Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Carol Channing isn’t the only one who loves Raspberries

We have reached the end of National Iced Tea Month and this last themed drink of the week is sure to be your favorite. Sip on this happy marriage of Chambord and Iced Tea in our Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

We are so happy National Iced Tea Month came, but we are sad to see it leave. So we are going to end this National Iced Tea Month Cocktail Series with a bang! It is Fourth of July Weekend after all. We are looking forward to some R&R, family time, and of course fireworks. We have some amazing fireworks displays here in the Port City and surrounding beach communities that would make Gatsby jealous.

Great Gatsby Fireworks Giph from Giphy.

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The Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea was inspired by my first experience tasting Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. On its own, I found Chambord too sweet to drink straight, but when paired with the strong, full-bodied taste of black tea, the raspberry liqueur became much more tolerable for my sweet tooth. Which is why the Simple Syrup is optional in this recipe. I included it for some of our readers who prefer sweet iced tea to unsweetened tea.

Since this is Fourth of July Weekend, this Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea recipe was made as a pitcher cocktail. Meaning the recipe should yield 6 to 8 servings when served in highball or collins glasses. You’ll get much more out of the recipe if you serve them in mini mason jars or old fashioned glasses, though. Nothing says ‘American chic’ like drinking fancy cocktails out of mason jars. Let’s say Cheers to the birth of our nation with a glass of Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails.

Iced Tea Cocktail Series

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Yields: 6-8 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces Chambord Liquor
  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 64 Ounces Black Tea
  • Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Raspberries & Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Tea Pot & Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pre-prep the Black Tea: Fill a kettle with 64 Ounces [that’s 8 cups] of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags [or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer]. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bag [or strainer] and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea: Remove pitcher from fridge, and add ice to chilled Iced Tea. Pour in Chambord and vodka into the iced tea, and add desired amount of simple syrup [Optional]. Stir together, and add in raspberries, oranges, and more ice if needed. Pour mixture into high ball glasses, and garnish drinks with a couple of raspberries and a slice or two of orange. Squeeze the oranges for added flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

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Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Cocktails You’ll Want To Make This Summer

Sip on something satisfying this summer

This summer is supposed to be the hottest we’ve ever had on record. Just thinking of temperatures higher than 85 degrees has me sprawling for an ice cold drink, and I can’t be the only one. These tasty libations are 12 cocktails that you’ll want to make this summer.

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

 

These summer cocktails will keep you cool in the heat.

Living in coastal North Carolina comes with its pros and cons. The beach is just 15 minutes around the corner, but that means tourists will be hogging the seats down in local bars for the next three months. Great for the bars, but not so much for locals. So during summer, I often find myself enjoying a sip or two at home with friends and family around the firepit, instead of heading out to the club.

As soon as June rolls on in, it’s time to stock up your home bar with all the goodies for summer cookouts and pool parties. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to keep Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, and Rum or Tequila always in stock. They are also your staples for the drinks we will be discussing below.

[Related Article: How to Stock Your Home Bar]

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Gin Cucumber Cocktail

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Becky Striepe / Recipe from // Glue and Glitter

 

Alabama Slammer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Mix That Drink

 

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Mango and Blackberry Vodka Cooler

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // foolproof living

 

These LaCroix Cocktails

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Gizmodo Happy Hour

 

Spring Showers

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rosé Spritzer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Christopher Testani / Recipe from // bon appetit

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Citrus Gin Sodas

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Lisa / Recipe from // Garnish with Lemon

 

Blood Orange [Red Red] Rita

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rumchata Iced Coffee

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Lunds&Byerlys

 

Sip On This!

Looking for some low-calorie summer cocktails? Head over to our friends at Positive Health Wellness for 8 Low Calories Summer Cocktail Recipes that You Must Try! You’ll really enjoy them!

8 Low Calorie Summer Cocktail Recipes You MUST Try

 

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Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Baileys Iced Chai

This Ain’t Your Starbucks’ Iced Chai Tea

Skip the milk! Use Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur in your iced Chai for a drink of the week experience like no other, with this Baileys Iced Chai Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Masala chai is a mixed-spiced tea that originated from India. This tea is made from strong black tea leaves that are infused with traditional Indian herbs and spices, like green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn. These spices give chai its warming feeling, which might sound odd since it is drunk throughout the year. Despite its spiciness, Masala Chai makes a great iced summer drink and makes for one great iced tea cocktail when doctored up a bit.

