Fun and Delicious Easter Cocktail Ideas

The weather is finally getting warmer, the birds are chirping and the trees are blossoming. The grass is green, the sun is shining brightly and it’s as if the whole world is saying: spring has finally come. Spring is here, and with it soon will come a favorite springtime holiday – Easter. To celebrate, consider sipping some fun and delicious Easter cocktails with family and friends!

Whether you’re relaxing with friends while the kids are out hunting for Easter eggs, having an Easter brunch or dinner, or if you decided to go celebrating with family or friends, there is no better way for you and your loved ones to commemorate this special day than with some delicious, refreshing and fun Easter cocktails. Mixing your own cocktails is always fun and easy to do ,and you can always add something new to spice up the flavor. On several occasions, we tried to help you with some of our Easter cocktail ideas, and this year we are back with lots of new and interesting recipes you’ll definitely be needing for a refreshing Easter drink. For teens and designated drivers, we have a whole array of tasty non-alcoholic Easter beverages that will look and taste just like the real thing. Take out your cocktail mixing equipment and read carefully because here we go!

Easter Cocktail Ideas – Fun and Beautiful!

Peep-tini

This is a really special Easter cocktail – it’s both yummy and insanely refreshing and just the thing you need to help you relax.

 Ingredients:     image001

1 ½ oz. Sobieski Lemon Meringue Vodka
½ oz. white chocolate liquor
1 oz. cream
Sugar
Peep for garnish

How to:

Dip rim of chilled martini glass into sugar to coat.  Add Sobieski Lemon Meringue Vodka, white chocolate liquor and cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into sugar coated martini glass.  Garnish with a Peep and serve.

 

Spring Fling

Looks stylish and elegant, tastes heavenly and is the hit at any cocktail party. Definitely one of our favorites!

 image002Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VS Elegance
¼ oz. pomegranate syrup
1 oz. cranberry juice
3 fresh strawberries
red rose for garnish

How to:

Muddle strawberries and liquids in a shaker tin. Fill shaker with ice cubes, and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a rose.

 

Bunny’s Tail

Ingredients:       image003

1 ½ oz. Lucid Absinthe
½ oz. orange flower water
1 tsp. white or clear crème de menthe
1 large egg white
Ice

How to:

In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients and shake vigorously until frothy and well blended. Strain into a tall chilled cocktail glass and serve.

 


Mimosa MistMimosa Mist  

Ingredients:    

1½ ounces Florida orange juice
5 raspberries
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup*
Ice
Champagne

How to:

Muddle raspberries in cocktail shaker; add Florida orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake and strain into champagne flute; top with chilled champagne. Garnish with Florida orange twist and raspberry.

*For Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water in saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely and refrigerate in covered container for up to 1 month.

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Delicious and Fun St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Ideas

It’s March already, and we are only days away from our favorite holiday of the season – Saint Patrick’s day. March 17th is the day when the whole world becomes Irish! Cities are overwhelmed with green hats, clover T-shirts, the aroma of corned beef and cabbage, and gallons of good ol’ dark Guinness are enjoyed while singing to “The Irish Rover” by The Dubliners. It’s safe to say that St. Pat’s isthe day for drinking, fun, and merriment

If beer isn’t your deal, you have a huge variety of cocktails and shooters to enjoy. If you liked our earlier article about fun and tasty cocktail ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, then you should also enjoy these new and interesting St. Patty’s cocktail ideas that are easy to whip up and absolutely delicious to drink. Whether you’re staying at home with your friends and family or going out to a bar or a club,  you should definitely have a drink or two to relax and unwind, and with these fun St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, you can celebrate with a festive Irish twist.

Green St. Patrick’s Day Themed cocktails 

Green hats, green T-shirts, green flags – why not green cocktails? Keep with the spirit of St Pat’s with some of these amazing cocktails:

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Emerald Crush
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka
  • 1/2 organic kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 organic lime, cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon organic sugar

How to:

Muddle fruit and sugar in a mixing glass until well crushed and juicy. Add ice and vodka and shake vigorously. Pour all contents over ice into a tall tumbler and drink with straws. This is a very special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that will tingle your whole body and leave you asking for more.

