Ah, Summer is here and we all want frozen cocktails on demand, amiright? There’s nothing like a frosty, buzz-inducing beverage to help you beat the heat, poolside or inside. But who wants to take a time out to break out the blender when you’re in the middle of relaxing at home? I will take a hard pass on that.
With the Emmy Awards airing tonight, 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!
Strawberry Lemonade Emmy-tini
1½ oz. Corzo Tequila Silver
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
¾ oz. Lime juice
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
Red Carpet Raspberry Rave
1 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon
½ oz. Dry Vermouth
2 Bourbon Cherries
2 oz. Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
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!
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
– 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
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
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.
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.