Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the heat this summer.

Drink of the week: Watermelon Moscato Sangria

This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90 degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.

We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?

White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.

via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines

Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.

Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Smirnoff or Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka, but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.

For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.

Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.

 

Watermelon Sangria

Yields: Multiple Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Cups Cubed Watermelon
  • 2 Bottles Moscato [or other white wine]
  • 16 Ounces Watermelon Vodka
  • 24 Ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup or Raw Honey [Optional]
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Fluted Glass
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76

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How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.

 

Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

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How to make the classic Manhattan cocktail

Making A Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan. In a word, classic.

When you think of sophisticated cocktails the Manhattan should be first on your mind. We’ll tell you why.

Making A Classic Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cocktail. In a word, classic. The drink has been around for over a century and has managed to maintain its popularity throughout the years. There have been countless takes on the famous drink; therefore, making it difficult to pin down the original recipe or origin.

The tales about the creation of the Manhattan begin with the drink being created in New York City’s Manhattan Club when Lady Randolph Churchill hosted a party there in the 1870’s. However, this is most likely false as she was supposedly pregnant and in Europe at the time.

Another story about the origin is much more plausible. William F. Mulhall, a bartender at the famous Hoffman House, wrote in the 1880’s that “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s.”

Over the years, many versions of drinks similar to the Manhattan were created. In 1948, in David A. Embury’s book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, a recipe was published that is now considered the “classic” Manhattan Cocktail. The recipe stated “5 parts American whiskey, 1 part Italian vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters, stirred with ice, strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.”

Even though the recipe for the Manhattan has been debated over the years, the main ingredients in the cocktail have remained the same: whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Rye whiskey was first used in the cocktail and later Canadian whiskey due to Prohibition. As the drink has evolved over the centuries, many different whiskeys have been used. Sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters were used in the original cocktail, but spins on the drink have also used dry vermouth and different kinds of bitters. Now lastly, the cherry on top! Maraschino cherries were introduced in the U.S. around 1900 and have since then been used to garnish the drink.

The Manhattan can be served straight or on the rocks and in a martini glass, lowball, or in a coupe, which truly makes the cocktail a versatile drink. Additionally, the Manhattan is stirred, not shaken. There are many variations on the Manhattan including cocktails like the Rob Roy, which uses blended or single malt Scotch Whiskey instead of Rye Whiskey.

Here’s how you make a Classic Manhattan.

 

The Manhattan

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry and/or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini, Lowball, or Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

The Manhattan: Pour ingredients into a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled glass of choice. Garnish with a cherry, lemon peel, or both.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

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5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Essential Scotch Cocktails To Know

These are 5 essential Scotch cocktails that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

 


 

Rob Roy

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

A Rob Roy, or Scotch Manhattan, is a forgotten classic cocktail that really needs a resurgence. Here’s what you’ll need to make a Rob Roy.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make a Rob Roy Cocktail

Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

 

The Godfather

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Michael Dietsch / Recipe from // Serious Eats

Cousin on the Rusty Nail, the Godfather is on the sweet side of whiskey cocktails. No one’s really sure how it got its name, but it will make you feel like a Big Boss with every sip.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Amaretto
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make the Godfather Cocktail

Fill a mixing glass with about 2/3 worth of ice. Pour in whiskey and amaretto. Stir until chilled [at least 30 seconds] and strain over ice in a scotch glass. Divertiti!

 

The Mamie Taylor

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Flickr: reeselloyd [Via Creative Commons] / Recipe from // LA Mag

This version of a Mamie Taylor is from the menu of mixologist, Marcos Tello. With a heaping help of Scotch, this cocktail is sure to please even the most discerning whiskey cocktail enthusiast.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch
  • Ginger Beer
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Juice of Half a Lime
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Mamie Taylor Cocktail

Add whiskey and lime juice to a highball glass. Add ice, and top with ginger beer. Stir together and garnish with candied ginger. Enjoy!

