This Blackberry rendition of the Mint Julep is sure to have you ready for the Kentucky Derby

Blackberry Julep

Place your bets on this Julep

This Blackberry rendition of the Mint Julep is sure to have you ready for the “Run for the Roses®.”

This Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of Springtime's favorite berries to that classic Derby cocktail.

Got a member of the family that absolutely loves the Kentucky Derby? Well, then they are going to love sipping on this Blackberry Mint Julep while they watch the ponies run!

Mint Juleps have been the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby since the 1930s. Each year, almost 120,000 are served throughout the weekend of the Derby. That’s a whole lot of Juleps!

The Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of springtime’s favorite berries to that classic Derby cocktail, and makes a great addition to any Kentucky Derby Party.

To get into the spirit of the Derby, we used a Kentucky Bourbon for this recipe. We used Rowan’s Creek for its spicy notes and oak char-caramel taste. It’s a well-balanced bourbon that was a great offset for the sweet blackberries.

Don’t like Rowan’s Creek? Maker’s Mark is always a good choice for your Julep, but if you like a good burn to your bourbon give Willett Pot Still Reserve a try.

While we’ve crafted our share of Juleps for this blog, this berry rendition of the Mint Julep is our favorite. It is a fresh cocktail that you can enjoy all spring and summer long.

So grab a glass, put on your Ascot hats, and place your bets, because this Blackberry Julep is ready to win the Triple Crown of Cocktails.

This is how you make a Blackberry Julep!

Blackberry Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Kentucky Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 4 to 5 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 8 Fresh Blackberries
  • Fresh Blackberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Julep Cup
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Blackberry Julep: Muddle blackberries and mint leaves against the bottom of a glass, or press with the back of a spoon, being careful not to shred the mint leaves.

Pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Stir gently to combine, and top with more ice. Garnish with blackberries and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.5 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1.5

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Enjoy these 7 delicious cocktails for Easter!

7 Delicious Easter Inspired Cocktails

Cheers to Easter!

Easter is full of events from Brunches to Suppers. These delicious cocktails for Easter will get all of your adult guests into the Easter party spirit.

Enjoy these 7 delicious Easter inspired cocktails!

Easter is a time of year to gather with your family and give thanks. And if you are from families like ours, you’re sure to enjoy a drink or two with your favorite cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Easter cocktails come in a variety of colors and spirits that are sure to fit every Easter occasion you’ve got planned for your family this year.

Spiff up your Easter egg hunts, brunches, and suppers with these 7 delicious Easter inspired cocktails!

 

Red Berry Margarita

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

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! This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries into one Ultimate Margarita for Easter.

 

Easter Italian Ice Cocktail

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // A Worthy Read

Who says the kids get to have all the fun at Easter? Enjoy a treat while the kids are hunting for Easter eggs! With the vibrant color of a blue Easter egg, this gorgeous cocktail is a sweet treat for a warm Easter Sunday afternoon.

 

Strawberry Gin Smash

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It’s like Easter in a Glass! Smash cocktails are a simple to make and delicious to drink. The muddled flavors of strawberry and lime give this Strawberry Gin Smash a refreshing berry-citrus taste and its Easter Egg Pink color.

 

Cottontail Martini

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // inspired by charm

Move over Peter, there’s a new Cottontail on the block. This coconut martini was inspired by our favorite Easter movie Here Comes Peter Cottontail. The Cottontail Martini even has a fluffy marshmallow “tail”, making it the cutest Easter cocktail on our list.

 

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktails

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // The Kitchenthusiast

Here’s a two-for-one deal for you on these Grapefruit Spritz Cocktails that pair grapefruit with rosemary, blood orange, and ginger. These effervescent cocktails embody the colors of springtime and will be a welcomed addition to your Easter brunches.

 

Mint Limonata Julep

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored Easter cocktail will have your family saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep. Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you.

 

Spiked Raspberry Ice Tea

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Paste Magazine

Sweet tea is a southern staple! This three-ingredient cocktail uses a premium raspberry flavored vodka to infuse your sweet tea with the delicious flavor of raspberry and lemon. It works fantastic in unsweet ice tea too!

 

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You'd be crazy not to serve these essential cocktails at your next Garden Party!

Garden Party Essential Cocktails

Get a look at these [gin] blossoms

It’s garden party season again, and we’ve got you covered with a list of delectable garden party essential cocktails that your guests will absolutely love!

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Planning a fancy Garden Party this spring? Get ready to wow your guests with delicious food and elegant cocktails fit for viewing the springtime blossoms as they bloom.

Springtime has been the inspiration for a lot of cocktails, and they are as delicious as they look. Whether you’re looking for a vodka, gin, tequila, wine, or whiskey cocktail, our collection of springtime cocktails are the perfect additions to your next garden cocktail party!

