Tired Of Your Standard Sangria Recipes? Kick Things Up With Gekkeikan Sake

I’m a big fan of sangria. I mean who isn’t? But I’ve found that your standard sangria recipes have become a little boring. Fortunately for all you sangria lovers out there I came across some very unique and hopefully delicious sangria recipes thanks to Gekkeikan Sake. Sake? Plum wine? And fresh fruit? Sounds like you’ve found the ideal recipe for your next summer shindig.

Peach And Plum Sake Sangria

INGREDIENTS

28 oz Gekkikan Sake

14 oz Kobai Plum Wine

2 Fresh Peaches, sliced

2 Fresh Plums, sliced

2 oz Soda Water

DIRECTIONS

Muddle the fruit, add the sake and plum wine and let infuse. Add ice and stir well. Top with soda water.

Summer Sake Sangria

INGREDIENTS

24 oz Gekkeikan Sake

12 oz Gekkeikan Plum Wine

¾ cup fresh watermelon, cubed

1¼ cups fresh honeydew melon, cubed

DIRECTIONS

Muddle ½ cup watermelon with 1 cup honeydew melon. Add the sake and plum wine and let infuse. Add the remainder of the melon, ice and stir well. Top with ginger ale.

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Celebrate Bastille Day With Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label

You don’t have to be French to bask in the glory that is Bastille Day. If you’re in the celebratory mood crack open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and party like it’s 1789. Oh, and if you feel that you need a little more info on what exactly Bastille Day is before you pop open that bottle of champagne head on over to its Wiki page for a detailed description of the holiday. Ah, nothing like a little enlightenment and bubbly.

And be sure to check out Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, it’s described as being quite the ideal champagne when it comes to celebrating.

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Open Bar & Live Performances At Live At Vault Harlem Party (Tonight)

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. 

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Drink Recipe: Say Farewell To The “Harry Potter” Series With A Batch Of Butterbeer

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.

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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.

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Lushworthy Pics: Sneak Peak At Belvedere Vodka Red

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.

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Drink Recipe: Belvedere Vodka’s Intense Popcorn Sour (Video)

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.

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