on the first and second day of spring, a reward is deliciously due. We’re going to ignore the first two “official days” of spring and raise a glass with a delicious spring cocktail in honor of the warm days ahead. As the temperatures slowly but surely increase, what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail or two from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails that celebrate the flavors of the season.

Spring Cocktails
If you’re ready for sweet and refreshing cocktail recipes that will not only awaken your taste buds but also celebrates the warmth of the spring season, check out these three delicious drinks below, two of which are low-calorie concoctions. Why not take your strawberry lemonade to another level, indulge in thirst-quenching watermelon, spring’s hot flavor, and surrender to the delicious flavors of citrus and mint with the following three drinks.

Berry & Basil

Berry Basil
2 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
2 parts pink lemonade
2 sliced strawberries
Basil leaves for garnish
Lemon wedge for garnish
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a glass and serve. Garnish with basil and a lemon wedge.

 

What-A-Melon!

What-A-Melon!

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 ½ parts lemonade
1 ½ parts watermelon juice
Thyme or watermelon for garnish
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Pour mixture into a tall glass, add garnish and enjoy!

 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
2 parts orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Mint leaves
1 orange wheel
2 lime wedges
Mix all ingredients except orange juice. Pour over ice and top with orange juice. Garnish with lime wedges and an orange wheel.

Have we peaked your interest with these tantalizing libations from Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails?  Do you have a spring cocktail recipe of your own to share? Let us now in the comments.

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.

Rom-Coms and Skinnygirl Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is almost here and for many singles, there are no romantic dates planned, no flowers being delivered, and no heart-shaped box of chocolates. For many of us, all we have to look forward to is a night in possibly torturing ourselves with romantic comedies, non-Valentine’s Day-affiliated chocolates, and most importantly, cocktails. Seeing as some of us singles tend to overindulge in chocolates and cocktails during holidays like Valentine’s Day, we present to you the pairing of Skinnygirl Candy and wine and of course, some low-calorie Skinnygirl Cocktails for Valentine’s Day.

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If you’re like us and happen to be “low keying it” on Valentine’s Day, maybe watching your favorite romantic comedies on Netflix, grab one or two of these cocktail recipes as you’re watching Shopgirl look for love, laughing at the infamous deli scene or drooling over vintage George Peppard, you’ll have the perfect cocktail to enjoy this Valentine’s Day!

Cocktails at Tiffany’s

Cocktails at Tiffany's

1 part Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
2 parts grapefruit juice
Flower for garnish
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, pour and garnish with a flower.

You’ve Got Martinis

You've Got Martinis
2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
Splash of dry vermouth
Fresh olives for garnish
Shake liquids with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh olives.

When Vodka Met Cranberry

When Vodka Met Cranberry

1½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
½ part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
Lime for garnish
Pour all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into glass. Garnish with lime.

If you’re looking to keep it simple, try some low-calorie decadence with a Skinnygirl’s wine and candy pairing. These wine and chocolate pairings are a match made in heaven, so toast to the perfect duo with these Skinnygirl Wine and Skinnygirl Candy:

  1. Pair Skinnygirl® Cabernet Sauvignon with Skinnygirl Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles
    • Why it works: Chocolate with higher cocoa content works well with Skinnygirl® Cabernet Sauvignon as it highlights the mature tannins and bright acidity
  2. Pair Skinnygirl® Pinot Grigio with Skinnygirl Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds
    • Why it works: The almonds emphasize the rich, crisp flavors of Skinnygirl® Pinot Grigio and refresh the palate

Are you one of the singles spending Valentine’s Day alone? What are your plans for the day, do you celebrate, lament or ignore it? Share your thoughts in the 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.

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

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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.

