Hey folks! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. In addition to sharing a few drinks with friends at the Atlanta Jazz Fest, I was also hard at work brainstorming cocktail ideas for a #TrifectaChallenge I was invited to take part in by Maker’s Mark.
We were tasked with creating our own rendition of The Belmont Jewel (bourbon, pomegranate juice, and lemonade). I hate to admit it, but prior to this challenge I had never tried The Belmont Jewel cocktail before. I’m clearly sleeping on pomegranate juice as a mixer. It’s pretty amazing. And I’m all for anything with lemonade.
My rendition of The Belmont Jewel, which I’ve dubbed The Cloud Jewel, keeps to the standard recipe, but with a few quirky changes. I didn’t want to stray too far from the original flavor since it’s pretty delicious. Bourbon and pomegranate juice are both present. But I opted for fresh lemon juice instead of lemonade. And for my quirky addition, I added a cotton candy garnish, which you can add to your cocktail to sweeten up things.
1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
A Generous Squeeze Of Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine Maker’s Mark and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with ice. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a piece of cotton candy. After serving, take your cotton candy garnish and dip baby, dip.
Samples, and no compensation, were provided for this post.
A few days ago, I was invited to attend a really cool event hosted by Crown Royal Apple. For St. Patrick’s Day, select bloggers and influencers watched the Atlanta Hawks play the Denver Nuggets from a private suite hosted by Crown Royal Apple. We took part in a guided whiskey tasting held by Master of Whisky, Ryan Ross, enjoyed Crown Royal Apple cocktails, and thankfully, watched the Hawks beat the Nuggets.
We also walked away with our very own bottle of Crown Royal Apple and a handful of other goodies. If you’ve ever purchased a bottle of Crown Royal Apple, you’ve likely noticed that its contents don’t last too long. It’s that tasty. So, I wanted to quickly knock out a cocktail recipe before my bottle was tapped out.
I wanted something super simple and also spring/summer-friendly. The end result is one of the tastiest, boozy lemonades I’ve ever laid lips on. Since boozy lemonade is rather common, I upped the ante a bit by adding a cinnamon-dusted lemon wheel as my garnish.
A few weeks ago, I took part in my first afternoon tea, and I absolutely loved it. It was super cute, and I loved how well the teas paired with the assortment of sandwiches and cookies provided. Being the Lushworthy individual that I am, I recently held a boozy afternoon tea with friends, which consisted of a selection of Lipton teas. Lipton’s multi-sensory teas refresh standard tea time, creating an exciting and unique tea-drinking experience.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life Boozy Afternoon Tea
Although afternoon tea typically consists of warm beverages, it’s a plus to provide your guests with the option of both warm tea and iced teas, during your boozy afternoon tea. For my iced tea, I made an amazing cocktail using Lipton’s Peach Mango Herbal Tea (you can find all drink recipes at the end of this post). With Lipton’s line of herbal teas, real ingredients combine with their best herbal tea blends to awaken the senses.
Chances are you’ve had a boozy float in your lifetime. But have you had a boozy float made with your own liquor-infused ice cream? If you haven’t, you’ll be happy to hear that while it may sound complex, making your own booze-infused ice cream is actually pretty easy. The booze of choice for my ice cream was Southern Comfort Caramel, which is a whiskey liqueur. Since it is a liqueur, it freezes a little easier than most spirits, and it’s also rather sweet, which makes it absolutely perfect for ice cream.
And when I say liquor-infused ice cream is easy to make, we’re talking “three-ingredient-throw-it-in-the-freezer-and-watch-the magic-happen” easy. You can find both the Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream, and boozy float recipe below. Cheers!
Homemade Southern Comfort Caramel Ice Cream
1 Pint Cream
1 Can Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
9 oz. Southern Comfort Caramel
Pour cream in bowl and whip to semi-stiff peaks. Add condensed milk and stir. Add Southern Comfort Caramel and stir. Pour mixture into a flat, freezer-safe container. Allow to freeze overnight. (This is your own creation, so have fun with it! Feel free to add nuts, syrups, etc. to your ice cream mixture)
I truly enjoy entertaining, but let’s face it, by the time you’ve finished prepping, pouring, and plating, it’s likely that you’ll end up feeling like a drowsy zombie. And that’s no good if you actually plan on enjoying time with your company. To help you guys out a smidge with your at-home-entertaining, I’ve come up with a prosecco cocktail, and appetizer recipe that will have you out of the kitchen in about 10 minutes or less.
The cocktail I created calls for VOVETI prosecco and maraschino cherry juice. For those of you who aren’t familiar with VOVETI, it’s a chic, modern Italian prosecco that embodies affordable luxury and classic style. As an added perk, VOVETI is upscale and affordable, ideal for everyday pairings or chic entertaining with friends. My cocktail, which I’ve dubbed the “Cherry Fizz” is perfect for a girl’s game day get-together, Sunday brunch, or any other gathering with friends. It’s sweet, tart, and has a nice amount of fizz thanks to the addition of VOVETI, which is a collaborative effort between the Collavini family and the Ferrer family. Each family brings four generations of sparkling wine expertise to the table.
It’s fall! Time for sipping on boozy treats, rocking killer boots, and snuggling up to a good 1.5-star movie on Netflix. With that being said, there clearly isn’t enough time to do all that and slave away at your bar cart making cocktails with extensive ingredients lists. So, I’ve compiled a list of five, three-ingredient fall cocktails that are definitely the move this season. Check ’em out below. Cheers!
Apple Cider Sangria – Red wine, Crown Royal Apple, and apple cider.
So, last year my cousin and I started what’s likely going to be a new tradition, and that is a Thanksgiving Sangria Battle! We each make our own sangria and let the fam choose who the winner is. I think I lost last year. Haters. But my Apple Cider Sangria was on point!