I feel like it was just yesterday when the only dishes I enjoyed with a side of bacon were pancakes or scrambled eggs with extra cheese. Now bacon is everywhere. It’s in candy. It’s in brownies. And please believe it’s definitely in cocktails as well. I’m a big supporter of bacon, so I’m not complaining. In fact, I fully plan on celebrating International Bacon Day with a bacon-inspired cocktail in hand. I’m still weighing my options, but this Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail, which is made using bacon infused vodka and Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, could be the move.
What do you bacon fanatics think? Is the Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail a good celebratory drink for International Bacon Day?
Crisp Apple & Bacon Cocktail (Created by Hayley Jensen)
1 oz. bacon infused vodka
Splash maple syrup
Dash of bitters
4 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Stir over ice, strain into a glass (martini suggested), garnish with a brandied cherry and small strip of bacon.
I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post right now. Is summer over already? I mean, I know we’ve got a gazillion more weeks of sweltering heat left here in Atlanta, but I’m surprised that we’ve almost knocked out yet another season this year. Thankfully though, this Labor Day weekend is sure to be a cocktail-filled one, so I can leave my bewilderment at the door at least for a few days.
No need to fret over what sips you should serve this holiday weekend because I’ve compiled a list of drink recipes from Skinnygirl, Belvedere Vodka, 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, and a handful of other boozy brands, that are sure to please even the most finicky of cocktail lovers..Cheers to a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
South Of The Border (Created By Mixologist Lynnette Marrero)(Pictured Above)
1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23
1/3 ounce Myers Dark Rum
1/3 ounce Orange Curaçao
2/3 ounce Perfect Puree Passion Fruit
1/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 ounce Orgeat Syrup
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Mint Sprig & Orange Slice for Garnish
Combine Zacapa Rum 23, Myers Dark Rum, orange curaçao, perfect puree passion fruit, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and aromatic bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and orange slice.
I’m not gonna lie, the idea of cooking with booze scares me a little bit. You can’t tell me that the explosion of fire that results from flambeing a dish isn’t a little on the intimidating side. Thankfully though, not every booze-infused dish comes with the risk of singeing off one’s eyebrows. The folks at Crown Royal and Captain Morgan have come up with a handful of dishes that are made using either whiskey or rum and are perfect for this weekend’s Labor Day festivities.
Check out their recipes for BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites made with a rum-infused spicy sweet BBQ sauce and Brats With [Crown Royal] Maple-ized Onions.
Nonstick cooking spray
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. (half pound) bacon, cut into thirds
1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Wrap each chicken piece with a small strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet. Brush with BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, brush bites with more BBQ sauce, and return to oven. Bake for 15 more minutes. Serve warm.
Boozy popsicles have become somewhat of a summer staple this season. They may not pack a lot of punch, but they’re a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite spirits when the summer heat is at its peak.
It’s somewhat rare to come across a spiked popsicle recipe that calls for the addition of bourbon, so I was pretty excited when I came across two recipes for popsicles that are made using Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. They were created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Rob Floyd and both sound and look pretty amazing. Check out the recipes below, cheers!
Basil Hayden’s Berry American
7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup
2 parts Water
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Strawberries, medium size
Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.
If you plan on celebrating National Tequila Day by downing tequila shots with the assistance of a slice of lime and a lick of salt then please step away from that bag of organic limes, canister of Morton Salt, and cheap tequila, my friend. All those blue agave plants didn’t sacrifice themselves just so you could celebrate National Tequila Day like an overeager undergrad. No bueno. So, when this latest boozy holiday does roll around this Thursday (July 24), you should definitely consider one of these carefully-crafted, tequila-heavy recipes from Herradura, Don Julio, Sauza, and a handful of other tequila brands. Cheers!
Pineapple Serrano Margarita(Pictured Above)
2 oz. Herradura Silver
3 cubic inches of pineapple diced
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.
Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a chili and a star Anise pod.
It’s always an occasion when a new Ciroc flavor is announced and with the announcement that Ciroc Pineapple is the latest addition to the Diageo-owned brand, the internet has been in a mild frenzy. A frenzy that I fully stand behind.
Ciroc Pineapple makes absolute and perfect sense. It’s a perfect companion to their Ciroc Coconut and is an ideal vodka flavor all around. It’s also a far cry from the confusing Ciroc Amaretto (vodka and amaretto?? who?? what??), which I can safely assume hasn’t done all that well since its release nearly one year ago.
Ciroc Pineapple is obviously not on shelves just yet, but I did come up with a drink recipe that I think will make for an amazing, summer cocktail. I’ve dubbed it the Ciroc Colada! Clever, eh? Check it out below.
