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COCKTAILS TO SIP WHILE WATCHING THE TOKYO OLYMPICS – DAY 3

If you’re like most of us, you won’t be traveling overseas to watch the Tokyo Olympics. Fortunately, you can toast to your favorite athletes or home town favorites with spirits from around the globe.

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Our day 3 set of cocktails is for team Italy with Portofino Dry Gin, and team Ireland with Proper No. Twelve Irish Whisky. Enjoy!

Proper No. Twelver Proper Palmer

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 2 ounces Lemonade
  • 2 ounces Iced Tea

Method

Pour Proper No. Twelve over ice. Add lemonade and iced tea. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.


Portofino Spritz

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Portofino Dry Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Italicus or other bergamot liqueur
  • 2 dashes of lavender bitter

Method

Pour into a large glass filled with ice, top with Prosecco and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Make a little love with NEFT’s Love Potion #9

When we find something we love, we can’t wait to share. We have two cocktails to liven up your Friday night, NEFT Premium Vodka’s, Spontaneous Consumption and Love Potion #9. Stick around afterwards and watch the video below. Cheers!


NEFT Spontaneous Consumption

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz NEFT ultra-premium vodka
  • 1 oz fresh clementine juice
  • .75 oz orange peel oleo sacrum
  • .5 oz spiced demerara syrup
  • 2 dashes barrel aged whiskey bitters
  • Dehydrated cinnamon orange slice soaked in 151

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into mixing tin with ice and stir. Double strain into rocks glass
  2. over ice. Garnish

NEFT Love Potion #9

Ingredients

  • 1.75 oz *NEFT ultra-premium vodka
  • .75 oz egg white
  • .5 oz hibiscus & rose syrup
  • .25 Calvados Appellation
  • 2 dashes rose water
  • Juice from ½ lemon

Directions

  1. Dry shake all ingredients in in **Shaker33 and then add ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a coup glass over dry ice and garnish with a hibiscus flower.

*NEFT is an award-winning, super premium sipping vodka made with just two pure, clean ingredients: ancient, non-GMO rye grains farmed in lower Saxony and pristine, oxygen-rich spring water from the Alps of Austria. It is packaged in a unique, portable and unbreakable barrel that closely resembles a small oil drum, which conveniently keeps NEFT cold for hours. Distilled only once, the result is a creaminess on the tongue, a rounded earthiness, and a slightly smooth finish so good you’ll want to sip it neat. MSRP: $37 for a 750-mL barrel and available at www.NEFTVodkaus.com

**The Shaker33 includes several new features that solve the woes of the classic cocktail shaker and lets users effortlessly create exquisite professional cocktails. Shaker33 is a leak-proof, easy-to-open and smooth pour cocktail shaker that gives drink lovers perfect cocktails, all the time, every time. Available in black and frosted options. MSRP $29.95 and available at Shaker33.com

Grilled Strawberry Lime Margarita

Enhance a classic margarita with the flavors of grilled strawberries and a squeeze of grilled lime.

Are you ready for barbecue season? Change things up a bit this year and add a different logo tipple and tasteflavor to your tequila cocktails. The team at Kenyon has developed a festive grilled strawberry lime margarita recipe that will be sure to impress your friends and neighbors at your next backyard cookout.

 

Grilled Strawberry Lime Margarita

 

Prep Time: 5 Minutes  •  Total Time: 15 Minutes

Serves 2

Grilled Strawberry Margarita FinishIngredients

  • 1 lb Strawberries (Hulled)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • 1-2 Limes
  • 1 Cup Margarita Mix
  • 3 oz Tequila
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Preheat your Kenyon grill to a med-high heat.
  2. Hull Strawberries and place them on pre-soaked skewers. Lightly coat with sugar and set aside.
  3. Cut Lime into 1/4″ thick slices.
  4. Once your grill has preheated, place the strawberry skewers and limes on the grate and close lid. Let grill for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, removing limes first. Set aside and let cool.
  5. Rim your margarita glasses with the lime then dip in either salt or sugar.
  6. In a blender add margarita mix, tequila, ice and grilled strawberries. Blend until frothy. Pour and add a squeeze of grilled lime. Use any remaining grilled fruit to garnish the glass.

Sip and enjoy!


