Boozing With Willie: Sugar Rush Shots (Made Using Pinnacle & Three Olives Vodka)

Sugar Rush Shots

Sugar makes us happy. That’s not debatable. We all love the stuff in some capacity. After recently visiting a candy store here in New York City, I couldn’t help but over indulge and obliterate my diet by consuming large amounts of sugar masked by the tasty treats this shop offered. Being an admitted and proud lush, I visited a popular dive bar in the area to cap my day off. As I sat and sipped, drunken thoughts of mixing candy and alcohol began to dance in harmony in my mind. The final result is something you can try and enjoy over and over again.

The Sugar Rush shots are sweet. However there’s an equal amount of booze here that balances things out while also avoiding a cough syrup like taste. Thanks to the pairing of Pinnacle’s Cotton Candy vodka and Three Olives Bubble Gum vodka, you’ll enjoy two of the most enjoyable candies all in one shot. Here’s to sweets with no consequences, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka
1 Part Three Olives Bubble Gum Vodka
Splash of Cotton Candy syrup
Splash of Sweetened Cranberry Juice
Bubble Gum piece

DIRECTIONS

First, begin by combining the cotton candy vodka and syrup in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass and set aside. Next combine the bubblegum vodka and cranberry juice in a shaker and stir together. Layer your mixture with a bar spoon and top off the shot glass. Garnish with a piece of bubblegum and shoot.

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Lushworthy Creations: Sweet Georgia Julep (Made Using Maker’s Mark)

Sweet Georgia Julep Final

I’m all for putting my own twist on a classic cocktail, so when I was challenged by Maker’s Mark to create a unique and creative spin on the Mint Julep for their #JulepOff, I was down for the cause.

If you live in or have ever visited the South, then you know that we take our sweet tea very seriously. It’s practically pumping through our veins. So, for my #JulepOff cocktail I knew I wanted to incorporate sweet tea somehow. And to up the ante on creativity just a tad, I chose to use a lemon simple syrup to create the sweet tea effect. In addition to bourbon, mint is a primary ingredient in a Mint Julep, so I chose to keep that addition.

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Fun Facts About Popular Cocktails

Cuba libre cocktail isolation on a white

The following is a guest post written by Nick Stokes*

In comparison to alcoholic drinks and alcohol brands, which are usually made for profit, most cocktails were made for fun or out of boredom. This is only logical because there are no copyrights or other legal barriers when you make a cocktail. You make it for yourself and for your friends, so that you can enjoy new and interesting mixtures while you spend time together. Cocktails are usually made in public, making them that much more intriguing. Some of them were created accidentally, while others were created in order to promote a certain alcoholic beverage.

The Cuba Libre is a drink which was created in order to celebrate Cuban independence. After The Spanish-American War, this cocktail was made out of Cuban rum and American Coca-Cola. Whether it was made by a Cuban bartender or an American soldier, it still remains a mystery.

Robert Roy McGregor was a Scottish folk hero and in the 19th century there was an opera created about his life. Prior to the performance, a local New York bartender made a cocktail to honor Rob Roy. It included whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.

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Boozing With Willie: Silly Rabbit Cocktail (Made Using Kinky Liqueur)

Silly Rabbit Cocktail

It’s April, it’s springtime and it’s Easter. After a long and brutal winter, things are finally beginning to look up with summer quickly approaching. There’s a lot to look forward to, Opening Day in baseball, Aries season, Easter egg hunts and of course candy, and lots of it. Whatever you’re looking forward to most, one thing we all have in common is our need for a cocktail at some point during all the festivities.

The Silly Rabbit offers all that and is great this time of year. It’s tangy and sweet, perfect for a sunny spring day. Start your day off with one over brunch and skip spring cleaning for now. Trust me, it can wait. Happy Easter everyone and enjoy your spring. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Kinky Liqueur
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
2 1/2 oz Pink Lemonade
Splash of Grenadine
Splash of Passion Fruit Cocktail
Sugar (dyed Yellow for glass rimming)
Lemon wedge

DIRECTIONS

First rim your cocktail glass with a lemon wedge. Rim the cocktail with sugar and set aside. Next add all remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass and enjoy.

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Lushworthy Creations: Perfectly Peachy Punch (Made Using Ciroc Peach)

Perfectly Peachy Punch

If you plan on hosting an Easter brunch with friends and/or family, I’m sure the last thing you want to worry about is whipping up a cocktail for each and every person. This is exactly the kind of situation where big batch cocktails come in handy. All you have to do is get your hands on a nice punch bowl or cocktail dispenser and you’re halfway there. For my Easter brunch-inspired cocktail, I went with a jug-style, cocktail dispenser from Pottery Barn. It features a stainless steel spigot with a silicone gasket, so there’s no drip-drop-drip-drippety-drop to worry about.

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The big batch cocktail I created was the Perfectly Peachy Punch. It’s refreshingly fruity, and the addition of Ciroc Peach adds a nice amount of boozy kick. Add a few lime and lemon wheels as your garnish and your big batch cocktail is ready to be enjoyed by the masses.

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Boozing With Willie: Celtic Warrior Shots

Celtic Warrior Shots

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015! Since St. Patrick’s Day is one of my personal, favorite holidays (seeing that it’s certainly a lush’s day to be a lush), I encourage everyone to get out there and join the fun. Iron out that one green top you have hanging in your closet and camp out at a local pub, you won’t regret it. The beers and whiskey will be flowing over the sounds of classic Irish tunes like “Danny Boy.” Never mind the fact you don’t know the words, everyone is Irish on March 17th. What’s this you say? You don’t like Irish whiskey? Guinness stout is just too harsh? You’re reading the right blog then. Check out this shot recipe.

Here’s a fruity tasting shot, inspired by the flag of Ireland. I give you, my fellow Irish men and women, “The Celtic Warrior.” Once you have some corn beef and cabbage in your belly, these will top off the night wonderfully. Hopefully, after a few of these shots, you’ll be lucky enough to find a leprechaun and when you do, we’ll all know you’ve had enough. Get out there, celebrate in peace and always drink responsibly. Cheers everyone!

INGREDIENTS

Orange Curacao
Peach Schnapps
Melon Liqueur
Overproof Vodka (regular will do just fine)
Simple Syrup

DIRECTIONS

This is a recipe for a single shot. You’ll be using a shot glass that’s roughly 2 ounces or smaller, so keep your portions very small. About 1/6 oz ought to do fine for each portion when creating the top and bottom layers. First, combine orange curacao and simple syrup in a shaker with ice and strain into a shot glass. Next, layer 1/3 oz of peach schnapps into your shot glass. Lastly, combine melon liqueur and vodka in a shaker with ice and carefully layer that onto the top of peach schnapps.

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