We are dressing up a Southern Staple for this Drink of the Week
Summer is almost upon us – YAASS – and down South that means Peach Tea everywhere! Peach tea is as Summer Time as Apple Pie at 4th of July. So for this Drink of the Week: Carolina Peach Tea, we combined freshly made Peach Tea with Vodka and Lemonade for a new Summer treat.
If you want to skip some corners and buy premade Peach Tea, you can. It won’t be exactly the same as our drink of the week recipe, and might be even sweeter, which could mess with the drink’s overall palate. Also, cheap vodka will not pair very well with this tea. That means, whatever you do, stay away from Aristocrat! It overpowers the peach tea, and – in my humble opinion- tastes plain awful.
For the Carolina Peach Tea, we used Gordon’s vodka. It’s easy on the wallet, but it has a little lemon flavor to it which is nice for this cocktail. Just saying plain vodka works great, but if you find yourself inclined to use peach or lemon flavored vodka for added flavor, it’s a good choice.
Carolina Peach Tea
Yields: 1 Serving
- 2½ Ounces Vodka
- 3 Ounces Peach Ice Tea
- 3 Ounces Lemonade
- Lemon Wheel for Garnish
- Peach Slices for Garnish
- Highball Glass
- Cocktail Shaker
Peach Ice Tea
Yields: 1 1/2 cups
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2-3 Fresh Sliced Peaches
- 3 Black Tea Bags
- 6 Cups Hot Water
- Medium Saucepan
Peach Ice Tea: In a medium saucepan, crush together sugar and peach slices with a wooden spoon, in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour. *Rinse the peaches and freeze them for a cool summer treat or add them to finished cocktail.
Carolina Peach Tea: Fill highball glass halfway with ice, set aside. Add vodka, peach tea, and ice into a shaker, and shake for a few seconds. Strain into glass, and top with lemonade. Stir together with long spoon, and garnish with peach slices, lemon wheel, or both! Enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 26 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 24 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10
Drink up, Ladies. It’s Bridal Season out there.
Bridal and Bachelorette parties can get a little wild sometimes. These cocktails will help get you through all of the party drama.
Plan a Triple Crown Worthy Derby Party
These Kentucky Derby party essentials are sure to win you the Triple Crown of party planning.
1. Mint Juleps
Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. You can’t have a party without them. Get the recipe from Brio
2. Bacon Pimento Cheese Puffs
If you are from the south, you know we have an unholy obsession with pimento cheese…and bacon. These awesome little pastry puffs are a great way to do away with boring cheese and cracker plates for good. You guests will love them! Get the recipe from the blond cook
3. Bourbon Tasting Bar
Having a bourbon tasting bar is a great addition to any Kentucky Derby party. Your guests can sip on some fine bourbon while they wait for the show to get on the road. You can even label the cups with the names of this year’s ponies and see which one comes out on top. Get the set up from Celebrations at home
4. Mint Julep Cupcakes
Why not do something completely different and bake your Mint Juleps instead! These mint julep cupcakes are a sugary grown up treat that will be the envy of your dessert table. Get the recipe from Food.com
5. Benedictine Tea Sandwiches
Benedictine spread is another one of those classic Kentucky Derby foods that no party could do without. These horse-shoe shaped tea sandwiches give Benedictine spread new life, are really cute too.
Get the recipe from Tea Time Magazine
6. Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese
Upgrade your Kentucky Hot Browns with this fantastic Mac and Cheese side dish. It is a delicious alternative to classic hot browns that you serve on crackers or as sliders.
Get the recipe from Foodtastic Mom
7. Kentucky Derby Pie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Personally, I don’t like baking pies, so having a pie alternative is always part of my game plan. These cookie bars have all the Kentucky Derby Pie flavor stuffed into a tiny more portable package. You don’t even need a plate. Get the recipe from half baked harvest
8. Derby Julep Lemonade
This Mocktail is great to get the kids into the Derby spirit. It’s also the perfect refreshment for any non-drinkers at the party. I would rather use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this lemonade instead of the Crystal Light Lemonade like the recipe suggests though. Get the recipe from hot beauty health
There are a lot of stories behind the origins of classic cocktails
Have you ever wondered where your favorite cocktails came from? Or who was the genius who came up with it? Well, you are not alone. People have been asking these questions for years, and some brave folks went searching through history to find the answers.
