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Warm Up and Forget Snow Exists Drinks

Cocktails / November 29, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyIt’s not even officially winter… scratch that. It’s not even officially DECEMBER an it’s already snowed in the northeast. Snow. Gross, cold stupid snow.

While some may drink for pleasure, today we shall drink to forget. Forget that frozen water is falling all around us, causing us to have ice damns, forcing us to shovel, and making us feel cold ALL THE TIME.

Here are our 5 favorite “Warm Up and Forget Snow Exists” cocktails to sip on until April. Probably more like May.

1) Hoppin’ Hot Scotch. A concoction of butterscotch schnapps, hot chocolate, and amaretto from The Food Network. Top is off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you’re feeling particularly Ina that day.

2) Turkey Legs. Described as “Bob Hope’s Christmas in Hawaii in a glass.” Shake off the cold-right-down-to-your-bones feeling with honey, brandy, rum, lime juice, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, and a dash of bitters

3) Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum. If you can’t beat the pumpkin, drink the pumpkin. Dark rum, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, a pinch of salt, and a whole lot of melted pumpkin butter will set you right after tomorrow’s weather report.

4) Leftover Pecan Pie Bourbon Shake. If you want to laugh in the face of Jack Frost, or you just need to cool down after shoveling endless mounds of snow, mix up Delish’s vanilla ice cream, bourbon, and chopped pecan pie smoothie masterpiece.

5) Triple Threat Julep. Show snow whose boss by using it to make this part-snow cone part-cocktail concoction. You’ll also need some mint, Drambuie, Auchentoshan American Oak, Meletti Amaro, Clear Creek’s Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, Pear Brandy and a little ginger.


Hot Alcoholic Drinks, Ranked

Cocktails / November 21, 2016 / No Comments.

“I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” — Phil, Groundhog Day

giphyDon’t let the joy and shiny decorations of the holidays distract you: We are heading straight into the coldest, and therefore the worst, months of the year. There’s no stopping it. There is only survival mode, aka hunkering down with a hot, boozy beverage.

Here are Drinking in America’s scientific, undisputed rankings of hot alcoholic drinks:

  1. Hot Toddy: When you inevitably feel a cold coming on, drink this hot mix of bourbon, honey and lemon. Does it work? Who cares? You’re drinking bourbon and honey.
  2. Irish Coffee: Bonus points if you ask someone to “Irish up that coffee for me.”
  3. Mulled Wine: Mulling wine is a whole project. But it’s cold out, what else do you have to do? Mulled wine makes your apartment smell great, plus star anise looks super-cool.
  4. Boozy Hot Chocolate: Try not to be confused when you’re nostalgic for your childhood but also drunk.
  5. Hot Apple Cider With Rum: Take apple cider. Heat it. Add rum. Throw in some spices if you’re fancy.
  6. Grog: Break out the leftover dark rum from this summer’s Dark-and-Stormy’s and make some grog. Talk like a pirate while you drink it.
  7. Tom & Jerry: This caloric monster is made with eggs, milk, sugar and brandy. You can lost the weight after New Year’s.
  8. Hot Buttered Rum: The idea of putting butter in a drink weirds me out, guys. But to each their own.
  9. A Styrofoam Cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee With Some Dr. McGillicuddy’s Poured In: You’re better than this.
  10. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail: No, Pumpkin Spice is never leaving.

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Booze to beat the heat

Cocktails / July 27, 2016 / No Comments.

giphy-1Back to school commercials may be around the corner, but we are still very much in summer mode (and the temperature is with us on this one). As the weather continues to heat up, you’re going to need more than one way to cool down – we’re sure these heatwave cocktails will do the trick. Infusing some of our favorite seasonal fruits with our favorite booze is the best way to quench our thirst. Stay cool out there!