If you’re in the northwest, don’t let rainy and cold weather ruin your grilling season. Kenyon’s premium smokeless and flameless grills can be used outdoors or indoors to create the perfect concoction. Just fire up the grill and invite your friends over.

Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It’s torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days.

While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I have a weakness for  Prosecco and I find drinking a delicious Mimosa or two on a Sunday morning to be a delightful decadence. A bowl of fruit and several juices to suit all flavors is a brilliant way to entertain weekend guests. The recipe below utilizes fresh peaches and a bit of ginger for a blended cocktail.

Whether your celebration is indoors or out, this is a gorgeous way to kick off summer parties. Cheers!


Peachy Keen Cocktail

  • Difficulty: Mimosa Perfect
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Peachy KeenIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 fresh peaches, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups crushed ice

Method

Place peaches, sugar, lime juice, ginger and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in a blender, blend at medium speed until smooth. Add ice to the blender and process.

Spiked Strawberry Slushie

  • Difficulty: Spring Perfect
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Spiked Strawberry SlushieIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Method

Stir lemon juice and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore together, set aside. Combine ice cubes, mint, sugar and strawberries in blender, blend on high till smooth. Pour in lemon and Prosecco mixture and blend on medium until smooth. Distribute mixture evenly in glasses and top with remaining Prosecco. Garnish with strawberry.

French 75

  • Difficulty: Garden Party Delicious
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French 75Ingredients

  • Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 1 fl. ounce gin
  • 1/4 fresh lemon of juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Lemon spiral for garnish

Method

Fill cocktail shaker with gin, ice, lemon juice and sugar. Pour into Champagne flute. Top with Santa Magherita Prosecco Superiore. Stir and garnish with lemon spiral

 

 

 

Six Sensuous “Off-The-Menu” Cocktails

In celebration of National Tequila Day this Friday, DeLeón Tequila is partnering with nationally-renowned mixologists from New York, Los Angeles and Miami for secret “off-the-menu” cocktails inspired by this elevated spirit that will be available to those “in the know” from now through August.  This program is called #NextLevelOrder and features DeLeón Platinum, a provocative Blanco made an innovative blend of traditional yet unique tequila making processes.

New York City-

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Drink: “Peach Colored Glasses” by Meaghan Montagano Venue: Extra Fancy

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
  • .75 oz. spiced honey syrup
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. peach puree
  • Sparkling brut rose

Shake DeLeòn Tequila, Grand Marnier, syrup, lemon and peach puree over ice and top with a splash of sparkling brut rose.

The Plaza_Lost HorizonVenue: PALM COURT AT THE PLAZA HOTEL

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Drink: “Lost Horizon” by James Menite

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • 1 oz. Perfect Puree papaya puree
  • 1 whole egg
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 dried cranberries and orange peel

In a Koriko shaker, shake 1 whole egg for 1 minute vigorously to emulsify. Add ice and all other ingredients, incorporate with a second shake, then double strain ingredients into a chilled Coupe. Add 5 dried cranberries and orange peel for garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy deliciousness.

Los Angeles-

Sassafras Saloon_La CaifanaVenue: SASSAFRAS SALOON

Drink: “La Cafina” by Karen Grill

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • .5 oz. La Nina Primario
  • .75 oz. pineapple chili shrib
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • Shaved cinnamon

Add all ingredients but cinnamon to shaker tin and shake vigorously over ice. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Shave cinnamon over top and garnish with pineapple wedge and jalapeno slice.

BarToni's_Summer of LoveVenue: BARTONI’S 

Drink: “Summer of Love” by Aidan Demarest

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • .25 oz. Smith and Cross Rum
  • .75 oz. Sherry
  • .5 oz. Velvet Falernum
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. passion fruit syrup

Shake all ingredients and pour into a frosted mug over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Toca Madera_Agave Por VidaVenue: TOCA MADERA

Drink: “Agave Por Vida” by Juan Martinez

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • Fresh Watermelon
  • .5 oz. watermelon mint shrub
  • .5 oz. sweetened ginger juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Tamarind Candy

Build cocktail in tin, throw two pieces of watermelon into tin and muddle. Add lime juice, ginger juice, watermelon- mint shrub and DeLeòn Platinum. Shake and pour into Cantarito (clay cup). Top off with more fresh ice and garnish with mint sprig and tamarind candy.

