When it comes to the annual Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is probably one of the first things to come to mind, especially if you’re a Lushworthy individual such as myself. The relatively simple cocktail has been associated with the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century now and is made using a combination of bourbon, mint leaf, water and sugar. Over time, a number of “remixed” versions of the Mint Julep have been introduced and if you’re hoping to break from tradition when the Kentucky Derby airs this Saturday then I’ve got a few cocktails you may want to consider.
The first is Wild Turkey’s “Bourbon Mojito,” which calls for the unexpected addition of ginger beer and if you’re looking for a really unique spin on the Mint Julep then there’s always Bulleit Bourbon’s “The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback.” I’ve also included the recipe to the Lucid Absinthe-made “The Cool & Skinny,” a cocktail that may not be made using bourbon and isn’t reminiscent of the Mint Julep, but does channel the overall excitement of the Kentucky Derby. As always, you can find the drink recipes for all of the cocktails mentioned below. Cheers!
Bourbon Mojito (Pictured Above)
3 oz. Wild Turkey 101
House Sour Mix
Combine muddled mint, lime, and simple syrup with Wild Turkey 101 and house sour mix.
When it comes to going green, cocktails are likely the last thing to come to mind, but you’d be surprised at how green some cocktails can be. You’ve got a number of mixed drinks that are made using organic spirits like American Harvest and well, there’s also plenty of cocktails that are made with what are quite literally green ingredients. Take for instance Skinnygirl Vodka’s “Going Green,” a cocktail that’s made using a combination of basil, mint, and lime. But if you’re truly hoping to go organic this Earth Day then you can’t go wrong with American Harvest’s “Sustainable Seabreeze” and Casa Noble’s “Organic Margarita,” a margarita that’s made using a handful of organic ingredients.
You can find the recipes to all three cocktails below and don’t be afraid to get your Captain Planet on and do something good for the planet when Earth Day rolls around on April 22.
Sustainable Seabreeze (Pictured Above)
2 parts American Harvest Organic Spirit
1 1/2 parts fresh squeezed orange juice
1 part R.W. Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice
1/2 parts agave nectar
Combine ingredients and garnish with an orange slice.
The Spring friendly drink recipes keep on rolling in, with Hennessy serving as the latest brand to introduce a handful of seasonal cocktails. If you’re all for the use of tropical fruit in your cocktails then you’ll probably love Hennessy’s “Privateer,” a cocktail that combines Hennessy V.S, coconut water, strawberries, fresh squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar. I’m sure the “Privateer” is quite the tasty cocktail, but their “Stinger Sour” is right up my lane. It’s a minty, frothy concoction that actually reminds me of a cocktail I had at the W Atlanta Downtown last year and absolutely fell in love with. You can find the recipe for both cocktails, which were created by Hennessy mixologist, Jordan Bushell, below.
Privateer (Pictured Above)
2 oz Hennessy V.S
3 oz coconut water
.5 oz Fresh Squeezed lime juice
1/3rd oz Agave Nectar
Muddle 3 strawberries in a shaker tin. Add all liquids with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a strawberry on the rim.
With a number of liquor brands present at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual festival turned out to be quite the Lushworthy occasion. Among the brands present at Coachella last weekend was Maker’s Mark and they teamed up with BCBGMAXAZRIA and Benefit Cosmetics for the Style & Beauty Bungalow. Attendee’s at the private event were able to get their beauty and booze on as they were treated to OPI manicures, makeup touch-ups, and a bevy of Maker’s Mark cocktails. Among the most noteworthy Maker’s Mark cocktails served at the event was the “Solstice Slipper,” an unexpected combination of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, ginger beer, lemon juice, strawberries, and basil.
If you’re looking to add a little spice to your seasonal, spiked punches then look no further than Captain Morgan’s line of spiced rums. Just in time for spring, Captain Morgan Rum has rolled out a handful of punch bowl recipes that are sure to get the party started. Because that’s essentially what spiked punch bowls are all about, right? On top of being immensely delicious that is. So, break out your favorite pair of swashbuckling boots (I’m pretty sure you can find a pair at Urban Outfitters), avoid walking the plank by all means, and be sure to get your hands on a bottle of Captain Morgan Rum for use in one of the Lushworthy drink recipes below.
Port Royal Punch (Pictured Above)
2 (46 oz.) cans of pineapple juice
3 cups mango juice
1 (750 mL) bottle of Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
4.5 ounces of grenadine
3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
3 cans of Sprite for fizz
In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.
