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Bootblack Brand: Never Accept a Boring Cocktail Again

Reviews / July 21, 2017 / No Comments.

1492016187014The DIA team is a group of cocktail fanatics. We strive to try ’em all. We even attempt to make some of the concoctions ourselves (which 75% of the time ends up as a giant fail). We kept thinking- there has to be an easier way to make great, high-end cocktails at home without having to run all over town getting odd ingredients and following crazy, complicated instructions.

Then we were introduced to Bootblack Brand’s cocktail syrups. And things were never the same.

A little brand background for you: “Bootblack was born while sitting on a barstool with friends frustrated by the lack in quality of their cocktails. Built on the premise they do not eat or drink anything inferior, they started experimenting with classic flavor profiles with a twist using fresh produce, herbs and spices. Now you can create modern interpretations of classic cocktails & unique sodas with their complex syrups and your favorite alcohol or seltzer. Whether entertaining a large group, a few close friends or having a quiet evening, end your day with Bootblack.”

Owner, Paul Kubiski, was not messing around. He packed big flavor into these small batch cocktail syrups. They come is sleek bottles with vibrant and crafty labels. Each flavor also comes with a recommend cocktail recipe to try. You don’t even have to add booze to enjoy these mixers, simply mix the syrup with some seltzer and you have a delicious virgin cocktail. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that, kids. Check out the flavors we tried (and loved) below:

FullSizeRenderClassic Citrus Tonic

Take your boring old Gin and Tonic to the next level. The citrus aroma is accompanied with the perfect balance of a subtlety sweet and fruit packed flavor. This refreshing cocktail is so easy to make. All you need is Bootblack Classic Citrus Tonic, seltzer, lime and your choice of liquor (gin is recommended). This tangy yet smooth drink will make plain Gin and Tonics a thing of the past.

FullSizeRender-2Ginger Cardamom Lime

Have you ever ordered a Moscow Mule at a bar? It can get pretty pricey. Have you ever tried to make one at home? Making sure you get the right ginger beer to pair with your vodka can be tiring. Well Bootblack Brand has something easier, and probably more delicious than what you’re whipping up in your kitchen. No more pricey bar tabs or measuring ingredients. The Ginger Cardamom Lime cocktail syrup is the perfect mix of ginger and lime, with a hint of cardamom. Add seltzer and a splash of vodka and you have the perfect bittersweet Moscow Mule. No lie guys, this was better than most Moscow Mules we’ve ever had.

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For those looking for an extra punch in their margaritas, look no further. The Cranberry Jalapeño Lime pairs perfectly with tequila. This sweet and spicy cocktail infuses flavors of cranberry to create a tingly yet smooth finish. We honestly haven’t tasted anything like it. This is definitely for drinkers who prefer delicious cocktails that are a little out-of-the-box.


Where to find Bootblack Brand cocktail syrups:

In Massachusetts:
The Boston Shaker, Lee’s, and The Cheese Shop of Salem. Once a month you can find them at these Farmers Markets: Roslindale, Union Square and SOWA.

In Providence, RI:
Retail: Bottles, Campus, Nikki’s, StockPVD, Olive Del Mondo, Grapes and Grains, Brickyard, Patriot, Pantry at Avenue N, Tom’s Market, Provender, Dave’s Market, Belmont Market, and Savory Grape.
In bars/restaurants: The Eddy, Rogue Island, New Harvest, Sons of Liberty, Federal Hill Pizza, JackieBoy and Revival.

Let us know what concoctions you come with up using these complex cocktail and soda syrups! And be sure to check out Bootblack Brand on Facebook and Instagram (@bootblack_brand).

SMIRNOFF Holiday Cocktails

Cocktails / December 14, 2016 / No Comments.

Tis the season for holiday cocktails! Between dealing with the crowds at the mall and attending holiday party after holiday party, this time of year can be stressful on your mind and wallet. What better way to unwind with (21+) friends and family than with a delicious Smirnoff cocktail?

Smirnoff No. 21 and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist are both delicious, budget-friendly ingredients for festive cocktails at any holiday gathering this season (suggest retail price of $15.99 for each 750mL bottle). Tasty cocktails that don’t break the bank? Christmas came early this year!

