Drink of the Week: Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Drink of the Week: Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Let’s salute our fallen heroes with this Drink of the Week!

Let’s take a minute to salute those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country this Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend will be filled with family vacations, beach trips, and backyard cookouts with the neighbors.

We kept those good old fashioned American cookouts in mind for this Drink of the Week. This Tequila Blackberry Lemonade is a perfect addition to any summer cookout. You can make them ahead of time and serve them from a pitcher. You can even give this drink more of an American Summertime feel by serving them in Mason Jars. This drink is incredibly refreshing, and we even kicked in this easy homemade lemonade recipe, from Happy Hooligans, if you don’t want to use the store bought kind.

Here’s to a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend for all, and a big Thank You to all those who have gone before us. Cheers, to you!

 

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 2 Ounces Silver Tequila
  • 6 Ounces Lemonade
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass or Mason Jar
  • Muddler or Spoon

 

Preparation

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade: Muddle 1/4 cup of blackberries at the bottom of glass with muddler or spoon. Top with ice, and pour in tequila and lemonade. If you aren’t using fresh lemonade, take a lemon wedge and squeeze in some juice. Stir together, and garnish with lemon wedge and extra blackberries.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 227 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 38.3 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 24.8 Protein (g) 0.2 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Delicious Things You Can Make with Wine for Wine Day!

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

You can make so many delicious things with wine

You can enjoy wine in so many more ways than in just a glass. Try one of these recipes that uses wine as its main component.

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

 

Vino lovers of the world rejoyce, it’s National Wine Day! The day dedicated to one of the world’s most consumed beverages. We have been drinking this elixir of the gods for millennia, and its consumption is very much engrained in cultures around the globe.

No wonder there are so many delicious things you can do with wine! Here are just some of our top favorite things you make using wine.

 

You can….

 

Pair it with cheese

Our Top Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese
Image and Pairings from // Brio Smart Life

 

Make it into Ice Cream

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Janica

 

Make White Wine pasta sauce out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Julie Blanner

 

Or better yet, use it to make Red Wine Pasta

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // eatwell 101

 

Make Smoothies out of it

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Cooking with Curls

 

Infuse it into Salt

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Well Preserved

 

Use it in Fondue

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Flavorite

 

Top Cheesecakes with it (Wine Gelées)

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipe from // Food and Wine

 

Make homemade Red Wine Vinegar

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // Hirsheimer Hamilton // Recipe from // Phickle

 

Make Sangira or Wine Cocktails

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image and Recipes from // Canada Night Life

 

Or in the end we can just drink it straight

Delicious Things You Can Do With Wine

Image from // giphy

Happy National Wine Day, everyone!

 

Bill, wine blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail

Nothing beats a nice day and refreshing gin fizz!

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Drink Of The Week: Rosemary Gin Fizz

There’s nothing more comforting than sitting on the porch on warm days and nights with a good drink. Down south, sipping cocktails, like this Drink of the Week, is a Springtime and Summertime staple.

After her death, a friend of Julia Child’s told a story of when a sommelier asked her to name her favorite wine, she replied, “Gin.”. Obviously, the Queen of French Cooking [and butter…sorry Paula] knew how to party. Much like Julia Child, we love us some Gin here in the Brio kitchen, and this Rosemary Gin Fizz is to die for!

Folks have a love-hate relationship with gin. I have heard it described as “Christmas in a bottle” for its pine-like aroma, and I happen to agree. I love the smell of gin. Though I will never be one of those folks who can drink gin straight, some gin cocktails happen to be my favorites.

This Rosemary Gin Fizz happens to be one of them.

The Gin Fizz has many variations. They come in numerous flavors, with different ingredients, some of which include using eggs. It’s added for frothiness, but all I can say is – YUCK! I can’t understand how people can drink raw eggs, let alone add them to alcohol.

In this Rosemary Gin Fizz – you guessed it – we added the herbal taste of Rosemary to the mix. We also opted for honey instead of granulated sugar.

Honey is delicious, nutritious and it’s healthier than regular sugar. Plus, you can use creamed, raw, or infused honey, like elderflower or thyme honey, for this recipe. We used Vintage Bee Creamed Honey. I personally love the way their Raw Creamed Honey with Lemon tastes, and since it’s made here in North Carolina. It also pairs very well with whiskey in a Hot Toddy.