On top of festival performances from acts like Wu-Tang Clan and Janelle Monae, attendee’s at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival were also treated to a handful of exclusive events last weekend. Among those events was the Hennessy V.S. DETAILS @ MidnightParty, an exclusive shindig that took place at a private home in Bermuda Dunes, Indio.
Hosted by noted rapper and Hennessy spokesperson Nas, the event featured plenty of Hennessy cocktails, digital graffiti stations, and even Native American Tipi’s. People sure like to break out the tents at these outdoor festivals. And with “Hennessy V.S Big Apple” and “Hennessy V.S White Peach Citrus Sangria” cocktails in hand guests were of course treated to a quick performance from the Queensbridge rapper. Other notable guests at the Hennessy V.S. DETAILS @ Midnight Party included Elizabeth Olsen, stylist Karreuche, and Rumer Willis.
Pictures courtesy of Alexandra Wyman – AP Wire/Invision Agency and Kirill Was Here.
Since the weather is finally allowing us to enjoy the great outdoors again, we’ll soon see an increase in outdoor get together’s, tailgate parties, etc. And I highly doubt that anyone’s trying to break out the bar tools and Sweet Vermouth while they’re hanging at their neighbors luau-themed barbecue this Spring. With that being said over the next few weeks or months (who knows), I’m going to introduce you guys to a handful of “Cooler Favorites.” These “Cooler Favorites” will typically include newly-introduced beers and malt beverages.
For our first “Cooler Favorite” we have the brand-spanking new “Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini.” This latest addition to the Smirnoff Ice line is described as being a “sparkling mix of luscious peach with a hint of raspberry.” Is it just me or does that sound incredibly refreshing? Also, the Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini is perfect for those days when crafting your own Bellini seems entirely too tiresome. In case peach isn’t really your thing (the flavor is pretty hit or miss for me personally), Smirnoff Ice boasts a number of other flavors including Raspberry Burst, Green Apple, and Pineapple.
Moms are usually about as sweet as they come, unless your mom happens to be a combination of Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Kathy Bates’ character in Misery. And if that’s the case then good luck with that. So why not treat your mom to a sweet, whisky-based cocktail from Crown Royal Maple Finishedthis Mother’s Day? While all three of the Crown Royal Maple cocktails I’ve listed below are ideal for Mother’s Day, they also serve as pretty stellar Spring cocktails if you’re still in the market for a Lushworthy addition for your next get together.
King George Cocktail (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake, top with 1 oz. Club Soda & strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
So, I was watching TV earlier this week and Kraft’s new “Zesty Commercial,” which features the brands Zesty Italian Dressings, came on. Almost immediately the commercial reminded me of a pretty similar ad. You probably remember a few months back Sauza tequila recruited a shirtless fireman for their “Make It With A Fireman” commercial. In the commercial, a fireman goes on to strip down until he’s shirtless and proceeds to show viewers how to make a Sauza margarita. In Kraft’s commercial, an equally handsome man’s t-shirt is singed off as he shows the ladies how to make a salad. (I hear those are pretty darn hard to make.)
Now is it just me or does it seem like Kraft completely borrowed Sauza’s “hot-shirtless-guy-trying-to-teach-you-how-to-make-something-hella-simple” idea? I feel that I’m a defender of all things Lushworthy so I’m a little irked by Kraft’s “borrowing.” Anywho, get your hands on a margarita and check out both commercials below and let me know what you think!
It looks like the folks over at Ciroc were just as excited about the start of Spring as I was because they’ve managed to concoct a number of extremely delicious looking cocktails for this season. With ingredients that include rose water, chocolate coconut water, and rosemary-infused agave, master mixologist Billy Ray clearly wasn’t playing any games with these drink recipes.
There’s a little something for everyone with Ciroc’s Spring-friendly cocktails. If you prefer your cocktail on the savory side there’s the “Spring Spice,” which combines basil, jalapeno, lime, and a handful of other flavors. And if you’re looking for a lower calorie option there’s always the “Chocolate Coconut Latte,” a cocktail that combines Ciroc, chocolate coconut water, agave, and iced coffee. You can find recipes for both cocktails as well as the “Peach Ambrosia” and “Equinox Environment” below.
Peach Ambrosia (Pictured Above)
1.5 oz. CÎROC Peach
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Lavender Syrup
3 Drops of Rose Water
Place six blueberries in mixing tin and muddle. Add lavender syrup, lemon juice, rose water, and CÎROC peach. Pack with ice and give it a hard and long shake. Strain into a double old fashion glass with ice.