Create a holiday-inspired cocktail using unconventional ingredients like cream cheese and cranberry sauce? No problem. That’s exactly what I was challenged to do as part of Piehole Whiskeys influencer competition. Last week, I received a package with all three of the Piehole Whiskey’s (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie) and a handful of ingredients including walnuts, apple cider, whipped cream, canned pumpkin, and cream cheese. I was then tasked with creating a cocktail using at least two of those ingredients.
As much as I wanted to, I wasn’t brave enough to choose the cream cheese, but I did use the cranberry sauce and apple cider. The end result was my Cran-Apple Sangria, a holiday twist on a boozy classic. Oh! And did I mention that the winner of the challenge will win a cooking class for two? Much needed on my end, so wish me luck!
Check out the Cran-Apple Sangria recipe below, cheers!
Place two spoonfuls of whole berry cranberry sauce into an old fashioned glass. Muddle cranberry sauce. Add red wine, apple cider, and Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey. Stir, then add ice and diced red apples. Garnish with Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral or cinnamon stick.
Hosting friends and family during the holidays is always a great time, but being the Lushworthy individual that I am there tends to be a little bit of pressure when it comes to creating a cocktail that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the classic Moscow Mule, and for the holidays I figured I’d add my own twist to this much-loved cocktail. I used all of the ingredients in your standard Moscow Mule, but added cranberries and a Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral for a “Holiday Mule.” It calls for a little extra work, but trust me it’s worth it.
Since you have to both boil and muddle cranberries, this is a cocktail that’s best enjoyed if you plan on hosting at your home. My suggestion? Dollar Store Not-So-Secret-Santa. You can be amazed at how many somewhat legit trinkets you can find at your local dollar store. So, instead of taking part in your standard Secret Santa this year, switch (and cheapen) things up a bit by asking your guests to buy five, $1 dollar gifts from the dollar store. Have everyone place their gifts in a large red bag (for instant Santa swag, of course). You can then have your guests pull a gift from the bag every 30 minutes or so.
Whether you find yourself sipping on a Holiday Mule or a cocktail of your own creation this holiday season, be sure to enjoy responsibly.
Boil cranberries in water (with sugar) until they burst. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove cranberries and allow to cool. You’ll be using the leftover water/sugar mixture in your pot, so make sure you don’t dump it. When the cranberries have cooled, add them to a cocktail shaker and smash/muddle.
Once the cranberries have been thoroughly muddled, add Ketel One and about three spoonfuls of the leftover water/sugar mixture set aside in your pot. Add lime juice, Cannelle spiral (or cinnamon stick), and ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and cranberry.
A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the #FestiveFernet-Branca cocktail challenge and after a great deal of brainstorming (that Fernet can be quite the tricky booze to work with) I finally came up with a drink recipe, Lushworthy enough to share with the masses. I’ve dubbed it the “Whimsical Wonderland,” and with ingredients that include apples and cinnamon it should serve as a welcomed addition to the holiday season.
In addition to Fernet-Branca, the “Whimsical Wonderland” also calls for Ketel One Vodka, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink (or similar). So, for anyone who may be a little intimidated by the herbs-heavy liqueur, there’s a nice balancing act with this cocktail thanks to the combination of sweet and tart flavors, in addition to the bitterness of the Fernet-Branca.
Check out the “Whimsical Wonderland” recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz Fernet-Branca
3 oz. Cream Soda
3 oz. Sparkling Apple Drink
Handful Of Diced Red Apples
Add diced red apples to a large mason jar or tall glass. Add Ketel One, Fernet-Branca, cream soda, and sparkling apple drink. Stir, add ice, and stir again. Top with a dash of cinnamon.
‘Tis the season of the pumpkin and as expected, the pumpkin-inspired recipes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’ll admit that I’m not a pumpkin fanatic. You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a spiced pumpkin latte with a slice of pumpkin bread and I was probably a kiddo the last time I carved a pumpkin. Although I’m not a fanatic, I do enjoy the flavors that tend to accompany anything pumpkin.
I’ve had the idea to create a fall-inspired remix on the classic White Russian cocktail for a few weeks now, so when I received a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka the idea for the Pumpkin Pie White Russian immediately came to mind. Instead of Kahlua I used coffee syrup and for a little added flair I added coffee ice cubes to my Pumpkin Pie White Russian.
The end result was an easy-to-make and boozily, decadent treat for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Check out the recipe below, cheers!
1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
4 oz. Milk
3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)
In a shaker add milk and coffee syrup. Stir and add Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka. Add ice and shake. Strain contents into a glass already filled with coffee ice cubes*. Enjoy!
(To make coffee ice cubes, add cooled, lightly sweetened coffee to an ice tray. Freeze overnight.)
Here in Atlanta, there’s a ton of events going on this Labor Day weekend, but the event I looked forward to the most was House In The Park. The annual event took place yesterday (August 31) in Grant Park and was as dope as expected. Now any time there’s a festive happening at one of Atlanta’s numerous parks I try to whip up something Lushworthy to sip on with friends. It’s usually something simple, one or two ingredients, because there’s no time for craft cocktails when it’s 90-plus degrees out. So, at the suggestion of a friend, I ended up making a pitcher of Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade. I was obviously aiming for something Amaretto Sour-esque. Not sure if that was accomplished, but it was pretty tasty. It’s also super easy to make, with the Pinnacle Amaretto and lemonade being the only ingredients unless you want to add a few lemon wheels. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
1 Part Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka
3 Parts Lemonade
Lemon Wheels (For Garnish)
Combine Pinnacle Amaretto Vodka and lemonade in a pitcher. Stir and add lemon wheels.