 

The Sherlock & Watson

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Molly Wizenberg / Recipe from // Food52

I’ve said it numerous times before and I’ll say it again: Whiskey loves tea! It’s only elementary, my good Watson. Now pass me the Scotch.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Earl Gery Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes Scrappy’s cardamom bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Sherlock & Watson Cocktail

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

 

Penicillin

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Farideh Sadeghin / Recipe from // Saveur

This cocktail is much more enjoyable than a shot of its namesake medicine.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • 1 1⁄2 Ounces Single Malt Scotch
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Honey Ginger Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Penicillin Cocktail

Add blended scotch, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a scotch glass pver ice. Top with single malt scotch and garnish with candided ginger. Enjoy!

 

 

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The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy Cocktail

A Cocktail Perfect For a Scottish Outlaw

The Rob Roy is an easy classic cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

How to make the perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy. We hold this truth to be self-evident: Not all classic cocktails are created equal! Some just so happen to be better than others. Sometimes referred to as the Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy is an easy scotch cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

Named after an operetta loosely based off of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, this whiskey cocktail was first crafted in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Unlike the traditional Manhattan, the Rob Roy is made with Scottish Whiskey and sweet vermouth. There are also variations of the Rob Roy recipe where you would use Dry Vermouth or a combination of half Dry and half Sweet Vermouth [called the Perfect Rob Roy].

Personally, I like to garnish my cocktails with brandied cherries instead of maraschino cherries. 1) Because I’m allergic to artificial preservatives found in most maraschino cherries and 2) I think maraschino cherries are overrated. Brandied cherries are amazing and they add something to cocktails that maraschino cherries just can’t do. Check out this recipe for brandied cherries from the Tasting Table.

As far as the bottling goes, our local ABC store has a wide selection of Scotch Whiskeys to choose from. So for our Rob Roy, I used a bottle of the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whiskey. It’s not very sweet and I find it to be pretty smooth for this cocktail. I didn’t want to break the bank on Vermouth because of it’s very short shelf life so a $14 dollar bottle of Dolin Vermouth did the trick. You also can’t go wrong with Angostura bitters.

Celebrate National Scotch Day [07.27.16] with this cocktail fit for its namesake Scottish Outlaw. The Rob Roy cocktail is a forgotten classic cocktail masterpiece.

So let’s take a look on how to make a Rob Roy Cocktail.

 

Rob Roy

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Garnish: Remove a few brandied cherries from the jar, and put 2 or 3 cherries on a cocktail skewer. Set aside.

Alternatively, take a potato peeler and gently peel the peeler along the rind. Twist the peeled piece for added effect. Set aside.

Rob Roy: Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 145 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 21 Carbohydrates (g) 2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

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Hemsley Collins

The Tale of A Bartender’s Delicious Mistake

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now.

Drink of the week: Hemsley Collins

I have a bit of a confession to make to make to you Brio Readers. Until last night, I have never tried a vodka Collins. That was until last night at dinner when the bartender used Gordon’s vodka in my Tom Collins instead of Gordon’s gin. Oh, the scandal of it all!

via Giphy // I’ll give you Collins lovers out there a minute to recover from the shock

I know, I know! I’m more of a gin in my Collins kind of girl. I will add a little caveat that she forgot to use simple syrup in the drink, which made the cocktail a bit more tart than I was expecting, but still sippable. Anyways, I liked it. Let’s just say my cocktail horizons were opened just little a bit.

So when I got home, I looked up a recipe for a Vodka Collins and came across this delicious little number called a Hemsley Collins on Pinterest. Wondering how it tasted, I opened up the liquor cabinet and got to mixing.

Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong. You can also up the honey if you like it a little sweeter. I added another tablespoon of organic honey after a little taste test. For this cocktail, I used San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because yes I have a case of it I need to use up] and Gordon’s Vodka, as it’s what the bartender was using and it wasn’t hard to find at the local ABC store.

The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins, and might just be a new addition to my night out cocktail list. Sometimes your bartender’s mix up can be one wonderful experience.

