The herbaceous and bubbly flavors of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Bubbly Mint Gin Spritz Cocktail

Gin Spritzers are perfect Spring cocktails!

Simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing: This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

With the hints of cucumber, mint, and lemon, you just can't go wrong with this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail.

Imagine a cocktail that embodies the cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh sweetness of mint, the citrus kick of lemon juice, and the effervescence of Prosecco. Now, let me tell you that cocktail exists! Cue in the Mint Gin Spritz.

It’s simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing. That’s the beauty of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail. In just a few minutes you’ll be sipping on a bright, herbaceous spritz cocktail that is perfect for Spring.

Bubbly cocktails can be fun additions to any cocktail party, and this Mint Gin Spritz has the makings of a real party pleaser. It’s herby, a little bit sweet, and has everything you want in a gin cocktail.

Spritz cocktails are incredibly refreshing and their effervescent nature makes them fun to drink. In this Spritz, we opted to use Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, instead of sparkling water or club soda. Prosecco has a fruit palate that pairs well with the herbal notes of gin.

Mint has such a clean and fresh taste. That’s why it makes a great complementary flavor in cocktails. The hints of cucumber in Hendrick’s Gin mixed with muddled mint gives the Mint Gin Spritz cocktail a cool and clean mouthfeel.

The Mint Gin Spritz is a great addition to our list of Spring cocktails, and would make an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s day cocktail. Happy Sipping!

This is how you make a Mint Gin Spritz!

Mint Gin Spritz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 4 Ounces Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 10 Fresh Sprigs of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Gin Spritz: Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice at the bottom of a Boston Shaker with a muddler or with the back of a spoon. This will release the flavor and color of the mint. Next, add gin to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 178 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

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Shaking It Up: How Women Changed the Alcohol Industry

The Alcohol Industry is no longer just a Good Ol’ Boys club. Meet these ladies who made great strides in the alcohol industry.

Shaking it up: How Women Changed the Alcohol Industry

Believe it or not: Women have been a major part of the Alcohol Industry since ancient times. Our oldest records of beer brewing can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where almost all beer brewing and selling activities were predominantly completed by women.

Centuries long after, the tradition of beer brewing continued to be done by the female members of the family, up until the turn of 19th century. When beer brewing became a commercial industry during the Industrial Revolution, Victorian values took women out of the Alcohol Industry to be replaced by men.

But not for long. Today, women are slowly making their way back into the industry that we love. Here are just some of the women who have changed the alcohol industry over the years, and proved the industry is no longer just a Good Ol’ Boys club.

 

Josephine Tychson

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // VinePair

The late 19th century Nappa Valley was no place for a woman vintner. That was until the “intrepid Victorian widow”, Josephine Tychson, began running a 147-acre Californian vineyard after the tragic death of her husband. Josephine juggled with the tasks of mourning her husband’s death, raising two children, and the struggles of building the St. Helena winery, the first woman owned and operated vineyard in California.

Josephine opened the door for American women to be pioneers in the Wine Industry, and the St. Helena vineyard still survives today under a new name, Freemark Abbey Winery.

 

“Moonshine Mary” & the Bootleggers

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // Chicago Tribune

When you think of the Prohibition Era, mobster owned alcohol smuggling syndicates come to mind. However, some of the most notorious bootleggers and rum runners happened to be women, such as “Moonshine Mary” Wazeniak & Stella Beloumant. Stella ran a bootlegging ring in Elko, Nevada, and was hounded by an entire Prohibition Enforcement task force. By the time she was arrested, Stella was sitting on a stockpile of illegal hootch.

“Moonshine Mary” ran a speakeasy out of her home, and was only caught after a patron of hers wound up dead in a bog from “poison alcohol” [which we know today as a side effect from bathtub gin]. The still running, bootlegging ladies of the Prohibition era, like Stella and Mary, kept the flow of liquor running and helped bring an end to America’s failed attempt at sobriety.

 

Ada Coleman

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // liquor.com

Today, it’s completely normal and common to see women bartenders. However, at the turn of the 20th Century, when Ada Coleman became Head Bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London, it was nearly unheard of. Barmaids made up less than half of working bartenders, and people were trying to put an end to the profession for women altogether. But that didn’t stop Ada, who at 25 was “getting to old” to be a barmaid.

