If you plan on hosting an Easter brunch with friends and/or family, I’m sure the last thing you want to worry about is whipping up a cocktail for each and every person. This is exactly the kind of situation where big batch cocktails come in handy. All you have to do is get your hands on a nice punch bowl or cocktail dispenser and you’re halfway there. For my Easter brunch-inspired cocktail, I went with a jug-style, cocktail dispenser from Pottery Barn. It features a stainless steel spigot with a silicone gasket, so there’s no drip-drop-drip-drippety-drop to worry about.
The big batch cocktail I created was the Perfectly Peachy Punch. It’s refreshingly fruity, and the addition of Ciroc Peach adds a nice amount of boozy kick. Add a few lime and lemon wheels as your garnish and your big batch cocktail is ready to be enjoyed by the masses.
I’m sure quite a few of you (I won’t name any names) are still nursing hangovers from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend, so I’d like to issue a friendly reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is actually this Tuesday (March 17). And with a little experimentation and a bottle of Teeling Irish Whiskey, I’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that surely isn’t for the faint of heart. I’ve added a spicy kick to the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail thanks to the addition of fresh jalapeno, and created what I’ve dubbed “The Spicy Shamrock.”
Check out “The Spicy Shamrock” recipe below, and cheers to a Lushworthy, St. Patrick’s Day!
1.5 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Water
1.5 tsp Sugar
2 Jalapeno Slices
Add Teeling Irish Whiskey to a shaker with no ice. Add one jalapeno slice and muddle. Add fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, and ice. Shake contents. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, using both the shaker strainer and a mesh strainer to capture any seeds from the jalapeno. Garnish with jalapeno slice and maraschino cherry.
As a spirits writer, a handful of mismatched cocktail glasses here and there doesn’t even begin to explain my glassware struggle. I’ve got about a dozen souvenir glasses and not a single, complete set of cocktail glasses in sight. For most of us, spring cleaning usually means ditching your old threads or giving your floorboards a good dusting. Despite being a vital part of the home, glassware and any other kitchenware tends to get neglected during the spring cleaning process. Hence a plethora of chipped mugs, cloudy souvenir glasses, and other maladies hidden behind closed (cabinet) doors.
With spring right around the corner, I finally chose to give my glassware a minor makeover. First off, I ditched any glassware that’s chipped, cracked, or looks like it may be older than my nine-year-old cousin. And to add a nice amount of spring flair, I purchased a set of green, Victorian tumblers from Pottery Barn. They’re a perfect size for cocktails and their spring-friendly, green hue adds a much-needed dose of colorful flair to my glassware.
As delicious as Nutella and whiskey are as separate entities, it’s almost shameful that the two aren’t paired together more often. What gives, people?! For my latest Lushworthy Creation, I did what’s right and combined both Nutella and Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey for a boozy shake that’s out of this world. Seriously, it’s so out of this world, I’m certain that at this very moment, E.T. is sipping on my Boozy Nutella Shake while G-chatting with Elliott.
Anywho, enough extraterrestrial talk, cheers to warmer days ahead and plenty of boozy shake-sipping in the near future! The full Boozy Nutella Shake With Pecan Pie Whiskey recipe can be found below.
2 Tablespoons Nutella
1.5 oz Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey
1 Cup Milk
Handful of Ice
Combine Nutella, Piehole Pecan Pie Whiskey, milk, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a mason jar. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. (Note: Ice cream can be used instead of milk and ice.)
I hate to choose favorites, but I will say that the margarita is definitely top five as far as cocktails are concerned, in my opinion. With that being said, I’m pretty amped for National Margarita Day next week. It takes place on a Sunday (February 22) this year, so… “Mimosa who? Bellini what??” If you plan on celebrating National Margarita Day during a brunch with friends then I’ve got the perfect drink recipe.
I recently received a bottle of Casa Noble Crystal Tequila to create a unique National Margarita Day recipe with, and since I love the combination of tequila and lemonade, I chose to jazz it up a bit and create a Sparkling Lemonade Margarita. In addition to lemonade and tequila, this particular margarita also calls for fresh lime juice and lemon-lime soda. And it is oh-so-delicious.
You can find my Sparkling Lemonade Margarita recipe below. Cheers!
1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
4 oz Simply Lemonade
Splash Of Sprite
Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice
Combine Casa Noble Crystal Tequila and Simply Lemonade in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top off with a splash of fresh lime juice and Sprite. Garnish with lime wheel.
Now that we’re well into the month of February, the countdown to find a boo, bae, sweetheart, etc. by Valentine’s Day is officially on and popping. If it appears that cupid’s letting you down, no need to worry. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to link up with friends and swoon over Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and other boos-in-your-head while enjoying a V-Day-inspired cocktail. In fact, save any saltiness for that cocktail. Wait, what? Bear with me here, people…
As a member of The Bar Insiders, I was recently challenged with creating a Valentine’s Day cocktail using Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème. My cocktail creation is the “My Salty Valentine,” a decadent combination of Baileys Salted Caramel, Ketel One Vodka, and Caramel Frappuccino (the bottled kind). And to add some extra V-Day vibes, I topped the cocktail off with a dash of maraschino cherry juice.
You can find the “My Salty Valentine” recipe below. And for added cocktail inspiration this Valentine’s Day check out my Pinterest board for the special occasion. Cheers!
1 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Crème
0.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
1 oz. Bottled Caramel Frappuccino
Maraschino Cherry Juice & Cherries
Add Baileys, Ketel One Vodka, and caramel frappuccino to a glass with ice. Stir and add a dash of maraschino cherry juice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or two.