Category Archives: Beer & Cocktails

Summer Dreaming with Tommy Bahama’s Mango Habanero Margarita

Temps are low, snow is threatening and we are dreaming of sandy beaches, hot sun and warm blue waters. Now is the perfect time to visit the tropics and pretend you’re on island time.

While I can’t dig my toes in the sand just yet, I can enjoy a taste of the vacation life at home. Raising a glass to all the summer dreamers out there ~ Cheers!

Have you visited Tommy Bahama’s yet? Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is the ideal location for lunch, dinner or Happy Hour. Ask for the Mango Habanero Margarita.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – New York

551 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10176

Open 11:30am Daily  ~  Island Time Happy Hour: 4-6pm Daily

For reservations, please call 212.537.0960 or visit

Mango Habanero Margarita


  • 1 ¾ parts Milagro Silver tequila
  • ¾ parts Orange Curacao
  • 1 part mango puree – Perfect Puree
  • 1 part scratch sour mix
  • 2 slices fresh Habanero
  • 4 drops Bitterman’s Hellfire Habanero Shrub – available at Tommy Bahama

Glassware Double Rocks or Similar

Ice Cubes

Garnish Habanero Slices & Salted Rim

Instructions Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and shake with a Boston shaker to blend. Pour into salt rimmed glass and top with 2 slices of Habanero.

Whimsical Drink and Sports Pairings for the New Year

If you’re not quite sure what to change-up for the New Year, start with something simple like your favorite cocktail, brew or wine. Here are a few suggestions for sipping while watching your favorite sports –as well as some fun facts about practical jokes involving Tom Collins, ‘karate water’, and how alcohol affected Rupert Holmes’ music career.

Everyone knows just how well a pint in a pub goes with watching the footie. But what do you have with the F1? What about the tennis? The rowing? Worry not , this infographic has you covered.

Which classic drinks go with certain sports, based on weather and temperature, shared history, and tradition? Enjoy the following explanation and serving methods.

Vladimir and Kangaroos

As well as the pairings themselves, the infographic offers some interesting facts about the drinks, like:

  • Bloody Marys may be so-named as a mispronunciation of “Vladimir”, as the story holds that it was first made for Vladimir Smirnov – of the Smirnov vodka family.
  • Gin and Tonic came about as a way to stomach the taste of the quinine in tonic water, in order to prevent malaria – but doesn’t contain enough to actually have a positive effect.
  • Almost all beers labels in the US have to be approved by only one man, who makes sure they aren’t misleading (and he once banned a label that had the King of Hearts on it in case people thought it had health benefits).
  • A vodka martini, James Bond’s drink of choice, used to be called a “kangaroo cocktail”.
  • Guinness reached a hefty £6 million valuation in 1886 (as much as £670 million in modern money) despite never advertising and never owning a public house at that time.

Covering twenty drinks and sports, from Jägerbombs and snowboarding to vodka and ice hockey, it’s a journey through drinks of different cultures and flavours (and even different times of day!). What you put in your Bloody Mary is up to you – though we can’t recommend horseradish.

So whether you’re a wine drinker or like relaxing with a piña colada, a poker fan or a tennis watcher, make sure you check out the sports and drinks menu in this curious new infographic.


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Raise a Glass to National Rum Day with Tommy Bahama’s Rum Babalu

In honor of National Rum Day, make your way to Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and celebrate with an island favorite – rum. The Rum Babalu combines the sweet flavor of maple syrup with rum, ginger beer, lime juice and bitters. Break out the bongo drums for this mouth-watering, signature cocktail.

Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is the ideal location for lunch, dinner or Happy Hour. 

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – New York  551 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10176

Open 11:30am Daily ~ Island Time Happy Hour: 4-6pm Daily

For reservations, please call 212.537.0960 or visit

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is sharing the delicious island recipe with those of us that can only be there in “spirit”.

Rum Babalu


Rum Babalu


  • 2 parts Kirk and Sweeney® 12 Year Rum
  • ¾ part fresh lime juice
  • ½ part maple syrup
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • 1 dash of Angostura® bitters

Glassware: Double Rocks

Ice: Cubes

Garnish: Orange peel

Instructions: Add all ingredients in a shaker except ginger beer, add ice and shake well until chilled. Strain over fresh ice, top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange peel.

