Drink Recipes: Beat The Heat With Boozy Popsicles From Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon PopsiclesBoozy popsicles have become somewhat of a summer staple this season. They may not pack a lot of punch, but they’re a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite spirits when the summer heat is at its peak.

It’s somewhat rare to come across a spiked popsicle recipe that calls for the addition of bourbon, so I was pretty excited when I came across two recipes for popsicles that are made using Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. They were created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Rob Floyd and both sound and look pretty amazing. Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Berry American

INGREDIENTS

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup

2 parts Water

2 parts Fresh Lime Juice

4-5 Strawberries, medium size

12 Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

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Drink Recipes: Toast To National Tequila Day (July 24) With Cocktails From Don Julio, Herradura & More

Pineapple Serrano MargaritaIf you plan on celebrating National Tequila Day by downing tequila shots with the assistance of a slice of lime and a lick of salt then please step away from that bag of organic limes, canister of Morton Salt, and cheap tequila, my friend. All those blue agave plants didn’t sacrifice themselves just so you could celebrate National Tequila Day like an overeager undergrad. No bueno. So, when this latest boozy holiday does roll around this Thursday (July 24), you should definitely consider one of these carefully-crafted, tequila-heavy recipes from Herradura, Don Julio, Sauza, and a handful of other tequila brands. Cheers!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Herradura Silver
3 cubic inches of pineapple diced
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.

DIRECTIONS

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a chili and a star Anise pod.

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Ciroc Pineapple Announced As Newest Ciroc Flavor + “Ciroc Colada” Recipe

Ciroc PineappleIt’s always an occasion when a new Ciroc flavor is announced and with the announcement that Ciroc Pineapple is the latest addition to the Diageo-owned brand, the internet has been in a mild frenzy. A frenzy that I fully stand behind.

Ciroc Pineapple makes absolute and perfect sense. It’s a perfect companion to their Ciroc Coconut and is an ideal vodka flavor all around. It’s also a far cry from the confusing Ciroc Amaretto (vodka and amaretto?? who?? what??), which I can safely assume hasn’t done all that well since its release nearly one year ago.

Ciroc Pineapple is obviously not on shelves just yet, but I did come up with a drink recipe that I think will make for an amazing, summer cocktail. I’ve dubbed it the Ciroc Colada! Clever, eh? Check it out below.

Ciroc Colada

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Ciroc Coconut

1/2 oz. Ciroc Pineapple

1 Cup Ice

Pineapple Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (minus pineapple wedge) to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.

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Drink Recipes: Independence Day Inspired Sips From Sauza, Belvedere, Skinnygirl & More

Red White Blue BerriesWith World Cup fever at an all time high here in the states, it seems that the home of the brave is full of patriotism these days. And with the Fourth Of July right around the corner it couldn’t have come at a better time. Whether you plan on celebrating Independence Day with friends, family, or even solo this weekend, I’m sure you’ll be celebrating with a cocktail in hand. I mean, if we’re being honest here booze is just as important as barbeque when it comes to the Fourth. So, a number of spirits brands have created drink recipes just for the holiday weekend. Check out a few below and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth Of July!

Herradura’s Red, White and Blue Berries (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1½ oz. Herradura Silver
2 ½ oz. coconut water
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. lime juice

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over crushed ice in to a tall glass.  Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

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Lushworthy Creations: Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy (Made Using BrancaMenta)

Brancamenta Cocktail 2 FinalA few weeks ago I was issued a challenge: Create a stellar cocktail using the bitter liqueur known as BrancaMenta. And to aid in this particular challenge I was given a bottle of BrancaMenta and a $20 gift card to WholeFoods for cocktail ingredients and queso. Okay, queso wasn’t necessarily part of the challenge, but when you’ve got a little leftover dough on your gift card, queso must be bought. Anywho, back to the booze…

For some reason ginger beer was the first ingredient to come to mind as I brainstormed ideas for my #BrancaMenta Challenge cocktail. With that particular ingredient in mind I then came up with the idea to create my own twist on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, which I dubbed the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy. Hence the addition of both BrancaMenta and vanilla bitters. Why the vanilla bitters? Well, for me I found that upon sipping BrancaMenta by itself there is a subtle vanilla flavor. So, I wanted to bring that flavor out a little more.

I do have to say that the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy turned out to be a unique and tasty twist on an original. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Spiced Rum

1/2 oz. BrancaMenta

5 oz. Ginger Beer

2 Drops Vanilla Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Add rum and BrancaMenta. Top with ginger beer and vanilla bitters. Stir and enjoy!

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Drink & Dine Like Locals During Miami Culinary Tours’ South Beach Food Tour

South Beach Food Tour 3Let’s face it, even the most celebrated of foodies have found themselves dining at an Applebees or similar while on vacation due to their unfamiliarity with that city’s dining options or even a surplus of overwhelming, though sketchy, options. I’ve definitely found myself in similar situations while traveling, but during a recent trip to South Beach I think I may have found one of the best ways to uncover a slew of local favorites thanks to the South Beach Food Tour.

As part of the South Beach Food Tour, which is just one tour Miami Culinary Tours offers, guests have the opportunity to “enjoy delicious tastings at hole-in-the-wall and mom & pop type of restaurants” and “taste the best of Miami Beach’s global cuisine.” Hole-in-the-wall spots are sometimes called hole-in-the-walls for a reason, so I was a tad skeptical at first despite the stellar reviews South Beach Food Tour has received on Yelp.