 

Airlie Gardens Martini

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week Blog

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

 

Spring Breeze

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Paste Magazine

When you mix bourbon and fruit, you get the color of Springtime! This cocktail has an elegant mix of fruit flavors and the subtle bite of Jim Beam that will surprise your guests.

 

Mint Limonata Julep

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week Blog

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello.

 

Love and Hope Lemonade

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Move over kids. This is mommy’s favorite lemonade! Made with Love and Hope Rosé and muddled mint and raspberries, the Love and Hope Lemonade is a beautifully bright cocktail that will liven up any garden party.

 

Mint Mojitos

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink for warm weather sipping.

 
 

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The sweet pairing of pear nectar and lavender makes this Airlie Garden Martini perfect for every garden party!

The Airlie Gardens Martini: A Pear and Lavender Cocktail

It’s a Garden Cocktail Party

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and gin that is perfect for every garden party!

The Azalea Festival is upon us again here in the Port City, and we have a lovely new addition to our list of cocktails for Azalea Fest: The Airlie Gardens Martini.

If you’ve never been to Airlie Gardens, we highly suggest you take a visit. This garden showcases seasonal blossoms, historic and modern sculptures, hosts a summer concert series, and has the most enchanting Christmas light display in the county.

This cocktail takes all the elegance of Airlie and blends it into a delicious pear and lavender gin martini that is perfect for a garden party.

Now if you’re a diehard member of Team Vodka Martini, this martini might not be for you, since the main spirit is gin. Unfortunately, the vodka version just doesn’t have the same mouthfeel or caliber of flavor of its gin counterpart.

But don’t worry Team Vodka Martini, we have quite a few vodka martinis on our blog to satisfy your martini preferences.

Pear juice is by far the most luscious juice I’ve ever had. I have been blown away by the pear cocktails I’ve had in the past few months. Seriously, go try the Pear Necessities cocktail at the Blind Elephant, it is phenomenal.

These cocktails served as an inspiration for the Airlie Gardens Martini. I wanted to create a pear-citrus martini that blended a floral note to it. That is where the lavender came in.

The gorgeous purple hue of the lavender garnish and simple sweetness of lavender honey syrup gives this martini the sophistication you’d want from a garden party cocktail.

This is how you make an Airlie Gardens Martini!

Airlie Gardens Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Martin Miller’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Organic Pear Juice
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ Ounce Lavender Honey Syrup
  • Lavender for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Airlie Gardens Martini: Add Martin Miller’s gin, pear juice, grapefruit juice, and lavender honey syrup to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until completely chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with lavender. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 185 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 8

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This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from the classic Mojito

Simple Pomegranate Mojito Recipe

Sip on this glass of Pom-Love!

This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from your classic Mojito.

You can enjoy these Pomegranate Mojitos practically all year round!

This year’s NC Azalea Festival is right around the corner, which means we’ve been hard at work coming up with some cocktails for Azalea Fest. Today’s star cocktail is a pomegranate mojito that is as pretty as an Azalea Belle.

Pomegranates are a classic Winter season fruit, but did you know pomegranates have a Spring season too? While the Californian pomegranate season ends in February, down in the Southern Hemisphere Pomegranate season just got started.

Which means you can enjoy these pomegranate mojitos practically all year round! But we don’t really need a reason to experiment with mojitos, now do we?

Rum cocktails are pretty popular, after all there are dozens of cocktail recipes that use rum. These cocktails often invoke the flavors of tropical islands or the pirate days of yore, but this Pomegranate Mojito is a little different.

This mojito recipe uses pomegranate seeds to infuse the cocktail with a whole lot of pomegranate flavor, which adds something extra to the citrus kick you expect from a mojito. You can play around with the sweetness of this cocktail as well. Like it a little sweet? Stick to one ounce of simple syrup. Like it super sweet? Go for two ounces, but be careful or all that sweetness could leave you with a nasty hangover.

Mojitos are typically a messy cocktail. It’s why many bartenders absolutely hate making them. You can literally type the words “Bartenders Hate” in Google and Mojitos will pop up in the top 5 searches. Do it, it’s kind of funny.

While this delicious combination of rum and muddled mint, sugar [or simple syrup], and lime juice might be the bane of your bartender’s existence, the outcome is loved by many, and is easy to make at home.

This is how you make a Pomegranate Mojito!

Pomegranate Mojito

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Soda Water [We recommend San Pellegrino]
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Mojito: At the bottom of a highball glass, muddle a couple of mint leaves, about 2 tablesoons of the pomegranate seeds, lime juice, and simple syrup together with a Muddler or a long spoon.

Pour white rum overtop, and add ice. Top with soda water, like San Pellegrino, and stir. Garnish with lime, mint, and a few more pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0.005 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 25

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Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

Springtime Mint Limonata Julep

Enjoy the flavors of Spring with Meyer lemons and fresh Mint in this Limonata Julep cocktail.