Miami-

Regent Cocktail Club_CobbleoneVenue: REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB

Drink: “Cobbleone” by Richie Petronzi

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. agave syrup
  • .5 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • .5 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker except for the Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Shake well and pour into a double old-fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice and float Pedro Ximenez Sherry on top. Garnish with blackberries and raspberries.

Hot New Cocktail Trends in Jazzy Summer Flavors

Cranberry Clementine Hi ResOutdoor cocktail season is here and that means jazzy, fresh flavors that pack a wallop. Bloomery Plantation Distillery has given us a few of their best recipes  and we are over the top excited to share them with you.

Bloomery SweetShine, a leader in the locally sustainable craft distillery trade, is helping drive the emerging craft beverage category and “culinary cocktail” trend that’s now sweeping the globe. With more than twenty-one international awards and too many cocktail aficionado accolades to count, the company is doing its part to take the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries to tasty new heights.

When Bloomery Plantation Distillery opened its doors in September of 2011, we were the 424th craft distiller federally licensed in the U.S.—today those numbers have exploded,” adds Losey.  “The critical intersection of local sourcing combined with the handcrafting of approachable spirits like liqueurs is resonating in the marketplace. Consumers like a little bit of the unusual and appreciate our whimsical approach, but quality and taste are paramount—this is why we grow our own Italian lemons and Hawaiian ginger as well as grow and harvest our own black walnuts and pumpkins to craft distinctive, memorable and crave-worthy flavors.”

Linda Losey Head Shot 1 High Res Credit Sarah MurphyThe freshness of Bloomery SweetShine’s ingredients cannot be understated, with all agricultural ingredients grown at the distillery’s own farm,  local neighboring farms or other small American farms. Each item in the brand’s portfolio proffers an exciting and unrivaled flavor profile.

“There is a growing resurgence with consumers who want to create craft beverages from high quality, fresh ingredients, but don’t want to be burdened with a drink that’s too complex to make,” notes Linda Losey, founder of Bloomery Plantation Distillery. “Our fans trust our brand in that arena, and are comfortable and confident that when they grab a bottle of SweetShine, they can add it to any of their current cocktails and they’ll create a fresher, higher quality, premium cocktail that was a breeze to make.”

allhands handcrafted hi resMastering mixology and becoming a “home bar rock star” is super-simple with SweetShine’s array of distinctive flavors that include “Moonshine Milkshake” Cremma Lemma, Black Walnut, Limoncello, Raspberry Lemon, Ginger Shine, Peach Shine, Chocolate Raspberry, Hard Lemonade and Seasonal Cranberry Clementine and Pumpkin Spice. All are ideal for pairing with the premium spirit of your choice, whether it’s vodka, bourbon, gin or champagne—just blend, chill and enjoy! Just a touch of SweetShine quickly creates a classic cocktail with a twist that’ll let you bid boring and unadventurous drinking adieu! SweetShine is also incredibly tasty as a beer topper or mixed into your coffee beverage.

Sustainably crafted with 100% natural hand-selected ingredients for a supreme garden-to-glass experience, Bloomery’s unparalleled assortment of SweetShine artisanal liqueurs are full of  farm fresh fruit, roots and nuts paired with homespun syrups and corn likker—that’s it…there are no preservatives, concentrates or artificial ingredients whatsoever.

The Top Seven Cocktail Trends

  1. More Playfulness, Less Pretention – cheeky and whimsical brands and beverages kicking severe mixology to the curb. Precociousness and pomposity has taken a back seat to professionalism, opting for homespun hospitality over haughtiness. Cocktailing is becoming simpler with a lowbrow laid-back sensibility on the rise.
  2. Small Batch is Still Big – the American Distilling Institute reports the meteoric rise in craft and micro distilleries, where true ingenuity is underway—the results of which are getting to market quicker than ever; Validating the power of craft, even the “big boys” are now getting into the small-batch business.
  3. Simplicity Reigns Supreme – gone are the days where overzealous mixologists have something to prove, taking 15 minutes or more to perfect a drink. Now, simplified elixirs are at the forefront that require few ingredients and/or steps of preparation to create a killer craft cocktail—even at home.
  4. Increasing Culinary Influence – fresh fruit, roots, nut and herb-laden libations are all the rage, even taking cues from the kitchen with imaginative culinary cocktail filled with farmed foodstuffs. Mixers with all-natural ingredients like Italian lemons, Hawaiian ginger, black walnuts and pumpkins are being utilized to craft distinctive, memorable and crave-worthy flavors.
  5. Locavore Garden-to-Glass Libations – local and farm fresh approaches to ingredient sourcing are taking root on cocktail menus. Garden grown is in, preservatives, concentrates or artificial ingredients are out. Indeed, craft cocktail distillers are turning hand-selected agricultural ingredients grown on their own or other neighboring American farms into 100% natural artisan liquors that are elevating cocktails, beers and other beverages like coffee and tea.
  6. Moonshine Goes Gourmet – Once just a novelty item, distillers are now getting creative proffering high-end premium spirits taking crafted cocktails to an incredible new level using time-honored recipes with a modern spin and hand-crafted technique.
  7. Beer Cocktails – no longer reserved for the world of spirits, beer is being elevated with toppers and mixers taking barley and hops to a whole new level.