Chai is one of the most popular teas worldwide, and people have an absolute love affair with it. The Decimal Brothers made a hilarious video called When you drop your Chai… to illuminate the deep sorrow of spilling a cup of chai. The struggle is real my friends. There is also something really satisfying about watching the milk seep into the tea.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Image from Giphy // Mesmerizing isn’t it?

Chai can be made from tea bags, chai concentrates, or even powdered chai. In many places around the globe, this milky tea is brewed directly in milk instead of water. Typically, people use Condensed milk, white or brown sugar, honey, or syrups to add a bit of sweetness when they make chai, so we opted to use our recipe for simple syrup. The level of sweetness is also subjective to the drinker, so add as much as you need to.

Cold or Iced Chai has grown in popularity here in the States. You can find hot or iced Chai lattes in pretty much every major Coffee House and Tea chain in America. Fun fact: The word “Chai” actually translates to “Tea”, so when you order a Chai Tea Latte you are literally saying to your barista, “I’d like a large Hot/Iced Tea Tea Latte, please.” Are you ready to brew up some delicious Baileys Iced Chai iced tea cocktails? Then let’s get started.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

Iced Tea Cocktail Series

 

Baileys Iced Chai

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 6 Ounces Chilled Masala Chai
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Rum
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Star Anise for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Water Kettle
  • Tea Pot/Heat Proof Container
  • Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker**

 

Preparation

Masala Chai: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a tea pot, or heat proof container, with about 1 to 2 Chai bags, we used rishi Masala Chai. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, and set aside in fridge to chill.

 

Baileys Iced Chai: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour chilled Masala Chai into glass and add in spiced rum and sweetner if desired. Top with Baileys Irish Cream, and stir together with a bar spoon.

For a Neat Drink: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Baileys, chilled Chai, Spiced Rum, and sweetener if desired. Shake vigorously and let settle. Use a strainer as you pour the Baileys Iced Chai into glasses.

Go All Out: Pour all Baileys Iced Chai ingredients into a blender with 2 to 3 cups of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour your frozen Baileys Iced Chai into glasses and top with whipped cream and this chocolate chai syrup.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 222 Fat (g) 7.7 Saturated Fat (g) 4.7 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11.8 Protein (g) 1.8 Sodium (mg) 47

 
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Iced Haiku Green Tea

Prepare for Saké Infused Drink of the Week Bliss

Que the shamisen players! We are experimenting with Saké infused Green Tea cocktails as we continue with National Iced Tea Month. Get your taste buds ready for this Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea.

Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea

There is something about writing about green tea and saké that makes me want to write a haiku.

Tea steeped with saké,
life is filled with such splendor.
Oh, sweet happiness.

All poetic writing aside, Saké and Green Tea make an extra delicious pair. Green tea has numerous health benefits and is a true artform of tea. There is such ceremony to making matcha, a powdered form of green tea, and the Japanese take it very seriously. Matcha powder is used to make everything from teas, lattes, ice creams, and even cake! If you’ve never tried green tea ice cream, I highly recommend doing so.

Saké is a Japanese rice liquor that is produced from a brewing process similar to that of beer. Saké can be infused with a variety of flavors, and is typically clear or a milky white in color [this is called Nigori saké]. Traditionally, saké is either served chilled, gently warmed, or at room temperature.

I absolutely love saké. It was the first liquor I was introduced to, an oddity coming from an Irish-Italian family I know. Nothing beats a nice hot bath and a cold glass of saké after a long day. I love saké almost as much as this animated cat.

Green Tea and Sake Cocktail - Love Sake

Did you know in Japanese culture it can be considered impolite to pour your own saké? Pouring etiquette states that individuals should pour saké for others at the table. It’s an intimate way to drink, and a great way to cement a relationship! In contrast, it can lead to a lot of excessive drinking as your companions will feel the uncontrollable urge to keep your glass full. So take small sips and make it last longer.

