This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Refreshing Basil Gin Smash Cocktail

You’ll be green with Envy over this cocktail

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Fun fact for the day: I can speak German. Well, as much German as you can learn in a few semesters in University. Which came in handy for mixing up this Basil Gin Smash cocktail.

The Basil Gin Smash cocktail was first created by Jörg Meyer in his bar called The Lion in Hamburg, Germany back in 2008. As you can imagine, many of its online recipes are in German.

That’s where my awesome translating-ninja-skills came into play to translate this German recipe for our mostly American audience. You’re so welcome!

I find it fitting that we begin the month of March with such a green cocktail. It would make a delicious alternative so some of our other Saint Patrick’s day themed cocktails from the previous year. Especially, since it’s a gin cocktail and not an Irish whiskey cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is made using Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, fresh basil, and sugar syrup [a.k.a simple syrup which we have a fantastic recipe for]. If you want to use the gin Jörg recommends for this cocktail, you’ll want to find yourself a bottle of Rutte Dry Gin.

There is a mild bit of contention over crafting the Basil Gin Smash, as its creator wants you to muddle basil for this cocktail. Apparently, that is not well received by everyone. Over muddling can make the cocktail very herby, and it might be my German ancestors working through me, but I rather like that.

The cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin and the freshness of the lemon juice and basil create a great balance in this cocktail, which is key. You might need to adjust it to find the right balance for your tastes.

This Basil Gin Smash cocktail is a simple, but elegant cocktail that I plan on making more of in the future. Cheers!

This is how you make a Basil Gin Smash!

Basil Gin Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅔ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 15 to 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail or Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Basil Gin Smash: In the bottom of your shaker, dry muddle a handful of basil leaves. Next, add in gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Double strain cocktail into a coupe [for nicer presentation] or a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 163 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.3

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

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Ultimate Red Berry Margarita Recipe

Red is Margarita’s favorite color

Every day can be Margarita Day if you mix up this Red Berry Margarita!

Margarita Day might be over, but we’re still feeling in the spirit! This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries into one Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

We have never met a margarita that we don’t like, but this Ultimate Red Berry Margarita is one you’ll fall head over heels for! It’s becoming a contender for one of our best flavored Margaritas yet.

Now, we couldn’t call this an Ultimate Margarita recipe without a good blend of liquors. For this recipe, we decided to use Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau, and Chambord; to which we added a mixture of cranberry and lime juices and our homemade Red Berry Simple Syrup.

The Red Berry Simple Syrup is the star of the show in this margarita recipe. It’s a delicious combination of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries that is super easy to make.

Once you mix it together with the Patrón, Cointreau, and Chambord, you’ll understand why we really love this Red Berry Margarita!

Frozen cocktails are not everyone’s shot of whiskey. Some people like their margaritas on the rocks. We did this margarita over crushed ice, to give it the illusion of a frozen cocktail without having to break out the old blender.

This is how you make an Ultimate Red Berry Margarita!

Red Berry Margarita

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Patrón Silver Tequila
  • 1½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1½ Ounce Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Red Berry Simple Syrup
  • Raspberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Red Berry Simple Syrup

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup Raspberries
  • ⅓ cup Cranberries
  • ⅓ cup Sliced Strawberries
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Red Berry Simple Syrup: Add ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 4-5 minutes until berries have softened and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain into container and set aside. Discard the waste into a bin.

Red Berry Margarita: Add Patrón, Cointreau, raspberry Liqueur, lime and cranberry juices, and red berry simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries into the Ultimate Red Berry Margarita.

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Drunk of Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

Drunk or Drugged? Spotting the Symptoms to Watch For

Editor’s Note: This article contains material that may make survivors of drug-facilitated crimes feel uncomfortable or trigger flashbacks of their situation. Reader discretion is advised.

When you’re out drinking with friends and having a wonderful time, it’s easy to have a few too many. Often, you only realize this after you feel the influence alcohol is having on your body.

But what happens when you feel more than drunk? How can you tell if you think you’ve been drugged? Knowing the warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone else who has been drugged.

Take a look at this image. It’s just a cozy couple at a bar celebrating something, right? We see this all the time when we go out, and it’s not a situation we would think twice about.

Drunk vs. Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Now, take a closer look at the picture above. Do you spot what’s wrong? If you missed the capsule in his hand, we don’t blame you. A predator will do whatever they can to distract you from the danger of your situation.

Drunk or Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Alcohol and date rape drugs cause many of the same effects on the body, as both cause mental and physical impairment. The main difference is how severe the impairment is on one’s body.

Drunk or Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone in a few minutes (depending on the type).

One of the major signs that you have been drugged is if you haven’t had alcohol but feel drunk or if you have been drinking but the impact of alcohol feels extremely strong.

