Boozing With Willie: The Bleacher Creature (Made Using Bulleit Bourbon)

The Bleacher Creature

If you’re a New Yorker or a true baseball fan in general, hopefully you know what a bleacher creature is. If not, I’m going to explain it to you the best I can in just a few sentences. Bleacher Creatures are the most hardcore Yankee fans you’ll ever sit next to at Yankees Stadium. They claim the cheap seats in the outfield religiously and run things by their rules. From the roll call of each player that takes the field at the start of each home game, to the banishment of opposing teams’ fans, it’s truly an experience to see these cats in action. As a life long Yankees fan myself, this drink was created as a tip of my Yankee cap to these blue collar fans.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks because you’ll be using both for this cocktail…Well, maybe not the peanuts, but they do go well on the side. I went with Bulleit Bourbon to reflect the quality of these fans along with hints of hazelnut and almond liqueurs. So the next time you’re watching the game or pre-gaming prior to going to the ballpark, enjoy this cocktail. Play ball and cheers!

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Bulleit Bourbon
1 Part Disaronno Amaretto
1 Part Frangelico
1/2 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of sugar
1 box of Cracker Jacks
1 Lemon Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Crush about 3 handfuls of Cracker Jacks and set aside. Next, take a chilled cocktail glass and rim your glass with lemon juice from your wedge. Take the glass and rim the glass with the crushed Cracker Jacks and set aside.

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into your prepared cocktail glass over ice and enjoy.

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Boozing With Willie: Dew Me Right (Made Using Bacardi & St. Germain)

Dew Me Right Cocktail

It’s not much of a secret, but if you didn’t know, Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is a pretty amazing soda. As a chaser, this uniquely tasting pop would go great with some tropical fruit flavored booze. Combining Bacardi’s Pineapple Fusion Rum, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and blue curacao ought to fulfill your need for a tropical cocktail. Get your mate, grab some lawn chairs, and get your tan on while sipping one of these.

Check out the recipe, and Dew Me Right by leaving a comment on your opinion of the cocktail. Enjoy, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1oz Blue Curacao
1/2oz Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum
1/2oz St. Germain Liqueur
1/2oz Passion Fruit Cocktail
Mountain Dew Baja Blast
Maraschino Cherry

DIRECTIONS

In an ice filled shaker, combine all ingredients with the exception of the Mountain Dew. Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass and top with Mountain Dew Baja Blast. Garnish with a cherry.

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Boozing With Willie: A Day At The Peach (Made Using Cointreau, Grand Marnier & Chambord)

A Day At The Peach 2

On a recent trip to Orlando, I realized the genius that is Grand Marnier. Not that I’d never enjoyed this fine cognac liqueur in the past, but I’m certainly guilty of overlooking it. I swore when I got back home I’d include this in a cocktail, but wasn’t able to come up with anything unique enough to post for the world to try. Enter Grand Marnier’s second installment in their Signature Collection, their liqueur with a blend of raspberries and peaches, PERFECT!

Back into the lab I went and the result was A Day At The Peach. A sweetheart of a cocktail, literally. The mission was to really compliment the fruity notes Grand Marnier offered, while also being refreshing going down. If you’re a fan of fruity cocktails or just Grand Mariner in general, try this on for size. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Cointreau
Splash of Chambord Liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
3/4 oz Peach Nectar
1/2 oz Grand Mariner Signature Collection No. 2
Splash of Lemon Lime soda
Raspberries
Peach (sliced)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a shaker with ice, combine peach schnapps, Cointreau, Chambord and peach nectar. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass to give a red bottom affect. Top the cocktail off with Grand Mariner and a splash of lemon lime soda. Drop in some raspberries and a peach slice as a garnish.