2 oz. Coco Lopez Cream Of Coconut
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Ciroc Coconut
1/2 oz. Ciroc Pineapple
1 Cup Ice
Add all ingredients (minus pineapple wedge) to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.
With World Cup fever at an all time high here in the states, it seems that the home of the brave is full of patriotism these days. And with the Fourth Of Julyright around the corner it couldn’t have come at a better time. Whether you plan on celebrating Independence Day with friends, family, or even solo this weekend, I’m sure you’ll be celebrating with a cocktail in hand. I mean, if we’re being honest here booze is just as important as barbeque when it comes to the Fourth. So, a number of spirits brands have created drink recipes just for the holiday weekend. Check out a few below and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth Of July!
Herradura’s Red, White and Blue Berries (Pictured Above)
1½ oz. Herradura Silver
2 ½ oz. coconut water
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. lime juice
Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over crushed ice in to a tall glass. Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.
The first time I ever had a Rum & Coke Float I was at Seven Lamps, an eatery here in Atlanta. My friend Talaia (of WholeYum.com) and I developed a mild obsession with their off-the-menu burger, so we were there to happily get our carnivore on. I decided to order a Rum & Coke Float to sip on before our burgers came out and my goodness, it was delicious! I’ve never been a big fan of floats, but I decided to take a chance on Seven Lamps’ float since it had rum in it. I mean, what normal person says “no” to desserts with rum in them?
Mind you, all of that was nearly two years ago. And out of nowhere this week, I decided that I wanted to create my own Rum & Coke Float. So, I put my bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 to good use and created my latest Lushworthy Creation. I can’t remember what rum was used in Seven Lamps’ float, but the Captain Morgan 1671 is clutch (my new word for the month, and yes, “clutch” is a good thing). It’s a sipping rum, so it offers hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate, which are all flavors that are perfect for floats.
All in all, the Rum & Coke Float is super easy to make and hella tasty. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
Rum & Coke Float
2 oz. Captain Morgan 1671
2 Scoops Of Vanilla Ice Cream (Don’t get crazy with the scoops, people. You merely need two regular, civilized scoops of ice cream)
Coca-Cola (Or Pepsi. I live in Atlanta, so it’s practically law that we use Coke instead of Pepsi)
Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Add Captain Morgan 1671. Fill glass with Coke and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry if you’re feeling fancy.
I feel like it was just yesterday when I was bombarding you guys with all kinds of cold weather-friendly cocktails and now I’m about to sling some Memorial Day-inspired drinks your way. So, get excited! With the unofficial start of summer taking place this weekend, a number of brands are rolling out drink recipes that are perfect for the warmer months. Think spiked punches, pina coladas, margaritas, and other boozy sips. So, if you’re in the market for a boozy addition to your Memorial Day weekend festivities then be sure to check out the drink recipes below.
Drink recipes come courtesy of Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl, Sauza Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, and Pinnacle Vodka. Cheers!
Weekender’s Punch (Pictured Above)
8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
12 parts Riesling
3 parts Lemonade
4/5 part Lemon Simple Syrup
Combine all but Riesling in a punch bowl and refrigerate. Add Riesling at service. (Serves 8)
With Cinco de Mayo taking place on a Monday (womp womp), a number of people including myself got the party started a little early this year. Over the weekend I hosted a Cinco de Mayo get together in my backyard, which proved to be most ideal given the picture perfect weather on Saturday. The margaritas were of course plentiful thanks to Sauzatequila who sent over a bottle of Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila and their new Sauza Sparkling Margarita Watermelon.
Sauza has plenty of unique margarita recipes, which I’ve listed below, but I was in the mood for something a little more traditional, so I stuck with a basic margarita. But for presentation’s sake I did add a handful of strawberries and lime slices to the pitcher of margaritas. Definitely a wise move. It looked pretty darn amazing and drew a bunch of ultra-inquistive “Mmm…what’s in this?!” from partygoers. Also, I have to say that I love the convenience of the Sauza Sparkling Margarita line. It’s a ready-to-serve beverage, so there’s no mixing involved. Just pour and add a garnish if you like, and you’re good to go.
Now we all know that no Cinco de Mayo shindig is complete without some serious grub. In addition to Herdez salsa and chips, I also made a bunch of quesadillas using Herdez’ Traditional Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but they were thee bomb. Not the bomb, but thee bomb. For some tragic reason I’ve never made quesadillas using any type of sauce and now that I have it’s definitely an ingredient I will always use. As you can see from the picture below, I used the Herdez cooking sauce while sauteing the chicken and jalapenos, which were later placed in the quesadillas along with some shredded cheese.