Celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day With Crown Royal’s “Very Vanilla Shake”

I love ice cream almost as much as I love booze. But to be honest, I don’t have a lot of love in my heart for vanilla ice cream. It’s just so…vanilla. Thankfully though, in honor of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, which takes place today (July 23), mixologist Brian Floyd has created a drink recipe that takes vanilla ice cream to Lushworthy heights. The recipe for the Very Vanilla Shake is super simple, given that it only calls for Crown Royal Vanilla, vanilla ice cream, and mole bitters. 

You can find the full recipe to the Very Vanilla Shake in the image above. Cheers!

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5 Christmas In July Cocktails You Need For Instant Holiday Cheer

I always thought the idea of “Christmas In July” was merely a marketing tool to get people to bust out their wallets months ahead of the Christmas holiday. But after talking to a friend about a “Christmas In July” house party crawl they’re taking part in this month (so awesome!), I realized that the idea of “Christmas In July” extends far beyond premature holiday shopping. In fact, it’s down right boozy. 

I absolutely love, love, love holiday cocktails. They’re just so rich, decadent, and cheery! So, the idea of taking a break from your standard summer cocktails for a dessert-y, holiday-inspired drank is super enticing to me. And to help you celebrate “Christmas In July,” I’ve added the recipe to my Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters, and a handful of other holiday-heavy cocktails. Cheers!

Minty Hot Chocolate Shooters (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 Cup Cooled Hot Chocolate
Whipped Cream
Crushed Peppermint

DIRECTIONS

Prepare hot chocolate. Allow time to cool. Pour cooled, hot chocolate in a shaker with ice. Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into shaker. Shake and strain into shot glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. (Should fill approximately six shot glasses)

Holiday Horchata

INGREDIENTS

1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
½ part coconut water
½ part almond milk

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice to chill. Shake, strain and pour into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.

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The Old Fashioned Is Hands Down The Father’s Day Drink Of Choice

If you’ve found yourself in a last-minute bind when it comes to a gift for dad this Father’s Day, let the gift of booze be your saving grace. Last week, I took part in a live Tips And Sips video workshop with Maker’s Mark in honor of Father’s Day. My favorite part of the workshop was when Pamela Wiznitzer (National President of the United States Bartender’s Guild) showed us how to make two, different Old Fashioneds. I personally love Old Fashioneds, so it was pretty cool learning how to make one from an expert.

And since dads love simplicity, I am hereby declaring the Old Fashioned the official (but mostly unofficial) cocktail of choice for Father’s Day. So, grab yourself a bottle of Maker’s Mark for dad, and check out this Old Fashioned recipe from Pam Wiz. 

Pam Wiznitzer’s Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Maker’s 46
3 dashes bitters of choice (i.e., Angostura or 18.21)
Simple syrup of choice (i.e., cinnamon or tea-infused)
Citrus of choice (orange, lemon or grapefruit)

DIRECTIONS

In a rocks glass, muddle choice of syrup with choice of sliced citrus. Add ice, Maker’s 46 and bitters. Stir and enjoy.

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Captain Morgan Creates A Boozy Take On The Unicorn Frappuccino With Their Loco Unicorn

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of or seen a million Instagram photos of Starbucks’ new Unicorn Frappuccino. Given the swift popularity of this latest drank from Starbucks, it was only a matter of time before a boozy version of the Unicorn Frappuccino surfaced. And it looks like Captain Morgan is one of the first to throw their hat in the ring. Their boozy, pastel-hued concoction is called the Loco Unicorn. And based on the list of ingredients, it actually sounds pretty darn good. The Loco Unicorn is a Lushworthy combination of Captain Morgan LocoNut, coconut water, grenadine, and genuine curacao liqueur. 

You can find the full recipe to Captain Morgan’s Loco Unicorn, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS 

6 oz. Coconut Water
2 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
0.25 oz. Grenadine
0.25 oz. Genuine Curacao Liqueur

DIRECTIONS

Wet the rim of a 13 oz. highball glass with water and dip the glass in edible glitter to form a rim. Fill the glass with ice, and then add the coconut water and Captain Morgan LocoNut. Stir with a straw or spoon. Drizzle the Grenadine over the cocktail first so it sits at the bottom, and then drizzle the Curacao second, so it sits on the top.

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Learn How To Make Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream Courtesy Of #HomeIsTheKey

I recently had the opportunity to flex my very limited cooking skills at Sur La Table as part of an “Advanced Skills for Adventurous Cooks” class held by Habitat For Humanity’s Home Is The Key program. The menu for the class boasted a handful of intricate eats, including salt block scallops with classic beurre blanc and a beluga lentil sandal with preserved lemon vinaigrette.

Given that I’m in the business of all things Lushworthy, one of my favorites from the evening was the smoked bourbon vanilla ice cream. It was so rich and surprisingly easy to make. In case you’re interested in making your own batch of smoked bourbon vanilla ice cream, which I highly suggest, I’ve listed the full recipe below.

Also, be sure to share the #HomeIsTheKey hashtag on social media. Every time the hashtag is used (up until April 30), Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat For Humanity’s Home Is The Key program. You can also make your own donation, and learn more about Home Is The Key by visiting Habitat.org

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream, Divided
Wood Chips For Smoking
1 Cup Whole Milk
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
6 Large Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
2 Tablespoons Bourbon

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These Ciroc Summer Colada Recipes Will Ensure That Your Spring/Summer Is LIT

On April 1, the new Ciroc Summer Colada is set to hit shelves nationwide. With Ciroc Coconut and Ciroc Pineapple both serving as major hits for the vodka brand, Summer Colada is sure to be as lit, turnt, [insert flame emoji here] as a spirit can get. Although the latest boozy addition has yet to be released, I went ahead and put on my Lushworthy thinking cap to craft the following drink recipes. Check ’em out!

Lime Love

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Ciroc Summer Colada
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash Of Lemon-Lime Soda (Optional)
Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine Ciroc Summer Colada and pineapple juice in a glass with ice. Stir and top off with lemon-lime soda and lime juice. Garnish with lime wheel.

Epic Summer Punch

INGREDIENTS

1 part Ciroc Summer Colada
1 part Ciroc Mango
3 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Mango Juice
Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheels

DIRECTIONS

Build ingredients in a large pitcher. Squeeze the juice of about one and a half limes. Stir and add lime wheels to pitcher. 

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