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It’s been nearly 3 weeks since the first day of “Spring” but from the looks of the weather around the country it sure doesn’t feel like it! Warm weather or not, there’s no reason you can’t start planning a Spring house party, indoors or out, you just need to find an excuse. Earth Day is April 22nd, so that’s good enough for us! To get you started we’ve got a couple super simple cocktails using one of favorite cider brands, Angry Orchard. 4 Ingredients is all you’ll need to make either of these, and I promise you, unless you hate cider, you won’t be disappointed.
Easy at the Orchard
4 oz Angry Orchard Easy Apple
1 oz Gin
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Ginger Syrup
3 slices Cucumber
Muddle cucumber in a shaker and then add the rest of the ingredients except Cider and shake then fine strain into a rocks glass and top with Angry Orchard Easy Apple. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
Simple Spring Orchard
4 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
1 oz Pimm’s
1 oz Lakewood Organic Carrot Juice
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients except for cider in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a pint glass with ice and top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lemon
Sunday is the big game! My hometown Bears let me down again this year but luckily I’m use to disappointment. Will Tom Brady win another one? Will the eagles finally get one? Do you care? For a lot of folks, it’s all about the commercials, the halftime show, the food, and of course the drinks right? You can pretty much guarantee a cool commercial from Budweiser, Coke, and maybe Godaddy. Plus, Justin Timberlake is performing at half time! To celebrate the big game, and JT’s half time performance, Angry Orchard hard cider has teamed up with mixologist Jeremy Oertel to create the Man of the Orchard cocktail, which we’ve shared with you below.
Man of the Orchard
3 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
1.5 oz Aged Rum
0.5 oz Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
Cinnamon Smoked Rocks Glass
*Method: First smoke the rocks glass. Once completed, add Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, Aged Rum and Toasted Marshmallow Syrup over ice. Stir and top with Toasted marshmallow on a stick.
*How to Smoke Rocks Glass:
Light a cinnamon stick on fire using a torch or gas burner on a stove. Blow out flames and allow to smolder. Place on a plate and cover with an upside down rocks glass and let sit for a minute or two. The glass should fill up with smoke.
**Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
8 large Marshmallows
Method: Combine sugar and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, make sure all sugar is dissolved, reduce heat
and allow to simmer. Put marshmallows on a skewer and toast until slightly burnt on the stove burner or with a lighter. Add toasted marshmallows to the simmering syrup and stir until dissolved.Turn off heat and allow to cool. Strain the mixture with a fine strainer. Stir in vanilla extract. Store in the fridge.
January is almost over… came and went didn’t it. Too bad this cold weather couldn’t do the same. Thankfully, January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day, and that sounds like another great excuse to drink to me! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite go-to drinks this time a year, perfect for keeping warm, and great for adding a little somethin’ extra. To celebrate, we’re sharing a boozy recipe below, created by Allison Kave of bar and bakery Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn. It’s called the Banana Choco Delight, a rich hot chocolate recipe that includes Banana HI-CHEW-infused dark rum for a delicious grown-up version of the classic childhood treat. Feel free to Skip the rum and garnish with a banana HI-CHEW for the kiddies.
Banana Choco Delight
Ingredients (Serves 2):
2 ounces Banana HI-CHEW Infused Overproof Dark Rum**
1.5 tablespoons cocoa
1.5 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate
1.5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Whipped cream and banana garnish
In a small saucepan, heat half of the milk until warm, then whisk in the cocoa until no lumps remain. Add the remaining milk, chocolate, sugar, and peanut butter, and whisk until all is melted, smooth, and hot. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum, and divide between two mugs. Top with fresh whipped cream and a slice of caramelized banana.
*The infusion ratio is one piece of candy per ounce of liquor. Soak the candy until dissolved.
Hope your weekend went well! Our’s came and went, but we did manage to squeeze in a movie at the local theater. This might be sad, but i’ll admit it anyway, my favorite part of going to the movies is the previews. I get so excited seeing whats coming out soon. One that caught our eye was “The Greatest Showman”, coming out next week inspired by the legacy of P.T. Barnum which we all know for the Barnum and Bailey circus. In celebration of its release, Moet has teamed up with a couple of star mixologists, Michelin Star-mixologist, Brian Van Flandern, to create a few seasonal champagne cocktail recipes inspired by the film. We took advantage of them to bring in the new year, but they work for any cocktail party. Try them and let us know what you think!
MOËT RING MASTER
2 ½ oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut
1 oz. Apple Juice
½ oz. Hennessy VSOP Cognac
½ oz. Agave Nectar
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Orange, Lemon, & Lime Garnishes
Add all ingredients (except Moët) to mixing glass. Add large ice, shake vigorously, add Moët Imperial. Tumble roll back and forth one time to mix in the champagne, and double strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with three different size rings of Orange, Lemon and Lime perched inside each other on the edge of the glass.
2 ½ oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut
¼ oz. Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 ¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Flamed Orange Peel Garnish
Glassware: Cocktail Coup (old Champagne Coup)
Place all ingredients (except Moët) into a mixing tin, add large ice, shake vigorously, add Moët Imperial, tumble roll back and forth one time to mix in Champagne, double strain into a champagne coup glass, garnish with flamed orange peel and serve.
Christmas and New Year’s are right around the corner, and hopefully by now you’ve got your shopping done and plans made. The last thing you should have to worry about is the drinks menu, so we’re giving suggestions all week to some excellent cocktail ideas to try this week. Our friends from Angry Orchard recently passed these along and so we’re sharing them with all of you in hopes of helping you decide what to drink. Cider cocktails are a growing trend that works great for those that don’t want a heavy drink but would like something flavorful besides “beer”. Try these at home and let us know what you think!