A few weeks ago I was issued a challenge: Create a stellar cocktail using the bitter liqueur known as BrancaMenta. And to aid in this particular challenge I was given a bottle of BrancaMenta and a $20 gift card to WholeFoods for cocktail ingredients and queso. Okay, queso wasn’t necessarily part of the challenge, but when you’ve got a little leftover dough on your gift card, queso must be bought. Anywho, back to the booze…
For some reason ginger beer was the first ingredient to come to mind as I brainstormed ideas for my #BrancaMenta Challenge cocktail. With that particular ingredient in mind I then came up with the idea to create my own twist on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, which I dubbed the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy. Hence the addition of both BrancaMenta and vanilla bitters. Why the vanilla bitters? Well, for me I found that upon sipping BrancaMenta by itself there is a subtle vanilla flavor. So, I wanted to bring that flavor out a little more.
I do have to say that the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy turned out to be a unique and tasty twist on an original. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
1.5 oz. Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. BrancaMenta
5 oz. Ginger Beer
2 Drops Vanilla Bitters
Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Add rum and BrancaMenta. Top with ginger beer and vanilla bitters. Stir and enjoy!
The first time I ever had a Rum & Coke Float I was at Seven Lamps, an eatery here in Atlanta. My friend Talaia (of WholeYum.com) and I developed a mild obsession with their off-the-menu burger, so we were there to happily get our carnivore on. I decided to order a Rum & Coke Float to sip on before our burgers came out and my goodness, it was delicious! I’ve never been a big fan of floats, but I decided to take a chance on Seven Lamps’ float since it had rum in it. I mean, what normal person says “no” to desserts with rum in them?
Mind you, all of that was nearly two years ago. And out of nowhere this week, I decided that I wanted to create my own Rum & Coke Float. So, I put my bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 to good use and created my latest Lushworthy Creation. I can’t remember what rum was used in Seven Lamps’ float, but the Captain Morgan 1671 is clutch (my new word for the month, and yes, “clutch” is a good thing). It’s a sipping rum, so it offers hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate, which are all flavors that are perfect for floats.
All in all, the Rum & Coke Float is super easy to make and hella tasty. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
Rum & Coke Float
2 oz. Captain Morgan 1671
2 Scoops Of Vanilla Ice Cream (Don’t get crazy with the scoops, people. You merely need two regular, civilized scoops of ice cream)
Coca-Cola (Or Pepsi. I live in Atlanta, so it’s practically law that we use Coke instead of Pepsi)
Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Add Captain Morgan 1671. Fill glass with Coke and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry if you’re feeling fancy.
So, it was just a matter of weeks ago when I finally tried the much-loved Nutella. Crazy, right? Yeah, I’m hella late on that bandwagon, but needless to say, it’s pretty darn delicious. You can eat the hazelnut spread a number of ways, but I’ve become a big fan of dipping nuts in my jar of Nutella for a treat that tastes likes it’s straight outta Compton Godiva. And you know it was only a matter of time before I found a Lushworthy use for my new favorite..
The other weekend I found myself making Nutella hot chocolate out of curiosity and a desire for something a little more exciting than your standard hot chocolate. I happened to also have a bottle of Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon handy, so I of course added a nice helping to my Nutella hot chocolate and that is exactly how the “Nutella Hot Chocolate With Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon” was created. I’ve included the recipe below, and hopefully it’ll find its way onto your list of boozy, fall favorites this year.
1 Cup Milk
2 Generous Spoonfuls Of Nutella
2 oz. Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon
Marshmallows Or Whipped Cream
Heat one cup of milk in a pot until simmering. Gradually stir in your Nutella until the spread has fully dissolved. Add Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon once the milk and Nutella are fully mixed. Pour contents into a mug and garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows. Enjoy!
I really thought it’d be at least April before I’d find myself enjoying a frozen cocktail but it appears that Mother Nature had other plans. But hey, I’m not complaining. So on this unseasonably warm day I decided to create a little frozen treat for myself. This latest Lushworthy Creation was made using Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka and Mocafe’s Tahitian Vanilla Frappe. I chose the “Trouble In Tahiti” name because of the play on words. You don’t necessarily expect to find any kind of trouble in a paradise like Tahiti and you certainly don’t expect to find any vodka in a frappe. But here at Lushworthy no delicious treat is safe when it comes to being spiked.
Follow the directions on the back of the Tahitian Vanilla Frappe package to create one serving. Add Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka while blending your frappe. Pour into a tall glass and if you’re feeling fancy, which you should drinking Little Black Dress Vodka, top with whipped cream and a pineapple wedge.
For the sweetheart-less sweetheart Valentine’s Day can be quite the dreaded holiday, but nothing fixes Valentine’s Day woes like the perfect cocktail. So that was of course the goal for my most recent “Lushworthy Creation,” create a close to perfect cocktail that would make for a fun addition to your numerous Valentine’s Day themed cocktails. Alize’s Red Passion flavor just screams Valentine’s Day to me and you really can’t go wrong with a little Pinnacle Whipped Vodka here and there.
Before I gave it some thought I was planning on calling this drink the “Sweetheart Martini,” but I wanted to represent for the fellow Valentine’s Day haters, single ladies, etc. so that’s when I decided to call it the “Solo Sweetheart Martini.” Continue reading →