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.
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.
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!
Overproof Vodka (regular will do just fine)
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.
I’m sure quite a few of you (I won’t name any names) are still nursing hangovers from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend, so I’d like to issue a friendly reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is actually this Tuesday (March 17). And with a little experimentation and a bottle of Teeling Irish Whiskey, I’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that surely isn’t for the faint of heart. I’ve added a spicy kick to the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail thanks to the addition of fresh jalapeno, and created what I’ve dubbed “The Spicy Shamrock.”
Check out “The Spicy Shamrock” recipe below, and cheers to a Lushworthy, St. Patrick’s Day!
1.5 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Water
1.5 tsp Sugar
2 Jalapeno Slices
Add Teeling Irish Whiskey to a shaker with no ice. Add one jalapeno slice and muddle. Add fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, and ice. Shake contents. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, using both the shaker strainer and a mesh strainer to capture any seeds from the jalapeno. Garnish with jalapeno slice and maraschino cherry.
As a spirits writer, a handful of mismatched cocktail glasses here and there doesn’t even begin to explain my glassware struggle. I’ve got about a dozen souvenir glasses and not a single, complete set of cocktail glasses in sight. For most of us, spring cleaning usually means ditching your old threads or giving your floorboards a good dusting. Despite being a vital part of the home, glassware and any other kitchenware tends to get neglected during the spring cleaning process. Hence a plethora of chipped mugs, cloudy souvenir glasses, and other maladies hidden behind closed (cabinet) doors.
With spring right around the corner, I finally chose to give my glassware a minor makeover. First off, I ditched any glassware that’s chipped, cracked, or looks like it may be older than my nine-year-old cousin. And to add a nice amount of spring flair, I purchased a set of green, Victorian tumblers from Pottery Barn. They’re a perfect size for cocktails and their spring-friendly, green hue adds a much-needed dose of colorful flair to my glassware.
To encourage people to use the #Lushworthy hashtag on their cocktail and booze-related pictures on Instagram, I’m giving away two pairs of Crown Royal socks as part of a new contest.
To win a pair of the beautifully boozy socks (pictured above), all you have to do is follow me on Instagram (@Lushworthy_Danielle) and use both the #Lushworthy and #LushworthyGiveaway hashtags on one or more of your cocktail pics. Simple, right? You can even add those two hashtags to older pictures to enter.
You must be 21 or over to enter and must reside in the United States. I’ll choose two winners on Friday, March 20. Good luck!
It’s more than halfway through the basketball season and the playoffs are quickly approaching. My home team, the New York Knickerbockers are the NBA’s village idiots at this point (fresh off a 38 point loss as I type this). And the fat lady has sung, and exited “the Mecca of basketball.” Bitter, disgusted, and dejected, much like the rest of New York City, I check my Instagram account and I see Danielle attending an Atlanta Hawks game and actually witnessing her red hot home team in person. While jealousy began to overcome me, I figured it’s best not to hate and instead congratulate. With that being said, I wanted to come up with a cocktail tipping my hat to the Beasts Of The East, The Atlanta Hawks.
The Beasts Of The East cocktail is as tasty as it is pretty. Each layer gives you a sweet and enjoyable taste that can stand alone or mix nicely together. With Bacardi’s Torched Cherry Rum and Viniq Liqueur, the casual or hardcore fans alike can enjoy the game over a few of these. Best of luck to the Atlanta Hawks and all their fans, enjoy this cocktail. Cheers!
1oz Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum
1.5 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 oz Grenadine
3 oz Mountain Dew Code Red
1 oz Viniq Liqueur
3 oz Mountain Dew Voltage
Start by combining all bottom layer ingredients in a mixing glass and stir them together. Pour your mixture into a cocktail glass over ice. Next combine the top layer ingredients in a mixing glass and stir them together. With a bar spoon, carefully layer your mixture by slowly pouring it onto the back of the spoon until your glass is full. Garnish with a cherry and serve with a cocktail straw.