Angry by the Fire
4 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple•
1.5 oz. Fireball
2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Heavy Cream
0.5 oz. Vanilla Syrup (simple syrup with vanilla extract)
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Shake and strain into a collins glass with no ice. Top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon powder sprinkled on top.
Award Winning Orchard
2 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
1 oz. St. Germain
2 oz. Champagne
Build in a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon twist
It’s finally here! Our favorite time of year, the holidays season! We’re in between the “big 2” and over the years we’ve officially dubbed it Thanksmas. You know, that time before after Halloween when you start thinking about all the amazing foods you’ll inhale during Thanksgiving while ALSO buying and putting up Christmas decorations ridiculously early. We use to laugh at those people, and then we had kids and bought a house, and overnight we became those people. Seriously though, if I’m climbing up on the roof and risking my life in the name of being festive, I’m gonna need them to be up for at least 60 days so that usually means mid-November through the first week of January. But it’s not just about the lights, it’s about the traditions. As far as I can remember, my dad got up on the roof and lit up two stories worth of awesomeness, while mom made some amazing eggnog for the family. When I got old enough I got up on the roof with him, and I also realized mom made two batches or nog, one of which was “special” for the adults. Fast forward 30 years and I’m up on the roof stringing together lights, my 8-year-old assists me down below holding the ladder, and my wife makes eggnog or coquito for us to enjoy after, both regular and “special”.
Lori’s eggnog and coquito recipes are amazing, both from scratch, but they take some time and a bunch of ingredients. We know not everyone has the time, plus we’ve had times when friends or family came over on short notice during the holidays and we’ve had to get creative so this week we’re sharing one of those recipes. It’s an eggnog spin-off featuring RumChata that we LOVE. It’s super simple, and it’s super DELICIOUS with only 3 ingredients. Give it a try and I swear you’ll find yourself making a big batch every holiday season like we do! Happy holidays!
2 Parts RumChata
2 Parts Eggnog (Any grocery brand will do)
1 Part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
Combine all 3 ingredients in a pitcher and stir until fully mixed together. Pour into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with nutmeg or cinnamon.
Who’s ready for Halloween? We’re sipping and sampling all week to make sure we’ve got the right lineup of halloween cocktails at out party next week. Earlier this week we shared some spooky cocktails inspired by some of the scariest villains out right now but today we’re sharing a submitted cocktail that comes courtesy of Jason from Skybar LA. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY LAUNCHES JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE RYE
The Jack Daniel Distillery has used its 150-year whiskey-making expertise to create a rye whiskey Jack’s way – spicy in flavor but sippin’ smooth in character. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye launches nationally in October.
Every drop of Jack Daniel’s is made in Lynchburg, Tennessee, charcoal mellowed and then matured in new American oak barrels crafted by its own coopers. Master Distiller Jeff Arnett and his team of whiskey makers have created a distinctive taste profile for a new rye whiskey like no other.
“Our whiskey-making process is so special, and it just makes sense for us to create our version of one of America’s first whiskeys,” said Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “This is rye whiskey made Jack’s way. We think our grain bill provides the ideal taste and character – one that’s bold and balanced and not dominated by one flavor.”
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye has a grain bill of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn, 12 percent malted barley and is carefully charcoal mellowed for a finish that’s distinctly Jack. At 90 proof, it offers rich flavors from start to finish. On the palate, this well-rounded rye whiskey glows with accents of caramel and dry baking spice followed by a warm, peppery rye character finish on the back end. The aroma is an enticing blend full of soft fruit layered with an underlying rye spice and oak.
“Following the launch of Single Barrel Rye in 2016, we’ve heard from so many of our friends who like Jack Daniel’s rye whiskey,” added Arnett. “Our goal with Tennessee Rye was to create a versatile whiskey with a balance of flavors that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or mixed in a classic American whiskey cocktail.”
Hitting shelves in October, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye will be available across the U.S. in 50ml, 750ml and 1-liter bottle sizes. Tennessee Rye will be offered at a suggested retail price of $26.99 for a 750ml bottle.
The fall holiday season is kicking off next week with Halloween and we’re pretty excited. We’ve already been to two pre-Halloween Halloween parties, and we’ve got 3 more lines up. Binging on candy and dressing up is ok at all ages right? This year has been especially fun because I feel like the quality of horror films really stepped it up . Did you catch “IT” yet? Exactly! But as fun as playing dress up is, we’re really here for the drinks. So this week we’re sharing some fun Halloween cocktail recipes we found that are inspired by this years scariest villains. Tell us what you think, and sleep with one eye open!
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish rim with lava salt and add dried chili pepper.
*Smoky simple syrup: Pour equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan with one dried chili pepper. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Remove chili pepper and set syrup aside.
You’ll Float Too
This cocktail is synonymous to that of the shapeshifting, demonized clown that continues to haunt our nightmares from the film “IT.”
Several hours before serving, mix together Campari and water and freeze in a square ice mold. When frozen, make the cocktail: Place 2 Campari ice cubes in rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over ice cubes and garnish with a wide orange twist. Stir the drink to start the ice melting.
The Cruel Cult
The mysterious and unidentifiable cult members of American Horror Story’s “Cult” has us shaken to our core. Here’s a shot recipe that might ease our nerves as we uncover the mysteries one episode after another…