I got a little specific with what I used to make the Iced Haiku Green Tea. As the name suggests, I used Gekkeikan’s Haiku Saké, a special saké that has subtle fruity elements. If you would like to use a Junmai-shu saké, Gekkeikan Traditional is another good pick. You have options for the green tea in this drink of the week. You can either use bagged or loose leaf green tea, or opt for using matcha – which is what I like to do. If you choose to go the matcha route I suggest using a Maeda-en brand matcha powder. I also added this ginger simple syrup to add a little sweetness to the mixture.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Saké
  • 6 Ounces Green Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Lime Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Cup
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Green Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a heat proof container with about 1 to 2 green tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour tea into glasses over ice [Or add iced to container]. Optional step: Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

If you are using Matcha: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. While water is boiling, sift 1 to 2 tsp of matcha powder [depending on your taste] through a wire sieve, to eliminate clumps, into the bottom of a teacup. Take kettle off the heat and pour a few drops of water over the matcha powder. Mix together to form a paste with a spoon. Add more water to matcha paste slowly, and stir together. Allow tea to cool, then place the tea to chill in the fridge for a few minutes or add ice to quicken the cooling process.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea: Pour green tea into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in saké, ginger simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake well together. Strain cocktail into glass, enjoy it neat or add ice to glass if you prefer the extra chill. Garnish with lemon slices. Kampai!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 87 Carbohydrates (g) 10.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 4.8 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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How to make Ginger Simple Syrup

How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup

How to make Ginger Simple Syrup

Make this Delicious Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup comes in a variety of flavors, and one of those flavors is Ginger. Ginger simple syrup is an herbal simple syrup that can be added to teas and cocktails instead of using ground ginger and sugar.

This Chinese herb has been used as part of medicinal remedies for centuries. Jam packed with antioxidants, ginger is a super spice that contains nutrients that are beneficial to our brains and bodies. You can use ginger in a number of ways – either as a juice, freshly sliced, dried or in a powder.

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to aid in digestion and reduce nausea and is used in the treatment of menstrual pain, blood sugar imbalances, and heart disease.

 

Ginger Simple Syrup

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

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 10 Inch Piece of Fresh Ginger [Peeled and Cut into Very Thin Rounds]
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Ginger Simple Syrup: Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar in the water. Add in the ginger, lower the heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let rest for 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a strainer, to remove and discard the ginger, into a air tight container and refrigerate. While refrigerated, the syrup can be used up to one month.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving (1tsp) approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 16 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

 

Try this Ginger Simple Syrup in this drink recipe
 

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Top Gifts For People Who Love To Drink & Entertain

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Drink & Entertain

You Can’t Go Wrong With These Spirit Filled Gifts

Picking out a gift for your friends who love to drink and entertain doesn’t have to be painful! This list of top gifts for people who love to drink & entertain are sure to get you a big thank you. From Christmas presents to housewarming gifts, these products make great gifts for the alcohol enthusiasts & entertainers in your lives.

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Drink & Entertain

 

Vintage Bar Cart

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Vintage Bar Cart

Forgo the massive in-home bar. A vintage style bar cart, like this one from west elm, is a great gift for drinkers and entertainers alike. They come in all types of styles and shapes to customize with home decor and personal tastes.

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Mixology Bar Tool Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Mixology Bar Tool Set

This stainless steel bar tool kit has the essential tools to gift to your favorite mixologist. The complete kit comes with a bottle opener, jigger in two sizes, long spade-end spoon, classic spring coil strainer, handy ice scoop, muddler, and an ice bucket to boot.

Get it from Crate&Barrel

 

The Perfect Black and Tan

Got a friend or family member who loves a layered beer drink, but they just can’t get it right at home? Then you’ll want to get them The Perfect Black and Tan tool. This gadget layers multiple beers in one glass for more complex flavors and a striking visual effect. With this tool, all you need to do is pour.

Get it from The Grommet

 

Colored Margarita Salt

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Colored Margarita Salt

Living in Margaritaville has never been better with this 8 colored margarita salt kit from Dell Cove Spice Co.. These made to order margarita salts are sure to win you points with margarita lovers everywhere!