Treat your mamma to a cocktail for Mother’s Day!
Cheers to all those mommas out there! This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we are getting ready to celebrate the fabulous ladies who we call Mom.
Moms are first super heroes: She cooks – She cleans – She works – All while keeping us out of harms way, battling the monsters in our closets and under our beds, helping us our with homework, giving us advise for all of our life troubles, and kissing the boo-boos away.
She does a lot for us. No wonder there’s sayings like this one:
All kidding aside, our moms deserve a special treat on their big day for everything they do for us. So mix up one of these Mocktails and Cocktails for Mom on Mother’s Day!
It’s sweet and strong, just like mom. Get the recipe from Brio Smart Life
Mango Lime Margarita
Fresh mangoes and lime juice make gorgeous margaritas for mamá. Get the recipe from Kitchen Treaty
Ginger Mimosa Mocktail
The perfect brunch companion for expecting mommies. Get the recipe from in sonnets kitchen
This one is for all you Southern Mama’s out there. Get the recipe from Brio Smart Life
Tequila Sunrise Mimosa
Another great brunch addition for Mother’s Day! Get the recipe from The Blond Cook
Non-Boozy Mint Mojitos
For moms who want to skip the booze, but not the taste! Get the recipe from Cooking with Ruthie
Raspberry Tequila Sangria
For when regular sangria is not special enough. Get the recipe from Pampered Chef
Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats
A classy option for a Mother’s Day Brunch! Get the recipe from Recipe Runner
Pear Vanilla Coconut Cooler
It’s like one of mom’s hugs in a cup! Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie
Bourbon Peach Smash
For moms who like their whiskey with a peachy punch. Get the recipe from Vanilla and Bean
Have your drink recipes featured as a Brio Drink of the Week!
Want to see your favorite drink recipes featured in our Drink of the Week blog? Well now you can!
Submit your drink recipes to our team below to become a Brio Bartender, and you could see your recipe featured as a Drink of the Week. If your recipe is selected, we’ll credit you and the bar you work for* in the blog write up. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with, and we sure can’t wait to test them out!
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Your North Carolina Beer Month Tour Starts Here!
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and these NC breweries are some of our top picks that you should try!
Image from // NC Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and dozens of NC breweries are participating in the month-long celebration. What better time to plan a statewide brew tour, right?! North Carolina is exploding with breweries, from the coast to the mountains.
With so many breweries to choose from, the folks organizing NC Beer Month have put together their own lists of beer tour ideas based on location. Here are Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month to put on your Beer Tour Map.
Greater Wilmington Area
Address: 9 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Our Favorite Brew: Tiny Tim’s Christmas Ale (So sad you can only get it once a year)
Address: 115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Our Favorite Brew: Mango Pineapple Pale Wheat
Address: 811 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Our Favorite Brew: Black Wheat
Address: 721 Surry Street Wilmington, NC 28401
Our Favorite Brew: Waterline Kölsch
Address: 311 N. Herritage St. Kinston, NC 28501
Our Favorite Brew: Second Wind Pale Ale
Address: 505 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603
Our Favorite Brew: Buckshot Amber Ale
Address: 159 Barley Park Lane Unit B Mooresville, North Carolina 28115
Our Favorite Brew: Pontoon Pale Ale
Address: 47 Duke St, Granite Falls, NC 28630
Our Favorite Brew: Castle Stormer Scottish Ale
Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway Suite 200, Asheville, NC 28803
Our Favorite Brew: Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers
Address: 147 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Our Favorite Brew: Amorous
Who says Ice Pops are just for Kids?
Ice pops and summertime go hand and hand, but why settle for your kid’s store bought brand. Enjoy a boozy treat with these adult ice pops that will get you turnt this summer.