 

Hemsley Collins

Yields: 2 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.7 Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Hemsley Collins: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20 Carbohydrates (g) 3.06 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2.44 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 22

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Craving Junk Food? Try These Cocktails Instead

Indulge Your Cocktail Cravings

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

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Junk Food Inspired Cocktails? Ah, Yes Please!

Did you know that July 21st is National Junk Food Day? Inspired by such an auspicious occasion, we have scoured the inter web in search of the best junk food inspired cocktails that we could whip up in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen.

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. There are so many junk food inspired cocktail creations out there, but so little time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

 

Craving Peanut butter Cups? Try it as a martini!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Reese’s Peanut butter Cups are my favorite little indulgence and this peanut butter cup cocktail lives up to the name. It’s deliciously peanut buttery, and if you use Reese’s Peanut butter [you can find it in the baking goods isle] you’ll get that extra special Reese’s flavor.

Image / Recipe from // The Slow Roasted Italian

 

This cocktail is “Unexplainably juicy”.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

The Pink Starbust were always our favorite too! This Pink Starburst Cocktail is all of the Starburst yumy, but with less calories than traditional cocktails. So that’s a Win-Win in our book!

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

Root Beer Float need a buzz? Add some Whiskey!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Image / Adobe Stock // Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

 

An Italian Classic Dessert In A Glass

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This is a cocktail even Nona would love. An Italian classic dessert in a glass, this Tiramisu cocktail is a velvety dream of Kahlua, Rum Chata, and Godiva Liquor. Shhh, we won’t tell if you add nutella.

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

 

Never Choose Between Wine & Chocolate Again!

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Chocolate and wine were absolutely made for each other. So why not put them together? This Red Wine Hot Chocolate is deliciously RICH genuious! It’ll be your espresso cup’s new best friend.

Image / Recipe from // Imma Eat That

 

Don’t Just Eat Cheesecake. Drink it!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

To quote Holly Waterfall, “Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!”

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

No Campfire Needed For These Smores.

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Your campfire favorite in one delicious cocktail. This Double Chocolate S’mores Martini is everything you love about smores, without the sticky fingers.

Image / Recipe from // Delightful-e-Made

 

 

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Best Adult Root Beer Floats With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

Seriously Delicious Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Who Says Kids Get All The Good Stuff?

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Whiskey Root beer Float With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

I love root beer floats. I also love whiskey. I’m a big kid at heart, so when I have the opportunity to turn a childhood favorite into a cocktail indulgence – I’m going to make it happen. Much like tea, whiskey and root beer were meant for each other.

Sometimes known as a Lynchburg Beer, the combination of Jack Daniel’s and root beer is actually quite delicious. Sometimes mixing Jack with sodas, like Coke or Sprite, can make it incredibly sweet, which will lead to one wicked hangover.

But root beer stands apart from other sodas because it has a unique spice palate that pairs well with whiskey, like Jack Daniel’s.

If you’d like to try Jack and root beer before making these root beer floats, fill a rocks glass partway with ice. Pour in 2 ounces Jack and top with 4 ounces root beer. Stir together and take a sip. If the whiskey is a little overpowering for you, add more root beer to taste.

I could have cut corners and just used Not Your Father’s Root Beer and ice cream, but it just didn’t do enough for me [Believe me I tried it]. My uncle introduced me to Stewart’s Root Beer, and it was love at first sip. It made the perfect partner for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in this adult root beer creation.

For this recipe, I used Turkey Hill’s French Vanilla, but by no means does that mean not to go with another vanilla if you like it. You could make this Whiskey Root Beer Float recipe with your choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, or even Coffee ice cream and you will melt into bliss. Add some whipped cream and chocolate sauce and you have a party.