Bloomery SweetShine Bottles Core Line Hi ResIf you are one of a growing number of home mixologists  ready to take your cocktail creations to the next level, here are a few recipes to assist:

Sunshine Punch

  • 1 bottle (375ml) Cranberry Clementine SweetShine
  • 2 cups Fresh Lemonade
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Champagne

Blackberry Peach Sangria

  • 1 bottle (375ml) Peach SweetShine
  • 2 cups Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Red Wine
Ruby Red Sipper
  • 1 part Raspberry Lemon SweetShine
  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Creamsicle
  • 1 part Cremma Lemma SweetShine
  • 1 part Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 parts Fresh Orange Juice
Whiskey Sour
  • 1 part Limoncello SweetShine
  • 1 part Whiskey
  • 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice

We thank  Bloomery Plantation Distillery for the above recipes and if you are thirsty for more, thumb through additional photos below and you find them on Twitter, Facebook or visit their site.

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Trends sources:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2015/01/the-future-of-cocktails-8-booze-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015.html

http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/2015/01/21/top-cocktail-trends/21871859/

http://www.getflavor.com/craft-cocktail-cues-for-2015/

http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Drinks/Beer/Drinks-Trends-2015-Beer-cocktails-craft-sodas-and-automated-coffee

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1068417/cocktail-trends-2015

 

Happy Hour’s Washington Cocktail by Shaun the Bartender

Shaun the Bartender's Washington Cocktail

Shaun the Bartender’s Washington Cocktail

Whether it’s the back yard or beach front, a seat in front of an outdoor fire and a great cocktail is the perfect way to end the day and begin the evening.  Here in the Northwest, the weather should hold for the weekend, so it’s time to gather some peeps, throw another log on the fire and whip up Shaun the Bartender’s fantastic Washington Cocktail.

Washington Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. Cognac
  • 1 Tsp. Sugar
  • 2 – 3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters 

Method:  Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.  Stir well, then strain into a cocktail glass.

I need to warn you that this cocktail is not for those looking to hide the flavor of the booze, but to enjoy the combination that has been well crafted within this drink.  If you are a true cocktailer, this is something worth taking a look at.  Sometimes simplicity is the way to go.  I hope you enjoy!  Cheers!

I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty right here.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

You can also find Shaun the Bartender on Facebook and Twitter

Watch Shaun whip up a Washington Cocktail

 

Friday Cocktail Hour with Shaun the Bartender presents; The Madras

Sitting on the back porch on a warm summers evening, sipping on a refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to end the day.  Even though spring has only been on our doorstep a day or two, my heart is lusting for a hot summer night.

Madras by Shaun the Bartender

Madras by Shaun the Bartender

Summer days are the only time I eat oranges or indulge in the refreshing juice, although admittedly usually only in a cocktail.  When I saw Shaun’s, Madras, I knew this would be the perfect way to finish the week.

Madras 

  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • lime wedge for garnish

Pour the measured amount of vodka into a highball glass filled with ice.  Top off with equal parts of cranberry juice and orange juice.  Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Whether your sweltering in the summer heat or enjoying the comforts of the fireplace on the coldest of winter days, this drink will satisfy your thirst.  The combination of ingredients will explain why this cocktail has always been a party favorite.  Enjoy!

You can find Shaun every day at Shaunthebartender.com  and watch him whip this little gem up right here Shaun the Bartender whipping up a fabulous cocktail