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Summer Tiki Party Cocktails

Cocktails / August 8, 2017 / 1 Comment.

200Summer is never complete without a good tiki party… We all know it’s true. Everyone loves a themed party.

The leis. The grass skirts. The coconut bras. The tiki torches. And of course, let’s not forget the tiny cocktail umbrellas


Though the decorations are probably a close second. The best part of any tiki party are the fruity, tropical drinks. There were so many, it was hard to decide which ones to feature. But we persevered and narrowed it down to our top 5 cocktails. Check ’em out:

1) Mai Tai: The ultimate tiki drink.
What You’ll Need: dark and light rums, lime juice, orange curaçao, orange syrup and simple syrup.

2) Zombie: One of the most complex tiki recipes out there.
What You’ll Need: light and dark rums, orange curaçao, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, passion fruit puree or syrup, grenadine and bitters.

3) Hurricane: This is one tastes too good.200-1
What You’ll Need: light and dark rums, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine

4) Rum RunnerMany ways to make, but delicious no matter what.
What You’ll Need: light and dark rums, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine.

5) Bahama Mama: Bring on that coffee.
What You’ll Need: dark and 151-proof rums, coffee liqueur, coconut liqueur, lemon juice and pineapple juice.

These drinks are sure to make your party a real-lei good time. Go coco-nuts!

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Up Your Game of Thrones Cocktail Game

Cocktails / July 28, 2017 / No Comments.

*** This article might contain Game of Thrones spoilers ***

So if you’re not caught up, don’t scroll past Retta shaming your lazy “But-I’m-Not-Caught-Up-Yet!” behind.


OK so, all of us who are in the know, understand that watching Game of Thrones is no longer a casual Sunday night affair. The show has gotten so popular, and so good, that it deserves it’s own thematic cocktails as well. And thanks to The Daily Californian, we’ve got some.

So strap on your Valyrian steel, mount your dragon, and let’s get this party started.


1) A Shot of Ice and Fire

A drink fit for a Prince who was Promised. This layered shot is made with Smirnoff Ice, Fireball Whiskey and a steady hand. And it’s so good it might just bring you back from a very murder-y death (side eyes Olly hard).


2) The Bloody Dany Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

We felt this one needed a quick name change because Dany deserves to be addressed as the queen she is.


This cocktail is made with vodka, Sprite, triple sec, strawberries, lime and grenadine to make sure it looks like the blood of your blood. To spice up your GoT viewing party even more, invited everyone to cheers as you scream, “I WILL TAKE WHAT IS MINE WITH FIRE AND BLOOD!” That should set the tone for the rest of the night.


3) The White Walker

You and the guests at your Game of Thrones party when you serve up this cocktail:

This chilled drink is made with blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers, Smirnoff Ice, vodka, and blue Curacao. It looks cold. It tastes cold. It is cold. Because why? WINTER IS HERE GUYS. WINTER. IS. HERE.



5 Ways to Make Your Fourth of July Red, White and Deliciously Boozy

Cocktails / June 23, 2017 / No Comments.

The Fourth of July is a holiday celebrated by all Americans. Some spend it with family, others with friends. Some head to the beach while others lay by the pool. The one thing almost every does? Other than pray to the sun gods for good weather? Drink.

The Chilled AmericanHave you ever been to a July Fourth party without alcohol? We think not. There are coolers stocked with beer, tables set up with Red Solo Cups scattered among bottles of liquor and a few bottles of wine chilling in the fridge for the fancier type.

And of course there’s food. LOTS of food. Most of that food being red, white and blue. Pretty much every variation of strawberries, blueberries and bananas you can imagine.

But you can eat fruit any day. We want booze. Red, white and blue booze, to be exact. Thankfully, Smirnoff hooked us up with some sweet patriotic cocktails to make your Fourth of July red, white and deliciously boozy.

The Chilled American
– 1 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka
– 1/2 Bottle of Smirnoff ICE Original premium malt beverage
– 0.5 oz. Blue curaçao
– 0.5 oz. Grenadine
-Fill a tall glass with ice. Add grenadine first, then slowly pour the blue curaçao over the grenadine, then do the same with the Smirnoff ICE. Finally, add the Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka as a floater and enjoy!

Triple Berry MojitiniTriple Berry Mojitini (Courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)
– 3/4 cup Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka
– 6 oz. Blackberries
– 1 Handful mint leaves
– 6 oz. Raspberries
– 4 tsp. Sugar
– 1 Bottle club soda
– 1 cup limeade
– 1 cup ice
– Optional: rim the glass with sugar if desired.
– In the bottom of the glass, place 1 tsp. of sugar and a few torn mint leaves. Muddle.
– Add 2 raspberries, 2 blackberries and 2 cherries, then muddle with the sugar and mind until liquefied.
– Pour 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Red, Whit & Berry vodka into the glass. Top with 1/4 cup limeade, crushed ice and a splash of club soda.
– Garnish with a cocktail pick of a raspberry, blackberry and lime wedge.