Date rape drugs are very potent and they take effect very quickly. Moreover, when the drugs are mixed with alcohol, they have an even stronger effect.

Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

In the unfortunate chance that you or a friend falls victim to being drugged, it is extremely helpful to be able to spot the symptoms to be able to identify the situation before any harm occurs. If you ever feel that something is not right with your body, make someone aware.

For a more in-depth description of the common date rape substances, the graphic below provides descriptions and symptoms.

Drunk or Drugged: Symptom Chart

If you suspect that you or one of your friends has been drugged, get to a hospital immediately as it is always better to be safe than sorry (cliché but true). And remember, always practice safe drinking habits as a preventative measure.

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Nothing beats the perfect Margarita for National Margarita day! These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Grab the lime and the Salt!

Nothing beats a perfect Margarita on National Margarita day. These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

Nothing beats the perfect Margarita for National Margarita day! These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, so what better way to celebrate than with these 5 best margarita recipes?! Whether you like them frozen or on the rocks, these margarita recipes are sure to brighten your day!

 

Blood Orange Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money. With Blood Orange San Pellegrino, Blanco Tequila, and Grand Marnier, this cocktail ain’t your typical margarita. And we like it that way!

 

Coconut Creamsicle Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // How Sweet Eats

What happens when you mix Grand Marnier, coconut water, silver tequila, and coconut milk? Margarita perfection! This Coconut Creamsicle Margarita has a hint of orange flavor that blends deliciously with coconut, leaving you coming back for more.

 

Frozen Mango Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // The Pioneer Woman

Mango is a classic flavor for frozen margaritas. And with good reason: They’re the perfect fruit to blend with tequila! Use fresh or frozen mango if you want to cut back on the sugar. It’s definitely a must try frozen margarita recipe.

 

Grapefruit Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Now this is one top shelf margarita! Made with Red Grapefruit Vodka, Blanco Tequila, and a mixture of lime and grapefruit juices, this super delicious margarita recipe is sure to please. Throw it in the blender with some ice for a frozen treat.

 

Fresh Cherry Amaretto Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // Yes to Yolks

Cherry and Amaretto go together like weekends and margaritas. The mixture of juices and liqueurs makes this margarita as beautiful looking as it is tasty. These Cherry Amaretto margaritas are perfect for celebrating anything, including Margarita Day!

 

When in Doubt try The Classic Lime Margarita

Enjoy the classics! Try this easy classic lime margarita recipe.

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Cause you can’t go wrong with the classics! We serve this classic lime margarita recipe up frozen and on the rocks. No matter how you drink it, Happy National Margarita Day!

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Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Gin and Citrus make a great couple

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic.

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic

If you haven’t discovered by now, I am slowly becoming a fan of Gin. The last few gin cocktails we’ve covered took me by surprise. They can be quite delicious, and this Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic recipe is a contender.

Gin and Tonics are some of the easiest cocktails you can make. But they can also get a little bland after a while – unless you are willing to experiment.

I first came across the Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic from a recipe on Parsnip and Pastries. Their recipe uses Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, which is loaded with extra sugar that can cause a nasty hangover. For our take on this cocktail, we used a slightly different blend of fresh citrus juices to cut out the added sugar, and paired it with a London Dry Gin and fresh rosemary.

I like my gin and tonics made with London Dry Gin. It’s one of the most popular types of gin around, and it’s not very sweet. That allows the sugar from the citrus juices of our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic to be the star player of this cocktail. Beefeater is a great option if you are new to London Dry gins. I also find it blends well with tonic water, such as Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.

Rosemary and citrus are a refreshing combination of flavors. They give this cocktail a bright taste, which is perfect for this time of year.

Our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic uses a blend of lemon, white grapefruit, orange, and clementine juices that we muddle with rosemary. We get a box of fresh oranges and grapefruits sent to my house every year by a family friend that lives in Florida. We’d never be able to eat all of them if we tried, so we save a couple large ones just for juicing which works perfectly with this cocktail.

So when I say fresh squeezed ingredients, I really mean it.

This is how you make a Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic!

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 Ounces Tonic Water
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Halved Clementine
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic: Muddle halved clementine with a large sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add in the gin, citrus juices, and ice. Shake together vigorously until chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Enjoy the refreshing citrus taste of this Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

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Japanese Whiskey Takes Market By Storm

The New Wave of Whiskey: Japanese Whiskey Takes Market By Storm

The world of whiskey is getting wider

Some of the world’s best whiskeys are made in…Japan? The Land of the Rising Sun is becoming a big player on the World Stage of Whiskey.

Japanese Distillers Take Whiskey Market By Storm

Image from Sydney Bar Week // The Land of the Rising Sun is becoming a big player on the World Stage of Whiskey.