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Beer Cap Maps

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Beer Cap Map of USA

This handcrafted, American made, Beer Cap Map of the USA is the perfect gift for American Craft Beer lovers. The Home Wet Bar company can even customize these with your name, and even have specific states in various wood styles. Hang it in the den, behind the bar, or in your man cave and explore the tastes of the good old USA, one beer at a time.

Get it from Home Wet Bar // Get the Father’s Day Bottle Map From Home Wet Bar

 

Saké Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Personalized Decanter Set

Saké Sets, like this one from ZephyrValleyCeramics, can be very simple to extremely elegant, so they make great gifts for the saké ethusiasts in your life. Saké sets can even come with bamboo rafts for the user to bring their favorite saké into the bath with them – which is the best way to drink cold saké is you ask me.

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Mature Your Own Whiskey Kit

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Mature Your Own Whisky Kit

This one is for all those homebrewers out there. With this kit, folks can mature their own whiskey in a fresh Kentucky Oak barrel and share the labors of their love with their guests. It also makes a great decorative piece.

Get it from Fire Box

 

BottleLoft

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - BottleLoft

These clever magnetic storage strips are the perfect space savers for your fridge! Each magentic strip comes with three super-strong magnets that hang your bottles up to free up space below and in the fridge door. It’s even made right here in North Carolina.

Get it from Uncommon Goods

 

Beverage Dispensers

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Beverage Dispensers

Beverage dispensers are an entertainer’s best friend, and make fantasic housewarming or bridal gifts for folks who love to have parties. These mason jar drink dispensers from Classic Hostess have a vintage look, and can come with either a metal or plastic spigot.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - The Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool

This gadget is the Swiss Army Knief of cocktail tools! Featuring ten tools in one, this innovative cocktail tool offers a jigger, stirrer, strainer, bottle opener, corckscrew, zester, muddler, knife, reamer, and channel knife in one simple case. You can store it in a drawer, or have it ready on a bar cart.

Get it from Uncommon Goods

 

Personalized Decanter Set

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Personalized Decanter Set

Any diehard whiskey or wine drinker would love a personalized decanter set to complement their favorite spirits. This whiskey decanter from AnniGifts is classically crafted and can be personalized with a person’s intital on the decanter and glasses. The glasses are dishwasher safe too!

Get this Whiskey Decanter set from AnniGifts // Find the coolest Wine Decanters from Wine Enthusiast Catalog

 

Wine Cork Shadow Box

Top Gifts For People Who Love To Entertain - Wine Cork Shadow Box

This wine cork shadow box is a great wedding present for a couple of wine lovers. This Love & Marriage Cork Shadow box can be customized with the name and date of their anniversary and can be hung up anywhere in the house to be viewed by all.

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Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

So long ginger ale, whiskey has a new best friend.

We are continuing to grow our collection of Boozy Iced Tea Drink of the Week cocktails for National Iced Tea Month. This week, we’re putting an iced tea spin on the classic Whiskey Ginger. Your obsession with whiskey and tea just got upgraded with this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea.

Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

About a month ago, someone had given me a bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey to try out. I like Whiskey Gingers, so I decided to try it in place of my go-to bottle of Irish Whiskey. Needless to say, I did not care for the combination of the honey whiskey and ginger ale. It wasn’t that it tasted too sweet, I like sweet things to an extent, but it was the carbonation that got to me really.

Determined to find a way to drink it, I ventured into my tea cabinet. One night, I got the idea to add the Tennessee Honey into a hot toddy that I made with ginger tea. I thought it paired very well with the spicy essence of ginger in the tea.

Ginger tea is a natural digestive aid, and many folks drink ginger tea with honey and lemon as a weight loss supplement. There are many benefits to eating ginger root and drinking ginger tea, including relieving gas and heartburn. Something you might deal with a lot this summer after attending a few backyard cookouts or block parties. Ginger also is used in many cold remedies, as it helps to boost the immune system. Which is why it is one of my favorite teas to drink during allergy season.