Celebrate America’s Independence w/ Red, White, and Blue(berry) Cocktails

With all the recent tumultuous events we as American have been experiencing, there is not a better time to come together and celebrate the fact that we have freedom to live our lives without threat of persecution…..or at least we shouldn’t be. Let us not forgot the words of our Founding Fathers who wanted us to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What better way than a patriotic cocktail to help us celebrate life, our liberty and our continuous pursuit of happiness. In the spirit of celebration, let’s raise a glass or two of these delicious cocktail recipes from Basil Hayden Whiskey, Cruzan Rum, DeLeón Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. All of these delicious cocktail recipes are the perfect companion to the fireworks, and fun-filled cookouts.

Toast to America’s Independence with a one of two firecracker cocktails (your choice of tequila or vodka), a sparkler, odes to Independence, and living the dream. This weekend, kick back, be wowed by the beauty of the fireworks, and embrace your freedom to enjoy life.

Firecracker Red Manhattan

2 oz. DeLeón Reposado
½ oz. Cardinal Mendoza Spanish Brandy
¼ oz. Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao
½ dropper Bittermans Hellfire Shrub
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up.

Miss Independence

2 oz. DeLeón Platinum infused with fresh sage
¾ oz. clarified lime juice
¾ oz. fresh cane syrup
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up garnished with a sage leaf.

The Firecracker

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 part club soda
Watermelon balls, frozen
Toothpick/mini umbrella
Shake vodka with ice. Pour into martini glass and top with club soda. Spear frozen watermelon with a toothpick and drop in glass.

Blueberry Sparkler

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
5 muddled blueberries
Dash of grenadine
Splash of club soda
Lemon wedge for garnish
Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a glass, add in Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka and grenadine. Then, top off glass with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Star Struck Sipper

5 parts Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita
Star fruit wedge for garnish
Pour Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita over ice. Garnish with star fruit.

Basil Hayden’s Independence Spice (Created by Kristi Green)

1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ part Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
7 Blackberries
7 Mint Leaves
2-3 parts Sparkling Wine
Muddle 6 blackberries and 6 mint leaves in a Boston Shaker with ¼ part simple syrup. In the mixing glass, combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice and remaining simple syrup and add to the muddled blackberries and mint leaves. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass with fresh crushed ice. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a skewered mint leaf and blackberry.

Cruzan Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 part Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Cinnamon
Maraschino Cherries
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated Cinnamon and a speared Maraschino Cherry.

Celebrate the Summer Season with these Cocktail Recipes

Although we haven’t reached the official start of summer date, according to the temperature (and the fact that Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer – just passed), it’s summertime, time to whip out your summer cocktail recipes. Don’t have any drink recipes to try? You’re in luck, because today we’re highlighting some delicious cocktails to celebrate the season of sun, sea, and fun from Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl Cocktails, DeLeón Platinum Tequila, and Blackwell Jamaican Rum. Looking for a tropical rum drinks, tequila drinks with more bite, or a something crisp, we have cocktail for you.

Cruzan House Punch

2 parts Cruzan® Estate Light Rum
1 part Cruzan® 9
4 parts Pineapple Juice
2 parts Mango Juice
1 part Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a fruit wedge.

Summer Slush

1 part Skinnygirl® California White Wine
1 part Cruzan® Light Rum
2 parts frozen lemonade
1 part seltzer
Crushed ice
Blend with a little crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Top with seltzer.

Platinum Pina

1 ½ oz. DeLeón Platinum Tequila
1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of jalapeño syrup
Shake and strain over the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of jalapeño. Agave and spice is a match made in heaven, especially when paired with sweet tropical pineapple in the Platinum Piña. The experience of this modern cocktail begins with the fresh pieces of pineapple and lime, imparting a rich mouthfeel that complements the smooth agave and subtle coconut notes of the DeLeón Platinum tequila and finishes with subtle heat from the jalapeño. The result is a nuanced tropical cocktail with a kick that allows DeLeón Platinum’s delicate complexity to shine.

DeLeón Unadulterated

Pour 1 ½ oz. of DeLeón Platinum over a large, clear cube of ice
Stir seven times to thoroughly chill
Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime to complement the bright citrus notes of the tequila.

Lost Weekend

2 oz. Blackwell Jamaican Rum
1 oz. Salted Lime Cordial
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Absinthe
Pinch of mint