1. Strawberry and Peach Vodka Collins Ice Pops
We like our Cocktail Popsicles nice and peachy. Get the recipe from Bakers Royale
2. Basil Mint Citrus Mojito Popsicles
Can’t wait to sit out on the porch with one of these. Get the recipe from Practically Functional
3. Paloma Popsicles
A summer time classic revamped. Get the recipe from Girl Versus Dough
4. Gin + Tonic Ice Pops
You put the lime in the ice pop and you get really drunk. Get the recipe from A Dash of Ginger
5. Mint Julep Popsicles
These ice pops are sure to spice up any Derby Party. Get the recipe from Honestly Yum
6. Red Velvet Dark and Stormy Popsicle
7. Watermelon Margarita Mini Ice Pops
Margaritas on a popsicle stick anyone? Get the recipe from Brit + Co
8. Papaya Breeze Ice Pop
Take me away to the islands, please. Get the recipe from the view from great island
9. Red Wine Popsicles
A Wine drinker’s new best friend (recipe in German). Get the recipe from Food Lovin
10. Mango-Pomegranate Boozy Vodka Pops
Hands down best way to eat Pomegranate seeds. Get the recipe from Sweet Paul
Be sure to catch part 2 of our Boozy Summer treats with 10 More Awesome Boozy Treats For Summer
You wanted more so we’ll give you more!
Let’s get this summer started with 10 more boozy treats that’ll get you smashed.
We even added some alcohol infused ice cream and sorbet to the mix this time. You are gonna eat up these boozy treats this summer!
If you haven’t already be sure to check out part 1 of our Boozy Summer Treats: 10 Delicious Adult Ice Pops for Summer.
1. Coconut and Limoncello Popsicles
A Thirsty Thursday Summer favorite. Get the recipe from sweet peas and saffron
2. Piña Colada Sorbet
If you like Piña Coladas get a bowl of this Sorbet. Get the recipe from RECIPE RUNNER
3. Dirty Pirate Popsicles
Great pool party treats for the young at heart. Get the recipe from Endless Simmer
4. Brown Ale Ice Cream
Beer and Ice Cream? Ah, yes please! Get the recipe from Somewhere Over the Kitchen
5. Painkiller Cocktail Ice Pops
They’re pretty to look at and are delicious as heck. Get the recipe from Salt and Wind
6. Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats
A classy option for a garden party maybe? Get the recipe from RECIPE RUNNER
7. Chocolate-Dipped Coconut & Rum Popsicles
You had us a chocolate dipped. Get the recipe from Hungry Girl por Vida
8. Coconut Mojito Ice Pops
We’ll take our Mojito to go please. Get the recipe from Fed + Fit
9. Tequila Sunrise Ice Pops
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere right? Get the recipe from Food Fanatic
10. Baileys Ice Cream with Guinness Chocolate Ripple
Bailey’s makes ice cream even better. Get the recipe from Cincy Shopper
Are you confusing alcohol allergy for alcohol intolerance?
Allergy-like symptoms following the consumption of alcohol are frequently reported. However, people often confuse alcohol allergy for alcohol sensitivity – which is a bad idea.
Knowing the difference between Allergies and Intolerances
While you may think you have one or the other, these conditions are inherently different. The Mayo Clinic defines alcohol sensitivity, also known as intolerance, as a genetic condition in which the body is unable to break down alcohol efficiently.
This is different from an alcohol allergy, which is an immune system response to a foreign substance which causes an excessive release of immunoglobulin E antibodies. This flooding of antibodies triggers different symptoms.
The symptoms of alcohol allergies and sensitivities can be similar, but range in severity. Sometimes you may even confuse the signs that you have alcohol allergy for alcohol intolerance because your symptoms are mild.
Folks with alcohol sensitivities can drink in small quantities with little to no immediate symptoms, but someone with alcohol allergies will feel the effects of their allergen quickly, and may require Antihistamines or medical attention.
