Forget The OJ: Mimosa Alternatives Perfect For Your Holiday Brunch

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Tis’ the season to let the mimosas chill for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, mimosas are great. But for me, they aren’t very indicative of the holiday season. Instead of serving up your standard mimosas during your holiday brunch, why not switch things up this year?

Not ready to ditch the bubbly just yet? The “Absolut Shining Star” is pretty similar to the mimosa, but instead of OJ and prosecco, it calls for cranberry cordial, sparkling wine, and vodka. For another brunch-friendly option, there’s “The 8th Day” cocktail from Havana Club. A decadent combination of Havana Club, chai tea, and coconut milk, “The 8th Day” is a boozy must for the holidays.

Check out recipes for both cocktails and more, below. Cheers!

The 8th Day (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
3 parts Chai Tea
1 ¾ parts coconut milk
1 part simple syrup or 1tbs white sugar

DIRECTIONS

Hot: Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat, do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, adding rum last and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick

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INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 parts Absolut Elektrik
1/2 part Cranberry Cordial
3 parts Sparkling Wine

DIRECTIONS

Add Absolut and champagne. Gently pour cranberry cordial into glass so it sinks to the bottom of the flute. Garnish with clove studded orange twist (cut orange twist and insert whole clove into orange twist.

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Let These Crown Royal Vanilla Cocktails Get You In The Holiday Spirit

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If you’re like me, then you’re probably finding it hard to believe that we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of yet another holiday season. Thankfully though, the newly-released Crown Royal Vanilla has a handful of cocktails that are sure to get you in the mood. The holiday mood, that is. 

The Vanilla Old Fashioned is definitely calling my name, but I’m sure that in addition to the cocktails below, Crown Royal Vanilla likely works well with egg nog, hot chocolate, apple cider, and other holiday beverages. So, grab yourself a bottle and toast to your newfound holiday cheer. 

Vanilla Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS

0.25 oz. Simply Syrup
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
3 dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Peel Twist

DIRECTIONS

In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.

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Captain Morgan Joins The Pumpkin Spice Frenzy With Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

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Upon walking into Target yesterday, I immediately locked eyes on a tank top that read: “You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice.” [Sigh] The leaves have yet to hit the ground and already pumpkin spice is invading coffee shops and big-name retailers across the nation. And with news of Captain Morgan’s pumpkin-inspired, Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, pumpkin spice has now entered the world of booze. 

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is described as “a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices.” I’m not gonna lie, I’m curious. And from the description, it sounds like the latest from Captain Morgan could mix really well with Baileys Pumpkin Spice (or similar). 

With the news of their latest flavor, the folks over at Captain Morgan have concocted the fall-friendly, Apple Jack-O cocktail, which sounds like a win. You can find the full recipe, below.

Also, the limited-edition Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast can be purchased for $15.99 (750 ml bottle). Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
4 oz. chilled apple cider

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

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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

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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

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“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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