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Boozing With Willie: Gin Cucumber Southside

Gin Cucumber Southside

Like it or love it, bulking season is over and it’s time to show off that body you’ve been hiding all winter. If you haven’t been watching your carb intake, working out and all that other mumbo-jumbo you promised yourself you would do back on January 1st, don’t bother worrying now, time to have fun in the sun. However as history would have it, you’ll ignore this and still try to eat and drink right in hopes of shedding some emergency pounds. This cocktail is going to be something you can sip on and not feel like you’re setting yourself too far back as far as your diet goes.

Low in calories, refreshing and tasty. This is truly the best way to describe the Gin Cucumber Southside. In recent years, cucumber has become more and more commonly used in cocktails with good reason. They’re a great compliment to spirits containing gin or vodka as you’ll find out here. Not to mention, they’re really refreshing to the point of masking the alcohol you’re consuming. Leave your thoughts on this cocktail in the comments. If you’re really fond of this post, I’ll be sure to work on more that are similar to this. Enjoy everyone, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Gin
6-7 mint leaves
3 cucumber wheels
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 cucumber wedges
1 mint sprig

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients (except the cucumber wedges) to a shaker and muddle them gently together. Add ice and give them a shake. Double strain your mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a mint sprig and two cucumber wedges.

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Boozing With Willie: Willie’s Sweet Tea & Whiskey (Made Using Wild Turkey American Honey)

Willie's Sweet Tea & Whiskey

In a recent conversation with a drinking buddy of mine, the Long Island Iced Tea became the topic of focus. Though we’ve both enjoyed our fair share of the highly potent cocktail, something stood out to us both…THERE’S NO ACTUAL ICED TEA in any variation of this classic recipe. At that moment, a light bulb (though dim) turned on in my head and I began to brainstorm over a possible iced tea cocktail that actually tastes like iced tea. Keep reading, I think you’ll like what the final result ended up being.

Honey whiskey/bourbon liqueurs have taken the liquor market by storm in recent years. They’re delicious and easy to enjoy and would make a nice boozy base for our creation. For our sweet tea, Wild Turkey American Honey rests at the core of our glasses along with some homemade iced tea. Consider this an open ended cocktail that you can alter depending on preference. If you like your iced tea to have a hint of fruitiness, go ahead and muddle some fresh fruit in your glass. Just treat it as you would your regular iced tea recipe, you won’t go wrong. Hope this drink finds you in a good place, cheers and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Wild Turkey American Honey
0.5 oz Sweet Tea Liqueur
3.5 oz Homemade Iced Tea
0.25 oz Lemon Juice
Splash of Simple Syrup (optional)
1 Lemon (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a mason jar or mug with lemon slices and ice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and serve with a straw. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Boozing With Willie: Sugar Rush Shots (Made Using Pinnacle & Three Olives Vodka)

Sugar Rush Shots

Sugar makes us happy. That’s not debatable. We all love the stuff in some capacity. After recently visiting a candy store here in New York City, I couldn’t help but over indulge and obliterate my diet by consuming large amounts of sugar masked by the tasty treats this shop offered. Being an admitted and proud lush, I visited a popular dive bar in the area to cap my day off. As I sat and sipped, drunken thoughts of mixing candy and alcohol began to dance in harmony in my mind. The final result is something you can try and enjoy over and over again.

The Sugar Rush shots are sweet. However there’s an equal amount of booze here that balances things out while also avoiding a cough syrup like taste. Thanks to the pairing of Pinnacle’s Cotton Candy vodka and Three Olives Bubble Gum vodka, you’ll enjoy two of the most enjoyable candies all in one shot. Here’s to sweets with no consequences, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka
1 Part Three Olives Bubble Gum Vodka
Splash of Cotton Candy syrup
Splash of Sweetened Cranberry Juice
Bubble Gum piece

DIRECTIONS

First, begin by combining the cotton candy vodka and syrup in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass and set aside. Next combine the bubblegum vodka and cranberry juice in a shaker and stir together. Layer your mixture with a bar spoon and top off the shot glass. Garnish with a piece of bubblegum and shoot.

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