Fed Up With Winter? This “Take Me To The Tropics Martini” Is Your Escape

Take Me To The Tropics Martini

“I need a vacation,” said everyone across America. The holidays are over. It’s cold. And Netflix needs to step its game up. Suffice it to say that people are about fed up this time of year. While it would be great to jet over to the tropics for a week or so of fun in the sun, not everyone’s that lucky. Well, what’s the second best option to a week in paradise? Booze! Specifically the “Take Me To The Tropics Martini,” I created in the Lushworthy Lab.

The “Take Me To The Tropics Martini” is tart, fruity bliss, thanks to a combination of Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Campari, and fresh lime juice. To bring down all that tartness, I added a bit of honey. Simple syrup can also be used instead. 

Check out the full recipe below, and I’ll see you in paradise. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
0.5 oz. Campari
0.5 tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 tbsp. Honey

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

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The “Honey-Lime Margarita” Is The Easy-To-Make Cocktail You Need In 2017

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When it comes to making cocktails at home, I tend to get a little lazy. I’m all for grabbing a ready-to-serve cocktail or a pre-made cocktail mixer at the grocery store. All major Lushworthy fouls, I know. So, over the holidays I was set on creating a cocktail that’s super easy and quick to make, and also serves as a drink my friends and fam would love.

After a little experimenting, I created the Honey-Lime Margarita. This particular cocktail only calls for three ingredients: Dulce Vida Lime Tequila, honey, and fresh lime juice. And if you already have your fresh lime juice on hand, the Honey-Lime Margarita can be made in only a handful of minutes. Check out the recipe, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Dulce Vida Lime Tequila
1 oz. Honey
2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

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3 Decadent Cocktails Way Better Than Holiday Dessert

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Apple pie? Love it. Cheesecake? Please hand me two slices. With the exception of fruit cake, I absolutely love a good dessert, especially during the holidays. But if your dessert table is in need of revamping this holiday season, try incorporating a few dessert cocktails. You can up the ante on your standard, boozy hot chocolate with Zacapa’s Peppermint Rum Cocoa or indulge in Smirnoff’s deliciously decadent Gingerbread Martini.

You can find recipes for both the Peppermint Rum Cocoa and Gingerbread Martini, below. Cheers!

Gingerbread Martini (2 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz Smirnoff Vodka
3 oz Irish cream
2 tbsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz cream
Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine Smirnoff, Irish cream, gingerbread syrup, vanilla extract, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed gingerbread cookies and whipped cream.

peppermint-vodka-chocolate-martini-largeChocolate Peppermint Martini (2 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
2 oz crème de cacao
1 oz chocolate liquor
2 oz cream chocolate sauce
Crushed peppermint

DIRECTIONS

Combine Smirnoff, crème de cacao, cream chocolate sauce, and chocolate liquor in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with crushed peppermint or peppermint stick.

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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

absolut-shining-starAbsolut Shining Star

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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