4th of July Spiked Snow ConesFourth of July Spiked Snow Cones (Courtesy of Grandbaby Cakes)
– 5 cups ice
For the Raspberry Punch Syrup:
– 1/4 cup Smirnoff No. 21
– 2 cups water
– 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 cup fresh raspberries
– Optional: Red food coloring
For the Blueberry Punch Syrup:
– 1/4 cup Smirnoff No. 21
– 2 cups water
– 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– Optional: Blue food coloring
– Add ice 1 cup at a time to heavy duty blender and finely crush ice until it becomes snow consistency/pure white. Repeat until all ice is finely crushed then add to a container and place in the freezer.
– For syrups, add water, sugar and raspberries to one medium sized pot over medium/high heat and repeat with blueberry ingredients in a separate pot over medium/high heat.
– Bring both pots to a boil and continue tons simmer until they reduce. Strain each mixer into separate bowls then stir 1/4 cup of Smirnoff into each bowl.
– Add individual syrups to two separate squeeze bottles and refrigerate until completely cool.
– To serve, scoop snow ice into small cups and squeeze syrup over each cup and enjoy!

Spiked Sherbet PunchSpiked Sherbet Punch (Courtesy of Grandbaby Cakes)
– 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, fresh
– 5 cups lemon lime soda
– 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
– 1/3 cup Smirnoff Raspberry
– 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
– 1 can limeade concentrate
– 1 can pink lemonade concentrate
– 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
– 2 cups pineapple juice
– 8 scoops rainbow sherbet
– In a large punch bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, limeade and pink lemonade concentrate. Next stir in lemon lime soda and confectioner’s sugar until sugar dissolves.
– Whisk in Smirnoff Raspberry until everything mixes together.
– Toss in fresh raspberries, pineapple chunks, and strawberry slices. Lastly, add scoops of rainbow sherbet to punch and serve immediately.

And for those who love Smirnoff but are trying to watch their cals? You’re going to love new Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, with zero sugar and just 90 calories. These spiked goodies are the lowest calorie hard seltzer on the shelves. They also have delicious flavors like Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon. #DrinkSmarter and raise a can of this bubbly, or any of of our Red, White & Boozy cocktails, to America. Cheers!
Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Combo

Surviving a Bar Crawl

Featured Story / March 18, 2017 / No Comments.

We figured many of you will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by drunkenly crawling from bar to bar, starting at 10am and barely making it to dinner time. But since bar crawls aren’t just for St. Patty’s, we figured we’d give you an all-encompassing guide on how to survive bar crawls. Because let’s face it, it is a fine art to be able to pace yourself from start to finish.

STEP 1: Plan it out.
The night before a bar crawl is just as crucial as the day of. Things are going to get blurry once you start slugging beers for breakfast. Plan out what bars you want to hit and in what order. That way, you have some sort of road map in case your group gets separated. Also, get a good night’s sleep. Nothing is worse than starting your day tired hungover. Because you know the hangover at the end of the day is going to be 100x worse than the one you started with.

STEP 2: Eat!!!
No one wants to be taking care of the person who drinks on an empty stomach and is sloshed after 3 drinks. Have a good breakfast, we promise you’ll still be able to get drunk after eating some pancakes. Also, snacking as you go is a great way to keep you from going off the deep end after bar #2 (because you know after about 6 drinks, you’re going to start craving pizza).

STEP 3: Pace yourself.
If you’ve ever bar crawled before, you know the importance of this one. No need to order 3 rounds of shots at the first bar. The whole point of a bar crawl is to make it to multiple bars. Keep a consistent, reasonable flow of booze at every bar. (Not to sound like your mom but it can’t hurt to throw a few waters into the mix every once and while.)

STEP 4: Mix as little as possible.
Every bar will have different deals- $1 beers, $3 tequila shots, $5 vodka sodas. It’s tempting to just do it all. But we highly recommend sticking to one type of booze as much as you can. Trust us, you’ll be thanking yourself the next morning if you do.

STEP 5: Budget yourself.
Why is it that we always feel like millionaires while we’re drunk? “Drinks for everyone on me!” “$100 tab for one round of drinks? No problem!!” There is zero need to drink top shelf all day. Less expensive booze will get you tipsy just the same. Sure, spoil yourself with that pricey cocktail or beer, but don’t feel the need to continue drinking that at every bar. You’re wallet will be forever grateful.

STEP 6: Have fun.
It’s easy for drama to pop up once people have been drinking for 5 hours straight (“OMG she’s totally flirting with my ex-boyfriend who I haven’t talked to in 2 years- how could she? *sobbing*). Avoid the theatrics and stick to having a good time. You’re here to drink. Don’t make this hard than it has to be.

