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!
4 Parts Guinness Blonde American Lager
1 Part Lemonade
1 Part Pineapple Soda
Combine all liquid ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.
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!
1 bag green tea
3 ounces BULLDOG Gin
2 lemon slices
1/4 ounce Splenda syrup*
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.
With 4/20 serving as Weed Day, Soltado Tequilahas 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
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
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.
If you’re short on time or just don’t have the effort needed to craft a cocktail that calls for more ingredients than your last dinner, these three-ingredient cocktails are a must. They’re also perfect for Spring, thanks to the addition of fruit-flavored spirits, fresh juice, and colorful hues. Check out Spring-inspired, three-ingredient cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Soltado Tequila and more, below. Cheers!
Final Four frenzy is in the air, and it’s electric! I also haven’t watched a single game, so clearly no electricity on this end. But, just with any major event, there’s a number of Final Four-inspired cocktails that are just waiting to be sipped.
Like your drinks in shot form? Well, there’s the The Buzzer Beater, courtesy of Captain Morgan Cannon Blast. Like your booze a tad fancier? The Three Pointer is your guy, thanks to a combination of Crown Royal Deluxe, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Check out recipes for The Buzzer Beater, The Three Pointer and more, below.
Cheers! And may all your Tuesdays be tipsy.
The Buzzer Beater (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Cannon Blast
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
The Three Pointer
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz. Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
Combine ingredients in an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.
You know what I love about Valentine’s Day? All-chocolate-everything and pink-and-red-for-the-win. Can’t go wrong with lots of chocolate and a dope color combo. So, when that translates to cocktails it’s even more of a win. Whether you’re rolling solo, rolling with the homies, or happen to be booed-up this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ve got a handful of cocktail selections that are sure to sweeten the deal. Check ’em out below!