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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?

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery: The Big Apple’s Vodka

Ready for a new vodka that just hit the market? We know what you’re thinking, what makes this particular vodka so special? What makes it unique is it is distilled from apples. Before we continue, we must stress, Upstate is in no way, shape or form, an apple-flavored vodka. It is also not an apple infused vodka. Upstate Vodka is a small batch, craft-distilled vodka made from apples. We know you’re used to vodkas made from potatoes or grains, but we promise you will love it.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

Raise a glass to this latest offering from Sauvage; already known for their popular Comsi Comsa range of apple-based wines. Upstate Vodka is a craft spirit produced in small, limited batches with high-quality standards.  This handmade vodka is distilled and bottled at Sauvage Winery & Farm Distillery in New York, using natural ingredients and water that is known to be the cleanest.

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

As you can guess, the apples used to distill this innovative vodka comes from upstate New York farmers; Oneonta to be exact, where Upstate Vodka is also produced. It features a little sweet pre-taste from apples which disappears almost right away. Upstate is 90 proof and contains 45 Alc/vol, higher than the industry standard of 80 proof and 40 Alc. It is available in 50ml, 375ml, and 750ml bottles (the latter are pictured above). There are many delicious cocktails you can create with Upstate and we’re happy to share a few with you below

Upstate Vodka by Sauvage Distillery

NEW FASHIONED

1 oz Upstate Vodka
1 oz Bourbon
2-4 dashes of Angostura Biners
0.5 02 Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with orange twist and/or maraschino cherry.

UPSTATE MULE

2 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Lime juice Ginger beer
0.5 oz Triple Sec
Shake vodka and lime juice and strain into a mule copper mug. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.

COSMOPOLITAN

1.5 oz Upstate vodka
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
0.5 OZ Lime Juice
0.5 OZ Triple Sec
Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

APPLE PIE SHOT

0.75 oz Upstate vodka
0.5 oz Cinnamon schnapps
0.5 oz Comsi Comsa Apple Crisp {or apple Cider} Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Jagermeister
Pour the vodka, cinnamon schnapps, Comsi Comsa into a Double Shot glass, Layer a splash of Dark chocolate liqueur and Jagermeister on top.

Upstate vodka is available in major liquor stores including Columbus Ave Wine & Spirits, Cabrini Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits in NYC. Get the 750ml bottle of Upstate for $19.99. What are your thoughts on this apple-distilled vodka? Are you open to trying an alternative to potato and grain vodka?

Ketel One Vodka #GrowyourOwnGarnish Event

Grow Your Garnish: Adding a Decorative Touch to Ketel One Cocktails

In true New York fashion, we walked into a space filled with beautiful greenery Tuesday night; a variety of fragrant herbs spilling from the wall to ceiling. Talk about fresh spaces! We were set to learn about the fun side of urban herb gardening – growing and selecting the perfect cocktail garnishes to make exquisite cocktails with Ketel One Vodka. Growing your own garnishes and adding a decorative touch to your cocktails is a fun side to gardening we never expected.

FarmOne, an urban vertical farm (the only of its kind) located in New York brought the greens and an aromatic herbal garden from their farm. Their hydroponic botanists guided us through discovering our individual taste profiles, suggesting combinations to heighten the flavor and color of all of our drink and dining experiences when entertaining at home. Each guest received a biodegradable party plate to snip, smell, and nibble many unique herbs, flowers, and micro-greens from the Edible Bar.

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When we tell you that Farm One herbals are unique, believe us! Their purplish-bronze fennel was much more fragrant and deep in color than any I’ve experienced in an organic market! The Lemon Balm herb was incredibly floral, and blooming with citrus. These rare herbs are sought after by Farm One’s Michelin-starred clients – Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, and Chef’s Table, among others.

Ketel One Vodka #GrowyourOwnGarnish Event

Farm One grow over 200 culinary herbs to date! We explored all the notes and flavor characteristics of each plant, as we made selections for the Ketel One mixologist to use in our custom cocktails.

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Cocktail Guru Pam Wiznitzer then led two groups in learning out to make our own perfectly garnished Ketel One herbal cocktails! She came straight out of the gate with a PRO TIP! When mixing a cocktail, always start with the least expensive ingredients first; that way, if for any reason you need to adjust flavor, or start over, the premium ingredients do no go to waste!