Poolside Perfect Sparkling Summer Cocktails

Poolside Perfection: Sweet Sparkling Watermelon

Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local grocer and farms. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and to add to your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling

Sweet Sparkling Watermelon

Sweet Cuvee WatermelonIngredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 bottle of Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava


Cut 1/4th off the top off a seedless watermelon. Scoop out the fruit and purée. Put 2 tbsp in a wine glass, and top off with Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava. Pour the remaining purée back in the hollow watermelon to enjoy throughout the day.

Chill Out and Keep Your Cool, Sparkling Sorbet

As we move deeper into summer months, cool down with a refreshing cocktail that will revitalizing your palate: Freixenet’s Sparkling Sorbet, featuring the favorite Cordon Negro Brut. Freixenet Brut is extremely versatile and boasts a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus, making it an easy complement to most ingredients. This icy treat will keep you from melting as you lounge by the pool, but also serves as a chic dessert for a bridal luncheon or homemade brunch on the patio.

Freixenet’s Sparkling Sorbet

Cava SorbetIngredients

  • 1 scoop raspberry sorbet
  • 2-3 raspberries
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava


Place one scoop raspberry sorbet into glass. Top with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava and garnish with raspberries, or berries of your choice.

Celebrating our Spanish roots, we gave the Bloody Mary a sleek makeover for summer with our La Tomatina Cocktail. Freshening up the familiar flavors into a lighter cocktail that’s perfect for warmer weather, La Tomatina will be an instant crowd pleaser at any brunch. Made with Freixenet Extra Dry Cava, the flavorful and smooth finish will keep you coming back for round two. ¡Olé!

¡Viva España! La Tomatina Cocktail

La TomatinaIngredients

  • 1 tbsp Freixenet Extra Dry Cava
  • 2 tbsp gin
  • 1 tbsp tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Freixenet Extra Dry Cava, tomato juice, gin, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and lemon juice. Add a pinch of celery salt and shake for 20 seconds. Rim glass with salt and pepper and pour. Garnish with a cherry tomato and lemon slice.

Rosé makes any day a celebration, so sparkling rosé sangria is sure to make your summertime beach bash or pool party extra special! Perfect for a large group since you can make it by the pitcher, this light and refreshing sangria recipe gives you the perfect excuse to sip #roséallday and all summer long.

Sparkling Rosé Sangria

Sparkling Sangria 2Ingredients

  • 3 cups Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé
  • 3 oz triple sec
  • 3 oz brandy
  • 1.5 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange

Mix triple sec and brandy and add fresh pink grapefruit juice. Cut 1 lemon, 1 orange, remaining grapefruit and a melon of your choice into thin wedges. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, add Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé

Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

“I used to be a beer racist, but you changed me.” – April A

Ginger Johnson

Ninkasi’s Believer Red has long been a beer that makes me smile. Yes, it’s delicious. More importantly I really like the philosophy around the name: Believer.

We all want to believe in something and last night I made believers of new beer & chocolate tasters. April’s quote, my host of a recent private tasting event, nails it: remove your prejudice and simply fall into the possibilities.

Ginger IAs part of the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, I deliver lively & tasty “Beer & ____” sessions each year. This year – my 5th year doing so – I also introduced what I dubbed the ClassPort. Everyone who attended all three of my tasting sessions over the course of the Friday – Sunday weekend event was eligible to win a private beer & chocolate tasting; they got their ClassPort stamped at each class.

Last night I delivered the first of the three private tastings to 8 game and mostly unfamiliar-to-this-concept folks. Suffice to say minds were changed!

Here’s what I find are 3 of the consistent surprises when people put beer and chocolate together.

  1. Most people have never even thought of putting beer and chocolate together, never mind attended an actual planned tasting event. The element of Surprise & Delight is on my side!
  2. The tasting first of the beer alone, then the chocolate alone, then the two together is a good pattern for the S & D factor. “Wow! Who Knew? Really??” are all rallying exclamations from guests.
  3. Since beer is so incredibly diverse, it’s easy to blow minds multiple times with however many courses you choose to feature. I planned 3 last night (menu below).
  • The next time you think of beer, think of chocolate.
  • The next time you think of chocolate, think of beer.
  • Then invite some friends over and make some new believers out of them.

Choose the beers and chocolates you like, mix and match, and simply have fun exploring. Discovery awaits!


You can find Ginger at the links below and also follow her on Twitter. Welcome back Ginger!

Entertainer, Flavor Maker, Speaker & Presenter, CEO Ginger Johnson & Women Enjoying Beer TEDxNapaValley  Talk

Shawn Shepherd’s Peroni Infused Cocktails

Whip up these Sexy Sips at Home for your next Cocktail Party or Garden Soiree

Temperatures are rising and refreshing cocktails have arrived. Whether you throw an indoor cocktail reception, cool garden party or outdoor barbecue, delicious Peroni infused cocktails are here to help you celebrate the summer season.