Enjoy the flavors of Spring in this Limonata Julep with Meyer Lemons and fresh Mint.

Springtime provides inspiration for art, poetry, and even cocktails! The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored spring cocktail will have you saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep.

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello. The combination of ingredients makes this Julep cocktail the perfect after dinner drink.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon flavored after dinner liquor made from the zest of lemons from the Amalfi coast. This lemon liquor is traditionally served icy-cold, as Limoncello is kept in the in the freezer. Limoncello varies in proof depending on the base liquor you soak the lemons in, which ranges from Vodka to Everclear.

Some commercial Limoncellos are very sweet, which is why many folks like to make Limoncello at home. The process of making Limoncello takes a few weeks, but making it at home allows you to controll the sugar content and lemony essence, which is well worth the work.

Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you. Maker’s Mark and homemade Limoncello is a great combination, which is why we used it to make this cocktail.

We used Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, to make Limoncello so we could cut back on the amount of simple syrup If you use a lemoncello made from more acidic lemons, add 1 ounce simple syrup.

This is how you make a Mint Limonata Julep!

Mint Limonata Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Limoncello
  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Meyer Lemon for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Limonata Julep: Press a few mint leaves against the bottom of a glass with the back of a spoon, and pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Top with lemoncello and stir together. Squeeze and drop a wedge of meyer lemon into each glass and garnish with a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

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The 10 Best Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day

Irish Eyes will be smiling alright

Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails are often green or made with whiskey, and we absolutely love the creative mixology that is brought about by this holiday! Here are some of our favorite cocktails to get you in the Irish spirit.

10 of the best cocktails for Saint Patrick's Day

As soon as March comes around, the Brio Blog becomes host to a number of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some are your conventional green or Irish Whiskey cocktails, while others experiment with liquors you don’t typically associate with the Emerald Isle.

So, whether you’re looking for a signature cocktail for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, or just sick of boring green beer, this list of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day is sure to put a jig in your step.

 

Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

When it comes to Whiskey Cocktails, the Irish Redhead is simply one of our favorites. It’s also one of the Brio Blog’s most popular cocktail creations. With a flavor palate that is fairly similar to a Whiskey Ginger, the Irish Redhead cocktail gets its stamp of approval from our very own resident ginger.

 

Tipperary Cocktail

Image / Recipe from //

When you want to put an Irish spin on any cocktail, it usually means adding in Irish Whiskey, and this Tipperary Cocktail did just that. Named after County Tipperary, this twist on the Bijou cocktail nixed gin in favor of Jameson and we couldn’t love it more!

 

Shamrock Sour Cocktail

Image // Brio Drink of the week / Recipe from // Pizzazzerie

This cocktail originally came to us from Courtney from Pizzazzerie. The Shamrock Sour recipe is a fun take on the traditional Whiskey Sour, which calls for Irish Whiskey and green food coloring. If you want a very green cocktail for Saint Patrick’s Day, this would be the one.

 

The Irish Derby

Image / Recipe from // Serious Eats

This cocktail might not be green, but it sure will do the trick. Irish whiskey is the star of this vintage cocktail mashup. Drink enough of these Derbies and you will surely be the life of the Céilí this Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

Basil Gin Smash

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

No need to go green with envy over someone else’s cocktail! The Basil Gin Smash makes a delicious Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail alternative for folks who aren’t fans of Whiskey. Made with Hendrick’s Gin, it ain’t your Daddy’s Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail.

 

Irish Julep

Image / Recipe from // Real House Moms

When it comes to making cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day, many are variations of American favorites, like this take on the Mint Julep. You never know, you might like it better this way.

 

Mint Gin Spritz

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

The Mint Gin Spritz is an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail. It’s simple, a little green, and seriously refreshing. This herbaceous and effervescent cocktail is sure to tickle your fancy.

 

Irish Coffee

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Who would like a Tipple for dessert? This Irish Coffee recipe is one of our absolute favorite nightcap cocktails. You’ll be cuddled up on the couch watching The Quiet Man enjoying this bevy in no time.

 

Irish Cream & Mint Iced Mocha

Image / Recipe from // Frugal Foodie Mama

If you have a bit of a cocktail sweet tooth, this Irish Cream & mint Iced Mocha will do just the trick. How can you go wrong with chocolate, mint, coffee, and Baileys Irish cream? You just can’t!

 

The Baby “Guinness” Shot

Image / Recipe from // Creative Culinary

Who doesn’t love a good pint of Guinness now and then? Well, it might not be a real wee-baby Guinness, but this floated shot layers chilled Bailey’s Irish Creme Liqueur on top of Kahlua to create that iconic Guinness look.

 

 

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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

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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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