Boozing With Willie: “The Penalty Flag” (Made Using Ciroc Pineapple & Bacardi Pineapple)

Penalty Flag

With the NFC and AFC titles now claimed, the stage is set for Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Whether you’ll be rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots one thing we can agree on is our desire to see a great game that’s decided by the players and not the officiating (ask Cowboys and Lions fans if you don’t understand what I’m getting at here).

With that in mind, ask yourself “Wouldn’t it be cool to take the power of penalization out of the officials hands and put it into the fans for a change?” If you answered “yes”, sober up like I had to and come to your senses. The Super Bowl would be absolute bedlam if we ran things. However, all hope isn’t lost, my friends…

Luckily, a byproduct of these thoughts was left behind and a drink was inspired, The Penalty Flag. A cocktail that’s a touchdown celebration in a collins glass. Perfect for sipping on come game day. It has pineapples, rum, vodka, cherries, and even a mini friggin’ penalty flag! Do yourself a favor, fix one of these on February 1st, grab some hot wings and enjoy yourself. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Ciroc Pineapple
1 oz. Bacardi Pineapple Infused Rum
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Maraschino Cherry Juice
Pineapple Wedge(s)
Maraschino Cherry
Mini Penalty Flag

DIRECTIONS

Combine pineapple vodka, rum and juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously (this will give it the frothy look seen in the picture). Strain this mixture into a chilled, ice filled collins glass. Drizzle some maraschino cherry juice into the mixture to give it a reddish tint. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry and mini penalty flag.

To create the penalty flag, simply cut a yellow piece of cloth about 1/4″ wide and double fold the strip in half. Wrap a small rubber band at the fold of the cloth to create a loop that a garnish pick can fit through.

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Lushworthy Creations: “Seattle Smash” (Made Using Ketel One Vodka)

Seattle Smash

So, this was originally a drink recipe I didn’t plan on adding to the blog. I merely wanted to create something quick and tasty for the Playoff games yesterday. But given that the recipe was pretty popular on Instagram, and the Seattle Seahawks quite literally smashed the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter, it seemed only right to share my “Seattle Smash” drink recipe with you guys. It’s a pretty simple cocktail to make and the blueberry/lime garnish should be perfect for any Super Bowl party given the blue/green color combination.

Speaking of which, do you guys have any favorites for the Super Bowl? I’m a Falcons fan, but I’ll personally be rooting for the Seahawks. I mean, you you can’t deny the epicness of the trio that is Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, and Marshawn Lynch.

Check out the “Seattle Smash” recipe below!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
3 oz. Simply Lemonade
3 oz. Minute Maid Tropical Punch
Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wedge
Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Build ingredients (vodka, lemonade, and tropical punch) in a highball glass. Stir and top with a splash of fresh lime juice. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge and blueberries.

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Lushworthy Creations: Cran-Apple Sangria (Made Using Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey)

Cran-Apple Sangria Pic
Create a holiday-inspired cocktail using unconventional ingredients like cream cheese and cranberry sauce? No problem. That’s exactly what I was challenged to do as part of Piehole Whiskeys influencer competition. Last week, I received a package with all three of the Piehole Whiskey’s (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Pecan Pie) and a handful of ingredients including walnuts, apple cider, whipped cream, canned pumpkin, and cream cheese. I was then tasked with creating a cocktail using at least two of those ingredients.
As much as I wanted to, I wasn’t brave enough to choose the cream cheese, but I did use the cranberry sauce and apple cider. The end result was my Cran-Apple Sangria, a holiday twist on a boozy classic. Oh! And did I mention that the winner of the challenge will win a cooking class for two? Much needed on my end, so wish me luck!
Check out the Cran-Apple Sangria recipe below, cheers!
Cran-Apple Sangria (Single Serving)

INGREDIENTS

2 Spoonfuls Of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

1/2 Cup Apple Cider

1/2 Cup Red Wine

1.5 oz Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey

Diced Red Apples

Cannelle Decor Cinnamon Spiral (Or Cinnamon Stick)

DIRECTIONS

Place two spoonfuls of whole berry cranberry sauce into an old fashioned glass. Muddle cranberry sauce. Add red wine, apple cider, and Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey. Stir, then add ice and diced red apples. Garnish with Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral or cinnamon stick.