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Getting Tipsy to 2016’s Top Tunes

Featured Story / February 23, 2017 / No Comments.

giphyIt’s still a little hard to believe 2016 is over. The year was filled with a lot of ups and downs but thankfully, it rocked musically. We took a look at Billboard’s Top 10 Hits from 2016 and decided to pair a cocktail with each track. With some of the catchiest songs ever written- no one can refuse to sing along to these tunes.

  1. Love Yourself — Justin Bieber: Twisted Tea. This song is perf for blasting on a warm, sunny day with your girl friends and singing along at the top of your lungs (probably off tune, but who cares).
  2. Sorry — Justin Bieber: Strawberry Daiquiri. Like this song, this cocktail screams fun.
  3. One Dance — Drake: Vodka Soda. This song is the ultimate bar song. Everyone knows the words. And everyone loves a vodka soda.
  4. Work — Rihanna ft. Drake: Sex on the Beach. ‘Cuz Rihanna. And Drake.
  5. Stressed Out — twenty one pilots: Any IPA or craft beer. This is for all you with an ~alternative~ edge.
  6. Panda — Desiigner: Tequila shots. If you’re listening to this song, you’re getting pumped up to have an awesome night. Tequila shots will jump start your evening for sure.
  7. Hello — Adele: Red wine. This song is for wallowing in your sorrows and also drowning them in wine.
  8. Don’t Let Me Down — The Chainsmokers ft. Daya: Long Island Iced Tea. This song is a little heavy and dark. Just like your night will be after a few LI’s.
  9. Can’t Stop The Feeling! — Justin Timberlake: Any fruity cocktail. Preferably with some sort of lid because you can’t help but dance to this song.
  10. Closer — The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey: Any tall boy of beer. This song was probably played about 100x times at every darty (or dager, or whatever you like to call your day parties).


Our Favorite Christmas Eve Cocktails

Cocktails / December 24, 2016 / No Comments.

giphySanta’s on his way. The tree is lit. Presents are wrapped. It’s time to drink. Here is a list of our favorite Christmas Eve cocktails (thanks to GourmetGiftBaskets.com)

Champagne Parfait CocktailThis drink is a perfect toasting cocktail. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut, etc), add a little bit of gin, any fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a delicious and beautiful drink. The different berries will float at different levels, hence the the parfait look.

La Vie En Rouge“Life in Red” mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice, and fresh rosemary. Its bright flavor and fragrant aroma make a great after-dinner drink. Float a few cranberries in the glass for garnish.

Christmas Eve Hot ChocolateThe adult version of your favorite childhood drink. This recipe mixes coffee, chocolate and liquor. A perfect night cap.

Holiday SparklerIf you’re hosting a large party, this a great punch bowl recipe. With Cava, fresh mint, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice, it’s a bright and festive drink you can make the day before your party to let the flavors really develop. It also makes a great substitution for mimosas on Christmas Day!

Mulled WineAlso known as Glogg or gluwein, the spicy hot wine drink is perfect for a cold winter night. All you really need is dry red wine, port wine, Grand Marnier, and a bunch of oranges and some cinnamon sticks. Cook it up on the stove or even in a Crockpot to keep it warm throughout the evening.

Mistletoe MartiniA mix of chilled cranberry tea, orange and lemon juices, and vodka. A little bit of sugar cuts the tart flavors.

EggnogIs it even Christmas if there isn’t any eggnog? We don’t think so. Spike yours with bourbon or spiced rum for a smooth Christmas drink.


5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend

5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / July 15, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyWe’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. Emmy nominations announced July 14th: Just like we don’t need an excuse to drink, we definitely don’t need an excuse to watch more TV. But if you’re really feeling guilty, just remind yourself that you should be an informed audience member of the upcoming 2016 Emmy’s. Pop open a beer and catch up on all the nominated shows.

2. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates release: Let’s face it, any movie with Zac Efron is a movie worth seeing. But this one in particular- with its all-star cast including Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick- is sure to be a hilarious, mindless summer flick. Get some friends together for brews, then head out to enjoy cooling off in an air-conditioned movie theater to escape the summer heat.

3. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris: We smell another platinum selling album in the works from Taylor Swift. The T-Swift/Calvin Harris break-up drama is not only major inspiration for some hit songs, but it would definitely also make a fantastic drinking game. Drink every time Taylor or Calvin tweet something nasty or passive aggressive at each other; do a double shot every time Katy Perry gets involved!

4. The Walking Dead: AMCs cult TV show ended its 6th and most stressful season a few months ago, but today they released a new teaser photo for season 7. For those of you who are fans, you’ll recognize the visual as Negan holding his bat, standing in front of his 11 potential victims. Which one will it be? Drink to pass the time because you won’t find out until October.