Grab your Drink of the Week glass and enjoy yourself a Rosemary Gin Fizz!

 

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • 3 Ounces Club Soda
  • Juice of 1 Small Lemon
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
  • ½ Teaspoon Honey
  • Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Lowball or Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Gin Fizz: Muddle a sprig of rosemary, lemon juice, and honey together on the bottom of a Stemless Wine glass, with a muddler or spoon. Fill glass halfway with ice, and pour gin over the muddled mixture. Stir together with spoon, and top with club soda. Continue stirring for a few seconds and let settle. Garnish with rosemary and lemon wedge.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 119 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 91 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 6.5 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 3

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

 

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Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Sangria is so yesterday!

Last month, PureWow declared that Sangria is out – Wine Cocktails are in – and we so agree with them. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails.

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

 

Give these wine cocktails a try this summer!

Sangria gets boring. If you are a serious wine drinker, it’s time to spice it up a little. Explore a whole new world of summertime cocktails with these 10 wine cocktails that will leave sangria a thing of the past.

Grab a bottle and enjoy some sunshine. It’s time to try these wine cocktails this summer.


 

White Wine Mojito

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Turnip the Oven

 

Peach Wine Slushies

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Dessert For Two

 

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // My Diary of Us

 

Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Table for Two

 

Moscato Bee’s Knees Wine Cocktail

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // The Kitchen is My Playground

 

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Damn Delicious

 

Rose Slushie

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image by // Erin McGinn Recipe from // Style Me Pretty

 

Pineapple Mimosa

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // Blackberry Babe

 

Skinny Champagne Margaritas

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // With Salt & Wit

 

Strawberry Bellinis

Forget Sangria, try these Wine Cocktails this Summer

Image and Recipe from // 3 Yummy Tummies

 

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Carolina Peach Tea

Drink Of The Week: Carolina Peach Tea

We are dressing up a Southern Staple for this Drink of the Week

Summer is almost upon us – YAASS – and down South that means Peach Tea everywhere! Peach tea is as Summer Time as Apple Pie at 4th of July. So for this Drink of the Week: Carolina Peach Tea, we combined freshly made Peach Tea with Vodka and Lemonade for a new Summer treat.

If you want to skip some corners and buy premade Peach Tea, you can. It won’t be exactly the same as our drink of the week recipe, and might be even sweeter, which could mess with the drink’s overall palate. Also, cheap vodka will not pair very well with this tea. That means, whatever you do, stay away from Aristocrat! It overpowers the peach tea, and – in my humble opinion- tastes plain awful.

For the Carolina Peach Tea, we used Gordon’s vodka. It’s easy on the wallet, but it has a little lemon flavor to it which is nice for this cocktail. Just saying plain vodka works great, but if you find yourself inclined to use peach or lemon flavored vodka for added flavor, it’s a good choice.

 

Carolina Peach Tea

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Peach Ice Tea
  • 3 Ounces Lemonade
  • Lemon Wheel for Garnish
  • Peach Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Peach Ice Tea

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

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2-3 Fresh Sliced Peaches
  • 3 Black Tea Bags
  • 6 Cups Hot Water
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Peach Ice Tea: In a medium saucepan, crush together sugar and peach slices with a wooden spoon, in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour. *Rinse the peaches and freeze them for a cool summer treat or add them to finished cocktail.

 

Carolina Peach Tea: Fill highball glass halfway with ice, set aside. Add vodka, peach tea, and ice into a shaker, and shake for a few seconds. Strain into glass, and top with lemonade. Stir together with long spoon, and garnish with peach slices, lemon wheel, or both! Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 26 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 24 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

 

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15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

Drink up, Ladies. It’s Bridal Season out there.

These cocktails will get you through it all.

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party

 

Bridal Showers. Bridal Brunches. Bridezillas. Oh My!

Summer rings in one of the busiest Wedding seasons of the year. Which means Bridal Party season has begun! Brunches, Showers, Lunches, and bachelorette parties or Hen Nights as far as the eye can see.