 

Green Apple Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part apple juice
  • 1 part DeKuyper Sour Apple Schnapps

How to:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and serve. Simple as that!

 Refresh-ZING Shamrock

Ingredients image002 (1)

  • 1.5 oz. ZING Vodka
  • 5 Cucumber chunks (approx 1 oz juice)
  • 1 Basil leaf
  • Splash Lime juice

 How to:·

Muddle cucumber and basil add ingredients and shake served Up. Garnish with a cucumber. Preferable Glass: Highball rocks or coupe.

image001Camarena Shamrock Shaker

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • Sliced Green Apples for Garnish

How to:

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fan of thinly sliced green apples.

Midori Sour 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. whiskey sour mix
  • 2 oz. Sprite
  • 2 cherries

How to: 

Fill glass with ice cubes. Add Midori liqueur, sour mix and Sprite. Stir quickly. Add cherries as garnish.

Lemons, oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit make yummy beverage bases

These yummy cocktails are for those who prefer their drink with a fruity taste. Delicious and fun, they are very easy to prepare and will make your body feel fresh and elevated.

image002Irish Castaway

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce Vanilla Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Lemon Juice
  • Bar spoon of Brown Sugar
  • 2 ounces Brut Champagne

How to:

Combine brown sugar and liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker, no ice. Stir to dissolve brown sugar. Add ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with brut champagne.

Kiss Me I’m Irish image

Ingredients:

  • 50ml/2 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • Dash Elderflower Syrup
  • 3 chunks pink grapefruit

How to:

Muddle grapefruit with elderflower cordial. Add crushed ice and churn. Re top with crushed ice and garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge.

 

 image (1)The Lucky Charm

Ingredients:

  • 1.5  Belvedere Bloody Mary
  • 1 oz  Pineapple juice
  • ¼ oz Lemon juice
  • 2 bar spoons Rosemary syrup

How to:

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

 

Green Tea-ni Thyme 

  • 50ml/ 2 oz  Belvedere Lemon Tea  image (2)
  • 20ml/ ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • 20ml/ ¾ oz Green Tea Syrup
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

Gentle press thyme in base of shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard over ice. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

 

We hope you enjoy these fun Irish St. Patty’s Day cocktail ideas. Leave us a comment about your favorite one if you try them!

 

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings and Cocktails

It’s that time of year when everyone pinpoints what they are thankful for. If you can’t say you are thankful for your flawless ability to create delectable homemade dishes, consider bringing all the makings to a holiday cocktail of your choice to the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Or if you truly tried your best at great-grandma’s classic Thanksgiving dish and failed to live up to hype, fall back on these quick foolproof recipes. (You can say you’re thankful for credit cards and 24/7 grocery stores.)

For fans of Pumpkin flavored recipes, check out our articles featuring some of our recommendations and suggestions. Find my favorite here. It is “technically” named ‘Halloween Brew,” but I’d drink it any time of the year. Flip the name to ‘Thanksgiving Brew’ and guests will be none the wiser.

Sterling Aromatic White

Pick out the perfect wine for the classic dishes of Thanksgiving dinner. Sterling Vintners offers the staples of red and white wine ideal to pair with many holiday foods. Pair Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir with anything from appetizers up to the main courses. The Pinot Noir should be your go-to with the Turkey dinner as well as stuffings, especially those with chestnuts or mushrooms.

If turkey is not the main course for some diners, the alternative could be a spinach based salad with fresh pears. Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay pairs flawlessly with a salad of this type because the wine’s crisp acidity is an ideal balance to the acidity in the salad dressing. For other food that may be served, Sterling Vintners Collection Aromatic White goes best with fruit and cheese appetizers, particularly those with dried fruits like apricots.