Frozy Navels

  • 1 46 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, softened
  • 2 c. frozen peaches
  • 2 c. peach schnapps, like DeKuyper
  • 1/2 c. orange liquor, like Grand Marnier
  • Sliced peaches, for garnish

In a blender, pulse orange juice concentrate. Add frozen peaches, schnapps, and orange liquor and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with peach slices.

Raspberry Sorbet

  • 2 c. rosé, divided
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 c. frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 c. fresh raspberries
  • mint, for garnish

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup rosé and sugar. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. In a blender combine frozen raspberries and 1/2 cup rose syrup. Process until smooth. Taste the mixture, adding more rose syrup if desired. Pour into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about an hour. To make floats, scoop small portions into champagne flutes and top with more rose. Add fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint to each glass.

Strawberry Daquiris

  • 4 oz. light rum
  • 1/2 c. fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 c. ice
  • sliced lime, for garnish

To a blender, add first 4 ingredients and blend until smooth. Blend until smooth and pour into 2 glasses. Garnish with lime slices.

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  • Ice

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Orange Splash

  • 2 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 splash fresh lime juice
  • 1 splash orange juice
  • Sugar, for garnish
  • Orange slice, for garnish

Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker or large glass and shake vigorously. Rim a glass with sugar and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.


Cocktail Corner: Boozy Remedy for the Common Cold

Cocktail Corner / February 25, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyNot only does winter mean cold weather, but it also means cold season. While H20 and gatorade are crucial for the recovery process, why not lift your spirits with a warm and soothing cocktail pick up me? When made with cold-fighting ingredients like honey and ginger, cold and flu-fighting cocktails really will do the trick.

No need to stay in bed if you can conquer that cough with a cocktail.

Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic: Serves 1

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-inch piece ginger root (or more,
  • to taste), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 whole organic lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
  • 1 ounce whiskey (optional)

In a small pot over medium heat, heat the water, ginger, lemon juice, and honey. Strain the mixtures into a mug and add the shot of whiskey.

Recipe from thekitchn


Cocktail Corner: Stuck Inside on a Snow Day

Cocktail Corner / February 8, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyConsidering more than half of the country is currently being covered with snow, we’re going to go ahead and assume that the majority of you are cold, bored and getting ready to strangle your shovel. Well let us ease your winter worries with a boozy beverage (what else?). We’ve come across a cocktail so sweet and soothing, you’ll be surprised by how quickly it warms you from the inside out.

Snow Day: (serves 1)

  • 2 oz. dry white rum
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. orange marmalade
  • lime wedge

simple syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 allspice berries

First, make the simple syrup. Combine sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once sugar has dissolved, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes; don’t let the mixture boil! Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Then, strain and refrigerate.

To make the drink portion, combine the rum, lime juice, orange marmalade and ½ oz. of the spiced syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well for 15 seconds; strain into a glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy and forget about the weather.

Recipe from Williams-Sonoma 


Care for your body with Emergen-C Cocktails

Cocktails / October 20, 2015 / No Comments.

boozy-emergen-c-cocktails-are-the-best-cold-medicine-everLet’s talk flu season. There’s always that time of the year where sickness surrounds us, encapsulating every healthy human that crosses its path. And the worst is when you contract a common cold midweek, leaving you exhausted and hopeless for any fun weekend plans you might have had. But wait – what do you get when you cross vitamin C and alcohol? When you mix the good and the (what’s considered) “bad,” you create a concoction that’s the best of both worlds: Emergen-C cocktails. So start sippin’ – you’ve got an immune system to protect!

Mint Fuel-Up (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Emergen-C

Flu Shot (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Emergen-C

Chiantibiotics (1 serving):

  • Glass of Chianti
  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Emergen-C

The Cold Fashioned (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 packet Super Orange Emergen-C

The Sidecarsick (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • 1 packet Super Orange Emergen-C

Four-Berry Picker Upper (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 packet Triple Berry Emergen-C
  • 1 packet Cranberry-Pomegranate Emergen-C

Sick on the Beach (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. peach schnapps
  • Pineapple juice (a splash)
  • 1 packet Tropical Emergen-C
  • 1 packet Super Orange Emergen-C

The Fever Dream (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • ½ oz. bloody mary mix
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 packet Pink Lemonade Emergen-C

Rechargarita (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Emergen-C
  • 1 packet Raspberry Emergen-C

The Snot Toddy (1 serving):

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Emergen-C
  • Honey
  • Hot water

Recipes found on thrillist.com


5 Reasons to Drink This Weekend

5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / March 20, 2015 / No Comments.


