Drink of the week: Tom's Carolina Cousin

Drink of the Week: Tom’s Carolina Cousin

Drink of the week: Tom's Carolina Cousin

Our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series comes to a close with this Drink of the Week

Let’s finish off our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, by putting a Carolina twist on a classic Drink of the Week cocktail. Tom’s Carolina Cousin, spun old Tom Collins on his head by introducing it to North Carolina brewed IPA.

From our treasure trove of North Carolina breweries, we selected Foothills Brewing Jade IPA, for its citrusy notes that added a little something to this cocktail. You can substitute your favorite North Carolina IPA for Jade IPA if you so desire*.

Be sure to check out all of our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series drinks, and our NC Beer Month Favorite Breweries while you’re here!

 

Tom’s Carolina Cousin

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Old Tom Gin
  • 2 Ounces Foothills Jade IPA*
  • ½ Ounce Cherry Liquor
  • ½ Ounce Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Wheel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Gin, Cherry Liquor, Lemon Juice, and simple syrup. Give it a couple good shakes, and strain it into a highball class over ice, or not if you prefer to drink your gin cocktails Neat. Top cocktail off with beer and garnish with lemon wheel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 220 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 2 Carbohydrates (g) 36 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 0.07 Sodium (mg) 32

 

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Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash

Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash

Drink of the week: Black-Beery Smash

Bourbon and Beer unite in this Drink of the Week!

Let’s continue with our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, shall we? We have one delicious beer-infused concoction for this Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash. This recipe comes to us from Serena Wolf and the Cocktails and Confessions kitchen, and it has a funny story behind it which you can check out in the video below. The Black-beery Smash combines Whiskey and Wheat Beer, with fresh muddled mint and blackberries for one boozey doozey.

Sticking to our NC Beer selection, we paired an ice cold Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing with our favorite Jameson Irish Whiskey. We also substituted a wooden spoon for a muddler, as we didn’t have one on hand. We really enjoyed the sweetness the blackberries added to the Black-Beery Smash, and might experiment with how well it would work with strawberries, as they are in season here in Coastal NC. Grab yourself a glass, and mix up a Black-Beery Smash!

 

Black-beery Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Wheat Beer
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • Juice of ½ a Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • Sprig of Fresh Mint
  • Blackberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Wooden Spoon
  • Bottle Opener

 

via Cocktails and Confessions

Preparation

Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar together at the bottom of a highball glass. Add ice to glass (use crushed ice if you are feeling fancy). Next pour in the whiskey and stir. Top mixture with wheat beer, and garnish with a few blackberries. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 135.3 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 76.9 Carbohydrates (g) 9.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.9 Total Sugars (g) 4.3 Protein (g) 0.3 Sodium (mg) 0.5

 

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Drink of the Week: Michelada

Drink of the Week: The Michelada

North Carolina Beer Month Will Never Be the Same Again

April is NC Beer Month, and in that spirit, the Drinks of the Week for the month of April will feature beer cocktails. We’re calling it our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, and you are along for the ride.

Drink of the Week: Michelada

 

We are in the NC Beer Month Spirit for this Drink of the Week!

This Drink of the Week: The Michelada is the beer soaked cousin of the Bloody Mary. The Michelada originated in Mexico, and is a popular cocktail with many variations throughout Latin America. In some parts of Latin America, mixologist will use their national peppers and spices or substitute Clamato Juice for Tomato Juice. Here in the Brio Smart Life kitchen, we’re mixing up this cocktail with Natty Greene’s Buckshot Amber Ale.

Enjoy this spicy treat, and be sure to check out our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for NC Beer Month.

 

Michelada

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces chilled Amber lager
  • 3 Ounces Tomato Juice
  • 4 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • 4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • High Ball Glass
  • Stirring Spoon

Chili Salt Rim

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 Cup Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Lime Wedge
Items You’ll Need:

  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

For the Chili Salt Rim: Mix the salt and chili powder together on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the rims of the glasses, and dip the rim into the mixture until desired amount of covering. Fill glasses with ice, and set aside.

The Michelada: Pour lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire and lager over ice. Stir together and garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 164 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 16.4 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 3.6 Protein (g) 2.6 Sodium (mg) 289

 

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Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 

Your North Carolina Beer Month Tour Starts Here!

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and dozens of NC breweries are participating in the month-long celebration. What better time to plan a statewide brew tour, right?! North Carolina is exploding with breweries, from the coast to the mountains.

With so many breweries to choose from, the folks organizing NC Beer Month have put together their own lists of beer tour ideas based on location. Here are Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month to put on your Beer Tour Map.


Greater Wilmington Area

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries of North Carolina Beer Month

Front Street Brewery

Address: 9 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Tiny Tim’s Christmas Ale (So sad you can only get it once a year)

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Ironclad Brewery

Address: 115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Mango Pineapple Pale Wheat

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Good Hops Brewing

Address: 811 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Our Favorite Brew: Black Wheat

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Waterline Brewing Company

Address: 721 Surry Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Our Favorite Brew: Waterline Kölsch

 


Kinston

Mother Earth Brewing

Address: 311 N. Herritage St. Kinston, NC 28501

Our Favorite Brew: Second Wind Pale Ale
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


Raleigh

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Natty Greene’s Brewing Company

Address: 505 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603

Our Favorite Brew: Buckshot Amber Ale

 


Mooresville

Lake Norman Brewing Company

Address: 159 Barley Park Lane Unit B Mooresville, North Carolina 28115

Our Favorite Brew: Pontoon Pale Ale
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


Granite Falls

Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

Granite Falls Brewing Company

Address: 47 Duke St, Granite Falls, NC 28630

Our Favorite Brew: Castle Stormer Scottish Ale

 


Ashville

Highland Brewing Co.

Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway Suite 200, Asheville, NC 28803

Our Favorite Brew: Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 

Wicked Weed

Address: 147 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

Our Favorite Brew: Amorous
Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month

 


 

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Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

The Azalea Belle Cocktail

We’re giving this Drink of the Week the Azalea Festival Treatment!

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

Drink of the week: The Azalea Belle

The North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place here in Wilmington every year, and we crafted a Drink of the Week that captures the heart of the festival: The Azalea Belle.

One of the Azalea festival’s most popular traditions are the Azalea Belles, young ladies that wear hoop-skirted antebellum dresses and serve as hostesses and guides during the Azalea Festival Garden Tour.

via Star News Online

This tradition has been going on for over 40 years and has become one of the most iconic images of the festival and of the Port City.

We tried to capture that essence of bright colorful dresses and Southern hospitality in a combination of Grapefruit juice and Gin, with just a touch of extra herbal sweetness from a homemade Rosemary Simple Syrup.

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this spring with the Azalea Belle.

 

Azalea Belle

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Gin
  • 5 Ounces Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Grapefruit Wedge for Garnish
  • Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Snifter Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker or Tumbler

 

Preparation

The Azalea Belle: Add a few ice cubes to stemless wine glasses, and set aside. Fill shaker half way with ice, and add in gin, juice, and 1.5 teaspoon of the rosemary syrup.

Shake it all up, and strain into glasses. Finish the drink off with a section of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig for garnish. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 0 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

 

 
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10 Delicious Boozy Ice Pops For Summer

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

Who says Ice Pops are just for Kids?

Ice pops and summertime go hand and hand, but why settle for your kid’s store bought brand. Enjoy a boozy treat with these adult ice pops that will get you turnt this summer.

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops for Summer

 

1. Strawberry and Peach Vodka Collins Ice Pops

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

We like our Cocktail Popsicles nice and peachy. Get the recipe from Bakers Royale

 

2. Basil Mint Citrus Mojito Popsicles

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

Can’t wait to sit out on the porch with one of these. Get the recipe from Practically Functional

 

3. Paloma Popsicles

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops for Summer

A summer time classic revamped. Get the recipe from Girl Versus Dough

 

4. Gin + Tonic Ice Pops

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

You put the lime in the ice pop and you get really drunk. Get the recipe from A Dash of Ginger

 

5. Mint Julep Popsicles

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

These ice pops are sure to spice up any Derby Party. Get the recipe from Honestly Yum

 

6. Red Velvet Dark and Stormy Popsicle

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

The Dark and Stormy stepped up its game here . Get the recipe from Bakers Royale

 

7. Watermelon Margarita Mini Ice Pops

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

Margaritas on a popsicle stick anyone? Get the recipe from Brit + Co

 

8. Papaya Breeze Ice Pop

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

Take me away to the islands, please. Get the recipe from the view from great island

 

9. Red Wine Popsicles

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

A Wine drinker’s new best friend (recipe in German). Get the recipe from Food Lovin

 

10. Mango-Pomegranate Boozy Vodka Pops

10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops For Summer

Hands down best way to eat Pomegranate seeds. Get the recipe from Sweet Paul

 

Be sure to catch part 2 of our Boozy Summer treats with 10 More Awesome Boozy Treats For Summer

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10 More Awesome Boozy Treats For Summer

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

You wanted more so we’ll give you more!

Let’s get this summer started with 10 more boozy treats that’ll get you smashed.

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

 

We even added some alcohol infused ice cream and sorbet to the mix this time. You are gonna eat up these boozy treats this summer!

If you haven’t already be sure to check out part 1 of our Boozy Summer Treats: 10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops for Summer.

 

1. Coconut and Limoncello Popsicles

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

A Thirsty Thursday Summer favorite. Get the recipe from sweet peas and saffron

 

2. Piña Colada Sorbet

10 More Awesome Adult Ice Pops and Treats for Summer

If you like Piña Coladas get a bowl of this Sorbet. Get the recipe from RECIPE RUNNER

 

3. Dirty Pirate Popsicles

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

Great pool party treats for the young at heart. Get the recipe from Endless Simmer

 

4. Brown Ale Ice Cream

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

Beer and Ice Cream? Ah, yes please! Get the recipe from Somewhere Over the Kitchen

 

5. Painkiller Cocktail Ice Pops

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

They’re pretty to look at and are delicious as heck. Get the recipe from Salt and Wind

 

6. Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

A classy option for a garden party maybe? Get the recipe from RECIPE RUNNER

 

7. Chocolate-Dipped Coconut & Rum Popsicles

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

You had us a chocolate dipped. Get the recipe from Hungry Girl por Vida

 

8. Coconut Mojito Ice Pops

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

We’ll take our Mojito to go please. Get the recipe from Fed + Fit

 

9. Tequila Sunrise Ice Pops

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere right? Get the recipe from Food Fanatic

 

10. Baileys Ice Cream with Guinness Chocolate Ripple

10 More Awesome Boozy Treats for Summer

Bailey’s makes ice cream even better. Get the recipe from Cincy Shopper

 

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