 

Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 2 12 Ounce Bottles Stewart’s Root Beer
  • 2-3 Scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream [Optional]
  • Hot Fudge or Chocolate Sauce [Optional – Highly Recommended]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Beer Mug
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Whiskey Root Beer Floats: Chill a beer glasses in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove glasses from freezer and add one scoop of ice cream to the bottom of each glass. Pour chilled Stewart’s Root Beer and whiskey over the ice cream. Stir together. Add one to two more scoops of ice cream to mixture. Top with whipped topping, hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Got nuts add sprinkles! Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 330 Fat (g) 4 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 70 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 66 Protein (g) 4 Sodium (mg) 120

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How to make a strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Not exactly the classic recipe but still an American Classic

Daiquiris have been an American favorite since World War II, and with so many flavors to choose from we can see exactly why.

Classic Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Daiquiris. They come in a variety of fruity flavors – the strawberry daiquiri being one of the most popular with American drinkers.

This [typically blended] concoction was the mind’s work of an American engineer by the name of Jennings Cox while he was in Cuba. It’s named after a beach in Santiago, Cuba where the drink was defined by the use of Carta Blanca Rum.

There are 5 traditional variations of the daiquiri, and oddly enough, none of which contain strawberries – even though it is the most common variation found State Side. The Classic Daiquiri is made of 2 Ounces Caña Brava Rum, 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice, and 1/2 Ounce Sugar [or Simple Syurp].

For years, mixologists around the world have been adding a fruity spin to the drink. Daiquiris are so popular that July 19th was named National Daiquiri Day. We’ll raise a glass to that.

 

Strawberry Daiquiri

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Light Rum
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier or Triple Sec [Optional – Recommended]
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 8 Ounces Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed Glass
  • Blender

 

Preparation

Strawberry Daiquiri: Chill a stemmed glass in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a blender, add light rum, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, and 1 cup of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with lime wheel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 196 Fat (g) 0.16 Saturated Fat (g) 0.026 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 16.82 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.2 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 12

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Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Blood Orange Margarita

Summertime Equals Lots of Margaritas

This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money. With Blood Orange San Pellegrino and Grand Marnier, this drink of the week ain’t your typical margarita.

Drink of the week: Blood Orange Margaritas

Break out the margarita glasses, Brio Drink of the Week lovers! We are shaking it up a bit in honor of National Grand Marnier Day with this Blood Orange Margarita recipe. This recipe was originally crafted by our friends at Beard & Bonnet, but we changed up their preparation and serving styles.

I love blood orange juice. There is something about it that I just enjoy more than regular orange juice, and being half Italian I have a torrid love affair with San Pellegrino. I’ve tried different ways of making Blood Orange Margaritas in the past and this is my favorite recipe so far. It doesn’t even need the salt/sugar rim it’s so good! But go ahead your deserve it.

For this recipe, I cracked open a bottle of Grand Marnier® that I had been saving for special occasions. Now I know Grand Marnier® can be a bit expensive. That’s why I typically save it for special nights and use Triple Sec for parties. But Grand Marnier® is one of those Orange Liquors that is worth splurging on a bit.

I’m kind of picky with tequila because I don’t particularly like the taste of it. I hate drinking straight tequila, but Lunazul Blanco Tequila is my current favorite. I use it for all of my margaritas. It also paired really well with the Grand Marnier® and Blood Orange San Pellegrino in this Blood Orange Margarita recipe.

 

Blood Orange Margarita

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce White Tequila
  • ½ Ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 6 Ounces Aranciata Rossa [Blood Orange] San Pellegrino
  • Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass or Mason Jar Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Salt/Sugar for Rims [Optional]
  • Blender [For Frozen Margaritas]

 

Preparation

Blood Orange Margarita on the rocks: Fill a tall glass or mason jar glass halfway with ice. In a cocktail shaker, add white tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, Blood Orange San Pellegrino, and ice. Shake well. Pour into glass and garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita: Chill a tall glass or mason jar glass in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender, add white tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and Blood Orange San Pellegrino to 2 to 3 cups of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 226 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 215 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0.05 Sodium (mg) .83

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe With Blood Orange San Pellegrino and Grand Marnier

 

 

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