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So I decided to try making a Whiskey Ginger again, but instead of ginger ale, I made it with freshly brewed ginger tea and lemon juice over ice. This combination was far more appetizing, and after a few tweaks to the recipe, the Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea Toddy was born! I did think about naming this the Whiskey Sweet, a play off the Whiskey Sour, but Nah.

This Iced Toddy is great for soothing sore throats after a late night of summer concerts and is a delicious little energy booster. As a drink of the week cocktail, this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea is different that our other iced tea cocktails as it can be enjoyed both hot or iced. I plan to enjoy it iced this summer, and hopefully, you’ll raise your Drink of the Week glasses with me to National Iced Tea Month with a cold Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea. Cheers!

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Yields: 1 to 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey
  • 6 Ounces Ginger Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup To Taste****
  • Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Ginger Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 1 to 2 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour into glasses over ice. Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea: Remove glasses from fridge, and add Tennessee Honey and Lemon juice to chilled ginger tea. ****Take a sip, if it is not sweet enough for you add in some simple syrup gradually by teaspoons until desired sweetness. Stir together, and add more ice to glass as desired. Garnish with lemon slices, squeeze them for extra lemon flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 134 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 125 Carbohydrates (g) 8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.8 Total Sugars (g) 1.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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How to stock a home bar

The Bottles, Garnishes, & Tools You Need to Stock Your Home Bar

How to Stock Your Home Bar Like a Boss

Having a home bar is a great idea for folks who like to throw house parties. They also make it easy to enjoy a cocktail at home after a long day at work. But before you run down to the liquor store, there are a few bar essentials that you are going to need to consider if you want to be the master of the home bar.

How to Stock Your Home Bar

 

Stocking Your Home Bar To Your Tastes

It’s really easy to start overthinking what you need for your first home bar. So my first tip on how to stock your home bar is simple. Before you start shopping, you should always begin by thinking about what kind of drinks you actually like to make. What kind of liquors are they made of? Are they made with any mixers, garnishes, bitters, or extra equipment, like a blender?

If all you like are martinis, there won’t be a need for you to stock up on Beer, Wine, or non-essential liquors. It saves you time, space, and not to mention money. Knowing exactly what goes into the drinks you like to make can help you create a shopping list of all the things you actually need. The following is a general breakdown of what goes into stocking a home bar.

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True Essentials for Every Home Bar

There are a few staple types of alcohol, mixers, garnishes, and tools that every bar should have. Bar essentials can be broken up into a couple different categories. For the sake of our infographic, we split them into 4 categories: Liquors, Beer & Wine, Mixers & Garnishes, and Tools and Glassware.

Liquors

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, and either Cointreau or Triple Sec on hand, but not all are necessary. Always feel free to omit liquors that you don’t like, be frugal on less important bottles, and splurge on the ones you like the most. This quick guide can give you an idea of what to buy if you want to save or splurge on good spirits.

Your Quick Guide to Saving and Splurging on Spirits for your home bar

Beer and Wine

Keeping a stock of beer or wine in your bar is a matter of preference. Not every bar needs them, especially if you don’t drink them. Adding beer and wine to your bar might also include an added expense of purchasing a mini fridge or wine cooler to keep your brews and whites icy cold.

Fun Home Bar Tip: If you are crafty and like wine, you can create a wine rack for your home bar, like these DIY Wine Racks.

Mixers and Garnishes

If you want to be a master mixologist, you are going to need a variety of mixers on hand. Mixers come in the form of fruit juices, vegetable juices, sodas, ginger ale, tonic water, and I’ll stash bitters here for the sake of convenience (even though they really aren’t a mixer and are more of a flavoring agent). It’ll be a wise investment to have a few bottles of club soda, ginger ale, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and some sodas stashed under the bar. Some even come in 6 pack bottles or cans that you can store in a mini fridge.

A true home bar is not complete without an array of garnishes ready to spruce up your cocktails’ presentation. You’ll want to have a couple lemons, limes, or oranges ready to cut up, or some cocktail olives primed on toothpicks for your after dinner martinis.

Fun Home Bar Tip: You can even create special blends of sugars and salts or peppers, for lining your glassware, and keep them in little jars.