We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:

1. March Madness: Is your bracket already embarrassing you in front of your co-workers? Beer is one pick that will never let you down.

2. Coach Taylor: Prepare your couch and your mini-fridge. Netflix released a new show today called ”Bloodline” starring our favorite high school football coach. Clear eyes, full cups, can’t lose.

3. Nevada Laws: Nevada proposed a bill this week that would allow pets to use medical marijuana. Wilfred has never been more real.

4. One Direction: Zayn is leaving the popular boy band’s tour due to “stress”. Some speculate that he’s having trouble with his engagement, but we’re just trying to figure out which one is Zayn.

5. Spring: Despite the freezing temps and snow that still haunt most of the East Coast, spring is here! And you know what they say: Spring is here, Have a beer. Or something like that…


5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend

5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / January 9, 2015 / No Comments.

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We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:

1. It’s Cold As Hell: Even Texas fell below 30 this week. Grab your alcohol blanket and dream of warmer days.

2. Aliens Are Real: Ok, maybe not officially. But scientists reported seeing possible signs of ancient life on Mars from photos the rover sent back this week. We’re gonna leave out some full glasses of water just in case.

3. Flu Season: If you don’t have it yet, give it a week. Nothing a shot of whiskey can’t cure.

4. Baseball Hall of Fame: Four more all stars were elected to the elite club this week, and we aren’t even good enough to make our company softball team.

5. Golden Globes: It’s that time of year again- where the rich and famous get drunk and win awards for their work in TV and Film. Tina and Amy are hosting, so glasses up.


Oculto: At Least It Looks Cool

Beer / November 17, 2014 / No Comments.


You didn’t ask for it, but Anheuser-Busch made it. Another tequila flavored beer to remind you why you usually shoot your tequila then chase it with lime.

It’s coming out in Spring 2015, so there’s still time to mentally prepare. And who knows, maybe it will be good?

There is no tequila used in making it, but it’s being compared to Heineken’s Desperados, which we wouldn’t take as a compliment. But if that’s you’re thing then begin the countdown.

It jumped on the Coors Light train with the eyes on the bottle glowing once the bottle gets cold. That alone is enough for us to give it a try. If nothing else, it’ll look cool in our fridge for a few months.


Best Wines for a Cold Day

Our Stories / January 3, 2013 / No Comments.

Let’s face it: most wine tastes good any time of the year. However, some wines just taste better in certain weather. Winter’s cold temperatures call for wines that are more full-bodied, spicy and slightly more alcoholic. Grab a glass of one of these wines, wrap yourself in your Snuggie and relax in front of the fireplace.
Cabernet Sauvignon: This red wine is extremely popular and a true classic. It ranges from medium to full-bodied, so choose one that suits your preference.

Port: This fortified sweet wine is a classic dessert or after-dinner drink. A vintage port is best, but you could also go with a tawny port or ruby port as well.

Syrah (or Shiraz): This wine is made from the Syrah grape, which is almost black, so the wine itself is a dark purple-black color. It has wonderful, intense flavors perfect for winter.

Pinot Gris (Grigio): Red wines are so perfect in the cold weather, but it can be hard to find a good white that warms you up. Pinot Gris works in the summer, but it’s powerful fragrances make it ideal for winter as well.

Riesling: Riesling is another white wine that shines in the winter-time. The flavors are very versatile and it will always warm you up.

Whether you’re a fan of red or white, any of these wines would be a welcome addition to a cold winter evening.