You can’t help but love events that consist of both free drinks and good music. If you’re in New York City or the surrounding areas tonight (July 14) be sure to check out Vault Harlem for a free open bar event that will feature tunes from DJ ehT Mills as well as performances from Dremur, Julian Stephen, and Beano. An open bar will be provided courtesy of Budweiser and Nude Vodka, but be sure to get there early because drinks will be provided “while supplies last.” Check out the flyer below for more info.
In honor of the closing of the epic “Harry Potter” series of movies this weekend (sniff, sniff…wipes tear) I decided to search the net for a Harry Potter-based recipe. I didn’t really find any cocktail recipes, but what I found was even better. I found the recipe for butterbeer! And if you’ve seen the “Harry Potter” movies and/or read the books you know Potter and his friends were pretty big fans of the drink. The recipe I found is of course non-alcoholic, but if you want to spice it up a bit feel free to throw in a little rum. I know I will.
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.
Recipe found on HuffingtonPost.
While browsing through Twitter I came across this sneak peak of the special edition Belvedere Vodka Red. It’s expected to be released some time in September and from the looks of the picture it’ll be the latest product to be added to the (RED) campaign. For those of you who aren’t familiar with (RED) their campaign uses various products to raise “awareness around HIV/AIDS and [emphasize] the need for consumers to unite in support of programs to curb the AIDS epidemic.” 50 percent of the proceeds from Belvedere Vodka Red will go directly to the global fund.
I actually posted this video awhile back on another blog I had, but I thought it was just so creative and unique that I had to post it here as well. Who would have ever thought to combine popcorn and vodka? Well, the folks over at Belvedere Vodka did. It’s definitely an edgier drink recipe so I’m kind of curious as to how the Intense Popcorn Sour might taste, but I’m sold on the overall idea.
Last Friday, the good folks of Atlanta were treated to some G.O.O.D. Music, good food, and of course good beer as part of the Heineken Red Star Access/G.O.O.D. Music show. It all went down at Echelon 3000 in Stone Mountain and featured performances from both CyHi The Prynce and Pusha T. Unfortunately, I missed out on the show (I’m still upset about that) but I was able to find a few cool pics from the event over at Freshness Mag.
Now I’ve heard some horror stories about how many calories are in a Pina Colada. I don’t want to frighten any of you so I’ll pass on all the gory, caloric details. But for those of you trying to skimp on the calories I came across a great recipe for a lower calorie Pina Colada (165 calories to be exact) thanks to Fitness Magazine. It’s the perfect drink for a night at home with the gals because we all know that guys tend to drink their Pina Colada’s behind closed doors.
1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum
3 ounces pineapple juice
4 ounces sparkling water
1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite (Good luck finding this because I had know idea they had a Coco Lopez Lite)
Pour ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with pineapple slice.