Shawn Shepherd, mixologist at Palihouse West Hollywood, has put together this season’s sexiest cocktails – perfect for those looking for a refreshing drink that still incorporates a delicious beer taste.


The Gold Rush

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  • 2 Figs
  • ½ oz. Honey Syrup
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Walnut Bitters
  • Lemon Peel

In a cocktail shaker, muddle Figs with Honey Syrup, add Lemon Juice and ice and shake vigorously. Fill tall glass with new ice and add Peroni gently, add 3 drops Walnut Bitters (or Angostura), garnish with lemon peel.


Amaro Al Fresco

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  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • ¼ oz. Fernet Branca
  • ½ oz. Dry Vermouth
  • Orange Peel

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice except Peroni and shake vigorously. Fill tall glass with new ice and add Peroni gently, strain ingredients over Peroni gently and garnish with orange peel.


Capri Meets Manhattan

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  • ½ oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Bar Spoon Cynar
  • Bar Spoon Balsamic Reduction
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherry

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice except Peroni and shake vigorously. Strain ingredients into a chilled cocktailglass and top with Peroni gently, garnish with Luxardo Cherry.

Three “Spirits” of Spring Cocktails

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The above quote is a true description of spring in the Pacific Northwest. A sun filled day over 55 degrees is filled with half naked Western Washington natives. Once the clouds begin to roll in, it only takes a few minutes for a brilliant blue sky to become the familiar, ominous grey. A true Washingtonian always has a jacket nearby.

Even though rain has dominated this year, days are lengthening, the earth is warming and we are celebrating the spirits of spring. This week, we have eleven cocktails inspired by Mother Nature, you can find the first three here, and below are three more. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Planter's Punch

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Planter’s Punch at The Newes from America Pub at Kelley HouseFrom The Newes from America Pub at the historic Kelley House (Martha’s Vineyard)


  • 1.5 ounces  Light rum
  • 1 ounce  Dark rum
  • 1 ounce Pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce Orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce Grenadine
  • Floater  Dark rum


Shake the first five ingredients together with ice. Strain into a large glass filled with ice and top with a dark rum floater, a cherry, and an orange slice.

Red's Good Time

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Red’s Good Time at Red’s Restaurant & Lounge at Sea Crest Beach HotelFrom Red’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Cape Cod favorite, Sea Crest Beach Hotel


  • 1.5 ounces  Absolut Citron
  • 0.75 ounce Guava puree
  • Splash Sprite
  • Splash Club soda


Pour ingredients over ice in a 10 ounce highball glass. Stir and fill up with Sprite and Club soda.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Polished Apple

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Polished Apple at KANU Lounge at The Whiteface LodgeFrom KANU Lounge at the illustrious mountain hideaway, The Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, NY)


  • 2 ounces Bison grass vodka
  • 0.5 ounce Apple ice wine
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • 0.25 ounce Lime juice


Shake with ice and double strain. Garnish with an edible spring flower.


Wild Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita

Say goodbye to tradition and celebrate Monday with an adventurous spirit. 9º80º Wild Cilantro Jalapeno Gourmet Sauce adds a spicy kick to the ordinary margarita.

9º80º Sauces and Marinades are produced with ingredients locally grown in Panama for superbly balanced flavor, harmonized with unique fire. Our handcrafted recipes use only premium products and the freshest of ingredients for all-natural, gluten-free sauces. 9º80º believes in flavor, not heat, and that food should be enhanced and not hidden

Wild Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita

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Creates 2 Wildly Delicious Servings



  1. Pour ¼ – ½” deep salt on small, shallow plate. Moisten rim of glass with water and dip in salt, fill glass with ice and set aside
  2. Pour tequila, lime juice, triple sec and Wild Cilantro Gourmet Sauce, into cocktail shaker over ice, add ½ of the prepared pepper. Shake vigorously until shaker has frosted. Strain into prepared glass.
  3. Add remaining jalapenos, garnish with cilantro and lime wedge to serve
  4. If you like a touch of sweetness to your cocktail, add a bit of simple syrup, to taste

 9º80º Gourmet Sauce is available in several tantalizing flavors. Visit their site for more details and ordering information. Follow them on Facebook

Photography: Teresa Potter Media / Product Photography

National Beer Mile Expands 2016 Tour

summer-sunshine-alcohol-drink-largeThe Event Series Boasting “Four Beers, One Mile and One Awesome After Party”
Adds Seven U.S. Cities to its Roster