Japan. Home of beautiful sights, awe-inspiring history & culture, and award winning whiskey tradition. You read that right. Japan is becoming a big player on the world stage of Whiskey.

Japanese Whiskey has been growing in popularity in the U.S. over the last few years, and we can see why. Americans love whiskey! Our thirst for bourbon and whiskey is a powerful one, and it is also an expensive one.

Prices for Japanese whiskey run the gamut from anywhere around $20 bucks a bottle to close to a couple grand. A bottle of 1960 Karuizawa whiskey sold at a Hong Kong auction for $118,500 last August.

Don’t let the sticker shock completely turn you off to the idea of trying Japanese Whiskey. There are plenty of fantastic Japanese Whiskey options that you can get in the U.S. for less than $100 a bottle. Here are some great Japanese Whiskies you can get without breaking the bank.

 

Suntory Whisky Toki (~$30)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // Suntory

If you want to jump into the world of Japanese whiskey without taking a chunk out of your wallet, Suntory Whisky Toki is a great start. This whiskey is 1) widely available state side and 2) under $40 depending on where you live (We can get it here in NC for $30 plus tax). This light golden whiskey is subtly sweet with a spicy finish, and has notes of honey and vanilla. Suntory Whisky Toki can be enjoyed neat or try it in a cocktail like a Highball or Whiskey Sour.

 

Hibiki Japanese Harmony (~$65)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // Suntory

Like single malts? Give Hibiki Japanese Harmony a try! The Hibiki is a light, young, blended whiskey that is aged in Mizunara Japanese oak casks. It is easy to drink and has a subtle spiciness of cinnamon and clove. The sweetness of this whiskey makes it a little more approachable for new Whiskey drinkers, but it could be a little too sweet for some folks. It is definitely a decent introduction to the Hibiki blends.

 

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (~$70)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // tabelog

Matured in sherry wood you say? Sign us up. The Taketsuru Pure Malt is a blended malt whiskey that is aged about 10 years to give it a smooth, rich, and clean mouthfeel. The whiskey has just the right amount of sweetness from Sherried fruit, but not a lot of smokiness. It has a fruity richness that lingers in your mouth with a slight touch of Espresso flavor. This is one of our favorite whiskies to splurge on so far.

 

Suntory Hakushu 12 years old (~$85)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // Suntory

Fans of smoky whiskey, I think you might find Hakushu 12 years old to your liking. They call Hakushu a “green and fresh” whiskey, and it is very much a spot-on description. This whiskey has a pleasing aroma that is reminiscent of the forests of its birthplace. It has more of an herbal palate with just a touch of fruitiness, and it has that smoke you expect from a good whiskey. The Hakushu 12 year is one of the best Japanese Whiskies you can get under $100. Be prepared to fall in love with this whiskey.

 

Yamazaki 12 years old(~$85)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // andersnoren

Yamazaki is the number 1 single malt whiskey in Japan for good reason! This whiskey gets a lot of its character from the use of vanilla, citrus fruits, and Mizunara oak. Yamazaki 12 year is a light bodied whiskey that is comparable to a fruitier Highland whiskey. It is worth a taste if you can find it near you.

 

 

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This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush on your cheeks

Making a Raspberry Blush Cocktail

Muzzy van Hossmere Would Approve

This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush back on your cheeks. The Raspberry Blush cocktail blends gin, raspberry cordial, and fruit juices into a gin cocktail experience you won’t forget.

Raspberries! If you don’t hear Carol Channing’s voice in your head when you hear that word, you just aren’t saying it right.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been trying all kinds of cocktail recipes that embody that Valentine’s spirit. This Raspberry Blush cocktail is one of those fancy finds.

While vodka is one of the biggest spirits featured in many Valentine’s Day cocktails, we are breaking away from convention by going with gin. For the Raspberry Blush cocktail, you will need a New-Wave Gin, like Hendricks or Martin Miller’s, to accentuate the fruity flavors that make up this scrumptious cocktail.

Diana from Anne of Green Gables was right when she said, “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.” Neither did I, and it’s also easy to make. All you need are raspberries, lime juice, sugar, and water. Check out this raspberry cordial recipe from Kate MacDonald’s Anne of Green Gables cookbook.

I know sugar or salt rims can be a bit messy and are associated with “girly” drinks, but they really add something to the cocktail’s presentation. Red, pink, white, or a mix of the three would make great choices for giving this cocktail a Valentine’s touch.

The Raspberry Blush is bursting with flavor. The raspberry, lime, and lychee create an exotic taste that will have your mouth falling in love. Pair it with a cucumber gin like Hendrick’s, and you’ve got yourself one damn good cocktail!

This is how you make a Raspberry Blush Cocktail!

Raspberry Blush

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Raspberry Cordial
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2½ Ounces Lychee Juice
  • Raspberries for Garnish
  • Color Sugar for Rims [Optional]
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside in the fridge to chill.