While at the Savoy, ‘Coley,’ as she was called, made quite a name for herself and invented the Hanky-Panky cocktail. Coley served patrons at the American bar for twenty-three years. Her position is now in the capable hands of Erik Lorincz. While only two women have ever held the position of Head Bartender at the Savoy Hotel, Ada proved that women can hold their own behind the bar.

 

Madeline Triffon

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // Detroit Eater

In the early 20th century, a woman Sommelier was a newsworthy story. Today, it’s a growing phenomenon, but one woman stands out in the crowd. Madeline Triffon was the first American woman to earn the prestigious tile of Master Sommelier, in 1987. While that was surprisingly only 30 years ago, Madeline helped smash the ‘glass ceiling’ of the Wine Industry and opened the door for female Sommeliers. Today, 25 out of the 149 professionals from The Court of Master Sommeliers’ American branch are women.

 

Robin and Andrea McBride

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // Centric Tv

Robin and Andrea McBride are just a couple of wine loving sisters from New Zealand who are changing the representation of women in the Wine Industry. Robin and Andrea are the first African-American sisters to own and operate a luxury wine company. Their company produces affordable luxury wine selections and are dedicated to Sustainable Wine growing practices in their New Zealand vineyards.

 

Heather Nelson

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // Whisky Intelligence

Our Whisky sister at heart, Heather Nelson, is working to become the first woman to open a Scotch Whisky Distillery. The Toulvaddie Distillery will be the first of its kind, as Heather plans to own and operate the area’s first legal distillery alone. The distillery is planning to begin operation sometime in 2017, and while we’ll have to wait until 2020 before we get to taste Toulvaddie’s first single malts, we’ll be eager to try it.

 

Cat Wiest & the Craft Beer Queens

Women Who Changed the Alcohol Industry

Image and reference from // Good Times

The Craft Beer Industry is a booming business today, and it’s where women like Cat Wiest, brewmaster of Seabright Brewery, have been making strides in the art of beer brewing. Like other women in the brewing business, she’s dealt with the “women don’t know beer” sexism that is still unfortunately prevalent in the industry. As brewmaster, she’s experimented with new techniques and flavors that have become popular among Craft Beer aficionados. These women have had a real influence on the flavors of the Craft Beer industry, and have brought women’s role in beer brewing back. Their ancestors would be proud!

 

 

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5 Delicious Mocktails to Imbibe this Spring

Imbibe the Flavors of Springtime

Mocktails can be a fabulous addition to your Springtime party or get together. Try these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring.

Try these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring.

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are blooming. That can only mean one thing: It’s finally Springtime again! And what could be a better way to celebrate than with these 5 delicious mocktails for Springtime!

Springtime is full of bright colors and clean flavors, and these mocktails embody them both. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative for a signature cocktail for a Spring wedding, or need a refreshing new drink for the kids, give these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring a try.

 

Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // Oleander and Palm

Enjoy the flavors of Bourbon without the actual Bourbon. This Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade mocktail brings the brightness of Spring into a single glass…..or a couple. Who are we to judge?

 

Raspberry Grapefruit Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // The Pura Vida

Talk about one gorgeous mocktail! We suggest using a premium tonic water or club soda instead of 7Up to cut out extra sugar. This Raspberry Grapefruit Mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic addition to any Springtime wedding or function.

 

French 75 Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // Always Order Dessert

Ooh La La! This mocktail version of a classic French 75 has all the bubbly, but none of the hangover. Plus, using rockcandy as a swizzle stick ups the glamour factor on this non-alcoholic cocktail. It’s a perfect brunch mocktail!

 

Sparkling Ginger Lemon Mocktail

5 Best Mocktails for Springtime

Image / Recipe from // Snixy Kitchen

Need a non-alcoholic option for the kids at Easter dinner? Say cheers with this sparkling mocktail! The refreshing combination of citrus and ginger make this mocktail a great Springtime sipper.

 

SPARKLING BLOOD ORANGE MOCKTAIL

Image / Recipe from // Jessica Gavin

Keep the Springtime sniffles away with a boost of healthy herbs in this sparkling mocktail. The deep red hues of this Blood Orange mocktail will make an Easter Egg feel pale.

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Kellie – Head of Content Creation

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