While alcohol allergies are rare, their reactions can increase in severity with exposure to the allergen. The allergen is often an ingredient in the alcohol such as the Yeast, Hops, Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Gluten found in beer, or the Sodium metabisulphite (sulfites), Histamines, and Grapes found in wine.
Let’s be clear, allergies suck! But luckily, your body gives you some signs that point to alcohol allergy. For example, if you are drinking beer or wine and experience any of the below forms of discomfort, and then switch to something else that gives you no reaction – You, my friend, have an allergy. So be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs that you might be allergic to alcohol or wine.
Tell-tale Signs That You Might Be Allergic to Alcohol or Wine
Ever heard of “Red Wine Headache”? Well, it’s not just reds that can cause this skull splitting reaction in some people. There are many different allergen components in wine that could be to blame for your splitting headache. Sulfites, tannins, histamines, and prostaglandins in wine have all been attributed to headaches in wine drinkers. If you experience these splitting headaches after half a glass of wine, one of these components might be to blame.
These headaches can develop in a matter of minutes, and may be followed by flushing, early onset drunkenness, nausea, blood pressure falls, and – in some cases – you may blacking out. You may also find that there is a difference in how you feel with different wines. White wine is higher in sulfite content than red wine, and if you notice your headaches are much worse when you drink white wine, you may have a sulfite allergy. Red wine has more histamine than white wine and other alcohol, and – Sorry Ladies – women are more likely to have red wine allergy than men.
If your face beings to get puffy or you have difficulty swallowing or talking after consuming alcohol, you have an allergy. Swelling of the eyes, mouth (lips and/or tongue), nasal passages, and throat are common indicators of a histamine or sulfite reaction. Sulfites can cause some serious reactions in people, and swelling of the throat can be a sign of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction to an allergen that requires immediate medical attention. Popping an antihistamine might help clear up some of the symptoms, but bronchial swelling leads to our next allergy indicator.
Shortness of Breath or Wheezing
Experiencing respiratory distress from a small amount of alcohol is a classic sign of an allergy reaction. Allergens like sulfites are often the culprit, and trigger asthmatic symptoms in folks with asthma. If you’ve never experienced wheezing before, you are in for a treat! Wheezing is a whistling or rattling sound in the lungs when you breathe, accompanied by shortness of breath from obstructions in your airway and coughing.
If you are curious, this is what Wheezing sounds like. This reaction can be very dangerous, and if it doesn’t clear up after taking an antihistamine or bronchodilator, get medical attention right away. Stay away from any type of alcohol that causes this reaction, for obvious reasons.
Hives, Flushing, and Other Rashes
Epidermal reactions are quite common allergy symptoms, especially with yeast, sulfite and histamine reactions. Facial redness is usually a sign of ALDH2 deficiency, meaning you can’t metabolize alcohol. Some call this the “Asian Flushing Response“. However, blotchy redness or flushing, accompanied by rapid heart rate, can also be a marker of sulfur dioxide allergy.
Sulfur dioxide is used to preserve alcohol, and a lot of folks are allergic to preservatives. Breaking out in hives while consuming beer or wine can be a tell-tale sign of sulfite allergy. Luckily, there are sulfite free beers, but not so much with wine. Yeast is also a big player in eczematic reactions for many people. Folks with yeast-reactive eczema should find an alternative to beer, which is full of yeast.
Immediate Nausea or Vomiting
Experiencing abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, after only one to a few drinks, is a marker of a histamine reaction in the gastrointestinal track. Histamines and gluten found in food and alcohol have been known to cause abdominal cramping. Alcohol itself irritates your stomach lining, but in cases where an allergen is present, your body may initiate a purge reaction. If you find yourself making a bee-line for the bathroom immediately after drinking beer or wine, every time, you’re gonna want to switch to liquor…or maybe just water.
If any of these sound like the symptoms you have after drinking, you’ll want to see an allergist. They can help you find out what allergen is causing the problem. That way you can move on to finding something else you can enjoy without the nasty side effects.