If you are on the planning committee – Here’s to looking at you kid – that means you are probably thinking of some signature drinks to appease your brides and guests at the party. Well don’t worry. We got you covered with 15 cocktails that will liven up any bridal party.


1. Irish Redhead

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: The Irish Redhead

image: Brio / briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

2. Sparkling Lemon Rosemary Cocktail

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sparkling Lemon Rosemary Cocktail

image: drinkwire.liquor.com Get the recipe from Food Fashion and Fun

 

3. Carolina Peach Tea

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Carolina Peach Tea

image: Brio / briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

4. Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler

image: thecookierookie.com Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie

 

5. Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Carolina Peach Tea

image: jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com Get the recipe from jelly-shot-test-kitchen

 

6. Strawberry Smash

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Strawberry Smash

image: briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

7. Paloma

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Paloma

image: bsinthekitchen.com Get the recipe from BS’ in the Kitchen

 

8. Rosé Spritzer

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Rosé Spritzer

image: Christopher Testani / bonappetit.com Get the recipe from bon appetit

 

9. Sweet Love’n Martini

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sweet Love’n Martini

image: briosmartlife.com Get the recipe from Brio

 

10. Sweet Tea Sangria

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Sweet Tea Sangria

image: Kristy Bernardo / thewickednoodle.com Get the recipe from the wicked noodle

 

11. Double-Stuffed Oreo Jello Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Double-Stuffed Oreo Jello Shots

image: abeautifulmess.com Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess

 

12. Strawberry Champagne Mojito

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Strawberry Champagne Mojito

image: thesuburbansoapbox.com Get the recipe from The Suburban Soapbox

 

13. Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan

image: hostthetoast.com Get the recipe from Host the Toast

 

14. Moscow Mule Jello Shots

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Moscow Mule Jello Shots

image: domesticate-me.com Get the recipe from domesticate-me

 

15. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

15 Cocktails That Liven Up Any Bridal Party: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini

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Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

Plan a Triple Crown Worthy Derby Party

These Kentucky Derby party essentials are sure to win you the Triple Crown of party planning.

Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

 

1. Mint Juleps

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. You can’t have a party without them. Get the recipe from Brio

 

2. Bacon Pimento Cheese Puffs

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

If you are from the south, you know we have an unholy obsession with pimento cheese…and bacon. These awesome little pastry puffs are a great way to do away with boring cheese and cracker plates for good. You guests will love them! Get the recipe from the blond cook

 

3. Bourbon Tasting Bar

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Having a bourbon tasting bar is a great addition to any Kentucky Derby party. Your guests can sip on some fine bourbon while they wait for the show to get on the road. You can even label the cups with the names of this year’s ponies and see which one comes out on top. Get the set up from Celebrations at home

 

4. Mint Julep Cupcakes

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Why not do something completely different and bake your Mint Juleps instead! These mint julep cupcakes are a sugary grown up treat that will be the envy of your dessert table. Get the recipe from Food.com

 

5. Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Benedictine spread is another one of those classic Kentucky Derby foods that no party could do without. These horse-shoe shaped tea sandwiches give Benedictine spread new life, are really cute too.
Get the recipe from Tea Time Magazine

 

6. Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Upgrade your Kentucky Hot Browns with this fantastic Mac and Cheese side dish. It is a delicious alternative to classic hot browns that you serve on crackers or as sliders.
Get the recipe from Foodtastic Mom

 

7. Kentucky Derby Pie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Personally, I don’t like baking pies, so having a pie alternative is always part of my game plan. These cookie bars have all the Kentucky Derby Pie flavor stuffed into a tiny more portable package. You don’t even need a plate. Get the recipe from half baked harvest

 

8. Derby Julep Lemonade

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

This Mocktail is great to get the kids into the Derby spirit. It’s also the perfect refreshment for any non-drinkers at the party. I would rather use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this lemonade instead of the Crystal Light Lemonade like the recipe suggests though. Get the recipe from hot beauty health

 

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We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

Classic Mint Julep Recipe

We’re betting on this Drink of the Week for the Kentucky Derby!

We’re mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Drink of the week: The Mint Julep

In the spirit of the longest running sporting event in the US, The Kentucky Derby, we have something special in mind. You guessed it! We’ll be mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. That’s a heck of a lot of bourbon!

