Tag Archive | Alcoholic Beverages

Emmy Inspired Cocktails Courtesy of Sparkling ICE!

Sparkling ICE Spring Water Ad

With the Emmy Awards airing tonight (9/22/13), and your Drinking Game already in hand, why not enjoy the show with a couple of low-calorie cocktails? The recipes below feature Sparkling ICE, a naturally flavored sparkling water that is zero calories, gluten-free, lightly carbonated…and a delicious addition to any mixed drink. Sparkling ICE contains B-Vitamins and Vitamin D, along with a caffeine-free Green Tea Extract, which contains healthy antioxidants.

And now, to the drinking!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Emmy-tini

Ingredients:

1½ oz. Corzo Tequila Silver

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE

¾ oz. Lime juice

1 Strawberry

½ tsp. Jalapeño, diced

Directions: Muddle strawberry and jalapeño in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with strawberry.

Calories per 6 oz serving: 130

Sparkling Ice Red Carpet Raspberry Rave

Red Carpet Raspberry Rave

Ingredients:

1 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon

½ oz. Dry Vermouth

2 Bourbon Cherries

2 oz. Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE

2 Blackberries

Directions: Combine the bourbon and dry vermouth in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE. Gently stir and garnish with blackberries.

Calories per 6 oz serving: 130

Sparkling ICE is part of the TalkingRain® family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparking ICE (In NYC I’ve see it at Duane Reade stores) visit Sparkling ICE Dot Com!

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Favorite Summer Cocktail: Gail’s Blackcurrant Vodka Fizz!

Polar Seltzer and Ribena

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Your favorite Flavor of Polar Seltzer (I used Cucumber Melon, but any fruit flavor or even plain would do)
Your favorite Brand of Vodka
Ribena Blackcurrent Syrup
Shot Glass
Ice

Here’s How to Make It:

Put about 4 ice cubes in your favorite cocktail glass
Pour One Shot of Vodka over the Ice
Add One Shot (more or less, to your taste) of Ribena
Fill Glass with Polar Seltzer

Stir, Sip and Enjoy!

Remember The King with a Shake Rattle & Rock Cocktail Shot!

Elvis Cocktail Shake Rattle and Rock

Although he’s been gone for over thirty years, Elvis is still known as The King of Rock n’ Roll! To celebrate his passionate career, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon teamed up with top LA mixologist Damian Windsor to create a cocktail-style shot that combines sweet and salty flavors mixed with the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. Damian’s creation was inspired by two of  The King’s favorite foods – Banana and Peanut Butter – and the growing trend to create bourbon cocktail-style shots using savory ingredients.

On August 16th, be sure to honor Elvis and the impact he had on American pop culture by toasting him with the Basil Hayden’s Shake, Rattle and Rock, the recipe for which I share with you now:

Basil Hayden’s Shake, Rattle and Rock
Created by Damian Windsor

Ingredients:
– 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
– 1 part Lemon Juice
– 3/4 parts Peanut Banana Syrup*
– 1 part Whipping Cream
– 3/4 Pasteurized Egg White (Optional)
– Sea Salt

Method:
1. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice, peanut banana syrup, egg white and whipping cream to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake vigorously and strain into a shot glass.
3. Garnish with a pinch of sea salt.

*Peanut Banana Syrup
Ingredients:
– 1 cup Banana Chips
– 1/2 cup Unsalted Peanuts
– 3 cups Sugar
– 3 cups Water

Method:
1. Add water to a sauce and bring to a boil.
2. Add sugar, peanuts and banana chips and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Let it rest and cool to room temperature.
4. Fine strain the peanuts and banana chips from the syrup liquid and transfer to a clean glass.

Cheers to Elvis!

Cotton Candy Cosmopolitan In Three Easy Steps

Cotton Candy Cosmo Step One

Step One: Place a generous wad of Cotton Candy in a Martini Glass.

Cotton Candy Cosmo Step Two

Step Two: Pour prepared Cosmo over the Cotton Candy into the Glass.

Cotton Candy Cosmo Step Three

Step Three: Sip and Enjoy!

Repeat Steps as necessary.

Casa Noble Tequila Tasting with Carlos Santana

Casa Noble Flyer with Carlos

As someone who has literally grown up hearing Carlos Santana’s music since I was a small child, it is exciting to see him continually harvesting personal and financial success through diversification into projects that transcend the scope of music. Carlos’s latest endeavor is a partnership with the respected Tequila brand, Casa Noble, a company on whose board he now sits as a part owner.

Carlos Santana Speaks
Carlos Santana Speaks to Guests at the Casa Noble Tequila tasting at Midtown’s Core Club (Photo By Anne Raso)

Regarding the partnership, Carlos explained that he and the company share many core values. “Passion, dedication and integrity is what attached me to Casa Noble Tequila,” he said, adding, “I feel at home.” Santana also revealed that Casa Noble and his family have the same origins; with roots dating to the 1700s in Jalisco, Mexico. “When I visited the distillery,” said Santana, “I immediately felt spiritually connected to the [CEO, Jose] Hermosillo family and Casa Noble. Together we celebrate the gift of life and all of the blessings that come with it. Together we can all make a difference in the world.”

Casa Noble Tequila Bottle Display

Last evening, Casa Noble and CEO Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo held a private tasting event at midtown’s Core Club to formally introduce Carlos’s alignment with and contribution to the brand, and to taste some delicious, triple distilled Tequila.

Casa Noble Tequila Flyer

Three varieties were featured at the Core Club reception: Crystal (the Casa Noble version of the clear Silver or Blanco tequila variety), Reposada and Anejo. I must say that the deep amber Anejo variety scored as a favorite with the guests, owing to its butterscotch, vanilla and chocolate notes and an almost brandy-like essence. In a word: Smooth!

All Casa Noble Tequilas come in beautiful, hand blown glass decanters and are certainly Tequilas that anyone would be proud to serve or give as gifts to your finest friends and guests.

Read more about the Casa Noble brand and its partnership with Carlos Santana at This Link.

Tiny Bottles of Casa Noble Tequila
Tiny Bottles of Casa Noble Tequila Were Given to Guests to Take Home

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Shark Attack Cocktail!!

Shark Bite Cocktail

In Honor of Shark Week, we present a video of the Shark Bite Cocktail from Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant. The drink consists of a Blue Curacao based fruity cocktail with Red Grenadine poured into it from a Shark-shaped vial, thus simulating blood in the water post-Shark Attack.

Shark Attack!

Thanks to Tracy Giehl for The Tip!

Recommended Beverage: Balls Vodka

Balls Vodka Label

I was out Vodka shopping this past Friday night after work and a representative of Balls Vodka (yes, that is what it’s called) happened to be giving out free tastes of this product at my local liquor store. Let me tell you, I know my Vodka, and this stuff is so smooth you can actually drink it straight without making “That Face.” A one liter bottle costs $19.99. Balls Vodka is now the Official Vodka of Worleygig.com!