No matter what festive flavor you’re craving, these recipes will do the trick.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Courtesy of Kendra Darr, 
Simply Darrling

  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 8 oz. Hot Chocolate
  • 3-4 Peppermint marshmallows

Chocolate Peppermint Martini (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-10-51-06-am

  • 4 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz. crème de cacao
  • 1 oz. chocolate liquor
  • 2 oz. cream chocolate sauce & crushed preprint for garnish

Gingerbread Martini (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)

  • 3 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
  • 3 oz. Irish cream
  • 2 tbsp. gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. whipped cream and & crushed gingerbread cookies for garnish

The Peppermint Knitted Nog

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • 3 oz. Eggnog
  • Crushed peppermint candy & whipped cream for garnish

Cranberry Holiday Punch (courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)

  • 32 oz. (1/2 container) cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 32 oz. (1/2 container) pineapple juice
  • 2 liter cranberry lemon-lime pop
  • 750 mL bottle Smirnoff Vodka
  • Sliced lemons, limes & frozen cranberries for garnish

Friendsgiving Cocktails

Cocktails / November 21, 2016 / No Comments.

x6dt83kwyek6iHappy Friendsgiving!

Friendsgiving means spending time with friends you’ve chosen, not the family that’s been forced upon you. Where conversation is light and fun, food is abundant, and alcohol is in mass quantities. Instead of trying to impress your friends with weird, complicated Pinterest recipes that will most likely end up looking nothing like the photos, get them sufficiently buzzed on some delicious Friendsgiving cocktails. We teamed up with BACARDI and SMIRNOFF to bring you 6 easy recipes that you and your friends will definitely be thankful for.

 1. BACARDÍ Friendsgiving Rum Punch

This punch will appeal to everyone from the pickiest spirits aficionado to the casual beer drinker. Bacardi


  • 1 part BACARDÍ Gold rum
  • 1 part BACARDÍ Superioer rum
  • 3 parts Apple Cider
  • 2 parts lemonade (sweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon (garnish)
  • 1 apple cut into slices (garnish)

Directions: In a large punch bowl, combine all ingredients with an ice block. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices. Serve on the rocks.

2. Treacle

This cocktail is an impressive yet straightforward drink to sip on this Friendsgiving. banks-treacleMade with BANKS 7 Golden Age Rum, it is a complex, full flavored drink with a dryer flavor than most Golden Rum cocktails.


  • 2 parts BANKS 7 Golden Age Rum
  • 1 part apple cider
  • 5 parts Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions: Stir with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with one large cube.

3. The Original Moscow Mule

SMIRNOFF Brings It Back To The 1940s With An Experiential Dinner To Tell The Story Of Its Invention Of The Iconic Cocktail, The Moscow MuleThis cocktail is for the minimalist. No need to stalk up on fancy ingredients. The Original Moscow Mule is perfected with only three, making it the perfect cocktail to bring to holiday gatherings.


  • 5 oz. SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka
  • 4 oz. premium ginger beer
  • Fresh lime

Directions: In a copper mug with ice, add SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka, ginger beer and a squeeze of lime and stir. Garnish with a fresh lime slice.

4. Cranberry Apple Rosemary Sangria (serves 16)

This is for the whole squad. Whether it’s time for brunch, watching football or enjoyed a slice (or three) of apple pie. (Courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen).


  • Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 2-3 springs of rosemary
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Cranberry Apple Rosemary Sangria
    • 3 apples, diced
    • 2 pears, diced
    • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
    • 1 orange, thinly sliced
    • 1 cup SMIRNOFF Sourced Cranberry Apple
    • ½ cup triple sec
    • 2 bottles of white wine
    • 1 cup of Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup
    • 32 oz. club soda


  • Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small pot, bring water and sugar to a boil. Drop in rosemary and cinnamon sticks and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely.
  • Cranberry Apple Rosemary Sangria: In a large pitcher, place fruit into the bottom. Top with SMIRNOFF Sourced Cranberry Apple, triple sec, wine and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Refiigerate for 6 hours up to overnight. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, rosemary spring and/or frozen fruit.

5. The Apple Cider Mule

image005For those who prefer to drink their dessert, this one’s for you. Out with the apple pie, in with the apple cocktail! (Courtesy of Kendra Darr, Simply Darrling)


  • 5 oz. SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka
  • 3 oz. premium ginger beer
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Apple slice and caramel sauce for garnish

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, combine the Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer, apple cider and simple syrup and shake. Then rim a copper mug with caramel sauce. Pour cocktail over ice into the copper mug and garnish with an apple slice.


