Pumpkin Cocktails You Can Enjoy Without Guilt, Before Fall Starts

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I’m sure the pumpkin-obsessed are just counting down the days until fall starts. In only a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to sip on your pumpkin-nutmeg chai latte while nibbling on a pumpkin-brown butter cookie, with zero guilt. In all honesty though, who says you have to wait until September 22 to indulge in all things pumpkin? Absolutely no one! There are some amazing, pumpkin cocktails out there that are still summer-friendly. To hold you over before fall, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best, so you can live your pumpkin-loving life to the fullest. Cheers!

Pumpkin Pie White Russian – It only makes sense to start off with a cocktail I made for Lushworthy almost two years ago. Although it was created smack dab in the middle of fall, it’s still a great, dessert-y cocktail to enjoy as late summer nears. [Recipe – Lushworthy.com]

Smashing Pumpkin – Rum is my absolute favorite spring/summer spirit, and this cocktail is made using just that. With the addition of homemade lemon-pumpkin soda, the Smashing Pumpkin is one of few pumpkin cocktails that’s also refreshing. [Recipe – Liquor.com]

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The Ciroc Mango Cocktails You Have To Make Before The End Of Summer

Ciroc Mango Cocktails

After receiving some bogus intel from rapper French Montana via Snapchat, it has now been confirmed that Ciroc Mango is the newest Ciroc flavor. Congrats to all you mango-loving, Ciroc sippers out there. Personally, the only tropical fruit flavor I really rock with is pineapple, but I can imagine that Ciroc Mango would make for some pretty tasty, end of summer cocktails. In fact, I’ve created a handful of Ciroc cocktails that I think will be a worthy addition to your Labor Day festivities, or any festivity for that matter.

It’s currently unclear when Ciroc Mango will be released, so for your convenience I’ve gone ahead and made recipe cards for my cocktails, so you can easily print and/or save them. Cheers!

Mango Arnold Palmer
Serves 1
A boozy take on the Arnold Palmer.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
  2. 3 oz. Sweet Tea
  3. 2 oz. Simply Lemonade Mango
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
  2. Stir and garnish with mango wedge.
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Ciroc Tropical Punch
Serves 1
A boozy tropical punch made using Ciroc Mango, Ciroc Coconut, and Ciroc Pineapple.
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Ingredients
  1. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Mango
  2. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Pineapple
  3. 0.5 oz. Ciroc Coconut
  4. 3 oz. Mango Juice
  5. 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  6. Lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice.
  2. Stir and top with a splash of fresh lime juice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.
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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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