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In our mixed cocktail tutorial, Apple Mint was the star in the deliciously green and fresh, subtly fruit-infused cocktail. As a lover of Green drinks and pressed juice cocktails, this one is an absolute favorite. Seeking a little more green in your life? This cocktail incorporates a wide range of herbs for a surprising and light burst of flavor. See the recipe below

Ketel One Garden of Green 

Ketel One Vodka Garden of Green Cocktail
1.5 oz Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz Snap Pea Reduction*
.5 oz Lemon juice
Splash of soda water
5 leaves of Apple Mint
A small handful of Micro Mizuna
Tear apple mint leaves and throw in a mason jar. Add all ingredients except the soda water and add ice and cap the jar. Shake vigorously. Open and top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with micro mizuna and serve directly from Mason jar.

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If your green thumb isn’t what you expected, you can always head to Farm One for their exotic herbs and edible flowers.  You’ll get the tools to make a Ketel One cocktail and forget that gardening phase that never happened!

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You can take a tour of Farm One‘s facilities, Manhattan’s only indoor hydroponic farm, where you can sip complimentary beverages as you taste dozens of new and rare culinary plant varieties from around the world. This sensory experience is unlike any other in New York.

 

 

 

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Girls Night In – A Read & Sip Book Club Event with Ketel One Botanicals

From time to time, certain women on the go all have a little voice in their heads that sometimes asks, “Hey girl, why don’t we just stay in instead, curl up with our king size body pillow with some wine and a good read tonight?” Ketel One Botanicals knows – and partnered with the best kind of book club, (the one with an open bar) and paired it with an event to answer that inner-homebody that loves to read. For the women who enjoy having a cocktail or two in a cozy space, but also, meet other people who listen to that little voice regularly too – there was the Read & Sip Book Club Event with Ketel One Botanicals.

A Read & Sip gettogether feels like you’re visiting a good friend at her apartment just nearby, after work, for a few bites and a catch-up. Held at the Witness apartment in NYC, the intimate space welcomed all with the creature comforts of home, lots of cozy corners with fuzzy throws, plush chairs and ottomans to sit and chat.

A very tasty vodka cocktail menu of light and fragrant Ketel One Botanical cocktails (a sophisticated vodka base of Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint, or Peach and Orange Blossom – 30% ABV and only 73 calories per refreshing serving) paired with nourishing bites, nibbles, and flatbreads to keep you fueled up for conversations.

 

Alisha Ramos, Founder & CEO of Girls’ Night In, moderated leadership and female power -focused discussion of the October book selection ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller alongside Liz Breeden and Cara Meiselman who heads up the Girls Night In BK chapter. Alisha started Girls Night as a newsletter in 2017 and it grew exponentially to over 100,000 women! The newsletter, combined with the book clubs which are currently in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Alexandria, VA to create both a space and a guide for women to immerse themselves in a community that reminds them to regularly re-fill the self care tank. You can socialize in their own unique way – which is a welcome change from typical “get the heels on the dance floor” night out!

Read: “Why I Quit My Job to Build Girls’ Night In” for the full origin story behind the Girl’s Night In lifestyle and the events and gatherings that support it. Sign up for Girl’s Night In’s weekly newsletter! You’re just in time to join in for November’s book of the month, ‘Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay”, written by Phoebe Robinson of Two Dope Queens. Why not take your book club experience to the next level with Ketel One Botanicals.

National Vodka Day | Celebrating the US’s Favorite Spirit

If you love a good Martini, Cosmo, or Screwdriver then we’re speaking directly to you. National Vodka Day is coming up. Mark your calendars for on October 4th because we’re celebrating the most popular spirit in America. Whether you treat yourself to a Martini, Cosmo, or Moscow Mule, we’d like to share some interesting facts about this beloved spirit and share some recipes. Dominating one-third of all spirits consumed by volume, vodka is here to stay and rightfully so. For this upcoming National Vodka Day, we get to know more about the beloved spirit. We’ve never understood those who find vodka boring when it allows you to do so much. Unlike other spirits, Vodka provides a clean canvas, one that can easily – and should – be manipulated to suit individual tastes and preferences (think Moscow Mules, Espresso Martinis, Vodka Sours, etc).