The tour started out on a Lushworthy note, which is always a good thing. While noshing on finger-licking-good empanadas and ceviche at Bolavir, our first stop on the tour, we were also treated to a “Refajo.” The Refajo is a beer cocktail that combines Colombiana (a Colombian cream soda) and beer. A surprising combination, the Refajo was a sweet, refreshing, and slightly boozy beverage that I’m sure is ideal on those steamy South Beach days.

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Belvedere Vodka’s Claire Smith & Drink Historian Anistatia Miller Give Us The 411 On The Martini

Claire Smith Anistatia MillerIn honor of World Martini Day, Belvedere Vodka and Claire Smith, the brand’s Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, linked up with drink historian/cocktail specialist Anistatia Miller to speak on what they’ve dubbed “the world’s most iconic cocktail.” It only takes one visit to a chain restaurant to see that the martini has morphed into something almost completely different than what it originally was. So, I think it’s pretty cool that Claire and Anistatia dropped a little knowledge for those who may be unfamiliar with the history of the martini. Check out their video below. And if you need a little martini inspiration, I’ve included the recipe to The Classic Belvedere below.

The Classic Belvedere

INGREDIENTS

2 oz/60ml Belvedere Vodka

¼ oz/10ml Lillet Blanc

Twist of pink grapefruit

DIRECTIONS

Combine Belvedere and Lillet in mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

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From Pina Coladas To Craft Cocktails, The Four Must-Have Sips From The Palms Hotel & Spa

The Palms Cocktail 1Arguably one of the best perks when it comes to staying at a resort is variety. You get to sip on a decadent, tropics-inspired cocktail by day and once evening hits you can hit the lounge for something a bit more sophisticated. Miami Beach’s The Palms Hotel & Spa has done a great job of providing it’s guests with both of those options.

Need something to sip on as you make your way from the swimming pool to the beach? Well, there’s The Palms’ Tiki Bar, which slings daiquiris and other frozen treats during the day. And if you’re in the market for a solid craft cocktail before you hit the streets of South Beach then Essensia, The Palms’ lone restaurant, has got you covered with their selection of seasonal and carefully-crafted sips.

In case you’re already feeling a little overwhelmed by The Palms’ variety of boozy options, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of of what I feel are the four must-have sips from The Palms. Check ‘em out below! (Note: A handful of seasonal cocktails are no longer on the menu, so I’ve provided the names of the cocktails that are available now and are the most similar)

Winter Chai Martini from The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Winter Chai Martini (La Dolce Vita) – Behind my much-beloved pina colada is the Winter Chai Martini when it comes to my favorite cocktail from The Palms. A combination of Crop Organic Pumpkin Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico, star anise, cinnamon stick, and chai bitters, the Winter Chai Martini is rich with flavor and decadently delicious.

Since it is in fact the Winter Chai Martini, there’s probably a 99 percent chance that this cocktail is no longer on the menu, but if you’re looking for something somewhat similar then I’m sure La Dolce Vita, one of The Palms’ newest boozy additions, will do the job.

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Lushworthy Creations: “Rum & Coke Float” (Made Using Captain Morgan 1671)

Rum & Coke Float 1The first time I ever had a Rum & Coke Float I was at Seven Lamps, an eatery here in Atlanta. My friend Talaia (of WholeYum.com) and I developed a mild obsession with their off-the-menu burger, so we were there to happily get our carnivore on. I decided to order a Rum & Coke Float to sip on before our burgers came out and my goodness, it was delicious! I’ve never been a big fan of floats, but I decided to take a chance on Seven Lamps’ float since it had rum in it. I mean, what normal person says “no” to desserts with rum in them?

Mind you, all of that was nearly two years ago. And out of nowhere this week, I decided that I wanted to create my own Rum & Coke Float. So, I put my bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 to good use and created my latest Lushworthy Creation. I can’t remember what rum was used in Seven Lamps’ float, but the Captain Morgan 1671 is clutch (my new word for the month, and yes, “clutch” is a good thing). It’s a sipping rum, so it offers hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate, which are all flavors that are perfect for floats.

All in all, the Rum & Coke Float is super easy to make and hella tasty. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!

Rum & Coke Float

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Captain Morgan 1671

2 Scoops Of Vanilla Ice Cream (Don’t get crazy with the scoops, people. You merely need two regular, civilized scoops of ice cream)

Coca-Cola (Or Pepsi. I live in Atlanta, so it’s practically law that we use Coke instead of Pepsi)

DIRECTIONS

Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Add Captain Morgan 1671. Fill glass with Coke and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry if you’re feeling fancy.

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Jelly Belly & The Beeroness’ Jackie Dodd Team Up To Create Beer And Candy Tasting Menu

Jelly Belly Candy Company Craft BeersNearly ever week, my social media feeds are filled with pictures or news about various beer and food tastings. Brew-centered dinners have become immensely popular down here in Atlanta and I’m sure it’s the same in a lot of other major cities. Despite the popularity of beer and food tastings, I can say that I’ve never heard of a beer and candy tasting.

The folks over at Jelly Belly, who recently released the world’s first ever beer-flavored jelly bean, apparently caught wind of this and teamed up with Jackie Dodd of TheBeeroness.com to create a beer and candy tasting menu, which features various Jelly Belly goodies.

Their beer and candy tasting menu pairs candy corn with white ale, Jelly Belly Sour Neon Worms with IPAs, and more. I know what you’re thinking, “This would be a killer idea for my next get-together.” Indeed it would! You can find their full beer and candy tasting menu below.

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