Valentine’s Day Cocktails To Sweeten Up The Weekend

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Margairta

You know what I love about Valentine’s Day? All-chocolate-everything and pink-and-red-for-the-win. Can’t go wrong with lots of chocolate and a dope color combo. So, when that translates to cocktails it’s even more of a win. Whether you’re rolling solo, rolling with the homies, or happen to be booed-up this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ve got a handful of cocktail selections that are sure to sweeten the deal. Check ‘em out below!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Margarita (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS (Recipe Serves Two)

3 parts Sauza® Silver Tequila
1 parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
2 part Pucker® Strawberry Schnapps
6 parts sour mix
2 chocolate-covered strawberries
Chocolate shavings for rimming

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender, puree until smooth. Serve in glasses rimmed with chocolate shavings and garnish each with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Soltado Hot ChocolateSoltado Molten Hot Chocolate (Created By Rob Bennett, Blu Wolf Bistro)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
1 oz Chocolate Vodka
4 oz hot drinking chocolate
2 oz brewed espresso
Drizzle chipotle chocolate syrup
Whipped cream and cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Stir first 4 ingredients into a mug or Irish coffee glass. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Drizzle chocolate syrup. Garnish cinnamon sticks.

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Boozy Apple Cider In A Flash With Wicked Dolphin Rum

Wicked Dolphin Cider

A few weeks ago, I received a bottle of Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the mail. Upon receiving the bottle, I immediately knew what my plans would be…boozy apple cider. I love a good rum punch or pina colada, but once fall and winter hit, I’m taking full advantage of boozy apple cider and egg nog cocktails.

I’m sure there’s several, uber-fancy ways of making apple cider. But time and place, folks. Time and place. If you happen to be short on time or don’t feel like picking apples from the orchard, there’s Alpine Spiced Apple Cider. It’s kind of the truth. It was perfect paired with the Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum, and together the two made for an ideal, Lushworthy treat on a cold, Atlanta night.

I was only able to sample Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the apple cider and on the rocks. On the rocks, you get a really nice array of flavors given the distilling process for Wicked Dolphin. Nothing’s too overpowering, and it is a relatively smooth rum.

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Last Minute Holiday Cocktail Ideas

Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Shot

From Christmas shopping to meal planning to picking up relatives from the airport, and everything in between, there’s likely been little time for keeping it Lushworthy, this week. To help you guys out a little bit, I’ve compiled a last minute list of holiday cocktails that are sure to keep the holiday cheer going well into the weekend. Check ‘em out below, cheers!

Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Shot (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

DIRECTIONS

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled shot glass with crushed peppermint rim.

Jack Honey Egg NogJack Honey Egg Nog

INGREDIENTS

4 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
12 oz. Virgin Egg Nog

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a mug. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

 

 

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Ciroc Apple Cocktails To Pucker Up To

CIROC Apple Martini

Well, that came out of nowhere. Pleased to meet you, Ciroc Apple Infused Vodka. Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Ciroc has welcomed yet another flavor to its portfolio. According to a press release, Ciroc Apple Infused Vodka “boasts a vivid green apple flavor infused with a touch of ripeness and a subtly smooth, crisp finish.” Be sure to check out these cocktails when you do get your hands on a bottle of Ciroc Apple Infused Vodka. Cheers!

CÎROC APPLE MARTINI
1.5oz. CÎROC™ APPLE
Garnish: Apple Wheel

Shaken with ice and double-strained

THE BIG APPLE
1.5oz. CÎROC™ APPLE
3oz. Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
Garnish: Apple Slice

CÎROC APPLE & SODA
1.5oz. CÎROC™ APPLE
3oz. Club Soda
Twist of Lime
Garnish: Lime Wedge

CÎROC APPLE & APPLE
1.5oz. CÎROC™ APPLE
3oz. Apple Juice
Garnish: Lime Wedge

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The Spookiest, Ghouliest Halloween Cocktails

Plundering Pumpkin 2

As much as I enjoyed receiving free candy from random neighbors as a kid, you have to admit that Halloween is pretty darn amazing as an adult. You still get to dress up. And as an adult there’s the endless parties. Oh, the parties! From ghoulish house parties to more frightening affairs, you’re bound to find some fun to get into this Halloween. And if you plan on throwing your own Halloween celebration, you need to A. Invite me and B. Check out these frighteningly delicious, Halloween-inspired cocktails from Captain Morgan, Snow Leopard Vodka, DeLeon Tequila, and more!

The Plundering Pumpkin (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum
3 oz. Pumpkin Beer
1 oz. Ginger Ale

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice, garnish and stir.

Basil Hayden's Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar
¾ part Pumpkin Puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

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Sexy Cocktails To Get You In The Mood

Sexy Cocktails

We’ve all heard of foods and dishes that contain sexually stimulating properties, but did you know that cocktails can also work as aphrodisiacs?

Drinking a cocktail may seem counter-intuitive for arousal given that alcohol is a depressant, and there are a plethora of beverages–ones typically used to make alcoholic drinks–that also suppress your libido, such as soda, according to YourTango.com. But mixologists have found a way to combine common sexually boosting ingredients into delicious, and some rather out-of-the ordinary cocktails. And despite science pretty much proving that alcohol inhibits performance in the bedroom, a study conducted by Adameve.com showed that 79 percent of the participants actually enjoy sex when they drink beforehand.

Without further ado, here are some of the sexy concoctions that you should sample with your partner:

Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth

In Eastern medicine, ginger is widely known as a libido booster that can literally heat you up. Like ginger, cinnamon also has both medicinal and sensual powers. Together with cloves, black tea, and cardamom, they make the flavor profile of chai, which will be used to elevate the taste of the sweet vermouth. Expert mixologist Dushan Zaric explains that, “The resulting flavor is so sexy that you will feel like you have been kissed by a beautiful belly dancer,” and is a key ingredient for one of his other stimulating cocktails called the Matahari.

INGREDIENTS

1 in-long piece of ginger, coarsely chopped
8 cloves
8 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp chai
2 L Cinzano sweet vermouth

DIRECTIONS

Heat the first four ingredients in a pan. Add the tea and then 2 cups of vermouth to begin with, and then boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and after letting it cool completely, mix the rest of the vermouth in. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, then pour it into a bottle and store at room temperature.

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