With a vodka spirit a your base, your cocktail can become whatever you want. Which is why it works so well year’ round. Whether you want a drink that’s light and clean, sweet and fruity, or warm and spicy, you can create it with vodka. There’s also so much the average person doesn’t know about vodka. For example, did you know that Vodka does not contain any sugar, yeast, fat, cholesterol, sodium, or carbs? It can also be gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher-certified. A great example is RÅVO vodka, which retails for $20.00. It’s vodka in its purest form, made from winter wheat, continuously distilled five times, and blended with natural spring water. Flavored vodkas, such as Chase Smoked Vodka, combine Chase (retail $32.99) with smoked water to achieve an intriguing palate closely reminiscent to a fine reposado tequila or mezcal – no artificial flavoring! Check out some great drink recipes from Chase and RÅVO that are perfect to celebrate National Vodka Day.

Espresso Martini

2 parts Råvo Vodka
1 part Coffee Liqueur
2 parts Espresso coffee
Coffee beans for garnish.
Pour Råvo Vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur into a shaker with ice and shake hard to chill. Strain into a Martini cocktail glass and garnish with a couple of coffee beans.

Vodka Martini

3 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Dry Vermouth
Olive garnish
Stir Chase vodka and Vermouth with ice in a stirring glass to chill and strain into a Martini cocktail glass. Serve with an olive garnish.

Moscow Mule

2 parts Råvo Vodka
4 parts Ginger beer
½ p Lime juice
Squeeze a couple of lime wedges into a rocks glass or copper mug and drop in the wedges before filling up with ice. Pour Råvo Vodka and ginger beer over the ice and serve with a stirring rod.

Great Chase

1.5 parts Chase Vodka
½ part Chase Elderflower Liqueur
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Top with soda
Build all ingredients in a wine glass over lots of ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Now that you know more about vodka, we want to know, which vodka cocktails will you be National Vodka Day this National Vodka Day?

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Red, White + Booze: Vodka Cocktails to Enjoy this Weekend

While the current state of our country doesn’t put most of us in a celebratory mood, our nation will be celebrating its independence in a few days. For those who still want to raise a glass to the freedoms we have left or for those who need a drink to take their minds off the craziness, we present the following cocktails to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Join us in celebrating the U.S’s Independence or drowning in our sorrows this July 4th with some great tasting cocktails to enjoy this weekend from two great vodka brands, Three Olives Vodka and Van Gogh Vodka. Whether you’re left, right, or somewhere in between, it’s safe to say, we could all use a delicious drink to ease all tensions.

Red, White & Rosé

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
Top with Soda Water
2 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda and a dash of bitters. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Boozy Berry Snow Cone


2 oz. Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry, chilled
4 oz. pink lemonade, chilled
1 cup of ice
Add chilled vodka and lemonade to a mixing glass, stir and set aside. Blend ice cubes in a blender until desired snow-like consistency, then scoop into a glass or white container. Top with chilled Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry and lemonade mixture, and garnish with red berries.

RWB Spiked Lemonade


1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1/2 oz. lemonade
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka

Crushed ice: Combine crushed ice with grenadine and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka, add to the bottom of a highball glass. Combine crushed ice with lemonade and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the red layer. Combine crushed ice with blue curaçao and remaining 1/2 ounce of Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the white layer. Garnish with floating blueberries and a mint sprig.

Bomb Pop Cocktail

Red Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
3 oz. fruit punch
½ oz. grenadine

White Layer:
2 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
1 heaping tsp. coconut cream
1 oz. pineapple juice

Blue Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
½ oz. blue curacao
3 oz. lemonade
Blend red layer, pour in a glass and place in freezer until a good slush consistency is achieved. Blend white layer, rest gently on top of the red layer and place in freezer. Blend blue layer and fill to the top of the glass. Freeze until ready to drink. Garnish with a mint sprig.

A Trio of Red, White & Blue Martinis

Classics never go out of styles and these traditional vodka drinks are high on the list of cocktails to enjoy. Whether you opt for a Pomegranate Martini, classic vodka Martini, or Acai-Blueberry vodka martini, all it takes is minimal ingredients, a little shaking and serve.