6. Spicy Moscow Mule

image007For those who love the heat, this is a kicked up version of the original Moscow Mule, incorporating Serrano peppers and fresh mint sprigs for a surprising twist. (Courtesy of Annette Vartanian, A Vintage Splendor)


  • 1 thinly sliced Serrano pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 5 oz. SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka
  • 1 cup premium ginger beer
  • 2 lime wheels/wedges for garnish
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions: Put cupper mugs in freezer for 5 minutes to chill. Squeeze lime juice and drop in 1-2 Serrano pepper slices in copper mug. Use the back of a wooden spoon to muddle together the Serrano slices and lime juice. Pour in vodka and stir. Fill copper mug with ice and top off the ginger beer. Serve with additional Serrano slices, a lime wedge, and a mint sprig for garnish.

Cold Weather Tequila Drinks

Cocktails / December 21, 2015 / No Comments.


Tequila is a drink best enjoyed in a fruity cocktail by the pool. But as the days get colder, our poolside drinks are nothing more than a memory. Keep sipping your favorite tequilas all winter long without feeling out of place with some of these seasonal cocktail recipes: 

Cranberry Margarita


1 ½ cup cranberry juice

¾ cup fresh lime juice

¾ cup tequila

½ cup Cointreau


Garnish: cranberries and lime

Stir all ingredients together and serve over ice in sugar or salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish with cranberries and lime wedges for added class. Full recipe




3 oz tequila cream liqueur

3 drops of vanilla

crushed ice

1 oz evaporated skim milk

½ oz Kahlua

Garnish: Cinnamon Powder & Cinnamon Stick

Pour all ingredients except for cinnamon into blender. Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Full recipe



Cocktail Corner: Cranberry & Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Cocktail Corner / December 15, 2015 / No Comments.


Sweet and sour never tasted so good. This combo of cranberries and whiskey will be music to your lips any cool night this month. Or any month. Your bartender game just went from zero to a hundred real quick, so get ready for all the compliments that will be surely coming your way after you serve this up for your friends.

Cranberry & Cinnamon Whiskey Sour: (4 servings)

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¾ cup bourbon or whiskey
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ice cubes

In a medium-sized saucepan, add cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Heat over a medium until boiling. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have burst open and can easily be stirred into the syrup (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and strain into a large bowl leaving large chunks behind. Chill for at least 10 minutes before using.

Add ¾ simple syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Divide into 4 glasses and serve.

Recipe from bakerbynature.com


Cocktail Corner: Cranberry Margarita

Cocktail Corner / January 6, 2015 / No Comments.

Cranberry-Margaritas-1Cheers, you’ve made it through the Holiday season and that in itself is worth a celebration. The wave of family and friends, bed shuffling, overnight bags, and gifts are over. Unfortunately, it’s time to settle back into the groove of work and routine once again, and after the chaos of the recent past, routine may not sound half bad. Since sugar and heavy creams have been the main ingredients for the past few weeks, we’d sticking with a slightly sweet, slightly tart, and easy to make winter themed cocktail, the Cranberry Margarita.

1 ½ cups cranberry juice cocktail
¾ cup fresh lime juice
¾ cup tequila
½ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
Ice cubes

Stir all ingredients together until blended. Serve over ice in sugar – or salt – rimmed glasses, garnished with fresh cranberries and lime wedges if desired. Enjoy.

Note: Makes about 3 servings


Her Shot: Drink Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cocktails / October 2, 2014 / No Comments.


October is a month dedicated to those who have fought the good fight against breast cancer. Whether you’re raising awareness by participating in a charity walk or by donating some money to the cause (see links below for some suggestions!), you can still raise a glass to those who have put on their bravest faces against this disease. Try sharing one of these pink drinks with the survivors who inspire you this month:

Blushing Bride:                                                    

1 oz. Peach Schnapps

1 oz. Grenadine

4 oz. Champagne/Sparkling Wine


Pinky Promise:

1.5 oz. Knob Creek

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

Shake and top with a splash of Ginger Ale


Drunk Barbie:

1 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Orange Juice


Donate here or at any of your favorite organizations to help find a cure:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Susan G. Komen

Breast Cancer Research Foundation