Raspberry Blush: Add gin, raspberry cordial, lime juice and Lychee juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chilled or frozen raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 15 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

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The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Era Cocktail

It’s a speakeasy favorite cocktail

Simple. Elegant. Delicious. Three words that pretty much sum up this fantastic, simple Prohibition Era Sidecar cocktail recipe.

Prohibition Era Classic Sidecar Recipe

Classic and simple. That’s how we describe the Sidecar cocktail. With only three ingredients and a sweet garnish, it’s not surprising that this classic cocktail was a speakeasy favorite.

The Sidecar is one of the most iconic cocktails of the Prohibition era, and is probably one of the most simple. It didn’t require any fancy ingredients that were hard to find or acquire; all it needed was Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. The cocktail was strong, simple, and delicious, and we can continue to sip on them today.

If you are new to the world of Cognac cocktails here’s a bit of a heads up: Cognac has a very strong taste. It’s a liquor you are meant to sip, not shoot back, and the good stuff comes with a price tag.

Cognac can easily overpower [and overwhelm] a cocktail if done incorrectly, but this Sidecar recipe gets the blend just right. The citrus of Cointreau and fresh lemon juice help to mellow out the strong alcohol taste of the Cognac. The sugar on the rim is also an added bonus.

With a cocktail this elegant looking, it’s important to keep your glassware in mind. For the Sidecar cocktail, most bartenders will use either a coupe or cocktail glass. I have a preference using the coupe, because I love its shape and sophistication, but a sugar rimmed cocktail glass is always a classic option.

This is how you make this classic Sidecar cocktail!

 

Sidecar Cocktail

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Rim for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside.

Sidecar Cocktail: Add Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Then, strain into a chilled sugar rimmed coupe or cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 282 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 29.8 Carbohydrates (g) 4.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 2.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

 
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Top 5 Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Cocktails and Valentines: Top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day

A cocktail for two sounds delightful

Looking for the best cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Check out our top 5 favorite elegant cocktail recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s day.

Cocktails and Valentines: Our top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine's Day

 

Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Get ready to pucker up for this one! The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka. These ingredients combine to create the perfect balance of flavors. Don’t worry if you’re flying solo on Valentine’s Day! This cocktail will provide you with a smooth kiss and complex flavors to keep you sipping away.

 

Touch of Venus

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Stephen Phillips – HGTV

It’s the elixir of the Goddess of Love! The Touch of Venus rebels against the idea that a Valentine’s day cocktail needs to be pink or red to convey passion. Enjoy the sweet citrus caress of this Italian love potion.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious cocktail recipe that will complement any romantic evening with your Valentine. If you’re craving something as sweet as your love, give this fruity martini a try!

 

Love Potion No. 9 Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

This cocktail is sure to put a spell on you. Between the pomegranate, strawberry, and black raspberry flavors in this concoction, you’ll be in heaven! So take a sip of this potion, it’s bound to make you fall berry in love!

 

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

This Cheery Bourbon Smash is a Valentine’s Day cocktail option that isn’t so lovey-dovey. With tart cherry juice and smooth bourbon, this cocktail is one for you adventurous types looking to experiment with something new.

 

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Cherry Bourbon Smash

Bourbon and Cherry make a lovely couple

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

Bourbon and cherry make a lovely couple in this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe.

Don’t you just love to experiment with cocktail recipes? We sure do! And when given a delicious bit of inspiration, like the Cherry Whiskey Smash by Jessica from How Sweet It Is, we end up with gems like our Cherry Bourbon Smash.

Now before we go any further, I say try the original before trying our variation on the recipe. You might find you like the Whiskey version better than the Bourbon version, and that is perfectly fine. If you are on the bourbon train like me, let’s get into it.

I’ve been on a bit of a Jim Beam kick recently. It could be because I’ve been enjoying some hot toddies this winter, and Jim works really well with this new tea I bought at Teavana. When I came across the Cherry Whiskey Smash recipe, I thought it might taste good with Jim instead of Jack.

Cherry cocktails sometimes taste like cough syrup to me, which is why I suggest tart cherry juice instead of the sweet variety. It will help balance out the sweetness of the Amaretto and Cherry Coke.

If you’re not a Jim fan, I won’t hold it against you. Everyone’s tastes are different. This is a recipe I would use this recipe when you have cheap bourbon that you want to doctor up the taste. I also consider it a Valentine’s day cocktail option that isn’t so frilly.

Check out this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe!

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Tart Cherry Juice
  • ½ Ounce Amaretto
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Brandy
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Coke
  • Maraschino Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Cherry Bourbon Smash: Add bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and brandy to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour over ice in a rocks glass, and top with cherry coke. Stir together to combine. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 10 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

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