Like a Moscow Mule, the Mint Julep also has a special silver metal cup that the drink is traditionally served in, but if you don’t have one you can use a scotch glass.

The mint simple syrup in this recipe is very easy to make and yields enough syrup for a Kentucky Derby Party‘s worth of cocktails. You can even make it well in advance and keep it on hand.

You can also substitute out the bourbon for club soda for party guests who don’t drink or are not of age. Place your bets ladies and gents, and raise your Drink of the Week Glasses to these delicious Mint Juleps.

Check out our Kentucky Derby Party Essentials guide to help plan your Derby parties.

 

Mint Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Mint Simple Syrup
  • 3 Large Mint Leaves
  • 2 Cups Crushed Ice
  • Mint Spring for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Julep or Scotch Glass
  • Straws
  • Gallon Ziplock Bag
  • Mallet/Meat Tenderizer

 

Mint Simple Syrup

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

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Mint Sprigs (about 15)
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

How to make the Mint Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and mint sprigs in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.

How to make Crushed Ice: If you don’t have a fridge that has a Crushed Ice button, take a gallon sized ziplock bag and fill it half way with ice. Zip the bag closed, and place the bag on a large paper plate, this helps reduce the watery mess on your counter. Take a mallet, the kind you use to tenderize meat and smash the flat edge against the ice until crushed. Set aside in the freezer until needed.

The Mint Julep: Gently press mint leaves against glass with back of a spoon. Cover leaves with 1/3 cup of crushed ice and add in Mint Simple Syrup. Pour 1 Ounce of Bourbon into glass and stir. Add in more ice and the remaining bourbon. Pack glass with remaining ice, and insert straw. Garnish Mint Julep with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 156 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 4.21 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.16 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

 
 

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The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

There are a lot of stories behind the origins of classic cocktails

Have you ever wondered where your favorite cocktails came from? Or who was the genius who came up with it? Well, you are not alone. People have been asking these questions for years, and some brave folks went searching through history to find the answers.

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

The drunk history behind classic cocktails is shrouded in a lot of myth and legend, but out of every story, there is an inkling of truth. The word “Cocktail” for instance, was defined in 1806 as “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters…” by a New York Newspaper called “The Balance, and Colombian Repository.” But cocktails themselves existed long before the term was coined as the name for Mixed Drinks. Let’s take a look at the history of these five cocktails.


History Behind Classic Cocktails

1. Tom Collins

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

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Unlike cocktails that made someone a household name – sorry to say – there was no real Tom Collins. This classic cocktail actually got its name from a prank that was pulled on some New Yorkers back in 1874, and every bartender in the place was in on the joke. It [supposedly] all started with a friend telling another friend that a guy named Tom Collins had been talking smack about them at a particular bar – but because this was 1870’s, it might have gone more like “Tom Collins, that old Lush, was here speaking ill about your person and mizzled down to [insert bar here].”

Of course any New Yorker worth their salt would go after the scoundrel to clear his name, via fisticuffs I’m sure, and would be directed on a wild goose chase by bartenders throughout the city. That was until some bartenders got clever and began serving the Gin cocktail when folks came in looking for ‘Tom Collins’. So a silly prank, and ironically Victorian values, gave rise to one heck of a cocktail.

Check out the recipe for our Tom Collins derivative the Tom’s Carolina Cousin.

 

2. The Martini

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

image and recipe via Martha Stewart

The origins of this classic cocktail are highly contested, and have sparked coastal rivalry between the many cities that claim to be its birthplace. It has been speculated that the Martini was named after the Martini & Rossi Company, an Italian distiller and exporter of sparkling wines and vermouths, one of the main ingredients of the namesake cocktail. Other Libation Historians say it was named after bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia, who made the cocktail for John D. Rockefeller at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York, before in installation of Prohibition.

Vodka would later take the place of Gin in the Martini following the end of WWII, and would remain the popular version of the cocktail. Martinis have become the classic cocktail of Hollywood, featured in movies and TV shows from James Bond to Will and Grace. Whoever the Martini is named for may forever remain a mystery; However, the real question remains, Shaken or Stirred?