5. Pokemon Go: If you don’t already know about the earth-shattering phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, you’re definitely living under a rock. The game is already more popular than Instagram in the App Store. What better way to enjoy a summer weekend than to get together with friends, enjoy some drinks and play some Pokemon Go? Just don’t wander into the middle of a road.


5 Reasons to Drink This Weekend

5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / June 10, 2016 / No Comments.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 1.19.45 PMWe’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. Ben Affleck & Matt Damon: To celebrate National Best Friends Day, good ol’ Ben posted a terrific throwback of he and Matt just being pals and enjoying each other’s company. So raise a glass and make a toast to your BFF.

2. Queen Elizabeth II: The royal family released a newly shot portrait of she and Prince Philip in order to commemorate their birthdays. Fair enough; we’d like to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz too. We suggest sipping on something strong to imagine that for your next birthday, you will also be given a present that is a picture of your face.

3. National Iced Tea Day: That’s right. This classic cooling-off bev is back and ready to be boozed up. Make some for yourself, or get a group together and consume a big batch of the delicious drink.

4. MacBook Pro: After taking a break from controlling our lives, Apple has apparently been rumored to be working on a new 13-inch MacBook to be released later this year. We say this in regards to this news as well as our drinking habits: Another one?

5. Roseanne Barr: There goes another one. Comedy guru Roseanne has officially stated that she endorses Donald Trump for President. We have nothing to say but: drink.


Cocktail Corner: Big Batch Tipsy Iced Tea

Cocktail Corner / June 9, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyIndulge in all things southern this National Iced Tea day (which happens to be tomorrow). And what’s reps the south more than sweet tea on a hot summer day? However, this sweet tea recipe has more of a kick than you may be used to. And by kick, we mean whiskey. Use your favorite booze to offset the sweetness that tends to overpower most teas, and pour yourself a hefty glass of the good stuff:

Sparkling Sweet Tea: (serves 8)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 7 1/2 cups warm water, divided
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup Whiskey
  • 1 (12-ounce) can club soda or seltzer water, chilled
  • 1 orange, sliced into wheels
  • 1 lemon sliced into wheels

In a small saucepan heat the sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water just until the sugar completely dissolves. Set aside to cool. In a large pitcher, combine the tea bags and the remaining 6 cups of water and steep until the tea is as strong as you like it: five minutes for a weaker tea and up to twenty minutes for a stronger brew. Remove and discard used tea bags. Add the cooled simple syrup and whiskey, and stir. Top with the cold club soda, and stir in the orange and lemon wheels. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with ice. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice. Enjoy!


Cinco de Drinko Prep

Cocktails / May 3, 2016 / No Comments.


We think it’s pretty fair to say that most holidays have been commercialized to an absurd extent. And Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is no exception. The celebration of this date commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. While this day is quietly celebrated in Mexico, it has been morphed by us Americans into a day  devoted to drinking (and appreciating) tequila. So, let’s embrace our cultural insensitivity and raise a glass—or ten.

Have a Fiesta with These Cinco de Mayo Jello Shots
Recipe & Image via: Brit & Co

This will make approximately 24 lime “wedge” jello shots

  • 6-8 limes
  • 3 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package Knox unflavored gelatin (2 teaspoons)
  • 3 ounces good quality tequila
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • sea salt and/or large crystal sugar, for garnish

The hardest part is actually hollowing out the lime peels. Trust me, it’s a lot harder than it looks, and if you have a paper cut, I would not recommend this task. I’ve found the easiest way is to cut a small slit at the top of the halved lime.

Gently juice the lime (collecting into a measuring cup).

Then peel the pulp away from the peel. You can use a paring knife or grapefruit knife, but I’ve actually found that using my finger nails works best.

Repeat until you have 12 lime halves and enough lime juice to equal 3 ounces. (You only need 6 limes for the shots, but you might need extra for more juice and/or in case you tear a few).

To keep limes secure, place them in a mini muffin pan. Combine lime juice, an ounce of water and sugar to small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow it to soak in a minute or two. Warm over medium heat, stirring until sugar and gelatin dissolve. Stir in tequila and Grand Marnier and pour into lime halves. (I recommend using something with a spout like a measuring cup).

Allow to refrigerate at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Once jello has set up, cut into wedges.

Serve with a small bowl of sea salt or large crystal sugar for dipping. (Or a combination of the two!) I found the salt to be a little too intense with the jello, but try both out and see which one suits you best. Cheers!

Mexican Mule Cocktail
Recipe via: Treats & Eats

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Simple syrup or agave if desired

Add the tequila and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a highball or rocks glass. Add ice to the glass and then top off with ginger beer. Add simple syrup or agave if needed.