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Lushworthy Creations: “Holiday Mule” (Made Using Ketel One Vodka)

-POPHosting friends and family during the holidays is always a great time, but being the Lushworthy individual that I am there tends to be a little bit of pressure when it comes to creating a cocktail that everyone can enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the classic Moscow Mule, and for the holidays I figured I’d add my own twist to this much-loved cocktail. I used all of the ingredients in your standard Moscow Mule, but added cranberries and a Cannelle Decor cinnamon spiral for a “Holiday Mule.” It calls for a little extra work, but trust me it’s worth it.

Holiday Mule 2Since you have to both boil and muddle cranberries, this is a cocktail that’s best enjoyed if you plan on hosting at your home. My suggestion? Dollar Store Not-So-Secret-Santa. You can be amazed at how many somewhat legit trinkets you can find at your local dollar store. So, instead of taking part in your standard Secret Santa this year, switch (and cheapen) things up a bit by asking your guests to buy five, $1 dollar gifts from the dollar store. Have everyone place their gifts in a large red bag (for instant Santa swag, of course). You can then have your guests pull a gift from the bag every 30 minutes or so.

Whether you find yourself sipping on a Holiday Mule or a cocktail of your own creation this holiday season, be sure to enjoy responsibly.

Holiday Mule (Makes two servings)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz. Ketel One

Approximately 50-60 cranberries

1/2 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice

Ginger Beer

Sugar

Cannelle Decor Cinnamon Spiral (Or Cinnamon Stick)

DIRECTIONS

Boil cranberries in water (with sugar) until they burst. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove cranberries and allow to cool. You’ll be using the leftover water/sugar mixture in your pot, so make sure you don’t dump it. When the cranberries have cooled, add them to a cocktail shaker and smash/muddle.

Once the cranberries have been thoroughly muddled, add Ketel One and about three spoonfuls of the leftover water/sugar mixture set aside in your pot. Add lime juice, Cannelle spiral (or cinnamon stick), and ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into glass or copper mug. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and cranberry.

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Six Must-Have Holiday Cocktails (From Maker’s Mark, Smirnoff & More)

Baileys Crown Royal AppleYou’ve got enough to worry about during the holidays, so you’re choice in cocktails should be the last thing on your mind. In fact, I’ve created a list of six, holiday-friendly cocktails that are definite go-tos this holiday season. That way the only thing you have to worry about in the coming weeks is not burning down your kitchen with another deep-fried turkey attempt, keeping your uncle away from the gin during Thanksgiving dinner, and you know, all that other fun holiday stuff.

Check out my recipe picks below! Cheers!

Baileys Salted Caramel & Crown Royal Regal Apple (Pictured Above) - I’m not sure about you guys’ family, but for some reason my fam tends to go IN on the Baileys during the holiday season. So, why not add a tangy twist to your Baileys on the rocks this season with a splash of the new Crown Royal Regal Apple?

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Baileys® Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur
0.5 oz. Crown Royal® Regal Apple Flavored Whisky
0.25 oz. Caramel syrup to rim shot glass1 green apple slice

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass rimmed with caramel. Garnish with an apple slice.

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Lushworthy Creations: “Pumpkin Pie White Russian” (Made Using Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie)

Pumpkin Pie White Russian‘Tis the season of the pumpkin and as expected, the pumpkin-inspired recipes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’ll admit that I’m not a pumpkin fanatic. You won’t find me at Starbucks ordering a spiced pumpkin latte with a slice of pumpkin bread and I was probably a kiddo the last time I carved a pumpkin. Although I’m not a fanatic,  I do enjoy the flavors that tend to accompany anything pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pie White Russian 1I’ve had the idea to create a fall-inspired remix on the classic White Russian cocktail for a few weeks now, so when I received a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka the idea for the Pumpkin Pie White Russian immediately came to mind. Instead of Kahlua I used coffee syrup and for a little added flair I added coffee ice cubes to my Pumpkin Pie White Russian.

The end result was an easy-to-make and boozily, decadent treat for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Check out the recipe below, cheers!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka

4 oz. Milk

3/4 Tbsp. Autocrat Coffee Syrup (Feel free to use any other brand)

DIRECTIONS

In a shaker add milk and coffee syrup. Stir and add Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka. Add ice and shake. Strain contents into a glass already filled with coffee ice cubes*. Enjoy!

(To make coffee ice cubes, add cooled, lightly sweetened coffee to an ice tray. Freeze overnight.)

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