 

3. Long Island Ice Tea

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

image and recipe via food network

It’s the unholy mixture of clear spirits, Triple Sec, and Coca-Cola that your bartender wished you didn’t order, but tastes so good. The history of the Long Island Ice Tea is often contested by many bartenders. But the story goes that the LIT was a contest entry by a bartender named Robert “Rosebud” Butt, while he worked at the bar of the Oak Beach Inn in New York back in the 70’s.

Despite having zero Iced Tea in the recipe, the LIT gets its name from the color mixture of Coke and Sour Mix. There’s a reason why it’s abbreviation is LIT, because it will get you lit fast, but hit you hard the next day. As Ethan Flex put it, if we ever need a Patron Saint of Bad Hangovers, we elected Rosebud.

 

4. Sazerac

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

image and recipe via Chowhound

Good old New Orleans is the home of the French Quarter pharmacy where the Sazerac was created. This Pre-Prohibition era cocktail was invented by a Creole pharmacist named Antoine Peychaud in 1838. Peychaud, who is also the inventor of Peychaud’s bitters, created the original recipe which was a combination of rye whiskey, Absinthe, rich simple syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. After the FDA banned Absinthe in the US, the Sazerac Company began to use Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liquor, as a substitute for Absinthe.

The Sazerac is the official Cocktail of the Big Easy, and according to claims made by the Sazerac bar it might be the World’s first mixed drink.

 

5. Gimlet

The Drunk History Behind Classic Cocktails

image and recipe via food network

Did you know the Gimlet was invented to battle scurvy? Vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy for you land lubbers out there, was a serious problem for sailors before the turn of the 20th century. [According to the most popular origin story] In the 1860’s, Mr. Lauchlin Rose created a lime juice based cordial that did not require refrigeration, for sailors to take on long voyages. Sailors, being sailors, began to add other liquors such as Gin, Rum, and Whiskey to the cordial and the Gimlet, as we know it, was born.

The Gimlet possibly got its name from Rear-Admiral Thomas Gimlette, a naval surgeon who is also credited with its introduction as a scurvy-battling medication to the British Navy. From scurvy-fighting, to Pinterest worthy, the Gimlet became world famous around 60 years ago because of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, in which he wrote, “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.” The rest is delicious history.

 

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Share a cocktail with mom this Mother's Day!

Cocktails for Mom on Mother’s Day

Treat your mamma to a cocktail for Mother’s Day!

Cheers to all those mommas out there! This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we are getting ready to celebrate the fabulous ladies who we call Mom.

Cocktails for Mom on Mother’s Day

Moms are first super heroes: She cooks – She cleans – She works – All while keeping us out of harms way, battling the monsters in our closets and under our beds, helping us our with homework, giving us advise for all of our life troubles, and kissing the boo-boos away.

She does a lot for us. No wonder there’s sayings like this one:
Cocktails for Mom

All kidding aside, our moms deserve a special treat on their big day for everything they do for us. So mix up one of these Mocktails and Cocktails for Mom on Mother’s Day!

 

Strawberry Smash

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

It’s sweet and strong, just like mom. Get the recipe from Brio Smart Life

 

Mango Lime Margarita

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

Fresh mangoes and lime juice make gorgeous margaritas for mamá. Get the recipe from Kitchen Treaty

 

Ginger Mimosa Mocktail

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

The perfect brunch companion for expecting mommies. Get the recipe from in sonnets kitchen

 

Azalea Belle

Drink of the week: The Azalea Belle

This one is for all you Southern Mama’s out there. Get the recipe from Brio Smart Life

 

Tequila Sunrise Mimosa

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

Another great brunch addition for Mother’s Day! Get the recipe from The Blond Cook

 

Non-Boozy Mint Mojitos

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

For moms who want to skip the booze, but not the taste! Get the recipe from Cooking with Ruthie

 

Raspberry Tequila Sangria

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

For when regular sangria is not special enough. Get the recipe from Pampered Chef

 

Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

A classy option for a Mother’s Day Brunch! Get the recipe from Recipe Runner

 

Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

It’s like one of mom’s hugs in a cup! Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie

 

Bourbon Peach Smash

Cocktails for Mom - Mother's Day Cocktails

For moms who like their whiskey with a peachy punch. Get the recipe from Vanilla and Bean

 

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