Want to mix things up for a change? Avenue restaurant in Long Branch, NJ mixes a sweet and spicy cocktail called the Cranberry Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita for Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Jalapeno Mezcal MargaritaCranberry Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita

1 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
½ oz. Jalapeno Sour Mix
½ oz. Lime Juice
2 T. Fresh Cranberry Jam
Garnish: 5 Spice Rim (Star Anise, Fennel, Cinnamon, Schezuan Pepper, & Cloves)

Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over clean ice.

 

Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Bring the easiest to make desserts with practically candy-coated cocktails. Smirnoff Vodkas’ new flavors, Wild Honey and Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka, are easy solutions with their simple recipes.

It might seem difficult to find an easy recipe with such bold and distinct flavors. Have no fear! Each flavor has two recipes below with one each being simple enough you might not even need to buy any mixings. Smirnoff’s site offers more recipes, not just for these flavors, but every bottle they offer.

Wild Honey Vodka

SMIRNOFF Honey Nut Cake

1 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
0.5 oz. Creme de cacao
1 oz. Cream

Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Finish with grated nutmeg as garnish.

Honey Cider
1.5 oz. Smirnoff Wild Honey
2.5 oz. apple juice
2.5 oz. cider

Shake and serve over ice in highball glass.

 

SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Cheeky ChurroCinna-Sugar Vodka

1 oz. SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka
0.5 oz. orange liqueur
0.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur with a Hint of Vanilla Cinnamon Flavor
0.5 oz. light cream
Glassware: Coupe glass
Garnish: Grated cinnamon

Preparation: Shake and serve

Lucky Lemonade

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist
2 oz. lemonade
3 oz. apple juice

Add all ingredients together, shake well and pour into stemless wine glass over ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.

What are your Thanksgiving cocktail go-tos?

 

Writer’s Note: I received samples of Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay, Sterling Vintners Collection Aromatic White, Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist Vodka, and Smirnoff Wild Honey Vodka.

Halloween Cocktails

Make your Halloween event stand out from the others with themed cocktails! Have fun with glassware by adding flair to drinks like candy eyeball stirrers or blood dripped drinks with grenadine. Continue reading Halloween Cocktails

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Vodka Review

Summer’s winding down, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a summer-y drink or three. Smirnoff features three fresh flavors in their Sorbet Light Line – Lemon, Mango Passion Fruit and Raspberry Pomegranate. I received all three to try and review. My verdict is that they are all fantastic!

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Father’s Day Cocktails and Drink Ideas

kentucky derbyDads deserve a special day to be pampered just like moms, and what better way than with a great day of food and drinks to celebrate? Consider treating Dad to his own barbecue or make him a feast fit for a king. While you’re at it, be sure to serve up a cocktail featuring his favorite spirit—vodka, rum, tequila, whisky, or even a beer themed cocktail. Consider these great Father’s Day cocktails and drink ideas so you can help Dad celebrate in style.

Gather all the ingredients and follow these easy steps to create delicious and festive Father’s Day drinks for Dad:

Father’s Day Vodka Drinks

Backyard Barbeque Cider

backyard-bbq-ciderIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
0.5 oz. Allspice Dram
0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Apple Cider
Dash of Baked Apple Bitters

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice.

3. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

4. Add a red apple slice for garnish.

 

The Happy Dad

happy-dadIngredients:
2 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
2 oz. Blood Orange Juice
1 oz. Champagne / Dry Prosecco
0.5 oz. Aperol

Instructions:

1. Press two blood orange slices into bottom of wine glass.

2. Add 1/3 full of crushed ice.

3. Add blood orange juice, Aperol, and Vikingfjord vodka.

4. Fill another 1/3 with crushed ice.

5. Add champagne.

6. Top with crushed ice and add a straw.

 

Ginger Man

ginger-manIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.5 oz. Apple Brandy
Fever Tree Ginger Beer
2 Pressed Lime Wheels

Instructions:

1. Press two lime wheels into bottom of Collins glass.

2. Add ice, then Vikingfjord Apple vodka, and apple brandy.

3. Top with ginger beer.

4. Garnish with green apple slice and candied ginger.

 

Papacito

papacitoIngredients:

2 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.75 oz. EO Pomegranate Grenadine
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
1 Bar Spoon of Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice and strain into a cinnamon sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

Above recipes courtesy of Vikingfjord Vodka and mixologist Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room

 

The “Bloody Maryland”

bloody marylandIngredients:
1.5 oz. THE BAY Vodka
4 oz. tomato juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
0.5 oz. lemon juice
1 celery stalk

Instructions:

1. Add The Bay Seasoned Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice.

2. Pour back and forth between two mixing glasses.

3. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.

Courtesy of “The Bay” seasoned vodka

 

Pearanha

Pearanha 3Ingredients:
1.0 oz of Smirnoff Pear
1.0 oz of St. Germaine
0.5 oz of Lillet
0.5 Spiced Rum infused with orange spiced tea and vanilla

Instructions:

1. Brew tea and mix 50/50 with your favorite spiced rum.

2. Include a few fresh vanilla beans and let sit in your fridge for at least 2 days. The longer the better, up to 30 days!

3. In a shaker with ice mix rum mixture, Smirnoff Pear, St. Germain and Lillet.

4. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

5. Garnish with an orange rind.

Courtesy of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar

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National Margarita Day Recipes

La Pinta & Clase Azul Tequila

National Margarita Day is coming up on February 22nd; are you ready?! In case you aren’t an A-class mixologist, I’ve got you covered. Your friends will think you are top-notch with these recipes. (We can keep it a secret that you didn’t come up with them yourself.)

I received samples of La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila and Clase Azul Plata Tequila to create the two following easy to make, easy to impress margarita recipes. I’ve sampled La Pinta before and it was well received. For more recipes using La Pinta as well as other low-cal cocktail recipes, check out my article here.

This year National Margarita Day falls on a Friday-what a perfect way to celebrate the end up the week. While you’re TGIF’ing, make it an event to remember by enjoying festive snacks like mini quesadillas or chips and guacamole!

Clase Azul Plata Tequila

These margarita recipes are at perfect proportions. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced making a cocktail with so little things to add! There were no complicated items or steps and no one felt the need to add anything sugary to make it sweeter. Both drinks received many thumbs up from several different taste buds!

Clase Azul Plata Margarita

2 oz. Tequila Clase Azul Plata
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar
Shake and serve on the rocks, garnish with a lime slice.

This is the drink for lovers of tequila. It pack a strong, yet delicious punch. Clase Azul Plata Tequila comes in the most beautiful bottle. I’ve gotten just as many compliments on the bottle as the recipe received!


La Pinta Tequila


La Pintarita

2 oz. La Pinta 
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar

Shake and serve on the rocks, garnish with pomegranate seeds and lime wheel.

The sweeter of the two drinks, La Pintarita, offers a tart fruity drink. This was the clear party favorite. It even received the high acclaim of “This is my new favorite drink!”

These recipes call for the same ingredients, which makes the trip to the store super easy (as long as you search in the right places)! I found larger bottles of lime juice in the juice aisle (Imagine that!) and the agave nectar by the sugar in the baking aisle.

 

Tips and suggestions:

I suggest not skipping the “shake” step and to use a cocktail mixer in order to avoid the agave nectar sticking to the bottom of the glass.

  • If you want to switch things up a bit, use limeade if you don’t have lime juice on hand.
  • Although the pomegranate and the lime mainly serve as garnish, these fruits are great to keep on hand to snack on the seeds or to use slices for tequila shots.
  • Search online for where you can find these brands near you- they are well worth it!
Margarita Ingredients
Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Inspired Cocktails

Enjoy these Pumpkin Inspired Cocktail Recipes!Pumpkins are a fall staple. They are used for decorations, desserts, and drinks. Why not add a new twist to your fall celebrations by adding pumpkin flavored cocktails?!

Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect times to add pumpkin to your plate. Some people just can’t get enough of the stuff. Add some festive flavor to your liquor cabinet this season and impress your guests with these pumpkin cocktails.

I was lucky to receive Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka to try out an assortment of these recipes. Pinnacle® offers more than 30 fun flavored vodkas featuring many dessert and fruit flavors. This particular flavor is offered for a limited time only from now through December.

You don’t have to be a fan of pumpkin pie in order to enjoy this spirit. Enjoy on the rocks, a shot, or as a part of one of these lovely cocktails.

Pumpkin Pie Ale

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Ginger Ale

Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Thanksgiving Cider

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Apple Cider

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka

Halloween Brew

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

2 parts Fresh Orange Juice

1 part Cranberry Juice

Serve chilled in a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Fall Berry Pie Infusion

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Cranberry Juice

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Visit www.pinnaclevodka.com to check out the other great flavors Pinnacle has to offer as well as additional recipes. If you aren’t sure where you can purchase any, use the product locator to find a store near you or order online.

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Patriotic Cocktails for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Anytime

Patriotic cocktailsFestive, patriotic cocktails and alcoholic drinks mixed and poured in true red, white, and blue style may be the finishing touch you’re missing for your party. Or they may just be a nice, relaxing end to a long week at work. If you are planning a party over the long weekend or just looking for some new mixed drink ideas to try, consider these fun and fancy patriotic cocktail recipes for your next gathering.

Before you get started on your party drink mixing, be sure you have all the components you need for an awesome bar setup. Don’t forget the lemons, limes, and maybe some strawberries and blueberries to add to the patriotic color scheme. You can also dress up your drinks with red, white, and blue straws, stirrers, or paper umbrellas.

Fruity Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
Some of the most fun alcoholic drinks may be the fruitiest ones. Consider mixing up any of these popular and delicious party drinks for your next patriotic party.

–    Strawberry Daiquiri or Strawberry Margarita
–    Pina Colada
–    Blueberry Daiquiri or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri
–    Blue Hawaiian
–    Cranberry and Vodka
–    Jungle Juice

You should also consider making a pitcher or two of Sangria. Try white sangria or traditional sangria with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for color instead of lemons, limes, and oranges.

Layered Patriotic Alcohol Drinks and Mixers
Layered patriotic alcohol drinks, actually layered drinks in general, can be a lot of fun to mix and drink. Here are some fun layered drinks to consider for your next Labor Day, Memorial Day, or 4th party.

–    Miami Vice – Half Pina Colada and half Strawberry Daiquiri
–    Try the above with Blueberry or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri instead!
–    Red, White, & Blue Shooter
–    Layered Fruit Drink
–    Stars and Stripes Cocktail

For additional tips on making layered shooters and drinks, check out these tips on how to make a layered shooter.

Other Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
You can make just about any drink patriotic by sticking a mini toothpick flag into a maraschino cherry and tossing it in. Another option is to make pitchers of three different drinks – one red, one white, and one blue. You can also fill up martini glasses with drinks in any of the three patriotic colors. Use your imagination and you will think of all kinds of patriotic cocktail recipes to try for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

They may not be drinks, per se, but you can have a lot of fun mixing up patriotic Jello shots for your next Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Fourth of July party. Mix up a red flavor like cherry, raspberry, or strawberry, and a blue flavor like blue raspberry or grape (purple may be close enough). You can make your patriotic Jello shooters in plastic medicine cups designed for this purpose, or make them in ice cube trays or in a flat dish that you can carve them out into bite-sized cubes.

Remember, even if none of the drinks you already know suit your preferences, you can always mix up something totally brand new. Craft your own signature cocktails and then take a few moments to think up some alcoholic drink names for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. What are your favorite drinks to enjoy around the three summer holidays? Please share your favorites and any clever suggestions you have in our comments below.

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