If you happen to be a bit on the fence about Patron’s latest addition, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, then I’m sure these drink recipes will push you right off that fence. They’re pretty delicious looking, but be forewarned if you don’t have a sweet tooth then I may have to put you back on that fence. My personal favorite among these three Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa recipes is hands down the “Banana Split.” For crying out loud it’s called the “Banana Split” and any time a cocktail involves bananas and chocolate I’m all in. But feel free to choose your own favorite out of the bunch. Oh and if you need a little more motivation, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa will retail for only $24.95 so it’s a spirit that’s quite easy on your wallet.
Sweet Dreams (Pictured Above)
2 oz. Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
¾ oz. Ultimat Vodka
1 oz. Caramel Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a caramel rim.
Earlier this month singer Mary J. Blige linked up with Belvedere Vodka and the (RED) campaign to put on an exclusive concert at Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood. Fans were able to stream the event live online, but in case you missed it here’s a very small glimpse at what went on behind the scenes and during the concert courtesy of Belvedere Vodka.
Oh National Margarita Day, the one “holiday” that may be greater than Christmas, Independence Day, and even your birthday combined. You know it’s a joyous occasion when you get to celebrate one of the tastiest cocktails around, the margarita. So if you’re going to indulge in a margarita or two today in celebration of this iconic cocktail then you might as well make it legendary. And with that being said you should definitely check out the drink recipe for Don Julio’s “Margarita Legendario.”
1 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wedge For Garnish
Mix Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier in a cocktail shaker with ice. Rim a rocks cocktail glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour contents from shaker into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
I hate to break it to you Atlanta, but it looks like our days of drinking delicious hot cocktails this season are numbered thanks to this abnormally warm winter. So if you’re going to indulge in a hot cocktail you better make it a good one. That being said Market Buckheadis serving up their “Hot Buttered Rum” cocktail and off the bat you know you’re in for a stellar cocktail when “butter” and “rum” are in the name. I know I’ve mentioned this before on here but it really is no coincidence that “rum” rhymes with the word “yum.” But anywho, back to Market’s “Hot Buttered Rum.” The cocktail costs $11 and is created using Captain Morgan Rum and a hot buttered rum base and is also topped off with whipped cream and grated nutmeg.
I’m sure I’m probably not the only one who was unclear of the significance of “The Hurricane” cocktail and how it’s linked to the city of New Orleans so I knew I had to do some research before posting these delicious “Hurricane” recipes from Camarena Tequila, Cruzan Rum, and Southern Comfort. And believe or it not, but there’s actually a pretty cool story behind the creation of the “Hurricane.”
According to Wikipedia, the drink was created by New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. Apparently O’Brien had to work his way up the liquor totem pole which started at rum before he could purchase scotch and whiskey. So he created this new drink concoction we now call the “Hurricane,” put it in hurricane-lamp shaped glasses, and gave it away to sailors. And as a rum lover I have to admit that I’m a little upset at the fact that rum was just given away like that, but at the same time I really wish I was one of those sailors. Well, now that you’ve got a little background info you can now decide which one of the drink recipes below is your perfect “Hurricane.”
Cruzan 9 Voodoo Hurricane (Pictured Above)
1 Part Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
1 Part 151 Proof Cruzan Rum
1 Part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
3 Parts Orange Juice
3 Parts Pineapple Juice
1/2 Part Grenadine
1 Fruit Wedge (Of Your Choice)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Pour over crushed ice in a Hurricane glass. Garnish with a fruit wedge.
Far too many times the sake cocktail seems to be overlooked and I have absolutely no idea why because: 1) They tend to be pretty cheap and 2) They’re just as tasty as some of the liquor-based cocktails out there. If you’re looking to get your sake fix or even get your hands on a sake cocktail for the first time then look no further than Doc Chey’s Noodle House.
Doc Chey’s serves up a number of sake cocktails and also features a number of appetizing dishes like fresh Vietnamese basil rolls, Shanghai dumplings, and Japanese teriyaki udon. And apparently I’m not one of the cool kids because up until now I had absolutely no idea that you could actually infuse sake with various flavors. For instance Doc Chey’s features sake’s that are infused with flavors like cucumber and black plum and apple cinnamon. And if you’re looking for a sake cocktail that isn’t too out of the ordinary Doc Chey’s also serves up a sake-rita (their version of the margarita) at their Grant Park location. Oh and somehow I’ve managed to forget the best part, all of Doc Chey’s sake cocktails are only $4. At that price I think you can afford to give liquor cocktails a little break.