Tools and Glassware

You know the old adage Keep It Simple Stupid? This is definitely where this applies. You only really need three types of glassware: Stemmed glasses (Wine, Margarita, Cocktail, etc.), Old Fashioned glasses (Lowball, Rocks, Scotch, etc.), and Highball glasses (or Collins glasses). These are essentially what you serve every cocktail in the book in, minus shots of course.

If you want to get fancy and learn a bit more about the types of different glassware, check out our Everything Guide to Glassware.

There are a lot of tools in the Bartending trade that you’ll need to employ in your home bar. Some of the essential tools include measuring tools (spoons, cups, jiggers, etc.), shakers, strainers, bottle openers, bar or long spoons, peelers, zesters, juice squeezers, and muddlers. If you don’t have them on hand, you can easily substitute them with tools you keep in the kitchen. Save yourself some green and see our article of Simple Bartender Hacks for Missing Bar Instruments.

If you like to mix up some cocktails for parties, you might also want to consider having a pitcher or fancy drink dispenser at the bar. A blender is also a must if you want to make frozen blended cocktails like Margaritas and Daiquiris.

 

Home Bar CheckList

So it’s time to go shopping, but you still aren’t 100% sure what to buy. This graphical checklist is a simplified list of Staple items you will want to have in stock, or add to, your home bar.

How to Stock Your Home Bar - Brio Smart Life
 

Now that you’ve stocked up your home bar, it’s time to kick back and mix up one our Drink of the Week cocktails….for practice of course.

 

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

How to make Rosemary Simple Syrup

How to Make Rosemary Simple Syrup

Simple syrup comes in a variety of flavors, and one of the ones we’ve used the most is this Rosemary Simple Syrup. If you are making a rosemary infused cocktail, 9 times out of 10 you’ll be adding rosemary simple syrup to the mix.

Rosemary adds an herbal flavor to spring and summer cocktails, and your kitchen will smell fantastic as you are making it. This simple Rosemary syrup is super easy to make, and you can put it in a container to use it again later.

Test out this Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe with our Azalea Belle Drink of the Week Cocktail.

 

Rosemary Simple Syrup

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

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 to 5 Sprigs of Rosemary
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and rosemary 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 4 hours.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 16 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

 

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Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

National Iced Tea Month just got Drink of the Week-ified!

We are celebrating National Iced Tea Month with a collection of Drinks of the Week that are specially brewed with tea and spirits. We’ll be featuring a new iced tea cocktail each week during the month of June. Our Iced Tea Cocktails are sure to brighten your summer and dazzle your tastebuds.

In the Western World, black tea is typically what you will find brewed for Iced Tea. Folks will argue it’s a sin to cold brew black tea, as you lose some of its attributes. White and Green teas are better suited for Iced Tea. But for now, there’s not a real reason to be too picky about it, unless you are a hardcore tea aficionado.

This Bourbon Arnold Palmer is a delicious combination of Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Lemonade, and Bourbon. A traditional Arnold Palmer is made with Black Tea, so we used an Earl Grey tea, like Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme Black Tea. Once again, we opted for fresh lemonade for this recipe, because 1) Nothing is as good as freshly made and 2) All that extra sugar is really bad for you. An Arnold Palmer is supposed to be a little sweet and a little tart, so I do not recommend using sweet tea for the Bourbon Arnold Palmer. Sweet Tea ruins it a bit, so let the simple syrup do sweetening the work for you.

When it comes to American Whiskey, I personally have an internal war between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennesse Whiskey. Jim Beam Black® is pretty good, but I have an unholy love affair with Jack Daniel’s® Green Label Whiskey, especially in a Hot Toddy. So for this recipe, I picked the Jim Bean but you can substitute any Bourbon you like.

Grab your shades and sit down for a cold refreshing Drink of the Week. It’s summer out there!

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Bourbon
  • 28 Ounces Earl Grey Tea
  • 28 Ounces Fresh Lemonade
  • Simple Syrup To Taste
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Earl Grey Tea: Fill a kettle with 28 Ounces (3.5 cups) of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer: Remove prepared Iced Tea pitcher from the fridge. Then add fresh lemonade and bourbon to the Iced Tea. Add in a few cups of ice and stir together. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish drinks with lemon wheel or wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

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