Boozing With Willie: Willie’s Sweet Tea & Whiskey (Made Using Wild Turkey American Honey)

Willie's Sweet Tea & Whiskey

In a recent conversation with a drinking buddy of mine, the Long Island Iced Tea became the topic of focus. Though we’ve both enjoyed our fair share of the highly potent cocktail, something stood out to us both…THERE’S NO ACTUAL ICED TEA in any variation of this classic recipe. At that moment, a light bulb (though dim) turned on in my head and I began to brainstorm over a possible iced tea cocktail that actually tastes like iced tea. Keep reading, I think you’ll like what the final result ended up being.

Honey whiskey/bourbon liqueurs have taken the liquor market by storm in recent years. They’re delicious and easy to enjoy and would make a nice boozy base for our creation. For our sweet tea, Wild Turkey American Honey rests at the core of our glasses along with some homemade iced tea. Consider this an open ended cocktail that you can alter depending on preference. If you like your iced tea to have a hint of fruitiness, go ahead and muddle some fresh fruit in your glass. Just treat it as you would your regular iced tea recipe, you won’t go wrong. Hope this drink finds you in a good place, cheers and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Wild Turkey American Honey
0.5 oz Sweet Tea Liqueur
3.5 oz Homemade Iced Tea
0.25 oz Lemon Juice
Splash of Simple Syrup (optional)
1 Lemon (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a mason jar or mug with lemon slices and ice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and serve with a straw. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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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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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.

Perfectly Peachy Punch 3

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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Lushworthy Creations: The Spicy Shamrock (Made Using Teeling Irish Whiskey)

Spicy Shamrock 1

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!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Water
1.5 tsp Sugar
2 Jalapeno Slices
Maraschino Cherry

DIRECTIONS

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.

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