Retro Cocktails To Sip During Your “Stranger Things” & “The Get Down” Binge-A-Thon

The Get Down

“Stranger Things” gave me life, last month. And now I’m receiving even more life thanks to “The Get Down.” In addition to being binge-worthy, Netflix hits, “Stranger Things” and “The Get Down” have also given us a nice dose of nostalgia. Hello shiny disco balls, perfectly-picked afros, and awkwardly over-sized glasses (sup Barb?).

While you prepare to watch either television show, which you definitely should, be sure to consider these retro cocktails for nostalgia in booze form.

Hailing from the disco era is the Langham Colada. Although pretty similar to the pina colada, the Langham Colada also calls for coconut water and two, different types of rum. [Recipe]

Although the Cosmopolitan gained popularity thanks to the Lushworthy gals from “Sex & The City,” the fruity drink was a popular sip in the 1970s. Simply combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice to make this cocktail. [Recipe]

Fuzzy Navel

Birthed in the 1980s, the Fuzzy Navel serves as yet another fruity addition to our list of nostalgia-inducing drinks. Created decades ago by bartender Ray Foley, the Fuzzy Navel became quite popular among younger drinkers. [Recipe]

While the Long Island Iced Tea is a personal enemy of mine, it also peaked in popularity in the 70s. Packed with all the booze you can think of, the Long Island Iced Tea became a favorite among many due to its relatively smooth taste. But beware, it packs quite a punch. Trust me, I would know. [Recipe]

During one episode of “The Get Down,” I watched as one character made a big-batch punch using Bacardi 151. Some call it Hunch Punch, some might not call it anything at all, but big-batch punch made using cheap likka and fruit punch was pretty major in the 80s. [Recipe]

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This Lemon-Pineapple Shandy Is The Shandy You Need In Your Life, This Summer

 

Lemon-Pineapple Shandy

Please don’t judge me, but it took a minute before I became hip to the shandy. For those unfamiliar, the shandy is a refreshing combination of beer and soda and/or juice. It’s basically a beer cocktail, and it’s delicious. I was recently tasked with creating my own shandy as part of Guinness Blonde American Lager’s Guinness Blonde Shandy Challenge.

I knew I wanted a lemon-y ingredient and also something that was a bit unexpected. After a visit to my local farmer’s market, I ended up with lemonade and pineapple soda as the ingredients for my shandy, which I’ve appropriately named the Lemon-Pineapple Shandy. Beware, my penchant for creative cocktail names is contagious.

Another thing I love about the shandy is how easy it is to make. Simply combine your ingredients in a tall glass and give it a stir, if you like. See, even the stir isn’t really needed. Given that you need this shandy in your life this summer, I’ll go ahead and get to the good stuff…the recipe.

You can find the recipe to my Lemon-Pineapple Shandy, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

4 Parts Guinness Blonde American Lager
1 Part Lemonade
1 Part Pineapple Soda
Lime Wheel

DIRECTIONS

Combine all  liquid ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

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These Cocktails Prove That Green Tea Is A Great Addition To Spring Drinks

Green Tea Cocktail

As much as people love green tea, the green-hued beverage often gets overlooked as a mixer for cocktails. Who would think that your morning staple would make for an amazing martini? I’ve done some cocktail experimenting of my own using green tea as a mixer, but there’s a ton of cocktails that take their cue from one of the trendiest cocktail ingredients this spring.

There’s the “Kinky Tea,” which is a simple combination of green tea, BULLDOG Gin, Splenda syrup, and fresh lemon. If you like your cocktails with a little added flair, the “Green Tea Mojito” is a green tea cocktail that draws inspiration from the classic mojito.

You can find recipes to both the “Kinky Tea” and “Green Tea Mojito,” below. Cheers!

Kinky Tea

INGREDIENTS

1 bag green tea
3 ounces BULLDOG Gin
2 lemon slices
1/4 ounce Splenda syrup*

DIRECTIONS

Put tea bag into a glass with gin and heat for 30 seconds. Remove tea bag, squeeze one lemon slice into gin, and add simple syrup. Transfer to an ice-filled shaker, shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with remaining lemon slice.

*To make Splenda syrup, heat two parts Splenda and one part water over low heat in a saucepan, stirring until Splenda fully dissolves.

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The “Soltado Cookie Monster” Might Be The Ultimate 4/20 Cocktail

Weed Day Cocktail

With 4/20 serving as Weed Day, Soltado Tequila has come up with a cocktail recipe that is sure to help with any Weed Day-induced munchies. In addition to featuring Soltado Tequila, the “Soltado Cookie Monster” is also made using a cannabis flavored vodka, which serves as an added bonus for those of you who prefer your Mary Jane in liquid form. And the addition of vanilla ice cream and Kahlua takes this cocktail to decadently delicious levels. You can find the recipe for the “Soltado Cookie Monster,” below. Cheers!

Soltado Cookie Monster

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
Vanilla ice cream
1 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
.5 oz cannabis flavored vodka
Dash of chocolate bitters
Chocolate cookies, crumbled
Garnish: whipped cream and chocolate syrup

DIRECTIONS

Pour Soltado tequila and coffee liqueur into a tall glass, add vodka, ice cream and cookies, top with chocolate bitters. Stir gently. Garnish as desired.

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Three-Ingredient, Spring Cocktails You’ll Love This Season

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Colada

If you’re short on time or just don’t have the effort needed to craft a cocktail that calls for more ingredients than your last dinner, these three-ingredient cocktails are a must. They’re also perfect for Spring, thanks to the addition of fruit-flavored spirits, fresh juice, and colorful hues. Check out Spring-inspired, three-ingredient cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Soltado Tequila and more, below. Cheers!

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Colada (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1 Part Cocolopez® Cream of Coconut
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Ice

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a stemmed Hurricane glass and garnish with lemon zest.

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Cocktails To Fuel The Final Four Frenzy Within

Cannon Blast Shot

Final Four frenzy is in the air, and it’s electric! I also haven’t watched a single game, so clearly no electricity on this end. But, just with any major event, there’s a number of Final Four-inspired cocktails that are just waiting to be sipped.

Like your drinks in shot form? Well, there’s the The Buzzer Beater, courtesy of Captain Morgan Cannon Blast. Like your booze a tad fancier? The Three Pointer is your guy, thanks to a combination of Crown Royal Deluxe, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Check out recipes for The Buzzer Beater, The Three Pointer and more, below.

Cheers! And may all your Tuesdays be tipsy.

The Buzzer Beater (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Cannon Blast
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice

DIRECTIONS

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

Crown Royal DeluxeThe Three Pointer

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz. Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

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