What’s New Years Eve without a Lushworthy, sparkling wine cocktail? Well it’s merely December 31st, just another day on the calendar. Everyone knows New Years Eve just isn’t the same without champagne or sparkling wine. So with 2011 slowly coming to an end and the New Year upon us I knew I wanted to create either a champagne or sparkling wine cocktail that’d be perfect for New Years Eve. So I present to you the “Lemon Sparkler!” Ta-Da!
In the past month or so I’m sure I’ve posted close to five drink recipes that are all made using warm apple cider. So for my next “Lushworthy Creation” I figured I’d put my own spin on the spiked apple cider recipe. I wanted to get a little daring with this one so I chose to use two different spirits: Smirnoff Whipped Cream and Conjure Cognac. As you may have guessed I was somewhat at a loss when it came to creative drink names so in the end I went with “Lush Cider” which I actually kinda like. It’s short, it’s sweet, and to the point.
I obviously chose to use an already made apple cider, but if you’re feeling a little on the creative side there’s tons of apple cider recipes online. And I’m sure a homemade apple cider would make for an even tastier drink.
I gotta tell ya, I was really craving egg nog earlier this evening and couldn’t possibly resist the urge to create a “Lushworthy Creation” using the holiday favorite. I knew for a fact that I wanted to use vodka, but I really really wanted to add another liquor to spice things up a bit. So for my “Golden Nog” I chose to use both Russian Standard Gold Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur as my liquors of choice. I hate to use the term “match made in heaven,” but those two liquors really were when it came to creating this drink recipe.
I have a feeling that I’ll be saying this a lot, but the “Chocolate Monkey” really is my favorite “Lushworthy Creation” yet! And I’m awfully proud of myself for creating a drink recipe that’s pretty close to the best drink I’ve ever had. The combination of chocolate and banana really is amazing. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say my mouth never left the straw when I was drinking this latest Lushworthy concoction. Check out the ingredients I used below.
I highly suggest you turn up the heat, put on your favorite pair of flip-flops, and imagine you’re relaxing on a beach in The Bahamas while sipping on the “Chocolate Monkey.” It’s definitely a summer drink, but you have my permission to enjoy it during these cooler months. 😉
2 oz. Godiva Chocolate Vodka
2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Handful Of Ice
Combine two scoops of vanilla ice cream, Godiva Chocolate Vodka, half a banana, and a handful of ice in a blender. Add chocolate syrup, the amount you add really depends on how chocolate-y you want your drink. Blend ingredients, then pour into a tall glass, and top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
As soon as I received my bottle of Stoli Chocolat Razberi I knew it would be an absolute perfect match for Godiva’s chocolate liqueur. And I have to say that even though this was the easiest “Lushworthy Creation” I’ve created thus far it might just be my favorite. The combination of both chocolate and raspberry makes this drink quite the deliciously decadent cocktail. Below are the ingredients I used to create my “Chocolate Razz’tini.”
And shout out to my brother for coming up with the mint garnish idea. With a raspberry/chocolate cocktail of course the first thing that came to mind as a garnish was either a piece of chocolate or some raspberries. I didn’t have either so I planned on leaving my drink garnish-less until the bro came up with the mint leaf idea. On top of making the drink pop look wise it also gives it a very subtle kick of mint flavor which is a nice touch.
2 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Stoli Chocolat Razberi
Combine Godiva Liqueur and Stoli Chocolat Razberi in a shaker with ice. Shake ingredients and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with mint leaf.
Once the temperature gets anywhere near the 60’s the good people of Atlanta break out the Parka’s, put on their Ugg’s, and I brainstorm my way through a bunch of fall/winter inspired drink recipes. Okay the latter is true, but those first two may be a bit exaggerated. I received a sample of Godiva Liqueur and Zacapa Rum last week and I knew I just had to create a hot drink using the two liquors. I experimented a bit over the weekend, but couldn’t quite find the perfect combination of the three main ingredients until today. Below are the ingredients I used for my Lushworthy Creation.
I had planned on using shredded coconut as a garnish, but I was a little concerned with the fact that the white coconut wouldn’t stand out at all against the white whipped cream. That’s when I came up with the brilliant idea to toast the shredded coconut. And I’m so glad I did because the golden-brown color really pops and I feel like toasting the coconut brought out the flavor of the shredded coconut even more. Also, I have to add that this drink smells ahhh-mazing! I wish I could bottle the scent up and sell it to Bath & Body Works. It’s just that fragrant! Check out directions on how to create the “Toasted Choco’nut” below.
2 oz Godiva Liqueur
1 oz Zacapa Rum
2 oz Milk
Whipped Cream Or Cool Whip
Simmer Godiva Liqueur, Zacapa Rum, and milk in a small pot. Make sure you heat the ingredients on low or medium-low. Stir occasionally. While those three ingredients are heating place a layer of shredded coconut on a baking sheet and place in an oven heated to 375 degrees. Heat shredded coconut for about five to seven minutes or until they’re a gold brown color. Add heated ingredients (Godiva Liqueur, rum, and milk) to a glass mug. Let cool for about two minutes and then add whipped cream and top with toasted coconut.