The National Beer Mile is a one-mile course designed for fitness enthusiasts, social drinkers and party-goers that is capped off by an after party featuring food, games and live music. The first event will be held at Unity Plaza in Jacksonville, FL on March 5th. Tickets may be purchased at

The beer mile has experienced a huge increase in interest and international media attention over the past 30 years. Attendance for the National Beer Mile is projected to exceed 125,000 participants in 2016. A limited number of General Admission early bird tickets are on sale now and start at $35. Early Bird VIP packages are also available starting at $55 and include a swag bag containing exclusive National Beer Mile merchandise plus express check-in. Group discount options for participants registering with five or more participants are also available. Tickets will increase to an advance price of $40 for GA and $60 VIP once early bird tickets sell out. More details regarding rules and sign up can be found on the National Beer Mile’s website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Tickets On Sale Now For 22 Races

5/14/16 – Sacramento, CA – Raley Field
7/16/16 – Buffalo, NY – Outer Harbor
7/30/16 – San Antonio, TX – Wolff Stadium
8/6/16 – Denver, CO – Front Range Airport
8/13/16 – Bay Area, CA – Municipal Stadium
9/10/16 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Vegas
10/22/16 – Tampa, FL – Bright House Field

*Date Change: Charlotte, NC will now be moved to July 9th

3/5/16 – Jacksonville, FL – Unity Plaza
4/2/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
5/14/16 – Sacramento, CA – Raley Field
5/21/16 – Cleveland, OH – Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
5/28/16 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park
6/4/16 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Expo Center
6/11/16 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
6/18/16 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
6/25/16 – Miami, FL – Sun Life Stadium
7/9/16 – Charlotte, NC – NC Music Factory
7/16/16 – Buffalo, NY – Outer Harbor
7/23/16 – Atlanta, GA – Turner Field
7/30/16 – San Antonio, TX – Wolff Stadium
8/6/16 – Denver, CO – Front Range Airport
8/13/16 – Bay Area, CA – Municipal Stadium
9/3/16 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
9/10/16 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Vegas
9/17/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin State Fair Park
9/24/16 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Diablo Stadium
10/1/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Aviator Sports & Event Complex
10/15/16 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chickasaw Brockton Ballpark
10/22/16 – Tampa, FL – Bright House Field


Red Carpet Couture Inspired Cocktails

Award Season is in full swing, so it’s time to roll out the red carpet.

Celebrate the upcoming Oscars by hosting your own viewing party with cocktails, appetizers and great friends to watch your favorite celebrities strut their couture on the red carpet. No viewing party is complete without delicious cocktails and under-age friendly mocktails, so sip in style during the trendiest season with these Award Season inspired sips.

 Sparkling Ice and Coco Joy have sent us their favorite Oscar recipes and Red Carpet Ready with Prosecco is out of this world! Find your favorite flavor and enjoy!

Best Dressed Blueberry

Blueberry PomIngredients

  • 4 oz. Blueberry Pomegranate Sparkling Ice
  • 2 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate Seeds

Add a splash of vodka or prosecco for a cocktail modification


  1. Fill a glass with Blueberry Pomegranate Sparkling Ice
  2. Add pomegranate juice
  3. Top with 5-6 blueberries and a small handful of pomegranate seeds
  4. Stir to combine

Red Carpet Ready

sparkling ice cranberry-apple cider punchIngredients

  • 4 cups apple cider, chilled
  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 2 cups Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple, chilled
  • 1 can (12oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Apple slices for garnish
  • Rosemary cranberry sprig for individual garnish, as shown in image, or float fresh or frozen cranberries in punch bowl

Add a splash of vodka or prosecco for a cocktail modification


  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients and let sit overnight
  2. Serve chilled, garnish with rosemary cranberry sprig

Black Cherry Bombshell

Black Cherry BombshellIngredients

  • Frozen black cherries
  • 1½ oz. Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 oz. Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry


  1. Crush cherries into bottom of a glass
  2. Pour bourbon then Sparkling Ice over crushed cherries and ice
  3. Add more cherry for garnish


Celebrity Colada

Celebrity ColadaIngredients

  • ½ crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups cold Coco Joy Water
  • 2 limes


  1. Combine pineapple, ice, vodka and Coco Joy Water in a blender and pulse until smooth
  2. Garnish with limes


All recipes provided by Sparkling Ice and Coco Joy Water.




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