What are your thoughts on these vodka libations? Will you be making one or two of these cocktails to enjoy for July 4th?

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Master Craftsman: An Evening w/ Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen

There are many wonderful experiences to partake in and enjoy in life. Some of which we’d never thought we’d have the pleasure of enjoying. One such experience was an evening with a global mixologist enjoying his talented and delicious creations. That’s right, we had the pleasure of enjoying an intimate cocktail tasting with Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen.

If you’re not aware, Finlandia is a vodka produced in Finland from Finnish-grown six-row barley and glacial spring water. This esteemed vodka is first distilled at a distillery in the village of Koskenkorva, then transported to a production facility in the village of Rajamäki. Finlandia Vodka’s Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen, lovingly known as a human “drink encyclopedia” (trust us, it’s a well-deserved title), grew up near a distillery. His career was obviously fated.

We were in for a journey through the fun and creative world of Finlandia Vodka’s Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen unlimited and highly creative cocktail arsenal. We welcomed and relished the ride. On this blissful evening, we enjoyed five cocktails from this master cocktail craftsman; a Finlandia Bloody MaryPopcorn Sour (yes it’s a cocktail with popcorn), as well as its vegetarian version, the Baltic Sea Sour, a Finlandia Herbarium, and a Helsinki Mule. Check out the recipes for all of these delicious cocktails below:

Finlandia Bloody Mary


1.5 oz Finlandia Classic
0.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
3 drops hot pepper sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
5 oz tomato juice
Salt and pepper
Build and mix – no ice. Garnish with a celery stalk, cucumber, and Lemon wedge
*smoke cocktail with Jack Daniels barrel chips

Baltic Sea Sour aka “Vegetarian Sour” (or Popcorn Sour!)


1.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz salty chickpea brine or egg white
Salt and pepper
Cumin seeds
Raspberries optional (for color)
Popcorn optional (for additional salt and sweet)
Shake with ice and garnish with Popcorn or raspberry

Finlandia Herbarium


1.5 oz Finlandia Classic
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 pinch salt
1 egg white
Herbs (basil, dill)
Soda optional
Shake with ice and garnish with fresh dill or basil

Helsinki Mule


1.5 oz Finlandia Grapefruit
3 oz ginger beer
A squeeze of fresh lime
Build in glass over ice and garnish with cucumber, lime, and fresh ginger

While we enjoyed every cocktail Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen created, it was truly an amazing thing to see him create them. From smoking the lime and rolling the mixture for Bloody Mary, crafting the perfect garnishes, and sharing some of his cocktail secrets. Check out our InstaStories Highlight for our cocktail experience. KIPPIS!!!

 

Red, White and Blue Pinnacle Vodka Cocktails for Fourth of July

It’s that time again to celebrate the freedoms that we have (still have?), or at least raise a glass to all of us who are fighting for our freedom and rights. You know, what this country was built on!  Today we’re taking this time to cheer those who continue to fight, to those who remember what the red, white and blue stands for. In honor of the celebration of Independence Day, we present these red, white, and blue Pinnacle Vodka cocktails for the Fourth of July celebration. These two simple and delicious vodka cocktail recipes are the perfect libations to celebrate the holiday and make a great companion for a festive July 4th. Each of these cocktails uses Pinnacle Original Vodka, the award-winning, five times distilled French vodka.

Flirty Fizz

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Cranberry Juice
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with Cranberries
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries.

Classic Lemon Drop

1 1/2 parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
1/2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
1/2 parts Lemon Juice
1 Sugar Cubes
Combine ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake until sugar is dissolved, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional).

When you enjoy at a bar, or at a get together with friends and family at home, or basking in solitude, we hope you take this time to think about the freedoms we still do have, and how wonderful it is to have them. We, like our ancestors, might fight for those freedoms; many gave their lives so we could enjoy them now. So while you’re enjoying your time off from work, we hope you join us in raising a glass or two of these Pinnacle Vodka cocktails to the freedoms that we enjoy. Remember, like Pinnacle Vodka, a vodka of French creation and ancestry, we the citizens of the USA all came (or were brought here against our wills) for better opportunities. So we toast to you, the ones who make America the melting pot it is today, the ones who fought and continue to fight for freedom.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!!